What the Boys Listened To
Music has always influenced anyone who has ever listened to it. Going all the way back to when the first concept of music came about, we see that it can be a very important tool and motivator. I believe wholeheartedly that music had a significant impact on the war, whether it be on the battlefield where men sat idle waiting for orders as the BBC sounded out tune after tune of popular music like The Andrew Sisters’ famous 1941 hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” or Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” or in the factory as a young woman made ammunition for the war effort. These artists and their passion for music captivated the world and their focus on happier times; reminiscent of days long gone when there was not a war to tear them from their families and homes. I will be discussing not a few big popular artists, but a variety of musicians over the giant spectrum of music popular between the war years of 1939-1945.
Curated by Jacob Domayer for American Experience in WWII, Fall 2016.