Music and Entertainment during WWII
Music played such an important role during the war. It lifted spirits and morale.
In the 1930s, big bands and swing music were popular. One of the most popular singers of this time was Vera Lynn who sang songs like "We'll meet again" and "There'll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover.
Vera Lynn (born 1917) was one of the superstars of entertainment during the War years and became known as 'The Forces' Sweetheart'. She released a number of very popular songs during the War years, including 'White Cliffs of Dover' and 'We'll meet again'.
She also presented her own radio programme called 'Sincerely Yours' in which she read out messages from those separated by the conflict. She also won affection by showing herself ready to travel overseas to entertain the forces, including the long and difficult journey to Burma.
In 1969 she was awarded the OBE. In 1975 she was made a Dame of the British Empire.
Now compare to another very popular piece of music of the time. 'In the mood' by Glenn Miller.
Glenn Miller (1904 - 1944) was an American jazz musician who later became one of the most popular band leaders in the 'Big Band' era. In 1942 Miller decided to help the war effort and joined the US Army, becoming a Captain and leader of the Army Air Force Band.
Did you enjoy the music? How did the music make you feel? How would it made people feel at the time? What instruments did you hear?