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1940's Sound Archive

Listen to some of the music and wartime sounds of the 1940's.


Listen to the sounds and music of the 1940's. These sounds have been compressed to allow you to easily hear them over the internet via YouTube. To appreciate the music & sounds fully, buy them on compact disk. (Check the shop for availability).

Simply click on the play button to the left hand side of the text to header the tracks.
Paragraph 2 Some of the sounds on this site together with other rare recordings are now available on the Compact Disc 'Listen With Auntie'

More informaion can be found at: www.arpcd.co.uk

Music of the 1940's

Click to listen to Sound clip via YouTube Run Rabbit Run
Sung by Flanagan & Allen
(From an original 78 rpm record on a DECCA label)
This song was written for Noel Gays show 'The little Dog Laughed' which opened in October 1939. It was popular throughout the war, especially after Flannagan & Alan changed the lyrics to poke fun at the Germans (eg. Run Adolf, Run Adolf, Run, Run, Run........)
Click to listen to Sound clip via YouTube We're Gonna Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line
Sung by Flanagan & Allen written by Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Carr.
(From an original 78 rpm record on a DECCA label)
This song intensely irritated the German High command as it poked fun at their defences. The song was actually banned on some American radio stations (before America entered the war) because it was thought to infringe America's neutrality.
Click to listen to Sound clip via YouTube Lili Marlene
Sung by Anne Shelton, written by T Connor.
(From an original 78 rpm record on a DECCA label)
Lily Marlene was originally a German song but was adapted by the British 8th Army. The British Government approached Tommy Connor to re-write the words, which are the ones on this version. Some of Monty's 8th Army words are below :

There was a song that the Eighth Army used to hear,
In the lonely desert, lovely, sweet and clear.
Over the ether came the strain, the soft refrain, each night again,
With you, Lili Marlene, with you, Lili Marlene.
Click to listen to Sound clip via YouTube Jukebox Saturday Night
Glenn Miller & his orchestra (McGrane, Stillman).
(From an original 78 rpm record on a HMV label)
This song was recorded before Glenn Miller joined the US Army Air Force (Sept 1942). The famous stars mentioned such as the Inkspots were impersonated for this recording. The vocalists were Marlon Hutton, Tex Beneke and the Modernaires.
Click to listen to Sound clip via YouTube The Blackout Stroll
Joe Loss & His Band (T. Connor).
(From an original 78 rpm record on a REGAL label)
This was one of the many songs that came out in the period after war was declared in September 1939. During this 'phoney war' the ARP enforced the blackout regulations and people discovered the difficulties of travelling at night with very poor visibility. Traffic accidents in London alone trebled and pedestrians were not only in danger from cars but also suffered many other visibility related injuries.
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