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AFRS Command Performance Vol 2 - 1943-1944 - 61 Performances - Old Time radio - Instant Download

AFRS Command Performance Vol 2 - 1943-1944 - 61 Performances - Old Time radio - Instant Download

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AFRS Command Performance

Vol 2 - 1943-1944

61 Performances

Command Performance was a radio program which originally aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) and transmitted by shortwave to the troops overseas—with few exceptions, it was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations.

Most episodes of the program were produced before an audience in the Vine Street Playhouse in Hollywood, California, and recorded via electrical transcription. The weekly listening audience of was estimated at 95.5 million.

Troops sent in requests for a particular performer or program to appear, and they also suggested unusual ideas for music, sketches, or sounds from home on the program, such as: "Ann Miller tap dancing in military boots"; "a sigh from Carole Landis" or Lucille Ball; "foghorns on San Francisco Bay"; "Errol Flynn taking a shower"; "a slot machine delivering the jackpot" and "Bing Crosby mixing a bourbon and soda for Bob Hope". Top performers of the day appeared, including Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and The Andrews Sisters.

The first Command Performance was broadcast on March 1, 1942, almost exactly three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was produced under the aegis of the Office of War Information and its success paved the way for the creation of the Armed Forces Radio Service in May 1942. Time magazine described Command Performance as being, "the best wartime program in America". However very few listeners in the United States ever heard it and it would appear that the Christmas Eve Command Performance of 1942 was the only program of the series to be broadcast to a general audience.

Volume 2 contains these 61 programs broadcast from May 1, 1943 through August 19, 1944:

1943-05-01 064-Kate Smith John Charles Thomas Cass Daley.mp3
1943-05-05 065-Ginny Simms Gene Autry Eddie and Jimmie Dean.mp3
1943-05-08 066-Martha Raye Rudy Vallee Jimmy Grier.mp3
1943-05-15 067-Joan Blondell Dick Powell Judy Canova Virginia Obrien.mp3
1943-05-22 068-Dinah Shore Sportsmen Ruth Hussey Carlos Ramirez.mp3
1943-06-05 069-Betty Hutton Amos and Andy.mp3
1943-06-12 070-Bob Crosby Jimmy Wakely Count Basie.mp3
1943-06-19 071-Bing Crosby Dinah Shore Fanny Brice Hanley Stafford.mp3
1943-06-26 072-Fred MacMurray Alice Faye Skinny Ennis Phil Harris Jerry Colonna.mp3
1943-07-03 073-Kay Kyser Gertrude Niesen Lena Horne Rochester.mp3



1943-07-10 074-Ronald Colman Ella Mae Morse Jeanette MacDonald Ginny Simms.mp3
1943-07-11 075-Bing Crosby Betty Grable Harry James.mp3
1943-07-24 076-Dinah Shore Tommy Dorsey Robert Benchley Rise Stevens.mp3
1943-07-31 077-Katherine Hburn Jesters Ed Gardner Kathryn Grayson.mp3
1943-08-07 078-Greer Garson Gloria Warren Nelson Eddy Cass Daley.mp3
1943-08-14 079-Rosalind Russell Xavier Cugat Jimmy Wakely Judy Canova.mp3
1943-08-21 080-Ginger Rogers Frank Sinatra Alice Faye Ed Gardner.mp3
1943-08-28 081-Judy Garland Jimmy Durante Bing Crosby.mp3
1943-09-06 082-Dinah Shore Jeanette MacDonald Garry Moore Jimmy Dorsey.mp3
1943-09-09 083-Marlene Dietrich.mp3
1943-09-11 084-Ginny Simms Andrews Sisters Roy Acuff Mitch Ayres.mp3
1943-09-18 085-Ronald Colman Lena Horne Jascha Heifetz Rise Stevens.mp3
1943-09-25 086-Bob Hope Bing Crosby.mp3
1943-10-02 087-Don Ameche King Cole Trio Betty Hutton.mp3
1943-10-09 088-Robert Young Tex Ritter.mp3
1943-10-16 089-Bette Davis Georgia Gibbs Rise Stevens John Charles Thomas.mp3
1943-10-23 090-Bob Hope Jimmy Cash Carole Landis Shirley Ross.mp3
1943-10-30 091-Judy Garland Dinah Shore.mp3
1943-11-13 092-Bob Hope Betty Hutton Judy Garland Jimmy Durante Lana Turner.mp3
1943-11-20 093-Ida Lupino Phil Harris Gracie Fields Garry Moore.mp3
1943-11-27 094-Herbert Marshall Bergen and McCarthy.mp3
1943-12-04 095-Dinah Shore Abbott and Costello Fats Waller.mp3
1943-12-11 096-Bob Hope Francis Langford Martha Raye Carole.mp3
1943-12-18 097-Dinah Shore Bing Crosby Charioteers.mp3
1943-12-20 098-Fred Allen Ginny Simms Benny Goodman.mp3
1943-12-21 099-Fred Waring Kate Smith.mp3
1943-12-25 xxx-Christmas 1943.mp3
1944-01-08 100-Carmen Miranda.mp3
1944-01-15 101-Frances Langford Virginia Obrien.mp3
1944-01-22 102-Bob Hope Deanna Durbin Dennis Day.mp3
1944-02-01 104-Bing Crosby Frank Sinatra.mp3
1944-03-25 112-Don Ameche Cass Daley.mp3
1944-04-08 114-Jerry Colonna Jo Stafford.mp3
1944-04-22 116-Gene Tierney Roy Acuff Martha Tilton.mp3
1944-04-29 117-Olivia de Havilland Bob Crosby.mp3
1944-05-06 118-Bob Hope Bing Crosby Betty Hutton.mp3
1944-05-13 119-Dinah Shore Helen Forest.mp3
1944-05-20 120-Paulette Goddard Jimmy Durante Louis Armstrong.mp3
1944-05-27 121-Dinah Shore Dick Haymes Virginia Obrien.mp3
1944-06-03 123-Connie Haines Bing Crosby Frank Sinatra.mp3
1944-06-10 124-Bette Davis Marilyn Maxwell Artie Shaw Jimmy Durante.mp3
1944-06-17 125-Jack Benny Harpo Marx Bing Crosby.mp3
1944-06-24 126-Bob Hope Andrews Sisters.mp3
1944-07-08 128-Claudette Colbert Alan Hale J Durante Betty Hutton Ronald Colman.mp3
1944-07-15 129-Bing Crosby Judy Garland.mp3
1944-07-22 130-Ronald Colman Ginny Simms Cary Grant.mp3
1944-07-30 131-Barbara Stanwyck Dick Haymes.mp3
1944-08-05 132-Ginger Rogers Virginia Obrien Jimmy Durante.mp3
1944-08-19 134-Judy Garland Danny Kaye Helen Forrest.mp3

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