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V is for Victory Disc: Doing it for Defense
with Frank Ponzio, piano
reserve online at www.53above.com
During the war, the US Army waded into a musicians' strike to produce morale-boosting records for the troops. Ultimately, the great acts of the day Hoagy, Louie, Glenn, Dinah, Peggy, Frank, Jo, Ella, Tommy, Martha, Betty, everybody who was anybody laid down tracks for the Army. In all, the government recorded, pressed and shipped 8,000,000 records to soldiers scattered all over three continents. It's a great story, and the soundtrack to this story features many of the standards we know and love today, along with a selection of rarities which, thanks to the smuggling efforts of our soldiers and the preservation efforts of the Library of Congress, have not been lost to time.