Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Command Performance Radio

Command Performance Radio Archives

One of my favorite eras of history is WWII. I love movies and music from that time, as well as clothing and hairstyles.
 I was tickled pink when I found the Command Performance Radio Archives online. The weekly broadcasts were especially for the troops, who could write in and request appearances by whichever celebrities  they wanted.
Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Francis Langford, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth,
Abbot and Costello, Carmen Miranda, Tommy Dorsey & his  Band, Shirley Temple, Olivia de Haviland, Bing Cosby, Martha Raye, Carole Landis, Alice Faye, Ginger Rogers, and Frank Sinatra are just a few of the many actors and entertainers that appeared on Command Performance.
  I had heard of Command Performance Radio before, but had never listened to a broadcast. Then I watched Four Jills in a Jeep and fell in love. One of my favorite movies, Four Jills in a Jeep is a fictional account of four real actresses--Kay Francis, Martha Raye, Carol Landis, and Mitzi Mayfair--as they perform for the troops on the radio and on USO tours.
 Here is one of many broadcasts featuring Betty Grable as the Mistress of Ceremonies, along with appearances by Judy Canova and Bergen & McCarthy.
 Have fun enjoying this little piece of history, and enjoy the other broadcasts available here.

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