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All Clear

All Clear

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An uplifting nostalgic collection of songs from the war with humour and silliness
mixed in with courage, love and longing. Every citizen was involved in the war effort
whether in uniform or in the home or the fields or the factories and these original
songs reflect their experiences beautifully.

1 Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Kay Kyser
2 Blackout Bella
Douglas Byng
3 On the Siegfried Line
Elsie & Doris Waters
4 There’s a boy coming home on leave
Flanagan & Allen
5 London pride
Noel Coward
6 Blitzkrieg baby (you can’t bomb me)
Fred & Doris Fisher
7 Fanny is evacuated now
Ronald Frankau
8 Moonlight serenade
Glenn Miller
9 We must all stick together
Billy Cotton & his band
10 I did what I could with my gas mask
George Formby
11 This is the army, Mr Jones
Ambrose and His Orchestra
12 The sailor with the navy blue eyes
Ambrose and His Orchestra
13 Oh how I hate to get up in the morning
Evelyn Dall
14 The white cliffs of Dover
Vera Lynn
15 The homecoming waltz
Ivy Benson & Her Girls Band
16 There’ll always be an England
Sam Browne
17 Comin’ in on a wing and a prayer
Anne Shelton
18 Corns for my country
The Andrew Sisters
19 Bless ‘em all
George Formby
20 When they sound the last all clear
Donald Peer

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Everyone who lived through the Second World War has their own
personal memories of the period and the strong community spirit
which bound the nation together. It elicited from the British people a
unity, a sense of common purpose, the like of which had not been seen
before. From the moment that War was declared on Sunday September
3rd 1939, we banded and bonded together to resist a common enemy.
Within weeks, husbands, fathers and sons were sailing or flying off to
fight the foe.
On the home front, we did not sit still. Women took their men’s places
on either industrial assembly lines, or as part of the Women’s Land Army,
helping to provide the country with food at a time when U-Boats were
destroying merchant ships bringing supplies from America. And the
‘Dads’ Armies’ were also ready and eager to play their parts.
Through it all were the songs, ever the songs. It was the age-old
British way of dealing with trouble and crisis by singing about them. In
1915, we cheerfully sang ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag
and Smile! Smile! Smile!’ Now, yet again, we were singing songs about
parting and reunion: Flanagan and Allen echoed the feelings of millions
with There’s A Boy Coming Home On Leave whilst Donald Peers longed
for that wonderful day When They Sound The Last All-Clear. Patriotic
fervour was given voice in a stirring song which became a second
National Anthem – There’ll Always Be An England. Our indominitable spirit was movingly expressed by Noel Coward in his London Pride and
George Formby saluted our brave fighting forces with the rousing Bless
‘Em All.
These were bittersweet years – a time when we needed good
popular music most of all. What star could be more appropriate to our
nostalgic programme than a singer whose voiced warmed the hearts of
a generation. She is, of course, Vera Lynn, who will be forever known as
‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’, and her poignant The White Cliffs of Dover still
retains its emotion-charged appeal.
That vital tonic, humour, was liberally dispensed in the comic and
novelty songs of the War years. At the outset, a combative mood was
established with the exuberant Siegfried Line and we could all sympathise
with the sentiments of This Is The Army, Mr.Jones and Oh How I Hate
To Get Up In The Morning. On the home front, the realities of war were
amusingly realised in George Formby’s I Did What I Could With My Gas
Mask and Fanny Is Evacuated Now from Ronald Frankau.
For every man or woman who lived through it, World War II was a
defining moment, a period of transition that changed our lives forever.
The songs cannot replicate the experience: nothing, in fact, can, which is
probably just as well. But they do impart a flavour, a taste, of what it was
like to be British, fighting for peace and justice, for our country – and
for one another.


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