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Forward March

A popular music recruiting program for the Army,Forward March enjoyed the service of draftee PFC Eddie Fisher.

18 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 4 hours, 33 min)
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Eddie Fisher in Military

The modern American Military is recognized the world over as a professional fighting force manned by all-volunteer personnel since 1973. However between 1940 and 1973, during periods of peace and war, the manpower needs of the US Military were supplemented by conscripted troops drafted into service. Most draftees served their "hitch" honorably, and after performing the duties they were assigned left the service with the thanks of a grateful nation, but there can be no denying that being drafted would have interrupted a young man's plans for his personal and professional life. Partly for this reason, volunteers were generally preferred for service over draftees even during times of conscription. At times, the notion was put forward that choice assignments were likely to go to volunteer while more dangerous or dirty duties would be given to draftees.

Since the selective service drew randomly from the male population, a few celebrities and entertainers bound to be called up. Many of these draftees were given the option of joining Special Service branch and working to raise the morale of their fellow soldiers. Created on July 22, 1940, the Special Services were one of the few integrated units in the Army during the War.

Singer Eddie Fisher was a rising star in the ranks of crooning recording artists. In 1949, he was discovered on the "Borscht Belt" circuit helped his career by having him sing on his radio program. Fisher was an instant success and signed a contract with RCA Records. When his draft number was called in 1951, he was sent to Ft Hood in Texas for basic training before spending a year in Korea.

He would later say of his time in Korea: " The Army gave me a lot more than I gave it. Why I did shows I never would have done. In the rain, the mud, off the backs of trucks, without a mike and sometimes without even music."

After Korea, PFC Fisher was assigned to Fort Myer in the nation's capital and designated the official vocal soloist with the United States Army Band ("Pershing's Own"). In addition to his duties with the Army Band, Fisher was allowed to continue his recording career and makes guest TV appearances (billed as PFC Eddie Fisher). One of his military assignments was to record the Army Recruiting transcribed program Forward March.

Like recruiting shows for the other services, Forward March used popular music to gain listeners before delivering the main message. Since the draft was bringing plenty of young men into the service, many of the messages on Forward March were meant to attract lady volunteers for the WAAC corps.

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    total playtime 4 hours, 33 min
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      18 shows - total playtime 4 hours 33 minutes
      1. Forward March 035 Cheek To Cheek .mp3
      2. Forward March 036 They Say Falling In Love Is Wonderful .mp3
      3. Forward March 037 Pfc Eddie Fisher Second Star To Right.mp3
      4. Forward March 038 If I May .mp3
      5. Forward March 039 It Isnt Heaven Without Havin You .mp3
      6. Forward March 040 Dry Bones .mp3
      7. Forward March 041 My Blue Heaven .mp3
      8. Forward March 042 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      9. Forward March 043 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      10. Forward March 044 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      11. Forward March 045 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      12. Forward March 046 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      13. Forward March 047 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      14. Forward March 048 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      15. Forward March 049 Dont Blame Me .mp3
      16. Forward March 050 Love Of My Life .mp3
      17. Forward March 107 Fair To Fiddlin.mp3
      18. Forward March 108 Flashing Pearls.mp3
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    18 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      18 shows - total playtime 4 hours 33 minutes
      1. Forward March 035 Cheek To Cheek .mp3
      2. Forward March 036 They Say Falling In Love Is Wonderful .mp3
      3. Forward March 037 Pfc Eddie Fisher Second Star To Right.mp3
      4. Forward March 038 If I May .mp3
      5. Forward March 039 It Isnt Heaven Without Havin You .mp3
      6. Forward March 040 Dry Bones .mp3
      7. Forward March 041 My Blue Heaven .mp3
      8. Forward March 042 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      9. Forward March 043 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      10. Forward March 044 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      11. Forward March 045 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      12. Forward March 046 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      13. Forward March 047 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      14. Forward March 048 PFC Eddie Fisher.mp3
      15. Forward March 049 Dont Blame Me .mp3
      16. Forward March 050 Love Of My Life .mp3
      17. Forward March 107 Fair To Fiddlin.mp3
      18. Forward March 108 Flashing Pearls.mp3
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    18 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 33 min

    Forward March Disc A001

    1. Forward March 035 Cheek To Cheek
    2. Forward March 036 They Say Falling In Love Is Wonderful
    3. Forward March 037 Pfc Eddie Fisher Second Star To Right
    4. Forward March 038 If I May

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    Forward March Disc A002

    1. Forward March 039 It Isnt Heaven Without Havin You
    2. Forward March 040 Dry Bones
    3. Forward March 041 My Blue Heaven
    4. Forward March 042 PFC Eddie Fisher

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    Forward March Disc A003

    1. Forward March 043 PFC Eddie Fisher
    2. Forward March 044 PFC Eddie Fisher
    3. Forward March 045 PFC Eddie Fisher
    4. Forward March 046 PFC Eddie Fisher

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    Forward March Disc A004

    1. Forward March 047 PFC Eddie Fisher
    2. Forward March 048 PFC Eddie Fisher
    3. Forward March 049 Dont Blame Me
    4. Forward March 050 Love Of My Life

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    Forward March Disc A005

    1. Forward March 107 Fair To Fiddlin
    2. Forward March 108 Flashing Pearls

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