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I Sustain the Wings

Glenn Miller Orchestrated Tunes for WWII Forces

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Music program (1943-1944)

Glenn MillerThe project was part recruiting effort, part public relations, and mostly entertainment. Part of CBSs afternoon programming during 1943 and 1944 featured Service Bands from the different Armed Services. The purpose of the Service Bands was to be part of the Recruiting effort, but they became important for the musicians as well.

The American Federation of Musicians had been on strike against the major recording studios since July 31, 1942. This meant that the only employment available to musicians were live radio performances or concerts (after Oct 27, 1943, an exception was made for "V-Discs" which were recorded for the Troop use as part of the War Effort).

Keep 'em Flying For many, Big Band Music was the "Sound" of WWII. However between the Music strike and the War drawing personnel from the ranks of the bands, the War had a negative effect on Big Band Music. One result of the Strike was that the Recording Companies began emphasizing the Singers (who were not party to the strike) as the Stars where the had formerly been seen as accessory to the band in recording.

When Band Leader Glenn Miller joined the military one of his first assignments was to form a large military marching band that would for the core of several service orchestras. One of these, The Band of the Army Air Force Training Command, was featured weekly as part of CBSs Service Band line up on I Sustain the Wings. From this core of musicians he was allowed to draw fifty to accompany him to England in the summer of 1944 where they gave at least 800 performances. The Orchestra of the AAF Training Command continued the weekly CBS broadcasts.

On Dec 3, 1944, Miller (who had been promoted to Major while in England) arranged to fly to the Continent to set up a concert tour for Band at several Allied Camps. His flight disappeared over the English Channel, and Major Miller was listed as Missing In Action.

See also: It's Maritime, Fighting AAF, and Wings to Victory.

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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 5 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 5 hours 5 minutes
      1. I Sustain The Wings 431016.mp3
      2. I Sustain The Wings 431211.mp3
      3. I Sustain The Wings 431218.mp3
      4. I Sustain The Wings 431225.mp3
      5. I Sustain The Wings 440205.mp3
      6. I Sustain The Wings 440212.mp3
      7. I Sustain The Wings 440318.mp3
      8. I Sustain The Wings 440325.mp3
      9. I Sustain The Wings 440401.mp3
      10. I Sustain The Wings 440415 Alt.mp3
      11. I Sustain The Wings 440415.mp3
      12. I Sustain The Wings 440520.mp3
      13. I Sustain The Wings 440610.mp3
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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 5 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 5 hours 5 minutes
      1. I Sustain The Wings 431016.mp3
      2. I Sustain The Wings 431211.mp3
      3. I Sustain The Wings 431218.mp3
      4. I Sustain The Wings 431225.mp3
      5. I Sustain The Wings 440205.mp3
      6. I Sustain The Wings 440212.mp3
      7. I Sustain The Wings 440318.mp3
      8. I Sustain The Wings 440325.mp3
      9. I Sustain The Wings 440401.mp3
      10. I Sustain The Wings 440415 Alt.mp3
      11. I Sustain The Wings 440415.mp3
      12. I Sustain The Wings 440520.mp3
      13. I Sustain The Wings 440610.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    13 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 5 min

    Disc A001

    1. I Sustain The Wings 431016
    2. I Sustain The Wings 431211

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    Disc A002

    1. I Sustain The Wings 431218
    2. I Sustain The Wings 431225

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    Disc A003

    1. I Sustain The Wings 440205
    2. I Sustain The Wings 440212
    3. I Sustain The Wings 440318
    4. I Sustain The Wings 440325

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    Disc A004

    1. I Sustain The Wings 440401
    2. I Sustain The Wings 440415 Alt

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    Disc A005

    1. I Sustain The Wings 440415
    2. I Sustain The Wings 440520

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    Disc A006

    1. I Sustain The Wings 440610

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