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Magic Carpet

These AFRS recordings came from famous clubs all over the nation including recordings by Xavier Cugat, Stan Kenton, Xavier CugatLouis Armstrong, Charlie Bennet, the Joe Richman Orchestra and others.

19 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 4 hours, 43 min)
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Stan KentonWe would never make light of the sacrifices that our boys in uniform were making during WWII and the Post-War Years (in fact, we greatly honor the service of everyone who has taken an oath of service and served our nation, from the Continental Army of the Revolutionary War to those serving in "the Sandbox" of the Middle East and beyond), but let's face it, many of our boys were a lot better off serving Uncle Sam than they were back home.

Military service could be a great equalizer. While there were plenty of recruits who gave up a "born with a silver spoon their mouth" existence for a life of screaming sergeants, long marches, early reveille, crowded sleeping conditions, even more crowded showers and bathrooms, and the gourmet delights of powdered eggs slopped onto a metal tray, there were just as many, if not more recruits who found conditions serving Uncle Sam an improvement on their life "back on the farm". In training companies across the land, there was, usually, at least one recruit who had never had a pair of shoes of their very own until they were issued a pair of boondockers during basic training.

Although some of the "benefits" of military service may have been lost of "city boys", at a time when home telephones, electrical service, even indoor plumbing was far from universal, the chance to hear some of the hottest acts in the country was a real benefit. Even if the boys never had a chance to go to a swanky nightclub, they could hear recorded "remote broadcasts" of acts like Xavier Cugat, Stan Kenton, Xavier CugatCharlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Bennet, the Joe Richman Orchestra and others on shows like Magic Carpet over the Armed Forces Radio Service.

The recordings for Magic Carpet came from famous clubs all over the nation, but predominately from Southern California, presumably near the AFRS main studio. They included the Avedon Ballroom in Los Angeles, Hollywood's Club Morocco, The Meadowbrook in Culver City, The Casino Gardens in Ocean Park, as well as the Hotel Biltmore and Hotel Dixie in New York, the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey, and the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago. At the AFRS Studios, the recordings were edited into a quarter-hour program, usually featuring some commentary from the bandleader, but mostly they were fifteen minutes of music to lift the G.I.'s heart out of the foxhole or KP duty that he found himself in.

The Magic Carpet radio program was not related to the Navy's Operation Magic Carpet, which probably had an even greater impact on the morale of the average G.I. Joe. By mid-1943, there were more than 16 million in uniform, and about half of them were scattered overseas in the European, Asian, and Pacific Theaters. Folks in Washington began to realize that once Victory was achieved getting everyone home was going to be a big priority. At first, the Navy was left out of Operation Magic Carpet because of the major commitment in the Pacific. Plans were made to convert merchant Liberty and Victory cargo ships into troop carriers by welding in bunks wherever they would fit. After VJ Day, the Navy began a similar conversion on battleships, cruisers, hospital ships, even aircraft carriers. 369 combat ships were pressed into Operation Magic Carpet service, including 222 assault transports, six battleships, 18 cruisers, 57 aircraft carriers and twelve hospital ships. In December 1945 almost 700,000 servicemen were repatriated from the Pacific via Operation Magic Carpet.

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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 43 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 4 hours 43 minutes
      1. Magic Carpet 003 Xavier Cugat Ali Baba.mp3
      2. Magic Carpet 004 Charlie Barnet Washington Whirligig.mp3
      3. Magic Carpet 008 Louis Armstrong Always.mp3
      4. Magic Carpet 009 Carlos Molina Brazil.mp3
      5. Magic Carpet 022 Joe Sanders Blackhawk Rest Honeysuckle Rose.mp3
      6. Magic Carpet 023 Jack Teagarden Trianon Shine.mp3
      7. Magic Carpet 124 Elliot Lawrence Bell Bottom Trousers.mp3
      8. Magic Carpet 125 Amel Vandens Edgewater Beach Hotel Medley.mp3
      9. Magic Carpet 154 Buddy Johnson Savory Exactly Like You.mp3
      10. Magic Carpet 159 Bob Moore Hlywd Didnt Know Abt You.mp3
      11. Magic Carpet 160 Tiny Bradshaw Savoy Sweet Georgia Brown.mp3
      12. Magic Carpet 183 Stan Kenton Artistry Jumps Test Pressing.mp3
      13. Magic Carpet 225 Benny Goodman.mp3
      14. Magic Carpet 226 Les Brown.mp3
      15. Magic Carpet 241 Bobby Ramos Trocdero Ballroom Rhumba Medley.mp3
      16. Magic Carpet 242 Bob Crosby Hollywood Palladium Perdido.mp3
      17. Magic Carpet 390921 Mary Turner.mp3
      18. Magic Carpet 465 Over Rainbow.mp3
      19. Magic Carpet 466 Along With Me.mp3
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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      19 shows - total playtime 4 hours 43 minutes
      1. Magic Carpet 003 Xavier Cugat Ali Baba.mp3
      2. Magic Carpet 004 Charlie Barnet Washington Whirligig.mp3
      3. Magic Carpet 008 Louis Armstrong Always.mp3
      4. Magic Carpet 009 Carlos Molina Brazil.mp3
      5. Magic Carpet 022 Joe Sanders Blackhawk Rest Honeysuckle Rose.mp3
      6. Magic Carpet 023 Jack Teagarden Trianon Shine.mp3
      7. Magic Carpet 124 Elliot Lawrence Bell Bottom Trousers.mp3
      8. Magic Carpet 125 Amel Vandens Edgewater Beach Hotel Medley.mp3
      9. Magic Carpet 154 Buddy Johnson Savory Exactly Like You.mp3
      10. Magic Carpet 159 Bob Moore Hlywd Didnt Know Abt You.mp3
      11. Magic Carpet 160 Tiny Bradshaw Savoy Sweet Georgia Brown.mp3
      12. Magic Carpet 183 Stan Kenton Artistry Jumps Test Pressing.mp3
      13. Magic Carpet 225 Benny Goodman.mp3
      14. Magic Carpet 226 Les Brown.mp3
      15. Magic Carpet 241 Bobby Ramos Trocdero Ballroom Rhumba Medley.mp3
      16. Magic Carpet 242 Bob Crosby Hollywood Palladium Perdido.mp3
      17. Magic Carpet 390921 Mary Turner.mp3
      18. Magic Carpet 465 Over Rainbow.mp3
      19. Magic Carpet 466 Along With Me.mp3
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    19 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 43 min

    Magic Carpet Disc A001

    1. Magic Carpet 003 Xavier Cugat Ali Baba
    2. Magic Carpet 004 Charlie Barnet Washington Whirligig
    3. Magic Carpet 008 Louis Armstrong Always
    4. Magic Carpet 009 Carlos Molina Brazil

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    Magic Carpet Disc A002

    1. Magic Carpet 022 Joe Sanders Blackhawk Rest Honeysuckle Rose
    2. Magic Carpet 023 Jack Teagarden Trianon Shine
    3. Magic Carpet 124 Elliot Lawrence Bell Bottom Trousers
    4. Magic Carpet 125 Amel Vandens Edgewater Beach Hotel Medley

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    Magic Carpet Disc A003

    1. Magic Carpet 154 Buddy Johnson Savory Exactly Like You
    2. Magic Carpet 159 Bob Moore Hlywd Didnt Know Abt You
    3. Magic Carpet 160 Tiny Bradshaw Savoy Sweet Georgia Brown
    4. Magic Carpet 183 Stan Kenton Artistry Jumps Test Pressing

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    Magic Carpet Disc A004

    1. Magic Carpet 225 Benny Goodman
    2. Magic Carpet 226 Les Brown
    3. Magic Carpet 241 Bobby Ramos Trocdero Ballroom Rhumba Medley
    4. Magic Carpet 242 Bob Crosby Hollywood Palladium Perdido

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    Magic Carpet Disc A005

    1. Magic Carpet 465 Over Rainbow
    2. Magic Carpet 466 Along With Me
    3. Magic Carpet 390921 Mary Turner

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