Donald R. McClarey

That Old Black Magic

Something for the weekend.  The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing That Old Black Magic, which was written in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, with music by Harold Arlen, and which seems appropriate on this pre-Halloween weekend.           It

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American Patrol

  Something for the weekend:  American Patrol.  Written in 1885 by F.W. Meacham, the song achieved its greatest fame in 1942 when Glen Miller recorded a swing version:

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home

  Something for the weekend:  When Johnny Comes Marching Home.  One hundred and fifty years ago as soldiers North and South were returning to their homes this song was being played.  Written by composer Patrick Gilmore, bandmaster of the 24th Massachusetts in

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Glenn Miller’s Over There

America means freedom and there’s no expression of freedom quite so sincere as music. Glenn Miller Something for the weekend.  Glenn Miller and the Army Air Corps Band give a very lively version of James M. Cohan’s Over There.  The

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