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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Command Performance-Armed Forces Radio 11-23-1944 Thanksgiving Special

This is a nice little OTR of an episode of Command Performamce from 1944.....A  Thanksgiving Special for the men and women of the American forces during the war.

Command Performance is a radio program which originally aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) with a direct shortwave transmission to the troops overseas. It was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations.
Troops sent in requests for a particular performer or program to appear, and they also suggested unusual ideas for music and sketches on the program, such as Ann Miller tap dancing in military boots. Top performers of the day appeared, including Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and The Andrew Sisters.

** Not to be confused with that Royal Variety Performance, which is often called the Command Performance, and the Royal Command Performance**

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