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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (July 21, 2018): Battle of Soissons

This edition once again features 100-year-old recordings and 100-year-old compositions as we commerorate the Battle of Soissons during World War I. The Battle of Soissons occurred from July 18 to 22, 1918. Although the allied attack on the Germans was lead by the French, American soldiers participated in a major way in this battle. Before this battle, there was doubt on both sides about the American soldiers, but their performance impressed both the German and French military leaders. Indeed, many historians consider this battle the turning point in the war.

  1. Sabre and Spurs (1918)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
    Performer:  Washington Winds
    Album:  Stars, Stripes, and Sousa
     
  2. St. Louis Blues
    Composer:   W. C. Handy
    Performer:  369th Infantry Band, led by James Reese Europe
    Album:  Jim Europe's 369th Hell Fighters Band
     
  3. St. Louis Blues
    Composer:  W. C. Handy (1873-1958)
    Performer:  Louis Armstrong and His Band
    Album:  Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy
     
  4. Alabama Jubilee (1915)
    Composer:  George L. Cobb (1886-1942) and Jack Yellen (1892-1991)
    Performer:  Dukes of Dixieland
    Album:  Fabulous Sound of Dukes of Dixieland
     
  5. Russian Rag (1918, recorded 1919)
    Composer:  George L. Cobb
    Performer:  369th Infantry Band
    Album:  Jim Europe's 369th Hell Fighters Band
     
  6. Go Tell That to the Marines (1918)
    Composer:  Al Jolson (1886-1950)
    Performer:  Al Jolson
    Album:  Oh, I'ts a Lovely War, Vol. 3
     
  7. Solid Men to the Front (1918)
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  U.S. Marine Band
    Album:  Sousa 4
     
  8. Keep the Home Fires Burning (1914)
    Composer:  Ivor Novello (1893-1951) & Lena Guilbert Ford (1870-1918)
    Performer:  John McCormack, singing with unknown band
    Album:  Songs of World War I
     
  9. Keep the Home Fires Burning (1914)
    Composer:  Ivor Novello (1893-1951) & Lena Guilbert Ford (1870-1918)
    Performer:  Central Band of Royal British Legion
    Album:  Forever
     
  10. It's a Long Way to Tipperary
    Composer:  Jack Judge (1872-1934)
    Performer:  John McCormack, singing with unknown band
    Album:  Songs of World War I
     
  11. It's a Long Way to Tipperary
    Composer:  Jack Judge (1872-1934)
    Performer:  Central Band of Royal British Legion
    Album:  Forever
     
  12. Roses of Picardy
    Composer:  Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) & Haydn Wood (1882–1959)
    Performer:  Central Band of Royal British Legion
    Album:  Forever
     

Air Date: 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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