Much pleasure and comfort was to be had from listening to the songs and the singers of WW2.

There were many, from those names still familiar today like Vera Lynn, Anne Shelton, Dorothy Carless, Julie Dawn, Al Bowlly, Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, The Ink Spots, Gracie Fields to those less well known, such as Betty Driver who entertained with E.N.S.A. and sang with Henry Hall's band. (Just in case you are wondering about Betty Driver YES she IS the one who plays in Coronation Street.)

You can appreciate the fact that I cannot name them all but each and everyone of them gave their finest performance every time because none of us knew what was to come. One such case was Al Bowlly.

Partnered by Jimmy Messini, Bowlly also branched out onto the London stage during the arly '40s with an act called Radio Stars with Two Guitars. It was his last venture before his death in 1941, the victim of a German bomb which exploded outside his apartment. Bowlly was asleep in bed when the bomb struck its target.

The entertainers of that era were a big part of our lives. We did not have much to keep up our morale with rationing and the blackout plus the threat of invasion and worrying about loved ones who were overseas.
It was understandable why music played a big part of our lives.


If you click on the songs underlined, you can read the lyrics.

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
As Time Goes By
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer
Deep In The Heart of Texas
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
I Can't Begin To Tell You
I Know Why and So Do You
I've Heard That Song Before
I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen
I'll Be Seeing You
I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
I'll Buy That Dream
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
I'll Never Smile Again
I'll Walk Alone
I'm Making Believe
It Might As Well Be Spring
It's Been A Long Long Time
Lili Marlene
Long Ago and Far Away
Moonlight Becomes You
Mr. Five By Five
My Devotion
Ole Buttermilk Sky
On The Atchison,Topeka,and Santa Fe
One Dozen Roses
Paper Doll
Roll Out The Barrel
Sentimental Journey
Sleepy Lagoon
Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

Sunrise Serenade
Take The "A" Train
The Very Thought Of You
There I've Said It Again
Till Then
We'll Meet Again
When The Lights Go On Again All Over The World
White Christmas
(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover
You Always Hurt The One You Love
You Belong To My Heart
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
You'll Never Know