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11th. Naval District 'United States Coast Guard Band' (1944)

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Singer Rudy Vallee, a Coast Guard Reserve officer leads the Coast Guard Band in a salute to all the uniformed services.

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Crooner Rudy Vallee, a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, leads the Coast Guard band of the 11th naval district in several songs at various venues, including a Navy Day celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. Songs celebrate the Coast Guard, the U.S. Marines, and various branches of the U.S. Navy. As the songs are played, the audience sees footage of maneuvers, battles, sailors boarding ship, and other scenes. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Vitaphone release #1216A. See more »

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Wings of Gold
Written by Joseph F. Hewitt and Guy E. Wyatt
Performed by the 11th Naval District United States Coast Guard Band and chorus
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"Fine Coast Guard We Are For You"
19 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This short film is a band concert by the 11th Naval District US Coast Guard Band which had a celebrity leader in the person of the famous Vagabond Lover himself Rudy Vallee. This was Rudy's contribution to the war effort as he left his famous Connecticut Yankees Orchestra for the Coast Guard for the duration of World War II. Knowing his legendary cheapness you can bet he lived on his officer's salary for that period.

Some familiar melodies like Anchor's Aweigh and The Marine's Hymn are in the concert and some ones I never heard of like I didn't know the submarines service had a theme song. The Coast Guard marching song tops the program and I do know that one.

Vallee even got to sing an original number and I would have been completely disappointed if he didn't. What's There To Like About a Sailor sung with an unidentified girl trio.

The short is directed by Bobby Connolly who choreographed all the Warner Brothers musicals that Busby Berkeley wasn't available for. The short is a nice wartime memory.


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