At the beginning of World War II,
the War department, through the Army Services Forces
Special Services Division, distributed thousands of shellac phonograph
records (V DISCS) to Army Forces throughout the world. Shortly after the
Army's program started, the U.S. Navy became involved in the program,
appointing E.P. DiGiannantonio to run the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard
V-Disc Record Number A-189-A
Serial No. VP 479 D4TC 42-1
Recorded circa mid
CBS Radio Broadcast, New York City
Perry Como - vocal refrain with
with Paul Baron Orchestra ( not
"Billy" Butterfield, David "Roy" Eldridge, Gordon "Chris"
Lawson (John Lausen), Jimmy Maxwell and Charlie Shavers.
Bradley (Wilbur Schwichtenberg) and Ward Stillaway;
later James "Trummy"
"Ernie" Cacares, Nick Caiazza, Henry "Hank" D'Amico and Paul Rizzi.
Wilson; occasionally Phil Moore and Mary Lou Williams
Palmieri; later Tommy Kay.
Bass: Al Hall;
occasionally Billy Taylor.
Norvo (Kenneth Norville)
Harp: Elaine Vito
Hart, Paul Link, Phil Moore, Walter Morrant, Eddie Sauter,
Alec Wilder and Julian Work.
~ In December 1944, Perry Como began a
long association with the Liggett and Meyers Tobacco Company and its
"Chesterfield Supper Club" series on NBC Radio ( Monday to Friday, 7:00-7:15
P.M. ). During the V-Disc years, accompanying orchestras included those of
Ted Steele, Lloyd Shaffer, Carl Kress and Mitchell Ayres. Ted Steele's
Orchestra accompanied Perry on the Chesterfield broadcasts from December 11,
1944, through to July 27, 1945.