Short stories and essays by Shaun Costello, as well as excerpts from manuscripts in progress.

THREE GREAT LOVE SONGS FROM WORLD WAR TWO

 

 

THREE GREAT LOVE SONGS FROM WORLD WAR TWO

 

One of the most famous photographs of World War Two


Separation is the common theme – listened to by wives and sweethearts on the home front, and by husband and lovers, overseas in distant lands fighting in the war. A horrific, yet romantic time, and these three songs must have helped and hurt in equal measure. And they’re lovely indeed. I remember these three vividly because my mother used to sing them around the house, and play them on the record player when I was a small child.

 

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW…1943

British songbird Vera Lynn had her own orchestra, and made the hit recording of You’ll Never Know.


Music by Harry Warren and Lyrics by Mack Gordon
The hit recording was by British songbird Vera Lynn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZtWNlCTc6o

 

 

 

 

                                             I’LL BE SEEING YOU…1944
Music by Sammy Fain and Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Originally written in 1938, but made famous in the 1944 movie I’LL BE SEEING YOU, which made it a big hit, and one of WWII’s great love songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvq4OnhMEO4

 

Jo Stafford’s recording of I’ll Be Seeing You topped the charts in 1944.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME…1945
Music by Jule Styne and Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
The hit recording was by Harry James and vocalist Kitty Kallen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkeh50Nig5U

Harry James made the hit recording of It’s Been a Long, Long Time, with vocalist Kitty Kallen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The romance of War.

 

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© 2018 Shaun Costello

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One response

  1. Jeff

    I love all these classic songs! Most kids today aren’t aware of any song or movie or person if it existed before they were born.

    August 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

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