Fitting for the 4th

American FlagBy 1940, with World War II looming overseas, Muzak owner and US Senator Bill Benton knew that the inclusion of patriotic recordings into programs for factories and businesses would raise morale and boost the energy of employees.  Executive Producer Ben Selvin solicited the help of renowned band conductor, Edwin Franko Goldman, and booked several sessions in the early ‘40s.

The Goldman Band, also known as the American Bandmasters Association, consisted of over 35 musicians, including a large brass section with several tubas. Where would a marching band be without lots of tubas?

On July 17, 1941 the Goldman Band crowded into the Muzak studio in Manhattan and recorded 12 patriotic marches that became some of the foundation of Muzak programs throughout the war years.

I thought it would be fitting to share one of those recordings with you during this Independence Day holiday time.  Happy birthday, America!

Contributed by Bruce McKagan, Muzak Archives Director

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Tagged as: 40s music, 4th of July, Bill Benton, Edwin Franko Goldman, Muzak Archives, Star Spangled Banner, World War II

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