Oh! It’s A Lovely War

Hosted by:
Luke Kelly

Show Description:

Collection of military marches and war songs. Includes Prussian and German marches of the 19th Century, Allied propaganda songs from the First World War, Soviet cheers from World War II, and some contemporary compositions.

Example favorites:

“It’s A Long Way to Tipperary” (1912, British)

“You’re a Grand Old Flag” (1906, American)

“Alte Kameraden” (1889, German)

“Along the Peterskaya Road” (18th Century popularized during WWII, Russian/Soviet)

“Miss Kirkwood” (bagpipe tune, Scottish)

DJ’s DISCLAIMER: Some of the pieces and songs on this show are associated with regimes that might be considered offensive to some listeners. WMHB does not stand by these regimes or their politics. This show is apolitical and purely intended for historical purposes. For any questions or concerns, email lbkell21@colby.edu

The Alexandrov Ensemble, known famously as “The Red Army Choir,” is an official army choir of the Russian armed forces. It was established in 1928, and has undergone a series of name changes under the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. It is famous for its performances of iconic Russian/Soviet songs, such as “Katyusha,” “Kalinka,” and “The Song of the Volga Boatmen.”
Bagpipe tunes are a particular favorite–though only played at select intervals during the show’s one hour slot.
“Oh! It’s A Lovely War” was a song written by J. P. Long and Maurice Scott in 1917 for singer and male-impersonator Ella Shields (1879-1952). The title of the song was adapted by English theatre director Joan Littlewood for her 1963 satirical epic musical.
Air Times:
  • Monday - 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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