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Command Performance Old Time Radio Program

Command Performance Combined Set (CDs 1 & 2)
½ hour war time variety show


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Command Performace 1942 Christmas Special
Command Performance: The Andrews Sisters
The best wartime program in radio that listeners in the States never heard!

Command Performance was a weekly variety show produced by the War Department and only aired for our troops serving overseas, it was dubbed by Time Magazine as “the best wartime program in radio.” The program featured the most spectacular stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, Cary Grant, and many, many, more. Broadcasters donated their studios, the stars donated their acting, Vick Knight (the director) left the popular, and well paying, Fred Allen show to donate his skills. The show was seen by stars and studio hands as a way for the entertainment industry to contribute to the war effort, and to make a connection to the soldiers. The idea behind the title is that the soldiers would write in and request what they wanted. The show includes some heartfelt letters from soldiers who might request a particular sound from their home, like the sounds of Fifth Avenue, NY, the emcee would give a shout out to a particular solider or unit, or theater of war, then play what was requested.

To counteract what could be sad or moving letters from those serving and risking their lives, the show had a lighthearted feel, plenty of peppy music and jokes. It is basically a USO show on the radio. Two specific programs stick out: On Christmas Eve 1942 the show was aired in the states, and was played on all four radio networks. As an example of how star studded the show was, in 1945 the show outdid itself with an episode called “Dick Tracy in B-Flat” (subtitled – “For Goodness Sakes, Isn't He Ever Going To Marry Tess Truehart”). The Dick Tracy rip off starred Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, and Frank Sinatra.

“Command Performance USA the greatest entertainers in America, as requested by you, the men and women in the Unites States Armed Forces throughout the world. Command Performance presented this week and every week till your back from over there.”


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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly. Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples to get a feel for how the programs sound.
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Buy CD 1: $4.50
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Buy CD Set (1-2) : $7.00

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Download Set 2 only $3.50
Download Complete Set (1-2) only $6.00

Command Performance CD 1 74 episodes
420301 Command Performance.mp3
420308 001 Eddie Cantor, Da.mp3
420309 002 Fred Waring, Joe.mp3
420313 003 Kate Smith, Henn.mp3
420318 004 Fred Allen, Kenn.mp3
420329 005 Gjessel Cboswell.mp3
420401 006 Kkyser, Bwain, E.mp3
420407 Unknown Guests.mp3
420419 009 Stemple Mtilton .mp3
420423 010 Po'brien Fmorgan.mp3
420507 012 Betty Grable, Ja.mp3
420514 013 Edward G. Robins.mp3
420518 014 Graft Ddurbin Ds.mp3
420618 018 William Powell G.mp3
420630 020 Groucho, Victor .mp3
420630 020 Spencer Tracy Gm.mp3
420714 022 Edward Arnold Ew.mp3
420830 034 Cary Grant, Ginn.mp3
420904 029 Tbankhead Jfroma.mp3
421013 036 Bing Crosby, Mar.mp3
421224 Christmas Special.mp3
430220 053 Francis Langford.mp3
430224 054 Bob Hope Dshore .mp3
430828 081 Bing Crosby, Jud.mp3
431009 088 Robert Young, Te.mp3
431127 094 Herbert Marshall.mp3
431204 095 Dinah Shore,fats.mp3
431211 096 Bob Hope, France.mp3
431218 097 Dinah Shore, Bin.mp3
431220 098 Fred Allen, Ginn.mp3
431221 099 Fred Waring, Kat.mp3
431225 Christmas Special.mp3
440108 100 Carmen Miranda, .mp3
440115 101 Francis Langford.mp3
440122 102 Bob Hope, Deanna.mp3
440201 104 Dinah Shore, Bin.mp3
440325 112 Donamecheroyroge.mp3
440422 116 Gene Tierney, Ro.mp3
440506 118 Bob Hope, Bing C.mp3
440520 120 Paulette Goddard.mp3
440527 121 Dinah Shore, Dic.mp3
440603 122 Bob Hope, Garlan.mp3
440603 123 Connie Haines, B.mp3
440610 124 Bette Davis, Jim.mp3
440617 125 Jack Benny, Harp.mp3
440624 126 Maxine Sullivan,.mp3
440708 Command Performance.mp3
440715 128 Claudette Colber.mp3
440722 130 Ronald Colman, G.mp3
440730 131 Barbara Stanwyck.mp3
440805 132 Ginger Rogers, V.mp3
440819 134 Judy Garland, Da.mp3
440826 135 Fred Allen, Jack.mp3
440902 136 Betty Grable, Be.mp3
440909 137 Groucho Marx, Ge.mp3
440913 138 Bob Hope, Johnny.mp3
440930 140 Deanna Durbin, J.mp3
441014 142 Compilation - Hi.mp3
441026 144 Clark Gable, Joe.mp3
441026 144 Winged Victory E.mp3
441101 145 Ethel Merman, Ed.mp3
441101 145.mp3
441101 148 Edgar Bergen & C.mp3
441107 149 Claudette Colber.mp3
441108 146 Fred Waring, Kat.mp3
441118 150 Linda Darnell, M.mp3
441125 151 Ginny Simms, Lar.mp3
441125 152 Irene Dunn, John.mp3
441127 Thanksgiving Special.mp3
441216 154 Bob Hope, Bing C.mp3
441224 Command Performance .mp3
4609XX 235 Tyrone Power, Wa.mp3
47XXXX Martha Tilton, The C.mp3

Command Performance CD 2 68 episodes
450111 157 Linda Darnell, J.mp3
450118 158 Burns & Allen, C.mp3
450125 159 Frank Morgan, Fr.mp3
450201 160 Gloria Dehaven, .mp3
450208 161 Jeannie Craine, .mp3
450215 162 Dick Tracy In B .mp3
450222 163 John Garfield, G.mp3
450301 164 Helen Forrest, J.mp3
450308 165 Frank Sinatra, E.mp3
450315 166 Jimmy Durante, H.mp3
450322 167 Dinah Shore Lina.mp3
450329 168 Bob Hope,ingrid.mp3
450405 169 Bing Crosby, Ma.mp3
450419 170 Kay Kyser, Herr.mp3
450503 173 Ken Carpenter, H.mp3
450510 174 Jackbennypaulett.mp3
450531 177 Rita Hayworth, C.mp3
450608 179 Bob Hope, Ann R.mp3
450614 Command Performance.mp3
450621 180 Joan Edwards, Jc.mp3
450622 181 Hmarshall Mmaxw.mp3
450705 182 Bing Crosby, G.I.mp3
450712 183 Janet Blair Vbo.mp3
450719 184 Judy Canova, Her.mp3
450809 187 Walter O'keefe, .mp3
450814 Victory Special.mp3
450815 Command Performance .mp3
450830 189 Frank Sinatra, B.mp3
450902 Vj Day Special.mp3
450906 190 Bingbobfrankandj.mp3
450927 193 Betty Grable, Ju.mp3
451004 Dshore 194 Pied Pi.mp3
451011 195 Ralph Edwards, C.mp3
451101 199 Bob Crosby, Gild.mp3
451108 Command Performance.mp3
451213 202 Andrews Sisters,.mp3
451224 Command Performance.mp3
451225 Christmas Special (p.mp3
460110 206 Abbott & Costell.mp3
460124 208 Repeat Of Cp 102.mp3
460131 209 Chico Marx, Jack.mp3
460307 214 Ginger Rogers, B.mp3
460407 Army Day Special.mp3
460421 218 Fred Allen, Ginn.mp3
460505 220 Kay Kyser, Lina .mp3
460616 226 Shirley Temple, .mp3
460922 232 Janet Blair, Jan.mp3
461208 242 Rudy Valleedorot.mp3
461226 254 Carole Landiis, .mp3
470323 257 Glenn Ford Mmax.mp3
470330 258 Lina Romay, Garr.mp3
470504 272 Marilyn Maxwell,.mp3
470708 280 Esther Williams,.mp3
470729 Command Performance.mp3
470902 288 Penny Singleton,.mp3
471021 300 Doris Day, Frank.mp3
471216 295 Peter Lind Hayes.mp3
471223 302 Kay Kyser, Marsh.mp3
480120 307 Anita Ellis, Har.mp3
480907 340 Lina Romay, Gmoo.mp3
480914 341 Ava Gardner Kni.mp3
481020 Command Performance.mp3
481130 353 Vincent Price, K.mp3
481225 Christmas Special Pa.mp3
481225 Christmas Special001.mp3
481225 Christmas Special002.mp3
481225 Christmas Special003.mp3
491018 397 Alexis Smith, De.mp3

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