USO Night

The band getting ready before the performance.

Earlier this evening, my beau and I attended a USO show. Well, it was more of a tribute to the USO shows from the mid-twentieth century era.

The band members dressed in army khakis, and a trio of singers billed as “The Swing Sisters” all gave a musical and comedy show that was just the ticket for this Independence Day week. The songs were the usual treasured ones such as “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Night Train,” “In the Mood,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and a lot of others. Some of the band members played at one time with Cab Calloway, Les Brown, Glenn Miller, and Guy Lombardo.  One musician played the washboard.  That was fun to listen to!

The Swing Sisters wore army green dresses with full skirts with petticoats at the first appearance. They changed for their second appearance, wearing Victory Red dresses with gold braid. Their hairdos were reminiscent of the 1940s style, and when I met them later in the lobby, I noticed they weren’t much more than in the mid-twenties. If I can say this – I thought their singing voices and harmonizing were much better than the Andrew Sisters.

When the band played Cab Calloway’s famous song, “Minnie the Moocher,” I was thrilled that the singer didn’t change the words – plus, he encouraged the audience to “Hi Dee Hi Dee Hi Dee Ho” along with him!

At the closing of the show, the band played every military branch’s song (marches): “Anchors Aweigh“ (Navy), “The Marines Hymn” (Marines), “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” (Army), “Wild Blue Yonder” (Air Force), and “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard). At each song, everyone who served in their military branch stood up. To me, it seemed that the most were Army, and just a handful were Coast Guard. In total, I would say about half the audience served in the military.

Then, when all on stage and the audience sang “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “God Bless America,” Uncle Sam appeared from behind the curtains next to the stage. We met him later in the lobby, too.

There’s Uncle Sam in the spotlight, washed out by the brightness. Oooops!

This was a fun early evening concert and the songs are still playing delightfully in my head. I would like to go to more of these types of concerts.

My beau meets Uncle Sam.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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