The song of the day for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 is “Army Air Corps Song.”
About This Song
“Army Air Corps Song” was written in 1938 by Robert MacArthur Crawford. In 1938 the Army Air Corps decided that it needed a song. A contest was created with a $1000 prize, donated by Liberty Magazine. Over 700 compositions were submitted. In addition, Meredith Willson and Irving Berlin were asked to write entries as well. In the end, the prize went to Robert MacArthur Crawford, a music teacher, who had attempted to serve in World War I, but was kicked out after it was discovered he was underage. He enlisted again for World War II and flew for the Air Transport Command of the U.S. Army Air Forces. After the war, he joined the music faculty at the University of Miami.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song in 1957 for his third album, The Beat of My Heart. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon and features Jo Jones on the drums.
Today is Veteran’s Day and this song is for veterans of all of our wars, including Anthony Dominick Benedetto, who served in World War II.