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December ’41 Playlist!

December '41William Martin is a master of the historical thriller. Nothing proves that more than his gripping new novel December ‘41, the story of a desperate manhunt in the first weeks of the Second World War. Martin has put together the playlist below to take you back to the 40s. Included are artists mentioned in the book like the Andrews Sisters as well as music that evokes locations and events discussed by the characters. All in all, it’s an unforgettable trip to the past. 

  1. FDR’s Infamy Speech from Dec. 8, 1941. Click here to see the full video recording. 
  2. Max Steiner, Warner Bros. Fanfare. Click here to see the video recording.
  3. Glenn Miller, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”
  4. Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra, “Blue Skies” 
  5. Glenn Miller, “String of Pearls.”
  6. Dooley Wilson, “As Time Goes By”
  7. Benny Goodman, “Sing, Sing, Sing”
  8. Paul Dukas, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” 
  9. Beethoven, “Symphony #6, Pastoral” Allegra ma non troppo
  10. James Cagney, “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
  11. Erich Wolfgang Korngold, “Robin Hood Suite” 
  12. Gene Autry, “You Are My Sunshine”
  13. Marlene Dietrich, “See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have” 
  14. Benny Goodman, “Moonglow” 
  15. Glen Miller, “Sunrise Serenade” 
  16. Max Steiner, “Gone With The Wind”
  17. Artie Shaw, “Stardust”
  18. Artie Shaw, “Begin the Beguine”
  19. Andrews Sisters, “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen”
  20. Andrews Sisters,  “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” 
  21. Sons of the Pioneers, “Cool, Cool Water”
  22. Marine Band, “Deck the Halls
  23. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, “Oh, Come, All ye Faithful”
  24. The Band Of H.M. Royal Marines, Chichester Cathedral Choir, “Joy to the World”
  25. FDR and Churchill light the Tree. Click here to see the video recording.

Click below to pre-order your copy of December ’41, coming June 7th, 2022!

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