(Theme from the) Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell) by Freddy Martin & his Orchestra (Jack Fina, piano)
British light music composer Richard Addinsell created this romantic classic as part of his movie score for the UK 1941 wartime drama “Dangerous Moonlight” (curiously retitled “Suicide Squadron” for U.S. release).
The familiar ballad passage of “Warsaw Concerto” was adapted for the late-fifties song hit “The World Outside” (U.S. charted by the Four Coins, Four Aces, and Roger Williams...UK charted by Ronnie Hilton and Russ Conway).
THE 1943 HITS ARCHIVE - a collection of commercial recordings and songs that proved popular during the calendar year 1943 via sales, sheet music, juke box play, and radio exposure.…plus some others that have gained increased recognition or have been shown to have had an impact during the decades that followed.
Why only 88 titles when the previous three years were over 120? Beginning on August 1st 1942, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) had begun an extended, crippling labor action against the recording industry over royalty payments, often referred to as the “Recording Ban” (see the Wikipedia entry “1942-44 musicians’ strike” for an informative read). Until the signing of new agreements with the union, none of the record companies were permitted to make new commercial recordings using union musicians. Among the industry leaders, by the end of 1943 only the established Decca and recently-formed Capitol labels had settled, while the big Victor and Columbia labels would not give in until late ’44.
Because the labels had built up a bit of a stockpile in anticipation of the shutdown, fresh-sounding material continued to be issued during the early months of the year. But since the popular bands were unable to make any new commercial recordings throughout most or all of 1943 (depending on their label affiliation) and the leading solo vocal stars like Sinatra, Crosby and Haymes were permitted no studio instrumentation to accompany their songs, there was usually no way for consumers to purchase brand new, well-produced recordings of the latest newly-emerging song hits. For some of those tunes, you’ll see a number of vocal tracks here that feature “voice-only” arrangements, plus only the big band recordings that had been made prior to August 1942....some of them reissues from back in the 1930s.