Winged Victory was a Broadway play written by Moss Hart about the U.S. Army Air Forces. The patriotic show opened on November 20, 1943, and ran 212 performances, closing May 20, 1944. Although it was essentially a straight play, it had plenty of music and a large orchestra and chorus to perform it. The score was a patchwork of familiar songs with some new material written by David Rose. Decca Records recorded only four numbers from the show for a 78-rpm album consisting of two 12" discs. Rose's title song and "My Dream Book of Memories" were handled by the chorus, as, naturally, was the theme song "The Army Air Corps." Don Richards led the chorus on "The Whiffenpoof Song," the old Rudy Vallée favorite, which was a good example of the kind of standards interpolated into the play. The show was no match for Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, but at a time of war it was another work that supported the military effort.
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