Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Let's Remember Pearl Harbor! (Sammy Kaye's Swing and Sway Band)

Today is the 81st anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, and the British and Dutch colonies in SE Asia on December 7, 1941.

Shortly after the Japanese attack, Sammy Kaye wrote the music and Don Reid wrote the words to "Remember Pearl Harbor", the tune of which was actually borrowed from Ohio University's "Alma Mater". On December 17, 1941, RCA Victor recorded the song, with Sammy Kaye's Swing and Sway Band and The Glee Club. 

Here it is, with the lyrics.


History in ev’ry century records an act that lives forevermore
We’ll recall, as into line we fall, the thing that happened on Hawaii’s shore


Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we go to meet the foe
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we did the Alamo
We will always remember how they died for liberty
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
And go on to victory!


Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we go to meet the foe
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
As we did the Alamo
We will always remember how they died for liberty
Let’s remember Pearl Harbor
And go on to victory!

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