Donald O. Johnston - Old Devil Moon
This and other arrangements of popular music from the 40’s and 50‘s were created for and performed by the “Thunderbirds,” a select group of musicians from the 45th Infantry Division Band of the 45th (Thunderbird) Infantry Division of the U.S. ARMY fighting in Korea.
This special group performed during “mini R and R” (short rest and recuperation from battle) periods for troops as well as “musical fillers” between USO show acts presented by USO Show groups. Their object was to present “a touch of home” for war weary troops and the momentary relief they could help provide from the terrors of war.
To commemorate those special men who served during the war in Korea, these arrangements of popular songs and music in the style of the 50’s and performed by the THUNDERBIRDS are now especially engraved as an historical presentation for release to Jazz performers and groups today.