Music, Oldies, Valentine's Day

Be My Valentine 2016 ~ WWII Era Love Songs

150213-wartime-valentines-06This year, I’ve chosen to highlight love songs from the World War II era. These songs spread a spectrum of emotion that includes despondency, worry, longing, optimism and reunion.


You can also explore past Be My Valentine Editions here:

Be My Valentine 2014

Be My Valentine 2015 (Torch Songs)


I’m excited to share with you the songs I’ve chosen for Valentine’s Day 2016, so without further delay:

Be My Valentine 2016 ~ WWII Love Songs Apple Music Playlist

Be My Valentine 2016 ~ WWII Love Songs Spotify Playlist


We’ll Meet Again

  • written by Ross Parker, Hughie Charles (1939)
  • recording by Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee (1942)

Till Then

  • written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, and Guy Wood (1944)
  • recording by The Mills Brothers (1944)

I Cover the Waterfront

  • written by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman (1933)
  • recording by Billie Holiday (1939)

I’ll Never Smile Again

  • written by Ruth Lowe (1939)
  • recording by Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1940)

Moonlight Serenade

  • written by Glenn Miller (1939)
  • recording by Glenn Miller (1939)

I’ll Be Seeing You

  • written by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal (1938)
  • recording by Bing Crosby & John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra (1944)

All The Things You Are

  • written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II (1939)
  • recording by Artie Shaw & Helen Forrest (1940)

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

  • written by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell (1940)
  • recording by Duke Ellington (1943)

As Time Goes By

  • written by Herman Hupfeld (1931)
  • recording by Dooley Wilson (1942)

Embraceable You

  • written by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin (1930)
  • recorded by Nat King Cole Trio (1944)

I’m Beginning To See The Light

  • written by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James (1944)
  • recording by Duke Ellington and Joya Sherrill (1944)


  • written by Hoagy Carmichael (1927)
  • recording by Artie Shaw (1940)

I’ve Heard That Song Before

  • written by Jule Styne and lyrics by Sammy Cahn (1942)
  • recording by Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest (1942)

Long Ago and Far Away

  • written by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin (1944)
  • recording by Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest (1944)

I Can’t Begin to Tell You

  • written by James V. Monaco and Mack Gordon (1945)
  • recording by Bing Crosby & Carmen Cavallaro’s Orchestra (1945)

Taking a Chance On Love

  • written by Vernon Duke, John La Touche and Ted Fetter (1940)
  • recording by Benny Goodman & Helen Forrest (1943)

Sentimental Journey

  • written by Les Brown, Ben Homer and Bud Green (1944)
  • recording by Les Brown and Doris Day (1945)

You’ll Never Know

  • written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon (1943)
  • recording by Dick Haymes (1943)

It’s Been a Long, Long Time

  • written by James Terlingo, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn (1945)
  • recording by Harry James and His Orchestra with vocal by Kitty Kallen (1945)

Till The End Of Time

  • written by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman (1945)
  • recording by Perry Como (1945)

I Don’t Wan’t to Walk Without You

  • written by Jule Styne with the lyrics by Frank Loesser (1941)
  • recording by Harry James and His Orchestra & Helen Forrest (1942)

Nearness of You

  • written by Hoagy Carmichael, with lyrics by Ned Washington (1938)
  • recording by Glenn Miller Orchestra vocal by Ray Eberle (1940)

How Deep is the Ocean

  • written by Irving Berlin (1932)
  • recording by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra vocal by Peggy Lee (1941)


One thought on “Be My Valentine 2016 ~ WWII Era Love Songs

  1. Love all the old songs! Thanks so much Lori and Holly!

    Posted by Pattie Barko | February 11, 2018, 11:22 am

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