During 1942 the War and Navy Departments were working ons several initatives aimed at providing phonograph records and record players to American service personnel at home and overseas. These efforts invovled several departments including the Army Service Forces' Special Services Division. An officer in the Radio Bureau of the division (which later became the Armed Forces Radio Service) proposed an idea for a unified and dedicated military record branch, Robert Vincent was a technical officer and he convinced authorities he could bring together the recording industry, broadcasting and the musician's unions in the wartime record production effort. The program ans the records were nicknamed "V-Discs." During the first several years of the program commercial records were not made due to a musicians strike, so V-Discs provide a unique look at American popular music, jazz and classics. All prominent American artists appeared on V-DIscs, which spanned the musical spectrum. Learn more:
The GMA Richard Sherwood Sears Collection is the world's leading source of V-Disc information.
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