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“Murderistic”; Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra; Joe Lippman; Decca (4356 A); Publication date: December 22, 1941


PM, December 22, 1941, p.1


“Remember Pearl Harbor”; Eddy Howard and his Orchestra; Eddy Howard; Reid; S. Kaye; Columbia (36497); Publication date: December 22, 1941



PM, December 22, 1941, p.11 (Second photo by Weegee published after Pearl Harbor; one of only four published in PM in December 1941.)

Ticking of the clock brought on police investigation. PM Photo by Weegee

Police Solve Mystery Of Ticking Suitcase

But Virtually Ruin Contents By Soaking It in Oil

An attendant at the Pennsylvania Station parcel-checking room wasn’t taking any chances yesterday when he picked up a suitcase and heard a ticking noise inside it. He called police.

Bomb squad detectives took the suitcase to a nearby parking lot, soaked it in oil and opened it. They found an alarm clock, the hands indicating 5:28; three pairs of women’s shoes, a raincoat, a meat chopper, two flatirons, two brushes and woman’s undies.

The suitcase was returned to the checkroom, the contents a bit the worse for the oil.


“We Did It Before And We Can Do It Again”; Eddy Howard and his Orchestra; Friend; C. Tobias; Columbia (36497); Publication date: December 22, 1941


PM, December 22, 1941, p.12

How To Convert Your Home Into A Bomb Shelter


“Life is Fine”; Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra; James Young and Ensemble; James Young; Decca (4289 A); Publication date: December 22, 1941


PM, December 22, 1941, p.21

Brooklyn’s Claim To Dying Fame


“I’m Losing My Mind (Because Of You)”; Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra; Dan Grissom; Herb Waters; Ted Choate; Mary Schaeffer; Decca (4289 B); Publication date: December 22, 1941

The actual candy sore on the corner of Saratoga and Livonia Aves., once owned by Rose Gold. Today it’s a refurbished and reputable establishment. Photo by Steven Derry, PM


“What Is This Thing Called Love?”; Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra; Cole Porter; Connie Haines; Victor (27782-A); Publication date: December 22, 1941

Albert Anastasia

Happy Maione

Abe Reles


“Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) – Part 1”; Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra; Harold Arlen; Johnny Mercer; Decca (4125 A); Publication date: December 22, 1941

Albert Happy Abe


“I Don’t Want to Walk without You”; Erskine Hawkins (The Twentieth Century Gabriel); Ida James; Frank Loesser; Jule Styne; Bluebird (B-11439-B); Publication date: December 22, 1941


“Sometimes”; Ginny Simms; G. Kahn; C. Lombardo; Okeh (6566); Publication date: December 18, 1941

City Has No Whistle
So Mayor Considers Small Ones Hung at Street Corners


“Skylark”; Ginny Simms; Mercer; Carmichael; Okeh (6618); Publication date: December 18, 1941

Blackout Protection Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive


“Someone’s Rocking My Dream Boat”; Ginny Simms; L. Rene; E. Scott; O. Rene; Okeh (6566); Publication date: December 18, 1941

Actual Scenes From America’s First Battle in 2d World War

Friend or Foe? Here’s How to Recognize War Planes


PM, December 18, 1941 (Photos by John Albert and Wide World)


“Let’s Put the Axe to the Axis”; Abe Lyman and his Californians; Corday; Mann; Weiss; The Four Eton Boys; Bluebird (B-11410-A); Publication date: December 18, 1941


“Remember Pearl Harbor”; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye; Don Reid; Sammy Kaye; Victor (27738-A); Publication date: December 17, 1941

Hawaii Raid In Photos 9 Pages

PEARL HARBOR: Nine Pages of Pictures

First Photos of the Battle of Pearl Harbor…

…Show How Viciously Army Posts Were Bombed

A Direct Hit on a Pleasure Car Took Three…


“Marching Along Together”; Xavier Cugat and his Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra; Cugat Chorus; Dixon; Pola; Steininger; Columbia (36496); Publication date: December 17, 1941

U.S. Planes Were Stopped Before They Took Off…

…While Japanese Set Countless Fires Near Honolulu

U.S. Soldiers Stand Guard…


PM, December 17, 1941 (Photos by U.S. Army from Wide World and Movietone News)


“Viva Roosevelt!”; Xavier Cugat and his Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra; Leonard Stokes; Miguelito Valdes; Cugat Chorus; Cugat; Stillman; Columbia (36496); Publication date: December 17, 1941


“The Star Spangled Banner”; Kate Smith and The Kate Smith Singers; Key; Smith; Jack Miller; Columbia (36511); Publication date: December 16, 1941


PM, December 16, 1941, p. 6

Full Text of the President’s Message to Congress…


“America, I Love You”; Kate Smith and The Kate Smith Singers; Leslie Gottier; Jack Miller; Columbia (36511); Publication date: December 16, 1941


PM, December 16, 1941, p. 7

..How Japan, Step by Step, Forced War in the pacific


“The Bill Of Rights”; Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights; Myers; Gorney; Columbia (35865); November 27, 1940


PM, December 16, 1941, p. 15

New York Solemnly Observes Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day – the 150th anniversary of the signing of the great document by the last of the original states, was marked elaborately in New York. Most impressive was this salute to the flag (see Mayor Fiorella La Guardia in front row) at City Hall.
Photo by Gene Badger

Before… Test Air-Raid Alarm in Times Square… After

The usual 10 a.m. traffic, the usual pedestrian, swarmed through Times Square at 10 a.m. Then police rehearsed a raid alarm…

Pedestrian were hustled off the streets, trolly cars and buses were emptied. Hurray – it works!
Photos by Wide World


[End of] “President Roosevelt Bill Of Rights Speech”; President Franklin D. Roosevelt (KHJ radio); Publication date: December 15, 1941


“Whoopee!!”; Ben Selvin and His Orchestra; De Sylva; Brown; Conrad; Vocalion (B 15154); November 23, 1925


The New York Times, December 16, 1941

LEPKE DEFENDANT IS FREED BY COURT

Printer Cleared of Operating ‘Front’ for $10,000,000 Narcotics Ring


“Whoopie Cha Cha”; Randy Carlos and his Orch.; Donaldson; Kahn; Rainbow (363); 1956


“He’s 1-A in the Army and He’s A-1 in My Heart”; Johnny Long And His Orchestra; Helen Young; Redd Evans; Decca (4115 A); Publication date: December 15, 1941


PM, December 15, 1941, p. 14

Air Raid Instructions for Teachers, Pupils and Parents


“Stormy Weather; Ill Wind”; Ted Koehler; Ned Freeman; Lou Bring; Harold Arlen; Lena Horne; Victor (27819-A / 27819-B); Publication date: December 15, 1941



PM, December 15, 1941, pp. 16-17

This Is Everybody’s War, And Here Are Some Of The Things Americans Can Do About It


“The Man I Love; Where or When”; Richard Rodgers; Lena Horne; Ira and George Gershwin; Lou Bring; Ned Freeman; Lorenz Hart; RCA Victor (27818-A / 27818-B); Publication date: December 15, 1941


“If It’s Any News to You”; Clyde Bernhardt and his Blue Blazers; Clyde Bernhardt; Bernhardt; Hilliard; Sonora (109-B); 1946


“Looking the World Over”; Memphis Minnie; Lawler; Okeh (6707); December 12, 1941


“No Good”; Bob Chester and his Orchestra; Alvin; Melisande; Better Bradley; Bluebird (B-11428-B); Publication date; December 12, 1941


“Black Rat Swing”; Little Son Joe; Lawler; Okeh (6707); December 12, 1941


“Blackout”; Erskine Hawkins (The Twentieth Century Gabriel); Averi Parrish; Sam Lowe; Bluebird (B-11192-B); May 15, 1941


PM, December 12, 1941


“And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” Parts 1 and 2; Sterling Holloway; Harry Sosnik; Dr. Seuss; December 12, 1941

December 12, 1941


“Air Raid Sirens”; Major (4023 A); 1960

REMEMBER: A long and a short blast are for an air-raid alarm. A series of short blasts means all clear.


“You Don’t Know What Love Is”; Benny Goodman and his Orch.; Art London; Raye; de Paul; Okeh (6534); December 10, 1941


Full Text of the President’s Address Last Night… …Seven-Day Work Week Announced for War Industries

…Powerful and resourceful gangsters…

The President Says Axis Is at War With Us Now


President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat Following The Declaration Of War On Japan”; December 9, 1941

New York Has Its First Air-Raid Alarms, But the Enemy Fails to Make Appearance

A million schoolchildren were evacuated from their classrooms yesterday as New York had two air-raid alarms – the first of the war. These pupils at PS 34 on Hester Street look on the whole procedure as a kind of game. The alarm found most New Yorkers calm, but left them puzzled as to what it was all about. There is one theory that somebody mistook American planes for the enemy; another holds that it was a staged dress rehearsal. The Army denied the latter theory. Whatever the cause, we needed the practice. PM Photo by Weegee



“Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry”; Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra; Helen O’Connell; Victor Schertzinger; Johnny Mercer; Decca (4122 A); December 10, 1941


“I Remember You”; Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra; Bob Eberly; Victor Schertzinger; Johnny Mercer; Decca (4132 A); December 10, 1941

FBI’s Alien Roundup Brings in 335 Prisoners


“Not Mine”; Benny Goodman and his Orchestra; Peggy Lee; Mercer; Schertzinger; Columbia (38280); December 10, 1941

‘I Want to Stay Here,’ Wept This Japanese

PM, December 10, 1941 (Photos by Morris Gordon, Weegee, Harris and Ewing, and Click Magazine)


“Ev’rything I Love”; Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra; Bob Eberly; Cole Porter; Decca (4123 B); December 10, 1941

“…Powerful and resourceful gangsters…”


“President Roosevelt’s War Message To Congress and The Nation”; Columbia (36516), December 8, 1941







PM, December 8, 1941



The New York Times, December 8, 1941


“President Roosevelt’s War Message To Congress and The Nation (Completion)”; Columbia (36516); December 8, 1941


“A Foggy Day”; Lester Young and His Orchestra; Gershwin; Lester Young; Jo Jones; John Lewis; Gene Ramey; Norman Granz; Mercury (8946); 1951


PM, December 5, 1941, p. 16, (Photos by Wide World and Irving Haberman.)

New York Gropes Through Twin Fog, Worst in Years

Skyscrapers swim in a sea of fog in this picture, taken yesterday from the RCA Building, looking south. Two fogs – meteorologically speaking – engulfed the city. One was a land fog, caused by a loitering mass of warm moist air from the south passing over relatively cool earth. The other a sea fog, caused by cold air over relatively warmer water, made going thicker near the harbor. Smoke spread out and mixed with the water vapor, lowering visibility still farther. The fog has hung here three nights, but may be dissipated today by rain and refreshing winds.

…Fog varied in depth from a few hundred feet to more than 1000. Last one like this, in January, 1935, stayed three days.


“Lost in a Fog”; Connie Boswell; Jimmie Grier & his Orchestra; Fields; McHugh; Brunswick (7303); October 1934


PM, December 5, 1941, p. 17 (Photo by Ray Platnick)

Looking north from corner of Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, toward Flatbush Avenue. The picture was taken at 10 o’clock last night. The motorists, up against fog that sometimes cut visibility to a few feet, drove slowly all over town, so there were fewer accidents in the fog than in clear weather. But one accident tied up Brooklyn Bridge 45 minutes. A peddler’s wagon was struck by an automobile, and his horse was killed. By good luck and alertness the fire engines got to the regular quota of blazes in time, without crackups.


“Foggy River”; Red Foley; Roy Ross and His Ramblers; Fred Rose; Decca (46024 A); July 31, 1946-


PM, December 5, 1941, p. 13

The man who gave Sacrface Al Capone his scar is under arrest as a vagrant.


“Troubles Good-Bye”; Jimmy Liggins And His Drops of Joy; Jimmy Liggins; J. Liggins; Specialty (SP 520 B); 1947


PM, December 5, 1941, p. 13

Gracie Mansion…


“I Ain’t Drunk”; Jimmy Liggins; Aladdin (3250); 1954


Remember him?

PM, December 5, 1941, p. 13


“Black Coffee”; Sarah Vaughan; Webster; Burke; Joe Lipman; Columbia (38462); 1949


The New York Times, December 5, 1933


“40 Cups of Coffee”; Danny Overbea; King Kolex and his Orchestra; D. Overbea; Checker (774); 1953