On Tuesday evening May 17 at 7pm, the Friends of the Library will host “Songs and Stories of World War II - Popular Wartime Songs and their Stories You Didn't Know”, presented by Richard Kruppa.
Seventy five years ago this country entered World War II, and people of all ages love the music from the era, 1941-1945. This entertaining and informative program focuses on some of the most beloved songs from that era. Songs like “Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover,” “Sentimental Journey,” and “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition." Richard not only sings the songs, accompanying himself on guitar, 5-string banjo, and baritone ukulele, but also tells their fascinating and unfamiliar stories as well; their meaning, how they came to be, and their significance.
Richard asks interesting and thought-provoking questions such as "What popular song was written in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor?" "What song was popular world-wide and thought to be from each country where it was popular?" and "What WWII-era song was a top hit written and recorded by a state governor?”
Richard Kruppa, known musically as “Ramblin’ Richard,” is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and is a retired professor from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow. Please call the Dover Public Library, 516-6050, for more information.