The 1930s witnessed the birth of the American–Soviet friendship movement which revolved around the Friends of the Soviet Union, founded in 1929. One of the major goals of the movement was for the United States and the Soviet Union to form an anti-fascist alliance. This eventually led to the foundation of the NCSR, which became the NCASF in 1941. The Council's membership was largely made up of professionals sympathetic to socialism and communism. [Wiki]
Yank Bands Record For Red Army
NEW YORK, July 10. -Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Morton Gould and possibly other band leaders will make recordings July 16 to be sent to the Red Army. James C. Petrillo, AFM prez, has okayed recording for the venture. Waxing session will be held in the American-Soviet Friendship War Exhibit, and albums will be distributed to Red Army troops along the Eastern front. Purpose is to entertain Russian soldiers, besides presenting examples of our musical culture. Others participating in the album making will be Jimmy Durante, the Andrew Sisters and the Golden Gate Quartet.