Sounds of Vietnam

The Rock and Roll war.....
To most Americans, the Vietnam War has a rock and roll soundtrack. Almost every novel, memoir or oral history of the war by a veteran mentions the music that the author listened to in Vietnam. All the songs of the '60s were part of the life in a combat zone. Troops listened to Sony radios, Akai stereos and Teac tape decks and new troops arrived weekly with the latest records from the states. Many of the sound clips below were recorded on a reel to reel recorder in Vietnam. They were then sent home and transferred to cassette. The sound quality is not the best but it sounded good to us back then.

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On AF Radio

AF Radio VN    I think we need a song with a message.

AF Radio VN    The Original "Good Morning Vietnam"...Great set of lungs.

AF Radio VN    Talking about mail call and the need "To be sure to write home".

AF Radio VN    What's playing at the base theater (if you had one) 1967

AF Radio VN    General information..."from the Delta to the DMZ"

AF Radio VN    General broadcast and Chieu Hoi information

AF Radio VN    The song "Why doesn't someone write to me"

AF Radio VN    The song "If I could turn back the hands of Time"

AF Radio VN    The song "Goodbye My Sweetheart...Hello Vietnam"

AF Radio VN    The song "Goodbye my son".....

AF Radio VN    The song "Soldier Boy"

AF Radio VN    Nixon and "the Young Americans for Freedom"

On the Radio

Hanoi Hanna    She had good music but lousy commercials.

Hanoi Radio    Warning from Hanoi. "Your not in Kansas anymore"

Local Radio 1    Broadcast of Vietnamese Local Radio.

Local Radio 2    Broadcast of Vietnamese Local Radio.

Dave Rabbit 1    Under Ground radio broadcast in Vietnam.

Dave Rabbit 2    Under Ground radio broadcast in Vietnam.

In the Air

Start Up    A helicopter starting up..Low fluid pressure warnings.

Dog Fight    A US Pilot in trouble over North Vietnam

Dog Fight II    A US Pilot and North Vietnam MIG make contact.

Gun Ship    A helicopter receiving ground fire.

Dustoff 82    Pilot, CW2 Delbert "Del" Livingston, 82nd Med Det (Hel Amb)

Dustoff    Sounds of a Dustoff...Hard to hear voices over the rotor sounds.

Chopper Pilots    Conversation between Pilots after dropping troops into a LZ.

Chopper Pilots    Part 1 Conversation between Pilots about LZ troop pickup.

Chopper Pilots    Part 2 Conversation between Pilots about LZ troop pickup.

On the Ground

FO..Incoming!    Do you want it on the left side of the road or the right side?

The "Band"    The Stars and Stripes forever played by a Vietnamese Band.

Contact    Movement in the wire!

Ground Attack    Sappers Coming thru the wire..

Ground Combat    Sounds of a ground attack at Rach Kien...Tet 1968..

The Briefing    Theres a lot of people out there that are not friendly to us

In Saigon

Saigon kids    The sounds of the kids in Vietnam...Numba 1

Street Sounds    Sounds of street life in Saigon

Boom Boom    I think its a recent recording...But it kind of fit here.

In the USA

John F. Kennedy    Ask not what your country can do for you.....

Nguyen Van Thieu    American Troops to Remain in Vietnam

Sister Soldier    A song for the nurses. By Sarge Lintecum

Basic Training    Basic Training "Calling Cadence"

Basic Training    Sounds of a DI....

Martin Luther King    I've seen the promise land.....

The Green Beret    Written by Barry Sadler.. Vietnam 1967

Moon Landing    One small step for man....

Richard Daley    Chicago Mayor 1969 "The police are here to"......

Fixin' To Die Rag    A popular protest song of the time..

War!    Same as the one above..It wasn't played on AF Radio.

Richard Nixon    Peace Agreement Signed 1973...

Drive On    By Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson

In the Movies

Platoon    Those of us who did make it

Napalm    I love the smell of napalm in the Morning

Steers and ***    Drill instructor from "Full Metal Jacket"

Good Morning    Robin Williams in "Good Morning Vietnam".

Fashion    Robin Williams in "Good Morning Vietnam".

Bar-B-Q    Robin Williams the "Wreck on the Ho Chi Minh Trail"


Music of the Time

We Gotta get out of this Place   -   The Animals

Run through the Jungle   -   Creedance

Goin Up the Country   -   Canned Heat

Cry Me a River   -   Joe Cocker

Respect   -   Aretha Franklin

Midnight Special   -   Creedance

Help From My Friends   -   Joe Cocker

Little Piece of my Heart   -   Janis Joplin

Kosmic Blues   -   Janis Joplin

Try   -   Janis Joplen

Little Red Riding Hood   -   Sam the Sham

Daddy's Home   -   Shep & The Limelites

Duke of Earl   -   Gene Chandler

Knockin' On Heavens Door   -   Bob Dylan

Mr. Custer   -   Larry Verne

Riders On The Storm   -   The Doors

Tracks Of My Tears   -   Smokey Robinson

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry   -   B.J.Thomas

Twilight   -   The Platters

The Letter   -   The Box Tops

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