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Honoring our veterans of military service and music

This week we salute our veterans and the music they made before, during and after their military service.

The first one that comes to mind is this Vietnam War-era classic from Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler, a real-life wounded Vietnam Vet. Even as protest was building against the war, it was the biggest single of 1966, spending 5 weeks at Number 1 on the charts.

Sadler donated a large portion of his royalties to families of Vietnam casualties, and later became a successful mystery writer. This may be the most boring music video ever made:

Elvis Presley was drafted in 1958 – in the middle of his successful career – and could have become a military musician but chose instead to be a “regular” soldier. He managed to keep his career afloat — while he was in the Army, he released 10 Top 40 hits. He donated his pay to charity and bought televisions for the Army base.

Can something from 1990 already be vintage? MC Hammer was a batboy for the Oakland A’s before joining the Navy for 3 years. What is it with the baggy pants?

Tony Bennett fought as an infantryman in the late days of WWII. The experience made him a patriot but also a pacifist. He wrote, "Anybody who thinks that war is romantic obviously hasn't gone through one.” He gave Lady Gaga a chance to be classy in this 2011 duet:

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).