Request for Question Clarification by
16 Oct 2006 15:23 PDT
The version by the Merry Macs is still being sold on this
compilation titled, 'The Harmonious Hits of the Merry Macs'.
All the songs are from Decca Records, which has long been
absorbed by other labels. See Wikipedia for that information:
However, the Merry Macs are not listed under the List of
Artists under the Decca Records Label:
The album is still being sold on Amazon and Artists Direct:
The sheet music was copyrighted in 1942 by Famous Music Corp:
Frank Loesser, the composer, died of cancer in 1969:
While I can't speak directly for the version sung by the Merry
Macs, whose version has the men in the group singing the words,
"praise the lord and pass the ammunition", I have found another
version by an unnamed group, in which the women sing those lyrics,
having been used in a video created by michael the tubthumper in
...also available on YouTube:
In the comments, he is asked where he found the song, and notes
that he found it having been used in the closing credits of a
documentary titled, 'We Interrupt This Empire...':
Though the song is played in this video as the closing credits
roll, the song itself is not listed in the movie's credits:
Presumably, this means that at least this version is free of
copyright restrictions - either that, or no one has noticed.
This version sounds like Kay Kyser's version, and can be found
on mp3.com on the compilation, 'The Best of Kay Kyser & His
Since this information may be helpful, though inconclusive,
I won't yet post it as an answer until you've confirmed
that it satisfies your interests.
Let me know where this takes you...