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Old 12 September 2018, 11:55
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Entertainers in Vietnam other than USO

I ran across this FB page that has a ton of great pictures. I always thought the entertainment in Vietnam was USO but contractors actually ran a couple of others. Most of them were Australians and that area but some were American. The site is run by a guy in one of those bands that wrote a book about Kathy Wayne being killed. She was on Australian TV so she was a decent singer. A lot of the entertainers enjoyed doing it so much they would take a break and do another tour if they ever left.

https://facebook.com/VietnamWarEntertainers.Official/
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Old 12 September 2018, 12:18
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Worked the EOD security for Bob Hope and never got a chance to see him.

The bands from PI traveled the whole country and on occasion would do side jobs along the way.
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Old 12 September 2018, 14:22
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Worked the EOD security for Bob Hope and never got a chance to see him.

The bands from PI traveled the whole country and on occasion would do side jobs along the way.
I saw the Bob Hope show at Tan Son Nhut. It had Jack Jones, Joey Heatherton and Ann Margaret. A drunk GI got past security and chased Joey Heatherton around the stage until they finally tackled him.l She was doing the backword boogaloo as fast as she could go to get away from him. Saw Hope again the next year at Clark AFB. It was a nice break from the war. The PI bands could mimic any American group or singer. They were great. Japanese and Vietnamese bands sounded like a cat fight in a phone booth.
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Had a Vietnamese band, I think, at 2nd CAG compound.
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There are still shitloads of Filipino bands playing in the Middle East and places like that. Usually pretty damn good.
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There are still shitloads of Filipino bands playing in the Middle East and places like that. Usually pretty damn good.
I burned the picture of you handing dollar bills to said band members.
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The PI bands could mimic any American group or singer. They were great.
That hasn't changed!
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Go the high end resorts/hotels/bars in Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, and they will have Filipino bands!
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Old 20 November 2018, 10:41
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..as do cruise ships.
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Old 20 November 2018, 23:44
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As does Japan.

As far as the USO goes, we rarely get concerts/entertainers from them over here anymore. Now, most of the big name acts we get come from either Armed Forces Entertainment of Navy Entertainment.
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I burned the picture of you handing dollar bills to said band members.
I didn't use my hands.
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In Saudi, Leno choppered out to where we were conducting an Arabic class for an infantry unit, a total fluke that we were there to see him that day. Performed for almost an hour, some of the funniest and rawest stuff I ever heard, nothing like his Tonight Show schtick. I imagine his trip was sponsored by the USO, but who knows.

Never had much interaction with the USO in the traditional sense, I think they had something set up somewhere right around the time we were getting ready to come home. It sounds like they were much more active in Vietnam and previous wars.
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As does Japan.

As far as the USO goes, we rarely get concerts/entertainers from them over here anymore. Now, most of the big name acts we get come from either Armed Forces Entertainment of Navy Entertainment.
Many of the Army CID agents I worked with in the early 70s had pictures of themselves with celebs who they were assigned to and worked protective details for during the USO shows in Vietnam. Raquel Welch was smoking hot.

As far as Japan, during a number of years there, I remember going to concerts in Tokyo/Yokohama featuring acts such as Aerosmith, Phil Collins, Brasília, Van Halen, Metallica, etc. Good concerts, cost a lot of bucks (yen) but they all seemed to do a regimented performance for about 2 hours and that was it, no matter whether the crowd was in to them. During my years there USO didn't do much other than sponsor some NFL cheerleaders to shake a little in front of the troops around super bowl time.

But I still recall a Korean rock band in Yongsan, trying to imitate Credence and singing, "Lolling, Lolling, Lolling on a Liber." Good times!
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Mid to late 2000s, a Navy band(PR thing) came to norman north HS. They were from Millington, Tn, ( where I was in 71, at the hospital)
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My Old Man told me that some of those shows were a lot of fun and did a great job of taking their mind off of the war if for just a little while. Like most GI's he had a hard on for Raquel and Ms. Heatherton. (F'ing amazing legs on both of them)
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