Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) produced a number of original programs,
most of them originating from their main studios in Hollywood. "Command
Performance" was one of the most popular of these productions. It was an
American variety show broadcast mainly to the armed forces between 1942
A surprising fact about this series is that all talent was donated; no one received payment including the stars. This was even more remarkable these included movie stars Charles Laughton, Red Skelton, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and others. Anybody who was anybody got in on this act and those guys serving away from home were glad of it.
Part of the premise was that American service men could "command" their favourite stars and entertainers to appear on the program just for them ... and many of them did. Regulars included Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Kay Kyser, Jack Benny, Doris Day and Edgar Bergen.
When the war ended it was decided that it would still be necessary to
carry on producing the show and it continued to be broadcast to the
serving men and women of the United States Armed Forces right up to the
end of 1949.