Lesley Gore/Roy Hamilton – Stars for Civil Defense 1966 radio show w/unreleased material


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Free U.S. shipping!  A copy of the 1966 radio show Stars for Civil Defense, featuring rare tracks from Lesley Gore and Roy Hamilton.

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Offered for sale is a rare 1966 radio show, Stars for Civil Defense, featuring one side by Lesley Gore and one side by Roy Hamilton

Unlike most radio shows of the 1960s, this one features material that was recorded especially for this program.  The material by these two artists is unavailable elsewhere and has never been formally reissued.

About this copy:  This copy of Stars for Civil Defense is an original 1966 mono LP, issued for radio broadcast.

The LP was issued without a cover.

The disc is VG; it still has lots of shine and likely hasn’t been played but a few times, but it has a few light marks on each side of the vinyl.

A nice copy of a rare radio show and only the third copy we’ve ever seen.

Background:  Stars for Civil Defense was a short-lived radio program produced by the U.S. government in the 1960s.  The purpose was to keep the public informed about being prepared in the event of a national emergency. All programs in this series are rare.

The Stars for Civil Defense series consisted of a number of albums that featured one artist on each side, with each program running for 15 minutes. There were other, similar government-sponsored music programs in the 1960s, such as Voices of Vista, representing a poverty fighting organization, and The “In” Sound, which was intended to promote Army recruitment.

All of these programs featured several songs by the featured artist, as well as a brief interview. The songs in these programs were generally the artists’ most recent hits. What made the Stars for Civil Defense series different is that the songs were recorded especially for the Civil Defense program. The material that appears on these records is unavailable anywhere else.

This copy of Stars for Civil Defense is program 519/520, featuring Lesley Gore on one side and Roy Hamilton on the other, accompanied by Ray Bloch and his orchestra.  This program was intended for broadcast during the fall of 1966.

This is Lesley Gore’s (and Roy Hamilton’s, for that matter) rarest LP containing unique material. The songs on this album were recorded especially for this program and have never been commercially released.

The record label indicates that the album was intended to be broadcast on September 25, 1966 for Roy Hamilton and October 2, 1966 for Lesley Gore.


Roy Hamilton with Ray Bloch and his orchestra

  • Blowin’ in the Wind
  • Island in the Sun
  • The Impossible Dream
  • And I Love Her (Ray Bloch and the Orchestra only)

Lesley Gore with Ray Bloch and his orchestra

  • The Cockeyed Optimist
  • The Song is You
  • Fool’s Medley: What Kind of Fool/Young and Foolish/Fools Rush In/My Foolish Heart
  • Hawaiian Love Song (Ray Bloch and the Orchestra only)

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Office of Civil Defense
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in