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The very first public singing of God Bless America
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: The very first public singing of God Bless America Reply with quote

This WILL make you swell with pride. Well worth the watch and listen. Enjoy.

Irving Berlin wrote this song in 1917 for use during WW I.
Does anyone know why he did not release it then? He thought it "too sentimental even for the horrific inferno that was WW I.
The link below will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS AMERICA."

But, before you watch, you should also know the story of the song. The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers. And no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large in size, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” Kate Smith, with her voice coming over the radio, was the biggest star of her time.

Kate was also very patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans.

She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to Kate Smith and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from “God Bless America.”–Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re In The Army Now.” At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a newspaper "Variety" - it’s Ronald Reagan.

To this day, “God Bless America” stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, When Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt she realized just how successful the results would be – for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry, and for many generations of Americans to follow.

Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you will enjoy it and treasure it even more.

NOW HERE IS HOW "GOD BLESS AMERICA" SHOULD BE SUNG!

God Bless America

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The very first public singing of God Bless America Reply with quote

you ole softie

Thanks never seen that one!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:43 pm    Post subject: Re: The very first public singing of God Bless America Reply with quote

Who me Suz Embarassed Embarassed

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:37 am    Post subject: Re: The very first public singing of God Bless America Reply with quote

Neat, thanks for the history lesson Vince.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:47 am    Post subject: Re: The very first public singing of God Bless America Reply with quote

Ya need to warn people to have some tissue on hand before listening.

Yes may God bless America, and America had better start blessing God again.

Thanks Vince.

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