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Anybody know the history of the song God Bless America,.... ???...... I remember hearing her sing it as a kid. I was more interested in Captain Midnight, my favorite show on the radio. I didnt realize she was the fat lady in IT’s NOT OVER TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS.” What a voice she had! I think we should retrieve this song today......For those of us who can remember this time.... Now for the “The Real Story”! I don’t recall having heard this story before although I remember Kate Smith’s singing in the days of Radio. Hope you will take time to read the intro, watch and listen to the short video, and send it on to your friends. The days of radio were not so bad! No tears please! Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing God Bless America on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two. Here are the facts... The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of GOD BLESS AMERICA. But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song. The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid wed 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; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, It aint over till the fat lady sings. Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time. Kate was also 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 (who 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 her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving 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 Boy 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, Youre 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 paper; its 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 whether 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. Many people dont know theres a lead in to the song since it usually starts with God Bless America ..... So heres the entire song as originally sung..... Let us pray He still does, and its still not too late........ https://youtube/watch?v=TnQDW-NMaRs
Posted on: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:56:19 +0000

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