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    God Bless America the first singing

    First Public Singing of GOD BLESS AMERICA
    This is worth listening to...... Please read (below) first.


    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 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 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 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, “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 paper – it’s Ronald Reagan. Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said 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…

    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. God Bless America !

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

    http://www.israpundit.com/archives/3...8e57bb39ba8d,0

    Bob
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    Thanks, Boz. THAT is how it is done with GUSTO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundog View Post
    Thanks, Boz. THAT is how it is done with GUSTO!
    Corky being and old 1st Sgt you will enjoy this.
    Funny story; Christmas day 1967 I caught Charge of Quarters. I lived in the barracks and many of the NCOs lived in government quarters or off base and wanted to spend time with their families. I lost, single and from OH.
    The First Shirt thought that we should have a Nativity scene outside the Orderly Room for the holiday season and he gets this kick *** military sound system to go with it. There is a record player in the Orderly Room to provide Christmas Carols for the enjoyment of all 10 people left on post. The record (only one) is Kate Smith singing Christmas Carols and it wasn't too bad the first 25 or 30 times but after that it was starting to wear on me a bit. I shut it off just in time for Top to come by and make sure everything is going well. He was less than impressed that I had turned off his beloved Christmas Carols by Kate Smith and told me so. Then he left, just me and Kate all Night. Prior to that I use to enjoy Kate Smith. Forty-four years has kind of dulled that now and she does sing an incredible "God Bless America".

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    Kate was considered and American Hero in my house. She was local too, from Lake Placid NY, and even into the 60's she was a household name. To me she still represents a part of America that we've lost, the wholesome, small town America of Norman Rockwell, of true family farms and kids playing baseball on a sandlot. Nostalgia, yes, but it was real too.

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    I just played the video with my 5 month old son in my lap and he was enthralled.
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