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history behind "GOD BLESS AMERICA" BEAUTIFUL

26 Aug

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>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.

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>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.

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>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.

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>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 of versus, 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.

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>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.

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>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 !

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