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Kate Smith Sings God Bless America
http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/god_bless.html ^

Posted on 07/26/2011 6:11:53 PM PDT by navysealdad

Irving Berlin wrote this song for Kate Smith back in 1938. Nobody could sing it like her. Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate" Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986) was an American singer, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".

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1 posted on 07/26/2011 6:11:59 PM PDT by navysealdad
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To: navysealdad
The one and only, the original...

It just doesn't get any better.

2 posted on 07/26/2011 6:15:27 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-________ Overdrive 2012 - Holy Flippin' Crap!!)
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To: navysealdad

She had a TV show in the 1950s, which my mother frequently watched. I think it was a variety show. All I remember about it was her singing this song at the end of each show. Powerful voice.


3 posted on 07/26/2011 6:17:08 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: navysealdad
The Kate Smith rendition was not mere showbiz. She made it immortal as she crisscrossed the country on the War Bonds Appeal during WWII.

This was an act of real patriotism which helped win the war.

4 posted on 07/26/2011 6:25:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Also helped the Philadelphia Flyers win a Stanley Cup.


5 posted on 07/26/2011 6:28:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: navysealdad

He actually wrote it about 19 years earlier for his World War One show Yip! Yip! Yaphank but didn’t use it then and only released it when Kate Smith asked for a song for Remembrance Day in, I think, 1938.


6 posted on 07/26/2011 6:29:35 PM PDT by Nipfan (The desire to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it - H L Mencken)
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To: navysealdad

"On July 21, 2011, Kate Smith's version of "God Bless America" was played as NASA's final wake up call for the space shuttle Atlantis, capping the 30-year shuttle program."

7 posted on 07/26/2011 6:33:07 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings” is a reference to Kate Smith who would conclude her performances with that song.


8 posted on 07/26/2011 6:37:26 PM PDT by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province Let it be ruled by a professor " Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: mosesdapoet

“During World War II, she traveled nearly 520,000 miles to entertain troops and sold a record $600 million in war bonds in a series of round-the-clock radio appeals. One of these, a 24-hour marathon on Feb. 1, 1944, raised a record $110 million in pledges.”

http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/kate-smith/


9 posted on 07/26/2011 6:40:05 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: navysealdad

I’m sure God gets to hear her talent whenever he wants....

My only wish is she had charted “America The Beautiful”.

Every time I think of Kate Smith, I think of a bit of repartee regarding a famous music director and his choice of divas that went something like this: “Unfortunately those that look like canaries sing like horses and vice versa.... >PS


10 posted on 07/26/2011 6:41:56 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: mosesdapoet

Kate's statue outside of the Philadelphia Spectrum. Not sure if the statue is at their current arena, as the Spectrum was torn down.

11 posted on 07/26/2011 6:48:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LaybackLenny

I didn’t need the noisy motorcycles superimposed over her voice. Who decided to do that?

http://www.elyrics.net/read/k/kate-smith-lyrics/god-bless-america-lyrics.html

This site gives you an untrashed version . . very powerful and beautiful


12 posted on 07/26/2011 6:48:59 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: navysealdad
Wish Angelfire had done the verse.

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "

13 posted on 07/26/2011 7:03:30 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: navysealdad

http://quirkopatra.blogspot.com/2011/07/when-you-know-you-are-in-good-stuff.html

I think you will like this.


14 posted on 07/26/2011 7:31:41 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: navysealdad

Irving Berlin originally wrote the tune in 1917 for the show “Yip, Yip Yaphank,” but it wasn’t used—and it wouldn’t be heard until 1938, when Kate Smith performed it during an Armistice Day radio broadcast.

In early 1939, she issued the song on the Victor label. It was a hit in the spring of that year and continued to be a bestseller for years afterwards.

I saw her perform the song at the 1976 Rose Bowl game.


15 posted on 07/26/2011 7:34:38 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: YHAOS
She didn't sing the verse on either the Victor or Columbia versions of the song, but she did in her first broadcast, on the eve of Armistice Day, 1938. You can hear the original broadcast here. She also sang the verse in the film "This Is the Army" (1943) in which she re-enacted the broadcast, but it was erroneously set in 1939. That one is available here.
16 posted on 07/26/2011 7:50:30 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: PiperShade
My only wish is she had charted “America The Beautiful”.

Louise Homer recorded "America the Beautiful" in 1924, and it was a bestseller the next year. As far as I know, this is the biggest hit version of the song. Some of her recordings are on Youtube, but not this one.

17 posted on 07/26/2011 8:06:00 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill
Even as a young kid, I knew this song would be immortal.
Unless Barack and leftists schools ban it from being song.
This is when I'll know the end is near.
18 posted on 07/26/2011 8:06:00 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: Fiji Hill

In those days the verse made the song.


19 posted on 07/26/2011 8:11:38 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: dfwgator

“Also helped the Philadelphia Flyers win a Stanley Cup.”

Yes indeed; she still sings for them.


20 posted on 07/26/2011 8:23:00 PM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: JimmyMc
Even as a young kid, I knew this song would be immortal.
Unless Barack and leftists schools ban it from being song.
This is when I'll know the end is near.

It is said that when "God Bless America" was popular, the Communist balladeer Woody Guthrie wanted to come up with an atheist song that would express similar sentiments. So he wrote "This Land {Is Your Land}," which he eventually recorded in 1951.

However, "This Land" rips off "The Fire Song," a gospel tune written by Blind Willie Davis in 1928, and which was regularly performed by the chorus choir on the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, a Christian broadcast in the 1940's and 1950's that had an audience of tens of millions. The Carter Family's 1930 hit version of "The Fire Song" can be heard here.

21 posted on 07/26/2011 8:25:02 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill
Thank you for the history lesson.
Alice's Restaurant's by Arlo is still a classic. So few people know about it.
22 posted on 07/26/2011 8:43:43 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: JimmyMc
I like Oakie Boogie by Woody's cousin Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans, from 1947. Some say that this tune is the first rock and roll song. It even became a hit in England, where it was recorded by Ted Heath & His Orchestra--listen to it here.

Jack Guthrie, a WWII Army veteran, died of tuberculosis a few months after the recording was made.

23 posted on 07/26/2011 10:19:28 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill
"However, "This Land" rips off "The Fire Song," a gospel tune written by Blind Willie Davis in 1928"

That's the whole point of folk songs. They take and re-use bits of other peoples songs. Nowadays, you would be sued in court for that, but back then it was a common thing to do. Most of Woody's songs had stolen melodies.
24 posted on 07/27/2011 5:38:45 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: JimmyMc
"Alice's Restaurant's by Arlo is still a classic. So few people know about it."

You got a lot of damn gaul!! I mean, I mean I'm sittin here on the group w bench fillin out forms and stuff because you want to know if I'm moral enough to join the Army burn houses women and children after being a litterbug?

I've seen him in concert many times. He has a lot of great stories. Like the Morotorcycle Song and the story of Rueben Clamzo.
25 posted on 07/27/2011 5:42:01 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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