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Football, Cheerleaders and the Band Played Dixie
Huntington News ^ | AUgust 25, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 08/26/2011 3:27:34 PM PDT by BigReb555

On April 14, 1865, after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, President Abraham Lincoln said: “Now Let the Band Play Dixie; it belongs neither to the South, nor to the North but to us all."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bands; cheerleaders; dixie
Do you remember the crisp-cool autumn days of high school and college football when….

The Ole Miss Cheerleaders and school Mascot Colonel Reb lifted the spirit of fans who waved Confederate flags and cheered to the band playing Dixie? Today, however, Colonel Reb has been replaced and flag waving discouraged. Some call for sensitivity and understanding toward some people but apparently this respect does not apply toward Southern-American’s who love God and are proud of the old traditions of their native South land of which many books and movies are written about.

And, do you remember the aroma of hot dogs and fries and fairs during those lazy fall days when….

School bands from North and South of the Mason-Dixon Line played Dixie during school sports games? Do you know the history of the Dixie that is a joyful sound of inspiration and pride for many people?

In 1859, Ohio Native Dan Emmett first performed “Dixie” in New York City to an enthusiastic-cheerful crowd. Two years later, on February 18, 1861, the band played Dixie at the Inauguration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Alabama.

And on April 14, 1865, after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, President Abraham Lincoln said: “Now Let the Band Play Dixie; it belongs neither to the South, nor to the North but to us all.”-—New York Times Sunday Magazine, August 11, 1907.

For 150 years American school bands have played Dixie including the Milton High school “Dixie Eagles” Band who performed Dixie at the invitation and inauguration of the late Lester G. Maddox as Governor of Georgia in January 1967.

Dixie was played in 1976, during America’s Bi-Centennial birthday, at the Old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia and the late Johnny Cash sang Dixie at the Ford Theater in Washington , D.C. to then President Jimmy Carter and members of the United States Congress. Dixie has been performed by many great musicians including; Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Lawrence Welk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore, John Phillip Sousa, Osmond Brothers, Boxcar Willie, Jane Froman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mitch Miller, Johnny Hartman, Patsy, The Rebelaires and in 1943 the late great Bing Crosby portrayed Dan Emmett in the wonderful Paramount movie “Dixie.”

Roz Bowie, a proud Black Southern Lady, sang Dixie in 1986 at the reburial of a Confederate Soldier in Columbia, South Carolina.

So, what happened to the song Dixie that has lifted the souls of students, teachers, parents and fans? Many of our institutions of learning have stopped playing Dixie even though the song is universally loved.

What happened to “Dixie" that was the official band music of the Confederate and Union Armies? What happened to this song that Northern and Southern children sang from their schools standard song book?

Today, men and women serve overseas to free the people of Iraq and Afghanistan....But school bands are no longer allowed to play “Dixie" and "Under God" is under attack in the pledge of allegiance.

In a cemetery in Mount Vernon Ohio lies Dan Emmett, the Composer of Dixie, whose headstone reads: "Daniel Decatur Emmett 1815 - 1904 whose song ' Dixie Land' inspired the courage and devotion of the Southern people and now thrills the hearts of a reunited nation." Three miles North of Emmett’s grave are the graves of Ben and Lew Snowden of a Black musical family. On their tombstone are the words “They taught “Dixie” to Dan Emmett.

Dixie is a song for all people of all races and backgrounds. Let the band play Dixie!

1 posted on 08/26/2011 3:27:39 PM PDT by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

When I was a kid growing up in Defuniak Springs, FL, the local radio station signed on with the Star Spangled Banner, but they signed off with Dixie.

I also remember when the University of Florida had small Confederate flags on their helmets.


2 posted on 08/26/2011 3:37:34 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: BigReb555
In Dixie's land I'll take my stand, to live and die in Dixie...

Away, away, away down South in Dixie!


3 posted on 08/26/2011 3:39:58 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: BigReb555
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQIbI7DJztU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG_EXnn_0zA&feature=related or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq-im2uwS-E&feature=related or

or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3CvMPF4c9c&feature=related or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-I-3ISQK1E or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2F-drjUwNU&feature=related or

a video from Gods and Generals at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjOIFGrYtaE and

lastly for all us Texans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHiURKkY0Q&feature=related and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVAYH1sHpsc

4 posted on 08/26/2011 3:45:51 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; Larry Lucido; ..
Got caught up in the music and forgot my ping list!

And just for good measure, another Marty Robbins song: Big Iron

5 posted on 08/26/2011 3:48:52 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: BigReb555
One more version of "Dixie" as a marching band would play it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7sYV02swHs
6 posted on 08/26/2011 3:56:06 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Great assortment of links there, thanks.

It’s a damned good anthem. Makes me pine for the South despite never having been there.


7 posted on 08/26/2011 3:57:35 PM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: BigReb555
Well, I'm on a roll so let's throw in John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

and Elvis' "An American Trilogy"

8 posted on 08/26/2011 4:02:27 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Big Iron always loved that.


9 posted on 08/26/2011 4:10:03 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: BigReb555

My paternal grandfather’s middle name was Dixie. He was born in Obion County, Tennessee in 1899 and died in Port Orchard, Washington in 1949 - three years before my birth.


10 posted on 08/26/2011 4:10:56 PM PDT by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: Bender2

BUMP!!


11 posted on 08/26/2011 4:11:10 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: skintight buffoonery
We'll keep you in the mood with Song of the Confederate Irish Brigade

and "I'm a Good Ol Rebel"

and "The Confederate Version Battle Cry of Freedom"

and Wearing of the Grey

and Rose of Alabamy

and Johnny Cash's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

12 posted on 08/26/2011 4:12:03 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

One of the reasons to go to the Stone Mt. Highland
games Tattoo, they still unashamedly play DIXIE.
It is after all part of the highland Appalachian
heritage.


13 posted on 08/26/2011 4:16:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is for you... Cini Dear!
14 posted on 08/26/2011 4:19:28 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2
Here's another good version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWF9iHM6kz8

Slow instrumental, acoustic guitar.

15 posted on 08/26/2011 4:22:43 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel
Re: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWF9iHM6kz8

Amen, Charles! Amen--

16 posted on 08/26/2011 4:25:38 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Charles Martel
And for all FR Harmonica Fans!
17 posted on 08/26/2011 4:28:32 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2
Speaking of cheerleaders....

Which door at Jerry World were they able to herd the Steelers cheerleaders through for the Super Bowl?


18 posted on 08/26/2011 4:29:58 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper
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To: tet68
I guess I could say... you just ain't Whistling Dixie!
19 posted on 08/26/2011 4:33:32 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Now, big, don't make me get... nasty!
20 posted on 08/26/2011 4:35:46 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Well, big, since you are up in Mudderland awaiting the arrival of Irene... here is the Maryland State Song fer ya!
21 posted on 08/26/2011 4:40:25 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All

Thought not a Southerner myself,one of the more touching things I ever read was on a plaque on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol:

Carmack’s Pledge to the South

The South is a land that has known sorrows; it is a land that has broken the ashen crust and moistened it with tears; A land scarred and riven by the plowshare of war and billowed with the graves of her dead; but a land of legend, a land of song, a land of hallowed and heroic memories.

To that land every drop of my blood, every fibre of my being, every pulsation of my heart is consecrated forever. I was born of her womb; I was nurtured by her breast; and when my last hour shall come, I pray God that I may be pillowed upon her bosom and rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.


22 posted on 08/26/2011 4:44:39 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Allegra
And so you don't think... we've forgotten you, dearest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvWn_yGaA-Y

23 posted on 08/26/2011 4:45:32 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: MplsSteve
To the men and women who have given their last, full measure of devotion:

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
Photobucket As He died to make men holy,
let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

This part of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" has alway brought tears to my eyes and I have them now as I post this.

As has this from "13 Days of Glory":
"Now the bugles are silent
And there's rust on each sword
And the small band of soldiers...
Lie asleep in the arms of the Lord...

Bless them, Bless them All.

24 posted on 08/26/2011 4:50:50 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2
This thread reminds me of of the wedding of one of my wife's co-workers. This girl was the daughter of a prominent banker in Meridian, Mississippi (which, BTW, is a city that is just chock-full of millionaires and old-school country clubs). The wedding reception was held at her parents' home. Biggest house in the area, top of the cul-de-sac, a fleet of golf carts and caddies borrowed from the father's club to ferry guests to and from their cars. Very impressive - in an "old world" sort of way.

The had live music under the oaks and magnolias, with the musicians packed into a huge gazebo. Just picture-perfect.

And then, at the end of the festivities, the happy couple got in their car to depart - and the band played Dixie as the car pulled away. Now, you'd expect the parents of the bride and groom to be emotional - but everyone there seemed to have a lump in their throat. Well, everyone over age twenty.

Ever since then, I've thought of that tune as something like a fine old bottle of whiskey - appropriate for very special occasions and when in the company of people who you know will appreciate it.

25 posted on 08/26/2011 4:51:49 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel
Well, as one of my distant ancestors once said: “”With all my devotion to the Union, and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children and my home.” - Robert E. Lee

Or as Robert Duvall portrayed in Gods and Generals

26 posted on 08/26/2011 5:05:56 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Have you heard the New 2011 Packers Theme Song (Official Preview) Green N Yellow By Lil Vince?

Unfortunately, I... have!

27 posted on 08/26/2011 5:15:31 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: big'ol_freeper
The first football fight song I recall is HERE and boy, does it ever show my age!
28 posted on 08/26/2011 5:18:50 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

LOL...great tune, but why no words??


29 posted on 08/26/2011 5:24:49 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Bender2

My dad, still kicking at 91, made sure my brother and I knew what a real fight song was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ7oArZrQ1s

Still gives me goosebumps!


30 posted on 08/26/2011 5:28:39 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse
From http://www.baltimorecoltsmania.com/video-audio.htm

Let's go you Baltimore Colts
And put that ball across the line,
So, drive on you Baltimore Colts -
Go in and strike like lightning bolts,
Fight, fight, fight,
Rear up you Colts and let's fight -
Crash through and show them your might -
For Baltimore and Maryland -
You will march on to victory.

Fight Song with an introduction by Johnny Unitas"
- - - by Jo Lombardi & Benjamin Klasmer

Gadzooks! That still feels... good to go!

31 posted on 08/26/2011 5:31:12 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Cuttnhorse
Re: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ7oArZrQ1s

Gadzooks, Cuttn, that means... I have to reply with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7csGhMQoQms

And my and Rick Perry's favorite college football fight song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkbAwgmGrnw

And that old World War Two quote: "Give me a handful of West Pointers and I'll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war!"

32 posted on 08/26/2011 5:39:23 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All
Well, guess we need something for the Marines at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSRlQPD6Xiw&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzeqTyO5Mbs&feature=related

The Navy at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acnt3r6z5ns

The Army at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJybwgtR970 and Green Berets at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5WJJVSE_BE

The Air Force at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C95Cb2ByHNA&feature=related

And for my departed best friend ever and his Coast Guard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rC9WxzBPKw

33 posted on 08/26/2011 5:51:27 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All
And the US Navy Seals at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB188qaJnBg
34 posted on 08/26/2011 5:54:11 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All
And one of my favorite movie themes: The Final Countdown 1980 theme by John Scott

Wow, when those F-14 took on those Zeros!

And I guess to get back on thread, here is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgF-rcHcPqE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nACj50uq6_s

And in conclusion, boys ans girls, one of my favorite Civil War and Errol Flynn films, little know 1950's Rocky Mountain and its closing sequence here as a bunch of undercover Rebs give their lives for some Yankees when Errol says, "They've seen our backs. Let's show them our faces."

I always get a tear in my eyes at the end of this film.

35 posted on 08/26/2011 6:13:15 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Wow, when those F-14 took on those Zeros!
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

I kind of ‘forget’ the little bit of Japanese I had learned (in order to ‘survive’) but I do know the exchange between the Zero pilots was “Wow WTF was that”? Naturally, that is just a loose translation.


36 posted on 08/26/2011 7:02:00 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) If govt involved, the more outlandish a scheme appears, the truer it probably is.)
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To: BigReb555

I remember in the early 60’s and living in Alabama, listening to the radio station sign on in the morning with ‘Dixie’...


37 posted on 08/26/2011 7:54:23 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: yarddog

I remember when every FSU football game started with Dixie. I was there for 4 years of them. The last year they tried to ban it but we all just stood up and sang it anyway. That was the end of that.


38 posted on 07/27/2013 5:06:29 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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