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God Bless America
3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 8:05AM #1
Lola
Posts: 20,740

A Nice bit of History


 


(Did you know there are lyrics before the words "God bless America, land that I love." ?)


 


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 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; plus size, as we now say, 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 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, "You're In The  Army Now." At the4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's 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.
 
  
Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it.  
Many  people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America ....." So here's the entire song as originally sung......  ENJOY! Please click the below:


 


 


 


Kate Smith introduces God Bless America - YouTube

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 8:11AM #2
luvdayanks
Posts: 23,740

Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:05AM, Lola wrote:


A Nice bit of History


 


(Did you know there are lyrics before the words "God bless America, land that I love." ?)


 


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 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; plus size, as we now say, 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 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, "You're In The  Army Now." At the4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's 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.
 
  
Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it.  
Many  people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America ....." So here's the entire song as originally sung......  ENJOY! Please click the below:


 


 


 


Kate Smith introduces God Bless America - YouTube




Nice, thanks for sharing Lolie.


With that being said, fire Kate  Smith  Surprised

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 8:51AM #3
Lola
Posts: 20,740

LOL! 


I have a new found appreciation for Kate Smith.

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 8:58AM #4
bigjeep8
Posts: 348

Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:51AM, Lola wrote:


LOL! 


I have a new found appreciation for Kate Smith.




She had an early 50's TV show and always signed off singing "When the Moon comes over the Mountain"



      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FdZjP8PS9g

Boone: You know my mama wanted me to be a Manager.

Judge: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.

Boone: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn player I ever saw. Suit up.
3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 9:04AM #5
RobS44
Posts: 5,023

Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:58AM, bigjeep8 wrote:


Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:51AM, Lola wrote:


LOL! 


I have a new found appreciation for Kate Smith.




She had an early 50's TV show and always signed off singing "When the Moon comes over the Mountain"



      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FdZjP8PS9g




Kate Smith, Kukla, Fran & Ollie followed by Howdy Doody.  Broadcast day didn't start until 4 PM back in the day.

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 9:41AM #6
Lola
Posts: 20,740

Apr 16, 2018 -- 9:04AM, RobS44 wrote:


Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:58AM, bigjeep8 wrote:


Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:51AM, Lola wrote:


LOL! 


I have a new found appreciation for Kate Smith.




She had an early 50's TV show and always signed off singing "When the Moon comes over the Mountain"



      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FdZjP8PS9g




Kate Smith, Kukla, Fran & Ollie followed by Howdy Doody.  Broadcast day didn't start until 4 PM back in the day.




All before my time... I'm old, just not that old! WinkLaughing

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 9:43AM #7
Lola
Posts: 20,740

Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:58AM, bigjeep8 wrote:


Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:51AM, Lola wrote:


LOL! 


I have a new found appreciation for Kate Smith.




She had an early 50's TV show and always signed off singing "When the Moon comes over the Mountain"



      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FdZjP8PS9g




Before my time!! Craner, Big and New probably know it! Laughing

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 11:27AM #8
ArtVandelay
Posts: 31,096

Apr 16, 2018 -- 9:43AM, Lola wrote:


Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:58AM, bigjeep8 wrote:


Apr 16, 2018 -- 8:51AM, Lola wrote:


LOL! 


I have a new found appreciation for Kate Smith.




She had an early 50's TV show and always signed off singing "When the Moon comes over the Mountain"



      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FdZjP8PS9g




Before my time!! Craner, Big and New probably know it! 




those guys were around when primitive man invented painting on the cave walls....

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 5:12PM #9
RockinDaBronx
Posts: 4,073

She was a handsome woman



she was known to eat a turkey leg after agressive robust sexual congress, God bless her

3 months ago  ::  Apr 16, 2018 - 5:35PM #10
maplebats
Posts: 67

Apr 16, 2018 -- 5:12PM, RockinDaBronx wrote:

she was known to eat



Food is one of life's greatest pleasures. We all have our indulgences, and not all of them make you as happy as Kate Smith appears to be. Does that chicken look really deelish or am I just really hungry for dinner right now?


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