At least three of the blogs I've written in the last week or so came directly from some of your email. And, after I write a blog and you call my attention to a current national news article on what I have already written, that is a real thrill. Thank you!
A dear class mate of mine from 1948, mails the greatest articles and art to me from time to time. She just sent me a very timely article on Kate Smith which I'll share with you.
|CLASS MATES OF 1948 - 60 YEARS LATER|
Long before television, "Kate Smith Sings" was a very popular radio show from 1931 til 1947, my birth year until I was 16. Of Kate's 2,000 recordings, 19 sold more than a million copies.
|KATHRYN ELIZABETH "KATE" SMITH|
But, before you you watch, you should also know the story of the song. The time was 1940. (My friend and I were 10). America was 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,
(check out all the old radios in the video), 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 phase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings".
Kate was 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 songwriter, Irving Berlin and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. He gave her the song he had written 22 years before--way back in 1917--but had never used.
Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you will click on the above link and enjoy and treasure the song even more.
"God bless America, land that we love"