Hi Friends,
Just wanted to share something that I received from a dear friend through an email. I know that you will enjoy this information and it just might give you a little more education about the subject matter.

Read the story before watching the video !!


A Nice bit of History
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 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.

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!


Preview YouTube video Kate Smith introduces God Bless America

Kate Smith introduces God Bless America

Happy New Year,
God Bless & Love you,
James & Trudy Suggs

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