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Old 07-31-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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I didn't write this, but I hope no one minds my passing it along --

A HISTORY LESSON:
In these troubling times I thought a little bit of nostalgia might brighten up the day. Here's some history for all of us. Everyone should know the song: 'God Bless America' song by Kate Smith? But, do you know the origin of the song?
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 and treasure it even more.
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.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:11 AM   #2
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Great story Carl! Thanks for posting. Would like to post this on Face Book if it's OK with you.



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By 1940 the economy had recovered, mainly due to the sale of arms and supplies to the foreign powers at war. We even sold scrap metal to the Japanese which was melted and used to make bombs that were used against us.
This is the reason why every time scrap metal value goes up, economists gets worried that there might be another war.
In times of war, their is usually rationing or rapid inflation and price gouging.
Rubber, Oil, Fuel, Food, building supplies, Clothing all escalates in price.

The cost of housing in the cities tripled and quadrupled at the start of the war, especially in cities where Kaiser had his steel mills and fabrication plants for shipbuilding.

This is the reason why we had the wage and price freeze in the 1970's and why we now have a sale price and a regular price for the goods that we buy in the stores.
If the government ever chooses to put a freeze on the prices again, the manufacturers and the suppliers can dictate the price due to the normal price vs the sale price.
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Viewed and saved.. Thank you.. And an interesting side note...

In the side bar when I looked at it was this link:



Which is something else that deserves more views
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