I was looking for a video of Yankee Doodle Dandy performed by the Boston Pops 4th of July concert, but found this vintage footage from the 1942 movie Yankee Doodle Dandy & decided to share it instead. The short black & white clip shares a piece of history about the man behind many patriotic hits, George M Cohan. Actor James Cagney portrays Cohan's humble reaction to becoming the 1st songwriter to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor for his contribution to the war effort.
I just added God Bless America, an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. The later version was recorded by Kate Smith, and became her signature song. A young Ronald Reagan is also featured in the video clip from "This Is the Army" is a 1943 American wartime motion picture produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner, and directed by Michael Curtiz, and a wartime musical designed to boost morale in the U.S. during World War II, directed by Sgt. Ezra Stone. Berlin wrote the song in 1918 while serving the U.S. Army at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York, but decided that it did not fit in a revue called Yip Yip Yaphank, so he set it aside.
What songs have epitomized the American spirit to you? What songs have expressed the emotions of an era & brought comfort? I have a few more that fit the bill but would love to hear which ones you would pick.
Have a great weekend!
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