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Old 26 March 2010, 08:10 PM
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Default God Bless America

Comment: A touch of nostalgia, may bring a goose bump to all of us "war kids"

In early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American and the biggest
star on radio, was deeply worried about her country. She asked Irving
Berlin if he could give her a song that would reignite the spirit of American
patriotism and faith. He said he had a song that he had written in 1917,
but never used it. He said she could have it.

She sat at the piano & played it and realized how good it was. She called
Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn't take this from him for nothing.
So, they agreed that any money that would be made off the song would
be donated to the Boy Scouts of America. Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving
Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties.

This clip is from the movie "You're in the Army Now". You will see a
familiar face in this one that we are all very proud of. Frank Sinatra said
that when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his
age, first sang this song on the radio, a million guys got 'dust' in their
eyes and had to wipe the tears the 'dust' caused. If you can watch and
listen without 'dust' getting in your eyes, you have no soul. Sit back and
enjoy a Real Star.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnQDW-NMaRs
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