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 re-ignite 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
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.
See If you can watch and listen
without 'dust' getting in your eyes. Sit back and enjoy a real star.
TURN UP YOUR VOLUME!!