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Birth date of Kate Smith

By @ 05/01/11 in May

KateSmith44up-single-v5May 1, 1909

Between the Great Depression and World War II, America tuned its ears to Kate Smith, the most patriotic recording star of her time.  President Franklin Roosevelt even introduced her as saying, “This is Kate Smith; this is America.”  After singing in the theater and Army camp circuit, Kate was picked up by Columbia records in 1931 to perform her own 15-minute nightly radio show, on which she sang the song that made her famous, Irving Berlin’sGod Bless America.” She also conducted a daily talk show that covered important current issues and women’s affairs.  After the advent of television, Smith was a regular on variety programs like the Ed Sullivan Show, the Jack Paar Show, and even hosted her own Kate Smith Variety Hour.  The larger-than-life chanteuse charmed her audiences with her signature greeting and sign-off: “Hello, everybody!” and “… Thanks for listening.”  Smith died in 1986 in Raleigh, North Carolina following complications from diabetes.

Have you ever heard the song “God Bless America?”  Why do you think it would make a good national anthem?

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