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Kate Smith

The "Songbird of the South," vocalist Kate Smith was one of the most popular stars of the pre-World War II era; she remains best remembered for her definitive version of the patriotic anthem "God Bless America," which became a hit on no less than three separate occasions. Born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 1907, she initially trained to be a nurse but began singing professionally during the early 1920s, soon relocating to New York to pursue roles in vaudeville and on Broadway, where she appeared in Honeymoon Lane in 1926. The owner of a thunderous contralto, Smith signed to Columbia in 1927, debuting with "One Sweet Letter From You," backed by Red Nichols' Charleston Chasers. In 1931 she began hosting her own radio show; its theme song, "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," subsequently became her first major hit, selling some 19 million copies.

In 1932, Smith scored her second smash with "River, Stay 'Way from My Door," recorded with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians; they later backed her on "Too Late," another Top Ten success issued that same year -- in all, she recorded two dozen hits for Columbia between 1927 and 1946. While American listeners looked to Smith for assurance throughout the Depression era, she became an icon in 1938, when she recorded Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" for Victor; within a year its success established it as a kind of unofficial national anthem, and upon the United States' entrance into WWII it re-entered the charts in both 1940 and 1942. In addition to her radio popularity, Smith also appeared in films, starring in The Big Broadcast of 1932 and This Is the Army in 1943; from 1951 to 1954, she also hosted an afternoon television program. Smith remained active after the 1964 death of her longtime manager Ted Collins. She began suffering from poor health a number of years later, and died from diabetes on June 17, 1986. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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KATE SMITH.what a voice.especi a l l y when she sings.how deep is the ocean.wow. never will forget her. joe
i love kate smith
tbrown444
If you're a Philadelphia Flyers fan Kate's version of God Bless America is very special. For those of you who don't understand the connection I'll explain. She sang this live before numerous Flyer's games and when she did the Flyers were nearly unbeatable. All throught their cup runs in the early 70's she either sang live or Philly played her recording before the game. Their record when Kate sang live or a recorded version was played was an astounding 94 wins, 26 losses and 4 ties. Her vers
A gospel singer George Beverly Shea died this week and I tried to get his music on Pandora...Ho w thy can equate Kate Smith Were you there when they crucified the Lord,is beyond me..
I use to love hearing her sing.... my mother loved her and I remember the song she sang.... When the moon comes over the mountain....
GREAT WW2 MUSIC! AAAH WHAT MENORIES!! AND I SURVIVED! NOW 86 AND GOING STRONG ... MAY THE GOOD LORD LOVE AND KEEP AMERICAN STRONG AND FREE; AND A L L OF YOU.
whey kate sang, she brought joy into your hearth, i can still remember sitting at my mothers feet and lisening to miss smith, i'm sure my loved ones that are gone are waiting for me just beon the moon. love to all
i can also remember kates tv show and her theme song--when the moon comes over the mouuntain. i saw her on tv when said the m oon was an adirondack moon. i alosr remember i saw on tv when she talked about the first appearnce on tv in the 30's when she appeared with ny mayoy jimmie walker. i wonder if this segment is anywhere in the world.. she was a great lady.
keyes9138
When I hear Kate Smith sing God Bless America , I still get tears in my eyes...just like I did when I was a young teen in the early 50's . No one has ever sang it like Kate.
herbert741
She's been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. Her voice is one of the purist I've ever heard. Her "God Bless America" is one of America's classics.
In my heart since my childhooh in the 40s&50s
kroth23
I remember coming home from school and coming into the house and hearing Kate Smith on her TV program singing "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain. I wish we had someone like her today.
she doesn't just sing a song - she enacts it - puts a lot of feeling and emotion with such purity..."Ho w Great Thou Art" is goosebump lyrics anyway and she just enhances them...
Every day, we should all start the day listening to Kate Smith sing "God Bless America".... T h e n maybe we all can realize what so many have done for our Country and how we all need ban together and support our new President. God Bless America indeed! And...God Bless Kate Smith for giving us all such inspiration. Barbara Gazich
No one ever was able to sing God Bless America as well as Kate Smith. She was a great entertainer throughout her life.
jackiegiri
Nice lyrics

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