Collection Items

  • Article
    God Bless America Article. Irving Berlin lived a long life, one hundred and one years, and built a catalog of over 1,000 songs. His first published song was "Marie from Sunny Italy" (1907) and his first major hit was "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911). He also wrote for Broadway and the movies. Among his most recognized songs are "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "Mandy," "White Christmas," ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Hail Columbia Article. Up until the 1890s "Hail Columbia" was played as the de facto national anthem of the United States. President Lincoln once mentioned he had to stand up and take off his hat when "Hail Columbia" was sung. Many Europeans actually took it to be the U.S. anthem and played it accordingly. In 1889 it was played in that fashion to honor Thomas Edison ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Hail to the Chief Article. -- "The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    I'll Be Home for Christmas Article. In December 1965, having completed the first U.S. space rendezvous and set a record for the longest flight in the U.S. space program, the astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell hurtled back to earth aboard their Gemini 7 spacecraft. Asked by NASA communication personnel if they wanted any particular music piped up to them, the crew requested Bing Crosby's recording of "I'll Be ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Marines' Hymn Article. The first version of the song was copyrighted, published and distributed in 1919 by The Leatherneck - a Marine Corps magazine printed in Quantico, Virginia. On November 21, 1942, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps approved a slight change in the words of the first verse, to read "In air, on land, and sea" instead of the earlier "In the air, ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    My Country 'Tis of Thee Article. Smith initially wrote another verse, which he cut because it seemed too strident and not in keeping with what he wanted to be a peaceful homage to the nation. Beethoven and Haydn have incorporated the music of this song into their own work and, on August 28, 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King quoted Smith's lyrics when he stated from the steps of the ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Of Thee I Sing Article. View posters from the New Deal era in American Memory
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    U.S. Air Force Song Article. Melodies and songs are often quoted within another piece of music and "Off We Go" is no exception. Frank Zappa's twenty-five-minute opus "Billy the Mountain," a pastiche of American musical genres, incorporates melodic references to "Off We Go" and a number of other tunes such as "Over the Rainbow," "Pomp and Circumstance," and television's the Tonight Show theme.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Over There Article. President Wilson described "Over There" as "a genuine inspiration to all American manhood" and Cohan remained unwavering in his patriotic fervor. However, a significant number of artists and performers grew increasingly disillusioned with a war in which 9,000,000 individuals lost their lives (117,000 of whom were Americans). Thus Cohan’s work was contrapuntal to the edgier music produced by performers such as James Reese ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Semper Paratus Article. The work of the U.S. Coast Guard has always included a strong humanitarian emphasis. Orville and Wilbur Wright, for example, were able to engage members of the Coast Guard to assist in their historic first. Years later Orville Wright told this story:
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Star Spangled Banner Article. The Anacreontic Society was founded around 1766, and named in honor of the ancient Greek court poet Anacreon, who in the sixth century B.C., entertained his tyrannical patrons with lyrics celebrating wine, women, and song. In 1791 Franz Josef Haydn was the Society's honored guest at a performance of one of his own symphonies, which indicates the primacy of the group's musical interests. ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Stars and Stripes Forever Article. The "Flute in C" with silver keys and ferrules was used for 11 years by Mr. Louis P. Fritze, a member of the Sousa Band. He played it in the Band's 1910 around-the-world tour. It has been repaired by a broad silver band at the socket of the head-joint and had mother-of-pearl set in the "stopper."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    The Army Goes Rolling Along Article. Refrain: Then it's Hi! Hi! Hey!The Army's on its way.Count off the cadence loud and strong,For where e'er we go,You will always knowThat The Army Goes Rolling Along.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    The Yankee Doodle Boy Article. Subsequent to Cohan's most successful years on Broadway, a number of shows have incorporated his song "Yankee Doodle Boy" and/or depicted the "Yankee Doodle Boy," himself. Eddie Buzzell sang "Yankee Doodle Boy" in the 1929 motion-picture adaptation of the big hit Little Johnny Jones. Jimmy Cagney played the role of George M. Cohan and sang "Yankee Doodle Boy" in the Academy Award-winning 1942 ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    This is My Country Article. The co-authors of "This Is My Country" passed away within a month of each other. Raye died in Encino, California on January 29, 1985. Al Jacobs passed away on February 13, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland. Their song "This is My Country" is played nightly during the finale of the Disneyland and Disney World fireworks spectacular.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    This Land is Your Land Article. Nobody living can ever stop me As I go walking my Freedom Highway Nobody living can make me turn back This land was made for you and me.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Victory at Sea Article. "Victory at Sea" received immediate acclaim. It earned a Peabody, a special Emmy and numerous other awards. Its production team, led by Henry Salomon, created an enduring art form, the compilation documentary. It also earned Richard Rodgers the U.S. Navy's Distinguished Service Award in 1953.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again Article. The song also gave rise to many a parody. The best known was the Confederate parody "For Bales." Union soldiers sang about Generals such as Burnside, McClellan and Mead in a parody titled "Boys of the Potomac"and northerners disgruntled by taxes, conscription and inflation sang "Johnny, Fill up the Bowl." During the Spanish American War in 1898, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" reached ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Yankee Doodle Article. Of humble origin and perhaps questionable in matters of lyrical "taste," "Yankee Doodle" has survived as one of America's most upbeat and humorous national airs. In the fife and drum state of Connecticut, it is the official state song. George M. Cohan revived the tune in his "Yankee Doodle Boy" (also known as "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy") of 1904. It should surprise ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    You're a Grand Old Flag Article. With and without Ethel Levey George Washington, Jr. ran from February 12, 1906 to April 23, 1906 and, following a national tour, had a one month return engagement in New York from February 11 through March 11, 1907.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
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    Library of Congress March Article. One particular hurdle was the brevity of the 'dog fight' section. The piano draft was too short here, and seemed undeveloped. Fortunately, one of the early fragment sketches had some melodic scribbles (nearly indecipherable) that turned out to match the places where the piano draft seemed incomplete. With this the 'dog fight' was filled out and the form came together nicely.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2002
  • Book/Printed Material
    Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents
    Public dance halls
    Bibliography. Government Publication. Book. print | v, 57 p. 23 cm. | by Ella Gardner ... (Statement Of Responsibility). At head of title: U.S. Department of Labor. Children's Bureau. "Dance-hall legislation of 1926, 1927, and 1928": p. 56-57. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). ...
    • Contributor: U.S. Govt. Print. Off - Gardner, Ella
    • Date: 1929

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  • Film, Video
    The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music
    American Folklife Center lecture, 2013-02-20
    Tom Piazza discussed his new book, "The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music."
    • Contributor: Piazza, Tom - Library of Congress. Center for the Book - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2013-02-20
  • Film, Video
    Oral History with Harmonia Band
    Oral history with Harmonia band
    Members of "Harmonia" discuss the band's origins and the traditional folk music of Eastern Europe.
    • Contributor: Austen, Theadocia Millich - Harmonia (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2013-07-11
  • Film, Video
    Oral History with Traditional Artist Flory Jagoda
    Oral history with traditional artist Flory Jagoda
    In this interview with Howard Bass, singer and composer Flory Jagoda discusses her family and her life before, during, and after the Second World War and the influence these experiences had on her singing and songwriting.
    • Contributor: Jagoda, Flory - Bass, Howard - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2013-11-20