Song of the Day: One Man Barbershop Quartet, “The Stars & Stripes Forever”

Bluebird of Bitterness, whose blog you absolutely must follow because it’s great, posted this yesterday for Flag Day. "Stars & Stripes Forever" was written by John Phillip Sousa and is the National March of the United States and it’s one of my favorite pieces of music, but I never knew it had lyrics. Wikipedia tells us "In 1942 the John Church Company published a four-part choral version of the march with a piano arrangement by Elmer Arthur Tidmarsh. This arrangement has additional lyrics written by Tidmarsh for the Breakstrain section of the march." Dan Wright sings all four parts, and he’s pretty amazing.

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day: One Man Barbershop Quartet, “The Stars & Stripes Forever”

    1. Sometimes when an attempt is made to add lyrics to an instrumental, they miss the boat entirely, but these were perfect. Glad you liked it!

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  1. Hi John – talented man … just delightful to listen to … and I wonder how many Americans know and appreciate the words … thanks – I enjoyed the music, singing and knowing some more background to the anthem. Cheers Hilary

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