It’s kind of a tradition here at The Sound Of One Hand Typing to play this song on Independence Day, although last year it was Song Lyric Sunday and I didn’t think this song had lyrics. Wikipedia tells us…
In his 1928 autobiography, Marching Along, Sousa wrote that he composed the march on Christmas Day, 1896. He was on board an ocean liner on his way home from a vacation with his wife in Europe and had just learned of the recent death of David Blakely, the manager of the Sousa Band. He composed the march in his head and committed the notes to paper on arrival in the United States. It was first performed at Willow Grove Park, just outside Philadelphia, on May 14, 1897, and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm. Following an Act of Congress in 1987, it was officially adopted as the national march of the United States of America.
There are a couple of vocal versions on YouTube. Dan Wright sings all four parts barbershop-quartet style. He’s very good…
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Happy Fourth of July!
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Oh..nope! I am not a fan but..Happy 4th of July!
Not a barbershop fan, huh? Maybe the Marine Band is more to your liking…
Happy Fourth John – have a peaceful day … such an interesting snippet of musical info … it took a long time before it was officially adopted – but it certainly resonates, while Dan Wright is really talented – thank you … cheers Hilary
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