Tag Archives: America

In the Days of ’76

TITLE: The Days of Seventy-Six AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: war, freedom, America, rebellion EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: The Folk Songs of North America (in the English Language), Alan Lomax, Doubleday and Company 1960. Credited to the collection of Wallace House. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Apr 18, 1775 – Battle of Lexington. A British force routs the American read more »

America (My Country Tis of Thee)

TITLE: America (My Country Tis of Thee) AUTHOR: Samuel Francis Smith CATEGORY: public domain, author known KEYWORDS: patriotic, America, religious, derivative EARLIEST DATE: 1831 (first recorded performance, though Smith later thought he wrote it in 1832, when it was first published) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: According to Spaeth (A History of Popular Music in America, p. 69), S. F. Smith discovered the tune of read more »

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

TITLE: Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean AUTHOR: David T. Shaw/Thomas a’Beckett/Stephen Joseph Meany CATEGORY: Disputed, Public Domain KEYWORDS: patriotic EARLIEST DATE: Written in 1843, sheet music published in 1844 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: First Recording:  Columbia, the gem of the ocean, Harry Macdonough 1905-06-01 “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” received an American copyright in 1843 and is credited to read more »