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Iowa Stubborn

If you are a fan of the musical genre, one of your first thoughts of Iowa may originate from the Music Man. The opening of the musical features the song Iowa Stubborn, better known as “You are in I-ow-a.” Professor Harold Hill {who is unknown to the people} is encouraged to “give Iowa a try”. Read More

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On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away is the Indiana State song. The song was written by Terre Haute and Paul Dresser, a native of the state. Dresser is said to reminisce in the lyrics about his childhood home along the Wabash River. When asked what led him to write the song Dresser said, Read More

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Illinois

Illinois is the state song of that given state. The words were written by C.H. Chamberlain and the music composed by Archibald Johnston. In 1925, the 54th Illinois General Assembly agreed on the song becoming the state’s anthem.     Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com    

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Here We Have Idaho

Here We Have Idaho is the state song. The song was written by McKinley Helm, Albert J. Tompkins and Sallie Hume-Douglas. The song was originally titled Garden of Paradise. Garden of Paradise was copyrighted on November 4, 1915. Two years later,  McKinley Helm was a student at the University of Idaho. He wrote the verse Read More

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Hawaiian Wedding Song

Hawaiian Wedding Song is a traditional pop song. The song was first adapted from the 1926 operetta, Prince of Hawaii, by Charles E. King. The song was originally titled “Ke Kali Nei Au” which is Hawaiian for Waiting Here for You. Al Hoffman and Dick Manning translated the original Hawaiian words into English and renamed Read More

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My Wild Irish Rose

My Wild Irish Rose was written by {John Chancellor Olcott}. Olcott was an American actor, singer and songwriter of Irish descent. Olcott was born on July 21, 1858 in Buffalo, New York.  His mother was a native of County Cork, Ireland. My Wild Irish Rose was written in 1898. My Wild Irish Rose debuted in Read More

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Georgia on My Mind

Georgia on My Mind was a hit for Ray Charles. However, the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. Carmichael wrote in his autobiography, Sometimes I Wonder, that bandleader and saxophonist Frankie Trumbeuer suggested he write a song about the state of Georgia. Trumbeuer suggested “Georgia, Georgia” as the opening and Read More

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Swanee River

Old Folks at Home is the state song of Florida. The song is better known as “Swanee River” or “Suwannee River”. The song was written by Stephen Foster in 1851 for a minstrel show. Foster had completed the majority of the lyrics but was still struggling with the opening line. His brother made a few Read More

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Our Delaware

Our Delaware is the state song of the state of Delaware. The song began as a poem, written by George Bewick Hynson. Hynson published his song in 1906. Will M.S. Brown composed the music specifically for the poem. In 1925, the Delaware General Assembly voted on the song as their state song. Each of the Read More

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Connecticut

In 1945, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby recorded the song Connecticut. This sweet tune refers to calling Connecticut home. The song was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. The recording was released on Bing Crosby’s album, Bing Crosby Sings with Judy Garland, Mary Martin, Johnny Mercer by Decca Records in 1948. The state song Read More