Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

Love is a Many Splendored Thing was written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster for the 1955 film by the same name. The song was also used for the soap opera Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, which was based on the movie, and ran from 1967 to 1973. The song won the Oscar Read More

Unchained Melody

Alex North was an American composer who wrote the scores for numerous films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cleopatra, Spartacus, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? In 1954, he was contacted to write a score for a prison film Unchained. While working on the score, he was asked to write a song based on Read More

The Ballad of Cassey Jones

The song tells the story of train engineer Cassey Jones, who stayed on his locomotive, to try to stop the train from running into another, while his fireman jumps to safety. The song not only preserved his memory but enhanced his legendary status. The song was first sung by Jones friend Wallace Saunders, shortly after Read More

Oh Shenandoah

Oh, Shenandoah is a folk song with unknown origins. The song is believed to date back to the early 19th Century, originating with the Canadian and American fur traders traveling down the Missouri River in canoes. The earliest versions of the song refer to a trader falling in love with a daughter of one of the Read More

Red River Valley

Another popular American folk song is Red River Valley. As with many folk songs the origin is unknown. The earliest known manuscript of the lyrics is titled “The Red River Valley” and has the notations “Nemaha 1879” and “Harlan 1885.”  “Nemaha and Harlan are the names of counties in Nebraska and are also the names Read More

On Top of Old Smokey

On Top of Old Smokeyis a song many of my residents enjoy singing. The song is an American folk song, which was passed down through the generations. Only when these songs began to be written down around the early 20th Century, was the song preserved for prosperity. Throughout the years of World War I, Cecil Read More

Let’s Start the New Year Right

Let’s Start the New Year Right is a song by Irving Berlin. The film was written for the movie Holiday Inn, which starred Bing Crosby, Virginia Dale, Marjorie Reynolds and Fred Astaire. The film features each of the holidays throughout the year and Berlin seems to have written this song specifically for the New Year’s Read More

The Wassail Songs

Here We Come A-wassailing is a traditional English Christmas Carol and New Year song. The song is believed to have been composed around 1850.  The song was very popular in the Victorian Era. In old English the world wassaling means to sing carols door to door wishing good health. Wassailing was an ancient rite that Read More

Wyoming

  The song, Wyoming ,is the state song of Wyoming. Judge Charles Edwin Winter wrote the words during the summer of 1903. Earle R. Clemens wrote the music soon after. Winter and Clemens copyrighted the song in 1913 with the Wyoming Publishing Company. The song then became the unofficial Wyoming state song. In 1920, George Edwin Read More

On, Wisconsin!

  On, Wisconsin! was composed by William T. Purdy in 1909 as “Minnesota, Minnesota”. He planned to enter it into a competition for a new fight song for the University of Minnesota. Carl Beck convinced him to withdraw the song from the contest at the last minute and allow his alma mater, the University of Read More