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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


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


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


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



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


We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters

We’ve Only Just Begun  is a popular love song made popular by The Carpenters.  However, it had beginnings as a bank commercial. The song was written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams. The song was recorded by a friend of Nichols and made it’s debut as a wedding themed commercial for Crocker National Bank in Read More


Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High is said to be inspired by John Denver’s move to Aspen, Colorado. Denver is said to love the state and the beautiful mountains there. He began writing the song during the Perseid Meteor Shower which occurs each August. Denver stated in interviews that the inspiration quickly struck him while camping with friends. Read More


California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’ was written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips when they were living in New York. In 1963, John Phillips dreamed about the song. Upon waking, he shook his wife, Michelle, awake and together the couple wrote the songs. At the time, the couple were members of “The New Journeymen”, a folk group. This Read More


Little Rock

One of the more popular songs about Arkansas is the 1994 country song, Little Rock. The song focuses on an alcoholic man striving to put his life back together in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wal-Mart, which was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, is also mentioned. The song was written by Tom Douglas and recorded and released Read More


The Arizona Waltz

The name Arizona was first used by Spanish explorers when they referred to “the little spring”. The term was used by a mining company which brought it to the attention of the public. From there it came to represent the entire territory that was located in the southwest between Texas and California. The Arizona Waltz Read More