Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle Bell Rock was written by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe.  Both men worked in some form of public relations and advertising. Bobby Helms first released the song in 1957, whose version is still the best known.  Jingle Bell Rock is an expansion of the Christmas standard, Jingle Bells.  The song references the Read More

Roll On, Columbia, Roll On

“Roll On, Columbia, Roll On” is an American folk song written in 1941 by American folk singer Woody Guthrie. According to Wikipedia, “The song glamorized the harnessing of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. The 11 hydroelectric dams built on the American stretch of the Columbia helped farms and industry, but their construction also Read More

Winter Wonderland

Richard “Dick” Smith was confined to the West Mountain Sanitarium where he battled consumption {tuberculosis} in Philadelphia.  He was a Pennsylvania native, from the town Honesdale. During his time of treatment, he sent his jingles in for various contest and ads. He began to dream of all he longed to do once he was better.  Read More

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond or “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond” is a well-known traditional Scottish song. The original composer is unknown.  The lyrics we know today are not even the original lyrics.  The original lyrics are said to be “a Jacobite lament written after the Battle of Culloden.” While there are many theories about the meaning Read More

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny was written by James A. Bland, an African American who wrote over 700 songs. Bland used the same title Edward Christy used in his Christy Minstrels. Bland wrote his version in 1878. In 1916, Alma Gluck was the first celebrity to record the song. A reworded version of the Read More

Thanksgiving Songs: If You’re Happy and You know It

If You’re Happy and You Know It is a children’s song that reminds us of what to be thankful for and how to express it. The song is credited to Dr. Alfred B. Smith.  He wrote the song in the mid-1900s and the song was published in a variety of places.  Often the song was Read More

Hail, Vermont!

Hail, Vermont! was written by Josephine Hovey Perry of Barre, Vermont. According to Wikipedia, “The song was significant at its time of publication for mentioning Vermont’s daughters as well as her sons.” In 1938, the song officially became the state song. The song was proclaimed state song and performed in the Vermont Pavillion at the Read More

Utah We Love Thee

Utah We Love Thee is the official state hymn of Utah. The hymn was written by Evan Stephens in 1895. The song was first performed when Utah became the 45th state in 1896. In 1937, the Utah State Legislature made the hymn the official state song. In 2003, the state legislature changed the song to Read More

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy was a popular tune during World War II.  The song was a major hit for The Andrews Sisters. The song is extremely upbeat in tempo for a war song. Don Raye and Hughie Prince wrote the song.  “The song is closely based on an earlier Raye-Prince hit, “Beat Me Daddy, Eight Read More

The Yellow Rose of Texas

  The Yellow Rose of Texas is a traditional American folk song. “The earliest known version is found in Christy’s Plantation Melodies. No. 2, a songbook published under the authority of Edwin Pearce Christy in Philadelphia in 1853.” Christy founded Christy’s Minstrels. The song became popular during the American Civil War. The song was featured Read More