Missouri Waltz is the official state song of Missouri.
The song began as a minstrel song.
“The song came from a melody by John Valentine Eppel and was arranged by Frederic Knight Logan, using lyrics written by James Royce Shannon. First published in 1914, the song did not sell well and was considered a failure, but by 1939, the song had gained popularity and six million copies had been sold.”
On June 30, 1949, the Missouri General Assembly adopted the song as the state song.
The song is played by the University of Missouri’s Marching Mizzou at every home football game to a unique marching style in 3/4 time.
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