Old New Hampshire

  Old New Hampshire is one of the official state songs for the state of New Hampshire. The song was written by Dr. John F. Holmes in 1926. Maurice Hoffmann composed the music. Old New Hampshire was chosen to be the official state song in both 1949 and 1977. The state also has eight honorary Read More

Viva Las Vegas

When thinking of Nevada the place that most often comes to mind is Las Vegas. Elvis introduced the song Viva Las Vegas in 1963, which has continued to be popular for the grand strip. Viva Las Vegas was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Elvis Presley released the song in 1963, as a vehicle Read More

Beautiful Nebraska

  Beautiful Nebraska is the official state song for Nebraska. The song was written by Jim Fras and Guy Miller. The song was adopted as the state song in 1967.   Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

Montana

  Montana is the state song for the state of the same name. The song was written by Charles Cohan and composed by Joseph E. Howard. The state of Montana adopted the song as their state song on February 20, 1945.   Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com  

Patriotic Songs: Stars and Stripes Forever

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the magnum opus of composer John Philip Sousa.  Sousa is considered America’s “March King”. “In his autobiography, Marching Along, Sousa wrote that he composed the march on [Christmas Day], 1896. He was on an ocean liner on his way home from Read More

Missouri Waltz

  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 Read More

Go, Mississippi

Go, Mississippi was written and composed by William Houston Davis. The state of Mississippi adopted the song as the state song on May 17, 1962. The legislature also had the song copyrighted. The song was dedicated when it was performed by the Ole Miss Marching Band on September 29, 1962.     Photos courtesy of Read More

Hail! Minnesota

  Hail! Minnesota is the state song for Minnesota. The song was first composed by Truman Rickard in 1904. It originated as a song for the graduating class at the University of Minnesota and was performed for the first time on May 28, 1904. The second verse honored the school’s president, Cyrus Northrop, who preferred Read More

My Michigan

  My Michigan is the official state anthem of Michigan. The lyrics were written by Giles Kavanagh and the music by H. O’Reilly Clint in 1933. Clint’s music company published the song. The Michigan legislature adopted the song in 1937. The song is currently under copyright and rarely sung at official state functions.   Photos Read More

Old Cape Cod

  One of the places you think about in Massachusetts is Cape Cod {along with Boston}. Old Cape Cod has become the unofficial anthem for Cape Cod. The song Old Cape Cod was written by Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus and Allan Jeffrey. Yakus adopted a poem by Rothrock into song lyrics and Jeffrey wrote the Read More