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The "Songbird of the South," vocalist Kate Smith was one of the most popular stars of the pre-World War II era; she remains best remembered for her definitive version of the patriotic anthem "God Bless America," which became a hit on no less than three separate occasions. Born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 1907, she initially trained to be a nurse but began singing professionally during the early 1920s, soon relocating to New York to pursue roles in vaudeville and on Broadway, where she appeared in Honeymoon Lane in 1926. The owner of a thunderous contralto, Smith signed to Columbia in 1927, debuting with "One Sweet Letter From You," backed by Red Nichols' Charleston Chasers. In 1931 she began hosting her own radio show; its theme song, "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," subsequently became her first major hit, selling some 19 million copies.

In 1932, Smith scored her second smash with "River, Stay 'Way from My Door," recorded with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians; they later backed her on "Too Late," another Top Ten success issued that same year -- in all, she recorded two dozen hits for Columbia between 1927 and 1946. While American listeners looked to Smith for assurance throughout the Depression era, she became an icon in 1938, when she recorded Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" for Victor; within a year its success established it as a kind of unofficial national anthem, and upon the United States' entrance into WWII it re-entered the charts in both 1940 and 1942. In addition to her radio popularity, Smith also appeared in films, starring in The Big Broadcast of 1932 and This Is the Army in 1943; from 1951 to 1954, she also hosted an afternoon television program. Smith remained active after the 1964 death of her longtime manager Ted Collins. She began suffering from poor health a number of years later, and died from diabetes on June 17, 1986. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Kate Smith Anniversary Album

1. Medley: When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain / Seems Like Old Times / All the Things You Are

2. Medley: What's New / Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) / Long Ago

3. Medley: September in the Rain / A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square / The Old Lamplighter

4. Medley: How Are Things in Glocca Morra / (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover / Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)

5. Medley: Symphony / I Didn't Know What Time It Was / Don't Fence Me In

6. Medley: Somebody Else Is Taking My Place / That Old Feeling / There Goes That Song Again

7. Medley: Once In a While / You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To / Some Sunday Morning

8. Medley: Deep Purple / Along the Santa Fe Trail / Don't Take Your Love from Me

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Track List: A Touch of Magic

1. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

2. Call Me Irresponsible (From the Film, "Papa's Delicate Condition")

3. Now I Have Everything (From the Broadway Musical, "Fiddler on the Roof")

4. It Was so Beautiful

5. 'Til Tomorrow (From the Musical, "Fiorello!")

6. Temptation

7. Danke Schoen

8. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

9. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues

10. Too Close for Comfort (From the Musical, "Mr. Wonderful")

11. Lazy River

12. Climb Every Mountain (From "The Sound Of Music")

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Track List: The Sweetest Sounds

1. The Sweetest Sounds

2. Just in Time

3. Days of Wine and Roses

4. My Coloring Book

5. I Wanna Be Around

6. I Wish You Love

7. More (Theme from "Mondo Cane")

8. Make Someone Happy

9. Lollipops and Roses

10. I Left My Heart in San Francisco

11. He Loves Me (From the Broadway Musical "She Loves Me")

12. If Ever I Would Leave You

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Track List: How Great Thou Art

1. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

2. Until Then

3. Were You There?

4. Beautiful Isle of Somewhere

5. The Touch of His Hand on Mine

6. How Great Thou Art

7. It Took a Miracle

8. May the Good Lord Bless You and Keep You

9. I May Never Pass This Way Again

10. I Asked the Lord

11. I See God

12. The Lord's Prayer

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Track List: Sings God Bless America (Digitally Remastered)

1. God Bless America

2. Moonlight In Vermont

3. Yellow Rose Of Texas / Deep In The Heart Of Texas

4. Stars Fell On Alabama

5. Back Home Again In Indiana

6. Oklahoma

7. Beautiful Ohio

8. In Old New York / The Sidewalks Of New York

9. Carolina Moon

10. My Old Kentucky Home

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Track List: You'll Never Walk Alone

1. Always

2. Danny Boy

3. Embraceable You

4. Down In The Valley

5. In Old New York

6. Some Sunday Morning

7. This Time It's Real

8. Don't Worry Bout Me

9. He's Got The Whole World In His Hand

10. Love, You Funny Thing!

11. May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You

12. The Last Time I Saw Paris

13. Snuggled On Your Shoulder

14. You'll Never Walk Alone

15. Little Bit Of Heaven (Sure, They Call It Ireland)

16. My Old Kentucky Home

17. The Lord's Prayer

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Track List: When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain

1. Ave Maria

2. Blue Tail Fly

3. God Bless America

4. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)

5. I'll Be Seeing You

6. People Will Say We're In Love

7. There Goes That Song Again

8. The National Anthem

9. Oklahoma

10. The Last Time I Saw Paris

11. The White Cliffs Of Dover

12. You Didn't Have To Tell Me

13. When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain

14. I Got Rythm

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Track List: The Dave Cash Collection: Country Meets Big Band

1. On Top Of Old Smokey

2. Stars Fell On Alabama

3. Medley: The Yellow Rose Of Texas/Deep In The Heart Of Texas

4. Scarlet Ribbons

5. Oklahoma

6. My Old Kentucky Home

7. Moonlight In Vermont

8. Medley: The Secrets Of New York/Sidewalks Of New York

9. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

10. Greensleeves

11. Down In The Valley

12. Blue Tail Fly

13. Beautiful Ohio

14. Back Home Again In Indiana

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Track List: Come All Ye Faithful

1. Deck The Halls

2. White Christmas

4. The First Noel

5. O Come All Ye Faithful

6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

7. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

8. Greensleeves

9. Joy To The World

10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem

11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

12. Moonlight In Vermont

13. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

14. Silent Night

15. Jingle Bells

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Track List: Best Of The Early Years

1. (In The Gloaming) By The Fireside

2. You Didn't Have To Tell Me

3. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

4. River Stay Way From My Door

5. If I Have To Go On Without You

6. You'll Never Know Sweetheart

7. When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain

8. Love You Funny Thing

9. You Call It Madness

10. There's A God Mine In The Sky

11. My Queen Of Lullaby Land

12. Here Comes The Sun

13. Now's The Time

14. Maybe It's Love

15. It's Never Too Late

16. Snuggled On Your Shoulder

17. The Continental

18. Makin Faces At The Man In The Moon

19. I Cried For You

20. Twenty Million People

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Track List: Two Classic Albums From Kate Smith

1. The Sweetest Sounds

2. Just In Time

3. Days Of Wine And Roses

5. I Wanna Be Around

6. I Wish You Love

7. More (Theme From Mondo Cane)

8. Make Someone Happy

9. Lollipops And Roses

10. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

12. If Ever I Would Leave You

14. Until Then

15. Were You There

16. Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere

17. The Touch Of His Hand On Mine

18. How Great Thou Art

19. It Took A Miracle

20. May The Good Lord Bless You And Keep You

21. I May Never Pass This Way Again

22. I Asked The Lord

23. I See God

24. The Lord's Prayer

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Track List: Kiss Me, I'M Irish

15. Macushla

16. A Little Bit Of Heaven (Sure, They Call It Ireland)

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Track List: 16 Most Requested Songs

1. When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain

2. On The Atchison, Topeka And Santa Fe

3. When You Wish Upon A Star

4. I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo

5. Tumbling Tumbleweeds

6. Be Careful It's My Heart

7. Imagination

8. Time Was

9. My Melancholy Baby

10. Memories Of You

11. Somebody Loves Me

12. The Last Time I Saw Paris

13. One Dozen Roses

14. My Buddy

15. Embraceable You

16. We'll Meet Again

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Track List: Best Of

1. When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain

2. That's Life

3. Born Free

4. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)

5. Climb Every Mountain

6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

7. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

8. Medley: Somebody Else Is Taking My Place/That Old Feeling/There Goes That Song Again

10. How Great Thou Art

11. God Bless America

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Track List: The Kate Smith Christmas Album

1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

2. Do You Hear What I Hear

3. Deck The Halls

4. Silver Bells

5. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

6. White Christmas

7. Happy Birthday, Dear Christ Child

8. Christmas Eve In My Home Town

9. It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

10. The First Noel

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amontoya799
I love the way Kate Smith sings God Bless America. My favorite is American the Beautiful. Makes me want to take a trip to see My Beautiful Country!
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frankwiener
God Bless America by Kate Smith still gives me goosebumps even after all of these years. Very powerful and unique. No one today could possibly duplicate that. I'm not saying that there haven't been better renditions since my childhood, but Kate's is truly one-of-a-kin d .
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KATE SMITH.what a voice.especi a l l y when she sings.how deep is the ocean.wow. never will forget her. joe
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i love kate smith
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tbrown444
If you're a Philadelphia Flyers fan Kate's version of God Bless America is very special. For those of you who don't understand the connection I'll explain. She sang this live before numerous Flyer's games and when she did the Flyers were nearly unbeatable. All throught their cup runs in the early 70's she either sang live or Philly played her recording before the game. Their record when Kate sang live or a recorded version was played was an astounding 94 wins, 26 losses and 4 ties. Her vers
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A gospel singer George Beverly Shea died this week and I tried to get his music on Pandora...Ho w thy can equate Kate Smith Were you there when they crucified the Lord,is beyond me..
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I use to love hearing her sing.... my mother loved her and I remember the song she sang.... When the moon comes over the mountain....
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GREAT WW2 MUSIC! AAAH WHAT MENORIES!! AND I SURVIVED! NOW 86 AND GOING STRONG ... MAY THE GOOD LORD LOVE AND KEEP AMERICAN STRONG AND FREE; AND A L L OF YOU.
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whey kate sang, she brought joy into your hearth, i can still remember sitting at my mothers feet and lisening to miss smith, i'm sure my loved ones that are gone are waiting for me just beon the moon. love to all
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i can also remember kates tv show and her theme song--when the moon comes over the mouuntain. i saw her on tv when said the m oon was an adirondack moon. i alosr remember i saw on tv when she talked about the first appearnce on tv in the 30's when she appeared with ny mayoy jimmie walker. i wonder if this segment is anywhere in the world.. she was a great lady.
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keyes9138
When I hear Kate Smith sing God Bless America , I still get tears in my eyes...just like I did when I was a young teen in the early 50's . No one has ever sang it like Kate.
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herbert741
She's been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. Her voice is one of the purist I've ever heard. Her "God Bless America" is one of America's classics.
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In my heart since my childhooh in the 40s&50s
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kroth23
I remember coming home from school and coming into the house and hearing Kate Smith on her TV program singing "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain. I wish we had someone like her today.
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she doesn't just sing a song - she enacts it - puts a lot of feeling and emotion with such purity..."Ho w Great Thou Art" is goosebump lyrics anyway and she just enhances them...
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Every day, we should all start the day listening to Kate Smith sing "God Bless America".... T h e n maybe we all can realize what so many have done for our Country and how we all need ban together and support our new President. God Bless America indeed! And...God Bless Kate Smith for giving us all such inspiration. Barbara Gazich
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No one ever was able to sing God Bless America as well as Kate Smith. She was a great entertainer throughout her life.
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jackiegiri
Nice lyrics

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