Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
God Bless AmericaThe Surprising History of an Iconic Song$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sheryl Kaskowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199919772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919772.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 06 June 2020

As the Storm Clouds Gather

As the Storm Clouds Gather

Origin Myths and Hidden Battles

Chapter:
(p.12) Chapter 1 As the Storm Clouds Gather
Source:
God Bless America
Author(s):

Sheryl Kaskowitz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919772.003.0001

The song’s story begins during World War I, when Irving Berlin first sketched “God Bless America” for use in the all-soldier musical revue Yip Yip Yaphank, then leaps forward to 1938, when Kate Smith premiered it on her radio show. Chapter 1 explores the stories and myths surrounding the song’s origins, introduces the main characters, and goes behind the scenes to expose the struggle between Irving Berlin and Smith’s manager Ted Collins for control of the song and its legacy. The purpose is not only to understand the historical context surrounding the song’s creation and first performances, but to examine the underlying tensions between composer and performer in American popular music.

Keywords:   God Bless America, Irving Berlin, Kate Smith, Ted Collins, Yip Yip Yaphank, World War I, origins, control, legacy, composer, performer

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .