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America the beautiful

COVERED BY ELVIS

America The Beautiful


recording date elvis: Saturday 13 december 1975;concert
first release: on audio single my way ( november,1977 )
label: rca
catalognumber: pb 11165


originally by: Henry Burr and Frank Croxton


recording date: 1912
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Katherine Lee Bates wrote the words of "America The Beautiful" in 1893, having been inspired by the beauty of the nature that she witnessed when travelling to Colorado and visiting Pike's Peak. Her poem was published on July 4th, 1895, in a Boston church weekly, "The Congregationalist." The music used for the song was written in 1888 by Samuel Ward as "Materna" and was originally used for the hymn, "O Mother Dear, Jerusalem." A 1911 recording by the Peerless Quartet of "O Mother Dear, Jerusalem" was not released, but the following year, on 25 October 1912, Henry Burr and Frank Croxton recorded the hymn in New York for the Columbia Phonograph Company (matrix 38379); the recording was released in February 1913 as issue no. A1254.
An instrumental version of the number using the title "America The Beautiful" was recorded by the Victor Band on 2 October 1919 (matrix B-23186) and released in January 1920 on Victor 18627. The first vocal recording with the now more familiar title seems to have been made by the Wellesley College Glee Club on 25 September 1914, and released on Columbia A-1659. Strangely, this version is listed with the name Hamilton as composer.


America The Beautiful
performed by
Henry Burr & Frank Croxton

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America
performed by
Elvis Presley

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