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My country, 'tis of thee

COVERED BY ELVIS

My Country, 'Tis Of Thee


recording date elvis: wednesday, 29 July 1970; concert
first release: Electrifying (Bilko 5100 unofficial CD)


originally by: Jules Levy

recording year: 1893
originally written by: smith
catalognumber: 470
label: North American Phonograph Company
format: cylinder




The melody is the same as that used for "God Save The King/Queen" and dates perhaps back to the 17th century. Words were later provided by Samuel Smith. The first known performance was in Sptember 1745 at the Drury Lane Theatre, London. The tune has been used in numerous countries as national anthem, including Prussia and Russia. Elvis's recording is an informal one made during rehearsals and never intended for release—indeed it has never been officially released and can be found only on the unofficial CD indicated above. Jules Levy was born on 24 April 1838 in London, UK. He was an accomplished cornet player. His Edison version of "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee" was released on a North American Phonograph Company cylinder number 470 in 1893, when it became a very popular recording. Levy died on 28 November 1903 in Chicago.


My Country, 'Tis Of Thee
performed by:
Jules Levy

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My Country, 'Tis Of Thee
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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