Yankees dump Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'

Yankees dump Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'

Yankees dump Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'

"‏The Kate Smith statue near the Wells Fargo Center is covered, amid reports the Flyers have cut ties with Smith over racist song lyrics", Sports Reporter Mike DeNardo said in a Twitter post dated April 19.

Smith, who was born in Greenville, Va., grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and was nicknamed "The Songbird of the South", died in 1986 at age of 79. Since then, it has been replaced with a different version of the song.

Her popularity peaked during World World II when she was credited with contributions to American culture and patriotism. "Her total for a series of marathon broadcasts was over $600 million". Ronald Reagan honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1982.

That song also was recorded by black activist Paul Robeson and was at the time considered a satirical put-down of racist ideas, albeit using language that would never pass muster now, the Daily News reported. Even if it were true that Kate Smith recorded a "racist" song by the standards of 80 years later-the other "questionable" song was part of a 1933 movie-that is an absurd reason to ban "God Bless America". She performed it at the team's former arena, the Spectrum, before the Flyers won the first of their two Stanley Cup titles in 1974, and a statue of her was later placed outside the arena.


Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia in 1975. "In 1996, a Times music critic described Smith as inseparable from "[Irving] Berlin's great anthem - singer and song joined together to create an imperishable emblem of America".

The Daily News reported that the Yankees are investigating the recordings of both of those songs, including the circumstances surrounding them, because Smith's personal feelings and intentions aren't clear.

The Yankees confirmed it is reviewing the anonymous complaints and will temporarily stop playing Smith's recording.

According to Smith's obituary in the Los Angeles Times, the singer "traveled almost 520,000 miles to entertain troops and sold a record $600 million in war bonds in a series of round-the-clock radio appeals".

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