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Blue Skies

“Blue Skies” was originally written in 1926 for the musical Betsy by Rodgers and Hart.

In 1926, “Blue Skies” was featured in The Jazz Singer and thusly became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie.

A movie called “The Blue Bird” was made in 1940 staring Shirley Temple.

In 1945, the song was recorded by Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

Williw Nelson’s recording became a #1 hit on the country music charts.

Bluebirds have had a special symbolism throughout history, especially in America and Europe.  The “Bluebird of Happiness” symbolizes good health, births, hope, prosperity and “virtually any positive sentiment”.  A dead bluebird, however, symbolizes a loss of innocents or disillusionment.  

That year in America:

Henry Ford announced the 40 hour work week

Radio network NBC launched

Rudolph Valentino died which caused a worldwide frenzy amongst his fans

Marilyn Monroe was born

First doughnut making machine in Iowa

First rocket launch by Dr. Goddard

Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America is formed

That year in the world:

Winnie the Pooh published

First public demonstration of a television in the U.K.

Fidel Castro was born

Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle swims across the English Channel

Lauren Morrow, MT-BC

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