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Kate Smith
Emergence of a Legend

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith was born in Greenville, Virginia in 1907. By the 1940s and '50s Kate was among the best-known and highly regarded personalities in the nation. When she introduced the rousing Irving Berlin song "God Bless America" in a 1938 broadcast it became an instant hit and close to a second national anthem. In September of 1943 Kate launched an 18-hour radio marathon to sell war bonds. It met with such phenomenal success that a classic study on the subject of mass persuasion was conducted to determine why she had such an impact. Throughout the trying years of World War II, Kate's comforting presence on radio made her an iconic figure.

Blessed with a great natural voice, Kate Smith made her first record in 1926. Her career blossomed in the 1930s when she emerged as a popular recording artist and radio personality with the support of her manager Ted Collins. It was during this decade that she made a remarkable transition from popular artist to show business legend. This album covers that musical journey.

Provided here are many excellent selections from that period in her recording career including Maybe It's Love, When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain (her theme song) and Twenty Million People, featured in her 1933 film Hello Everybody.
  Track Song Title Date Time
1 Maybe It`s Love 1930 3:05
2 You'll Never Know Sweetheart 1930 3:25
3 Here Comes The Sun 1930 3:14
4 Now`s The Time 1931 2:48
5 You Didn`t Have To Tell Me 1931 3:20
6 Makin` Faces At The Man In The Moon 1931 3:03
7 If I Have To Go On Without You 1931 3:29
8 When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain 1931 3:22
9 You Call It Madness 1931 3:24
10 River, Stay 'Way From My Door 1931 3:14
11 Snuggled On Your Shoulder 1932 3:11
12 Love, You Funny Thing 1932 3:09
13 (In The Gloaming) By The Fireside 1932 3:27
14 Twenty Million People 1933 2:37
15 My Queen Of Lullaby Land 1933 3:09
16 The Continental 1934 2:22
17 There`s A Gold Mine In The Sky 1937 3:06
18 Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen 1937 2:37
19 It`s Never Too Late 1939 2:45
20 I Cried For You 1939 2:42
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