October 1, 2017, revised 10:12 p.m. October 2, 2017
A little over a week ago, one of my sisters-in-law sent me the 1939 YouTube with Kate Smith introducing “God Bless America”. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it in the past, and was more than happy to watch it again. In addition to the YouTube mentioned, below there is a second YouTube, and also some information about Kate Smith and about the many years she brought entertainment to families across America.
Why was Kate Smith so popular?
Many people today say that Kate Smith was popular only because of her voice (which people loved). They say that if people could have seen her and how over-weight she was, she would not have been popular at all.
Well, people definitely did see her — and loved her. Not only did she have a powerful voice, and was able to sing about anything — but she was also interesting and had interesting guests. Kate Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades.
Millions of people loved her.
“Her inspiring rendition [of “God Bless America”] went on to sell millions of war bonds and even helped a hockey team in the 1970s win the Stanley Cup.” [source of this quote]
From 1950 to 1954 she had “The Kate Smith Hour,” a variety program which aired on CBS television with host Kate Smith. Stars: Kate Smith, Bill Norvas and The Upstarts
Later in this blog piece, if you wish, you can watch a YouTube of a YouTube of a 1953 “The Kate Smith Hour” show (just under an hour long).