The song “God Bless the U.S.A.” is about as patriotic and iconic as it gets. Just the opening notes of this song can move people to tears. Released 32 years ago by Lee Greenwood, this song has made its way firmly into the weave of American culture.
One thing you might not know about the song is that it’s creator, Greenwood, released it just four days after his own birthday! What an excellent birthday present to give himself, a brand new single that would leave an indelible mark on musical history.
There are some other things you might not know about it, as well. The Tennessean recently published an article, delving deeper into the history behind the song than many of us have ever seen.
Originally, the song was intended as album filler. Greenwood and his record company had no intention of releasing it as a single. Then, on Halloween, 1983, just four days after he turned 41, Green showed up at the record label’s head’s house, unannounced.
Greenwood had his limo drive him over, a demo tape of “God Bless the U.S.A.” in his hand. Irving Azoff, record head, was standing outside with his kids when Greenwood pulled up. He hopped out of the limo, handed Azoff the tape and said “Trick or treat!”
The rest is history. Watch Greenwood perform a surprise a capella version of “God Bless the U.S.A.” with the Army Chorus below! What did you think? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!
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