‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ presented the powerful voice of female vocalist Kate Smith in 1968. She appeared on the show to sing the famous song ‘The Lord’s Prayer.’
Kate is dressed in a green gown that has sparkling jewels. She stands against a black backdrop with one singular stained-glass window to her left. She gestures with her arms to highlight the song’s lyrics.
A full orchestral accompaniment transforms the song from quiet and contemplative at the beginning to robust and triumphant at the finale. Kate’s fantastic voice soars over the orchestra.
A choir of voices joins in with her as Kate brings it home, singing, ‘For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory. Forever, amen.’ She folds her hands in prayer at the conclusion.
Kate Smith was known as ‘The Songbird of the South’ because of her popularity during World War II. She had an illustrious radio and television career that spanned 5 decades.
‘The Lord’s Prayer’ is a musical setting of the biblical Lord’s Prayer, written by Albert Hay Malotte in 1935. It has been recorded by many singers over the years, including Andrea Bocelli.
Kate Smith’s powerful rendition of this classic song is a beautiful moment on ‘Sullivan.’ Her ability as a vocalist to convey the emotion and passion of the lyrics is second to none.