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“The Anacreontic Song”—British Source Tune for the U.S. National Anthem

“The Anacreontic Song,” or “To Anacreon in Heaven” with words by Ralph Tomlinson and music by John Stafford Smith is the source for the tune Francis Scott Key had in mind when he composed the lyric “In Defence of Fort … Continue reading

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How “The Star-Spangled Banner” Entered Professional Sports

As the tale is most often told, the practice of performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in American professional sports supposedly began as a tribute to a nation at war during the first game of the 1918 World Series which pitted the … Continue reading

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Was “The Star-Spangled Banner” Really a Drinking Song?

It’s not unusual to read online that the United States national anthem was a drinking song and, like many myths, this tale has a core of truth surrounded by misinformation. Yes—the lyric of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” upon which Francis … Continue reading

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