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Thread #921   Message #1131650
Posted By: GUEST,R. Leazenby
08-Mar-04 - 02:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: Fifty Nifty United States (R Charles
Subject: RE: Fifty Nifty United States -words & tune
The Song "Fifty Nifty U.S." is by Ray Charles ( not the pop artist of Georgia fame but the Arranger and conductor of the Ray Charles singers popular in the 50's and 60's.). Copyright is 1961. Published by Shawnee Press, octavo # E-56. The piece was orignally written as a piece to celebrate each state in the union of the course of one year by the Disney Corp. Each week the show would open with the first half of the song, then at the moment in the piece when the singers sang "Let's salute them now!", the film would begin telling about the state. At the end the show would continue to the end of the song for the finish. At least that is how I remember it from when I was little. I now teach this tune to all of my fifth graders for the last 18 years. Hope this helps.