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Thread #124040   Message #2737313
Posted By: autoharper
03-Oct-09 - 11:36 AM
Thread Name: Origin: I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
Subject: RE: I didn't raise my son to be a Soldier
Morton Harvey recorded this song in 1915 a few years before the USA entered WWI and the song was very popular. As soon as America entered the war in 1917, Morton Harvey's career was finished. His record was called "I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be a Soldier," and 100 years later, we have few anti-war as undated as this one.

Curiously, the songs composers were not so affected by Harvey's unpopularity, and continued to have wartime hits. Alf Bryan wrote "Oui, Oui, Marie," and Al Piantadosi wrote "Send Me Away With A Smile."

-Adam Miller