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Thread #124040   Message #3774162
Posted By: keberoxu
21-Feb-16 - 01:58 PM
Thread Name: Origin: I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
Subject: RE: Origin: I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
Knew I had heard a television concert broadcast of Marilyn Horne singing this song to a live audience.

"Marilyn Horne took a sentimental trip back to her childhood....she returned to her youthful performances at war bond rallies during World War II, the Firestone Hour that [her parents] listened to on the radio....

"....she won an unusually prolonged and enthusiastic response to a World War I song, 'I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier,' but it was difficult to determine whether the audience was cheering the sentiment of the song, or the skill with which Miss Horne carried off the final chorus in the manner of a Sophie Tucker recitative."

journalist: John S. Wilson
December 30, 1983 issue of the New York Times