On Sunday, Philadelphia Flyers took away a statue of late singer Kate Smith who stood outside their arena for more than three decades. The move came two days after the team covered the monument in response to complaints about two songs “God’s Blessing America” Singer performed in the 1930s.
The flyers had covered the statue and suspended playing her famous edition of the patriotic song Friday. Flyer’s decision followed a similar one recently made by the New York Yankees, who for 18 years had recorded the recording during the seventh inning. Smith’s statue had been near the Philadelphia Sports Complex since 1987.
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“The NHL principle” Hockey is for everyone “is at the heart of everything the airmen stand for,” said law president Paul Holmgren in a statement. we don’t stand in sleep while materials from another era get in the way of who we are today. “A partially covered statue by singer Kate Smith is seen near Wells Fargo Center, Friday, April 1
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A partially covered statue by singer Kate Smith is seen near the Wells Fargo Center, Friday April 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)
Smith, who died in 1986 at age 79, was long regarded as an American icon, largely because of her association with “Good Bless America”, Ireland’s Berlin Song in 1918, she played in 1939. She received the Presidential Medal Freedom 1982.
Recently, however, the Yankees became aware that Smith sang a popular 1931 song, “That & # 39; s Why Darkies Were Born.” The song, which was originally written for a Broadway revue and later referred to in a Marx Brothers flick lyrics as: “Someone must pick the cotton, Someone must choose the corn, Someone must slave and be able to sing. Therefore, darkness was born.” Ray Henderson and Lew Brown wrote the song. Smith did not contribute with words or music.
The song was considered a satire of racism in its time, with civilian activist Paul Robeson who also recorded a version.
Detectors also note that Smith recorded a song called “Pickaninny Heaven” – with “pickaninny” being a racial lamb for a black child – and pointing to Smith’s resemblance to an ad for baking soda containing a “motherly” character .
Flyers had played Smith’s version of “Gods Bless America” Before Must-Win Games Since 1969, Philadelphia Inquirer reported, and its record in these games was a star 101-31-5. She performed her edition personally before the team captured her Stanley Cup in 1974.
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The Yankees drew “Good Bless America” earlier this season after being informed of the questionable Broadway song, New York Post reported.
Fox News & # 39; Louis Casiano and the Associated Press contributed to this report.