Irving Berlin had a “reject trunk” where he stored songs that weren’t worthy of continuing to work on and/or produce. He placed “God Bless America” in there around 1918. Then, 20 years later, Kate Smith came to Mr. Berlin in need of a song for her radio show. He pulled out “God Bless America,” finished it and it was first introduced on Armistice Day in 1938.
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