HISTORY IN MUSIC- ‘LINDBERGH, THE EAGLE OF THE USA”- VERNON DALHART

 

History In Music- “Lindbergh , The Eagle Of The USA”- Vernon Dalhart. On this day in 1927- Charles Lindbergh at age 25- made history when he landed his single engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget Aerodrome in Paris at 10:22 pm on Saturday May 21st, 1927 becoming the first person to complete a no-stop solo transatlantic flight. Lindbergh had left 33 1/2 hours earlier from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York- the flight covered 3600 statute miles. When he landed in Paris a mob of 150,000 stormed the field. Lucky Lindy was dragged out of the cockpit and the people carried him around above their heads for a half hour. He went from relative obscurity to becoming the most famous person in the world.  1927 was a year for heroes-  Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.

You can see the Spirit of St. Louis by visiting the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

 

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The song “Lindbergh “The Eagle  Of The USA”-was written by Tin Pan Alley songwriters Howard Johnson and Al Sherman. Singer Vernon Dalhart was the first country singer to have a song sell one million copies-in 1924 with “The Prisoner’s Song”- which went on to sell 7 million copies. Dalhart’s recording of “Lindbergh “The Eagle of the USA” was made just two days after he landed in Paris and was released in July of 1927.

 

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