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Yankee Doodle (July 4th)

The unchallenged anthem of the Revolutionary War, the "Spirit of '76." Various sources attribute the tune to the old nursery rhyme "Lucy Locket." The famous first verse is British derision of the hayseed upstart Yankees, but subsequent verses prove the song was commandeered by those upstarts for the cause of Independence. The state song of Connecticut.

Yankee Doodle Boy/Grand Old Flag (July 4th)

Both signature tunes, words & music, for & by George M. Cohan (1878-1942), the singing/dancing/writing/directing/flag-waving stage star of early 20th century America. Actually, born on July 3rd, Cohan's most enduring legacy is the timeless Hollywood film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," starring James Cagney.