'God Bless The USA' Celebrates Its 25th Birthday
September 11, 2008 at 7:32 AM (PT)
One of AMERICA's most recognizable songs, LEE GREENWOOD's "God Bless The USA," is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. LEE wrote the song himself, and it was released as a single in 1984, peaking at #7 on the Country charts.
It was played at the 1984 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, where PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN was nominated for a second term, and in 1985 it was awarded the CMA (COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION) "Song Of The Year."
It got its "first real resurgance" during the 1990 GULF WAR and again after the terrorist attacks on SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, when it was re-released as a single and hit #1 on both the Country and Pop charts. The song once again sparked patriotism for AMERICANS during the 2003 invasion of IRAQ, and was also played at this year's REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION.
GREENWOOD is marking the 25th birthday of "God Bless The USA" by releasing another song, called "USA Today," that "celebrates the good news to be found even in troubled times for AMERICANS." For more info visit www.leegreenwood.com.