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Encyclopedia > Andrew B. Sterling

Andrew B. Sterling, born on August 26, 1874 in New York City was a U.S. lyricist. After he graduated from high school, he began writing songs and vaudevilles. An important event was his meeting with the composer Harry Von Tilzer in 1898. The two began a songwriting partnership that lasted almost 30 years. August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1874 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The construction of the Empire State Building, 1930. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... Vaudeville was a style of multi-act theater which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... Harry Von Tilzer (July 8, 1872 - January 10, 1946) was a very popular United States songwriter. ...


Others that Sterling collaborated with include Bernie Grossman, M.K. Jerome, Frederick Allen Mills, Raymond Sterling, Ray Henderson, Edward Moran and Bartley Costello. Ray Henderson (December 1, 1896 - December 31, 1970), was a American songwriter. ... He painted some pictures, including one of The Barbary War. ...


He wrote the song Wait 'till the Sun Shines, Nellie in 1905 and the song America Here's My Boy for the Peerless Quartet in 1917 in the aftermath of U.S. entry into the war in April 1917. It comprised a straightforward call to American patriotism: 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ...



America Here's My Boy



First Verse


There’s a million mothers knocking at the nations door, A million mothers, yes and there’ll be millions more, And while within each mother heart they pray, Just hark what one brave mother has to say.



Second Verse


There’s a million mothers waiting by the fireside bright, A million mothers, waiting for the call tonight. And while within each heart there’ll be a tear, She’ll watch her boy go marching with a cheer.


Chorus


America, I raised a boy for you. America, You’ll find him staunch and true, Place a gun upon his shoulder, He is ready to die or do. America, he is my only one; My hope, my pride and joy, But if I had another, he would march beside his brother; America, here’s my boy.


Sterling died in Stamford, Connecticut on August 11, 1955. City motto: The City that Works State  - County Connecticut Fairfield Mayor Dannell Malloy Area  - % water 139 km² (52. ... August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


 
 

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