Bill Freeh, Jr.
Lois I. Salisbury
Sue A. Sann
Charles T. Shallcross
Brian P. Wiggin
Raymond B. Wood, Chair
Honorary MembersMichael Feinstin
Kate Smith Commemorative Society was established to formally rekindle
the legend that is Kate Smith and to nurture the love for America that
is so identified with her life. Her vast musical repertoire is
again available through audio- and videocassettes and compact
discs. The first comprehensive Kate Smith biography has been
published. And we have an impressive archive of the memorabilia
of her 50-year career: 1926-1976.
KATE SMITH. Just the mention of her name evokes a warm feeling of nostalgia in the hearts of millions who recall her thrilling renditions of popular ballads and her outgoing personality and infectious laughter. An untiring patriot, Kate Smith was honored by every President from Roosevelt, who called her an "American treasure", to Reagan, who gave her the highest civilian award in the nation, the Medal of Freedom. During the Second World War, she was personally credited with selling six hundred million dollars in Defense Bonds. She has been called the First Lady of Song by her peers. Voted one of the three most beloved and important women of her time, Kate Smith was the very embodiment of the American spirit and an inspiration to millions everywhere. Her popularity and her music transcended a half century, all the way from vaudeville to soft rock. She introduced over six hundred popular songs. More than twenty of her records were million sellers. As a true pioneer in both radio and television, her importance as a public personality is unsurpassed in the annals of broadcasting history. She is undeniably an American original!
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Last Updated: September 2, 2020