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Cover of 'Over There' sheet music
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Billy Murray performing George M. Cohan's "Over There" in 1917

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George M. Cohan Was Born
July 3, 1878

Your favorite songwriter may have won a Grammy, but what about a medal from Congress? In 1940, Congress awarded George M. Cohan a special medal for composing "Over There." Cohan wrote the song as a patriotic tribute when the U.S. entered World War I. Have you heard of it? If not, there's another song he wrote that you might sing at school.
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CREDIT: Cohan, George M. "Over There." 1917. Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (from Duke University), American Memory collections, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Cohan, George M; Billy Murray, performer. "Over There." Edison 1917. American Variety Stage Audio Sampler, The American Variety Stage, 1870 - 1920, Library of Congress.