Music – July 4th 1986 – America The Beautiful – John Williams & The Boston Pops At Liberty Weekend With John Denver + Barry Manilow + Melissa Manchester + Joel Grey + Whitney Houston Et Al

“America the Beautiful“ is a very popular American patriotic song…..with lyrics that were written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey…..and interestingly enough….the two never met….as Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, “Pikes Peak“….which was first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church…

Music – 1986 – John Denver – America, The Dream Goes On – John Williams Composition Sung At Lady Liberty July 4th Concert In NYC Harbor

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist and humanitarian….whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer….for Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960’s…..then starting in the 1970’s, he became one of the most popular acoustic artists…