Some Of Our Favorites Got Together In 1970 For This Special Rendition Of “God Bless America”

In November of 1970, John Wayne produced and hosted a TV special called “Swing Out Sweet Land.” The 80-minute program documented America’s history, and boasted an all-star cast. Similar to the popular variety shows of the time, the program featured skits and musical performances, along with one unforgettable moment that we just had to share. Wayne, along with a bevy of other a-listers such as Lucille Ball, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby (to name a few) got together to sing “God Bless America.”

For many years, the wonderful montage of each guest singing a line from “God Bless America” stayed with me. I managed to find the video of the show and got chills watching it again. They don’t make shows like this anymore…I can’t imagine a group of today’s stars so large who I’d care to see at all. What would it take to get this special seen on TV again? In our post-9/11 world, it would be a nostalgic reminder of a generation that appreciated where we came from, and what LIBERTY and FREEDOM are all about. Check out the performance below… we’re sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did!

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Gustav Wilhelm was born and raised on the fishing vessel, the Plucky Pinniped. Like his parents, Gustav spent much of his life at sea, reading a weathered copy of A Farewell to Arms, curating his magnificent beard, and as one might expect, fishing. After a particularly violent ocean storm left Gustav marooned on a deserted island, he befriended a pair of penguin chicks – Sidney and Evgeni – who took up residence in his luscious beard. Adapting to his new terrestrial life, Gustav took up blogging with hope of one day returning to the sea.