It’s been 35 years since Lee Greenwood released “God Bless the USA” and seems like a fitting song for this Memorial Day weekend.
God Bless the USA first appeared on Greenwood’s 1984 album, “You’ve Got a Good Love Comin'” and spent 37 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and became a Top 10 Hit. I was working at radio station in North Dakota when it was first released and remember getting a lot of requests for it!
“It is with great pride that 35 years ago today I decided to release the song, ‘God Bless the USA.’ I wrote it to show my love for this country,” said Greenwood. “That decision would prove to be the most important career choice of my life. I’m grateful for the many times I’ve been given the chance to inspire Americans through hard times and happy times. I thank my parents for the gift of music; I thank the industry for the belief in my artistic ability; I thank my wife Kim for never doubting me, and I thank God for His grace as He has lifted me up from nothing. There will be other songs that will be added to America’s library of patriotic music. I’m simply amazed that I was able to write one as well.”
Here’s a video of him performing the song at last year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget to say “thank you” to those that help us live free.