From USA Today:
Tom Schad, USA TODAY Published 8:25 p.m. ET April 20, 2019
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees have taken steps in recent days to distance themselves from the late “God Bless America” singer Kate Smith after learning that she sang two racially insensitive songs in the 1930s.
Smith’s family members say the developments have left them “heartbroken.” …
Bob Andron, 74, said he believes people are placing undue focus on two songs Smith performed early in her career, while she was in her 20s and “trying to make her mark as a singer.” He said Smith performed the songs but did not write them.
“It’s somebody who found the words to two songs that she sang, out of 3,000 that she recorded, and tried to make a case out of it,” said Bob Andron, 74. “And my heart goes out to them, too. Because they’re misguided. They don’t understand what kind of a person Kate Smith was.”
Smith is best known for her rendition of “God Bless America,” which was played at Yankee Stadium for 18 years before the team was recently “made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us.”
Bob and Suzy Andron both described Smith as a patriot who sought to use her talent to benefit her country. According to “Kate Smith: A Bio-Bibliography,” the late singer is credited with helping sell $600 million in war bonds during World War II and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by Ronald Reagan in 1982, when her health was in decline.
George Costanza’s job in the Yankees front office is hanging by a thread due to his laziness and incompetence. But George’s boss, Mr. Wilhelm, gives him one final chance to prove himself useful: Little George will have to break the news to Big George Steinbrenner, the Yankees owner, that the Yankees must stop playing Big George’s personal choice, Kate Smith’s “God Bless America,” because America has gone insane.
Next, racist extremists will be claiming that Kate Smith’s racial guilt is no greater than the Lehman Brothers’ or Al Jolson’s …