Maysville Kentucky Blog

The Maysville Kentucky Blog is your guide to the beautiful and historic small town of Maysville Kentucky, snuggled into the rolling hills along the Ohio River. Though this blog has been discontinued, you can get your Maysville Kentucky fix over at Ken Downing's Mason County Kentucky Blog @

Friday, December 08, 2006

Two More "My Old Kentucky Home" Videos

It occured to me that not everyone may be familiar with Kentucky's theme song, "My Old Kentucky Home". Some of our visitors here, according to the stats, come from such diverse places as Singapore, Bucharest, and Amsterdam. Though logically these are either people in military service stationed abroad, or people who arrived here by mistake, there's always the possibility that some foreigners might actually be interested in Maysville, or Kentucky in general.

According to Wikipedia, "My Old Kentucky Home" was written by Stephen Foster in 1853 and was adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly as the official state song on March 19, 1928. There's some slight controversy to the song as its original version contained the word "darkies" to describe blacks living in Kentucky. In 1986, however, the Kentucky General Assembly adopted a version unlikely to cause offense in which the original word "darkies" was changed to "people."

You don't get a much purer version than the following video in which former Kentucky governor, A. B. "Happy" Chandler, sings the Kentucky anthem prior to a UK basketball game:

A slightly different version was recorded by singer/song writer Randy Newman in 1970. Randy Newman wrote the adaptation presenting a far less sentimental view of Kentucky life, but nonetheless undeniably Kentuckyian:

I personally love both versions for different reasons. I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I'm actually a Kentuckian myself. Although my family moved around quite a bit as I was growing up, due to my dad's twenty or so year military career, I was born at Fort Knox, near Louisville.


Ken Downing said...

Happy was a Kentucky treasure. Senator, 2 time Gouvernor and Baseball commisssioner. And boy oh boy could he sing My Old Kentucky Home !

10:53 AM

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