Two More "My Old Kentucky Home" Videos
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.