Hail to the Chief!

Episode Air Date: June 28, 2016
Artist: American Military Band
Recording Title: Hail to the Chief

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James Sanderson composed Hail To The Chief in 1812, adapting Sir Walter Scott’s poem “The Lady of the Lake” for the stage.  But the story of its presidential association all comes down to a first lady. You see, James K. Polk was the 11th president of the United States, and, well, he was no William Howard Taft!

Uh, that is to say, he was a rather slight man, and also something of a wallflower. Worried that her husband would be overlooked at official gatherings, Sara Polk instructed bands to play the tune upon his entrance.

What would your entrance song be, and why? Tweet us at onthesoundbeat, or tell us on facebook. Winner gets a prize!

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