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MacNamara's Band (ver. 1) by Bing Crosby - Piano Sheets and Free Sheet Music

  
About the Song
McNamara's Band is the title of a popular song recorded in late 1945 by the singer Bing Crosby. It is the tongue-in-cheek story of a small Irish band penned by the song writing team of O'Connor and Stanford. Released on Decca Records in early 1946, the song became a top-ten hit for Crosby. It's still one of Crosby's most popular songs and is sung loudly and often at St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States and Ireland. The tale is based on an actual band, the St. Mary's Fife and Drum Band , formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1885. In the late 1800s the band featured four brothers, Patrick, John, Michael and Thomas McNamara, and became famous for playing shows all across Ireland. In the early 1900s Patrick and Thomas emigrated to the United States and formed the "McNamara's Band" with Patrick "Patsy" Salmon, another Limerick emigre. After Salmon left the group Patrick and Thomas formed.    Download this sheet!
About the Artist
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American popular singer and actor whose career stretched over more than half a century from 1926 until his death. One of the first multimedia stars, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby held a nearly unrivaled command of record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. Widely recognized as one of the most popular musical acts in history, Crosby is also credited as being the major inspiration for most of the male singers of the era that followed him, including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the "most admired man alive," ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also during 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the postwar recording industry. In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which developed North America's first.
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