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Kate Smith
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    (May 1, 1909-June 17, 1986)
    Appeared as herself in about half-dozen movies
    Top radio performer of the '30s
    Recorded renditions 'When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain,' 'God Bless America,' 'On a Clear Day,' 'You'll Never Walk Alone,' 'Gentle on My Mind' and 'I Want to be Around'
    Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom (1982)
    She did commercials for Chase & Sanborn Coffee.
    She was overweight and suffered from diabetes.
    She refused requests from the Flyers to perform 'God Bless America' at the Spectrum, fearing hockey fans would not know or respect her. It was just the opposite, she got an incredible ovation.
    She appeared at war bond drives, raising $600 million.
    She first sang 'God Bless America' on Armistice Day (Veteran's Day) to show patriotism, while war in Europe loomed (November 11, 1938).
    Irving Berlin replaced 'from the green fields of Virginia, to the gold fields out in Nome' to 'From the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam' for her version.
    Berlin was so impressed with her rendition, he gave her exclusive rights to sing the song.
    She was the NHL Philadelphia Flyers' good luck charm. They had an incredible winning record when they played her version of 'God Bless America,' rather than the 'Star Spangled Banner.'
    In one of her rare live appearances during a crucial 7th game playoff against Islanders, she graciously accepted a bouquet of flowers from rival Islander captain Eddie Westfall. The Flyers won 4-1.
    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 38 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 88.89% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 20 Votes: 55.00% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 33 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 16 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 47.06% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 29 Votes: 37.93% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 35 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 44 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 106 Votes: 45.28% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 125 Votes: 41.60% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 255 Votes: 43.14% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 299 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 632 Votes: 52.37% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 815 Votes: 51.78% Annoying
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