Abbey stJohn performs his original solo-guitar instrumental version of "America the Beautiful" which is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates, and the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward. The recording is from Abbey stJohn's new release titled "1973" (TBA) on Carat records & features Abbey on Guitar, Karyn Sarring on keyboards, Perry Gragas on the drums and Stephan Lanse is the bassist. Download www.abbeystjohn.com www.Amazon.com
Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, Pikes Peak, first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled America for publication.
Ward had originally written the music, Materna, for the hymn O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882, though it was not first published until 1892.[ Ward's music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful.
The song is one of the most popular of the many American patriotic songs. Source Wikipedia.