Happy New Year Auld Lang Syne – A Bit of History

“Auld Lang Syne”

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne, 
We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp, 
And surely I’ll be mine, 
And we’ll tak a cup o kindness yet, 
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes, 
And pou’d the gowans fine, 
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit, 
Sin auld lang syne.

A Bit of History…
“It was bandleader Guy Lombardo, and not Robert Burns, who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year’s tradition. Lombardo first heard “Auld Lang Syne” in his hometown of London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers formed the famous dance band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the song became one of their standards. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year’s eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. After that, Lombardo’s version of the song was played every New Year’s eve from the 1930s until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria. In the first years it was broadcast on radio, and then on television. The song became such a New Year’s tradition that “Life magazine wrote that if Lombardo failed to play ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ the American public would not believe that the new year had really arrived.” (Read more: Auld Lang Syne and other New Year’s customs, by Borgna Brunner)

 

Happy New Year to all…wishing you joy, good health and a year creating wonderful historical moments!

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