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The Writer’s Almanac for July 3, 2017: Land’s End

July 3, 2017: birthday: George M. Cohan

It’s the birthday of George M. Cohan, born in Providence, Rhode Island (1878). He wrote hundreds of songs and more than 40 shows and musicals. Critics didn’t like them, but theatergoers loved them. In 1904, his breakout show, Little Johnny Jones, took local houses by storm, especially the new numbers “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.”