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Cohan penetrated the American psyche with his song-writing. From Mary’s a Grand Old Name to Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway , his songs captured the confidence of America in the early years of the new century. And even as that century looked to be one characterised by war, Cohan still had his finger on the pulse, penning Over There in 1917 as the US entered the First World War. Recorded by Nora Bayes, Enrico Caruso, Billy Murray and Cohan himself, it was so recognised as a recruiting song (“Johnnie show the Hun you’re a son of a gun”), that in 1940 he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for it and 1906’s equally rousing You’re a Grand Old Flag .

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