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Hymns With a Message: Keep on The Sunny Side

August 24th, 2016

Keep on The Sunny Side was written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn. She was inspired by her nephew, who was disabled, and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down “the sunny side” of the street.

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The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter family, who learned of the song from Alvin P. Carter’s uncle, who was a music teacher. The Carters recorded the song in 1928. It became their theme song on the radio in later years. Alvin Carter’s tombstone in the Mount Vernon Methodist Church Cemetery in Virginia has a gold record of the song embedded in it.

Keep on The Sunny Side is sung around many campfires and found new life when a recording of the song with The Whites was featured in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Feel free to express your sunny side by singing along:

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  • dad says on: August 24, 2016 at 7:49 am

     

    pleasant memories………(another song)

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