John Wayne will forever be remembered as one of America’s most beloved figures. Forty-five years ago, the legendary actor, director, and producer hosted a variety special, “Swing Out, Sweet Land,” in which he and dozens of famous actors and actresses teamed up to celebrate American history.
The show, which has been renamed “John Wayne’s Tribute to America,” according to its description on Amazon, featured dramatic recreations of important moments in American history, such as the Founding Fathers discussing the future of our great nation.
But the highlight of the night came when the entire cast — which included celebrities like Wayne to Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Lorne Greene and Cathy Baker, to name a few — sang “God Bless America.” The result is a timeless masterpiece that, even four decades later, is going viral.
Please watch the video below to hear the moving rendition for yourself: