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In 1947, the song "Kokomo, Indiana" was a top 10 hit nationwide. The song was featured in 20th Century Fox’s 1947 hit musical, "Mother Wore Tights," which won an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical, and featured big-time Hollywood stars Betty Grable and Dan Daily. A TIME magazine review of "Mother Wore Tights" (Sept. 8, 1947) says, “It’s a nice little movie ... and there are some pleasant songs (best: 'Kokomo, Indiana')." With its catchy tune and clever lyrics the song begins: “Wish I was back again with all the sweet and simple folks I call my kin in Kokomo, Indiana." It was sung by other famous singers, including Bing Crosby and Canadian baritone Vaughn Monroe. You can see Grable and Daily sing and dance to "Kokomo, Indiana" on youtube.com.

Interesting side story: In 1947, at the Arena skating ring in Philadelphia, a young sailor and an attractive young lady met. He did his best to impress her and asked if he asked if he could walk her home. Before she agreed, the young lady asked, "Where are you from?" He replied, "Kokomo, Indiana." Because the song with the same name was so popular, she thought the young sailor was feeding her a line and didn’t believe him until he showed his identification with his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana. He walked her home that night and later they would marry and move to Kokomo, where they would raise their family and live the rest of their lives. Their names are John D. and Rosemary G. Roberts, and John contributed this article for 100 Objects.

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