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March 22, 2013

Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina

Which Carolina does the song "Carolina In The Morning" refer to? Andy Marx has the answer.

Andy spoke with Sean Cole about his famous grandfather, the comedian Groucho Marx, and his other famous grandfather, the lyricist Gus Kahn. When the conversation turned to Kahn, a story came out about both North and South Carolina's attempt to co-opt the famous tune.  You can hear it on this page.

“Carolina In The Morning” was a standard of the 1950s, but it dates back to a Broadway musical revue in 1922.  Both North and South Carolina have official state songs, but through the years "Carolina In The Morning" has become a staple at public events in both states.

Sean refers to this Daffy Duck version of the song:

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