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Becket, Thomas Sr. Thomas  Sr. Becket
United States (USA) United States (USA)
(1817 - 1871)
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Thomas  Sr. Becket
Thomas Sr. Becket (1817 - 1871)
United States (USA) United States (USA)
Thomas Becket, composer, actor, and teacher, was involved in a controversy surrounding the authorship of the popular patriotic song, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean. According to Becket, he was asked by David T. Shaw to compose a patriotic song for a performance in 1843 at the Chinese Theatre in Philadelphia. Becket claimed that the lines of text that Shaw gave him were unusable as they were, so he rewrote the song and gave it to Shaw. Wasting no time, Shaw had copies of the song printed with credit for the lyrics and music given to himself and additional credit granted to Becket as arranger. ... (Read all)
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