Musical Women - September 22, 2014

On this date in 1943, singer Kate Smith wrapped up 13 hours of being on the air to raise money for war bonds. The program raised $39 million in pledges. 

We also celebrate the birthdays of two very different singers. Grammy-winner Debby Boone, famous for "You Light Up My Life," a song from which one could not escape in 1977, turns 58. Rocker Joan Jett, best known for "I Love Rock 'n Roll,", turns 56.  

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Debby Boone

Debby Boone

Joan Jett

Joan Jett


Enjoy Kate Smith singing one of her hits, “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”

This song will be in your head for the rest of the day. Debby Boone sings “You Light Up My Life.”

Here’s the antidote to Debby Boone. Joan Jett sings “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Note the tail end of her song “Bad Reputation” playing at the beginning of the video.


Because of my voice, speaking words which had been carefully chosen, women had used money they had set aside for other purposes to buy war bonds.

~Kate Smith


I'm in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the One-Hit Wonder Wall. I'm still very troubled by the fact that I'm in the hall and my dad isn't.

~Debby Boone, daughter of Pat Boone


Other people will call me a rebel, but I just feel like I'm living my life and doing what I want to do. Sometimes people call that rebellion, especially when you're a woman.

~Joan Jett



Kate Smith was 24 when she first appeared on the radio. Debby Boone was 21 when she rocketed to stardom with “You Light Up My Life.” Joan Jett was 23 when her hit “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” his number one.