The arrangement for four-part chorus and band is impressive in the grand manner of the majestic national anthems of European royalty.The national anthem was first sung by the Kawaiaha'o Choir on the birthday of King Kalakaua, November 16 1874.
It is the song that is perhaps most immediately associated with the composer's name.A long-noted irony in this respect is that Foster's name did not appear during his lifetime on the published song.In 1907, she married James Drake in Van Wert, Ohio, where she was engaged in social work with the YWCA and the Red Cross.They came to Alaska when her husband was assigned to work with the Bureau of Public Roads.In 1917, Lester Henderson was appointed first commissioner of education, and he hired Marie Drake as his secretary.
She remained with the Department of Education for 28 years, retiring July 1 1945.
Eight months after "Old Folks at Home" appeared, Foster regretted his action and tried unsuccessfully to nullify the agreement.
STUART GRAHAM STEVEN GORRELL (1901-1963) and HOAGY CARMICHAEL (1899-1981), wrote the song in 1930 almost as a lark, and with the help of some pretty good Scotch.
(His name did appear as composer after the copyright of the song was renewed in 1879.) It was of course Edwin P Christy who was credited as having 'written and composed' "Old Folks at Home," and Foster himself was responsible for this.
He apparently sold to Christy the right to be published as composer of the song for the sum of .00.
Georgia also has an official state waltz, 'Our Georgia' (adopted in 1951).