|Lindbergh receives a medal from Luftwaffe commander |
Herman Göring on behalf of Adolf Hitler in 1938.
In reality, there was some talk among isolationist Republicans back in the early '40s about Lindbergh running for president. During this time Lindy had become the public face of the nationalist America First Committee (snappy name, no?), fiercely advocating America stay out of the war in Europe -- and leave Hitler alone.
But there's no denying that Lindbergh was a national hero for his historic trip across the ocean between New York and Paris. And that's reflected in songs from the era.
A 1999 article on the American Composer Orchestra's website says, "In the two-year period following Lindbergh's flight, the U.S. Copyright Office recorded three hundred applications on Lindbergh songs."
Here's one from country singer Vernon Dalhart
Dalhart had a second song about Lindbergh called "Lucky Lindy". But there were about 30 other tunes with that title. Here's. one by Nat Shilkret & The Victor Orchestra from 1927.
This is "When Lindy Comes Home" by The Happiness Boys
Lindbergh also inspired a dance in the late 1920s, the Lindy Hop.
But I'll let Woody Guthrie have the last word.
He saw Lucky Lindy as less of a heroic pilot and more of a fascist shithead.