Ariana Grande sings ‘Over the Rainbow’ to cure Manchester

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Ariana Grande sings ‘Over the Rainbow’ to cure Manchester

In this photograph released by One Love Manchester on June 4, 2017, US musician Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the families of the victims of the May 22, Manchester terror attack, at Emirates Old Trafford in Greater Manchester on June 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / One Love Manchester / Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ONE LOVE MANCHESTER / DAVE HOGAN" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS DAVE HOGAN FOR ONE LOVE MANCHEST/AFP/Getty Images

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‘Over the Rainbow’: 10 things to know about classic American song

Ariana Grande records the tune to raise money for Manchester bombing victims

It has been a classic in the Great American Songbook from the moment it was released on August 15, 1939.

Today, thanks to pop star Ariana Grande, “Over the Rainbow” will forever be linked to the Manchester terrorist attack. Grande, whose concert on May 22 was followed by the deadly bombing which so far has claimed nearly two dozen lives, came back to Manchester this week to perform a benefit concert. And she built the show around the dreamy Somewhere, releasing the “Wizard of Oz” cover song as a single with all proceeds going to the victims.

The One Love Manchester event featured an all-star lineup including Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and more paying tribute to the victims of the bombing that killed 22 and injured 59 at her concert. This follows Grande’s re-release of “One Last Time,” from which she is also sending proceeds to the victims.

The song she chose to honor those who died and were injured in the bombing is a dazzling bit of emotion-laden songwriting. Here are some things Ariana Grande fans may not know about this true American beauty:

  1. The song has been forever tied to the face and voice of Judy Garland, who sang the tune in the “Wizard of Oz” and sent the song on its way to the heights of musical Americana.
  2. Garland, who plays Dorothy in the movie, breaks into…Read More
Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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