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: