Charles Lindbergh (1902-74) was an authentic American hero; he rose to fame after making the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris, but suffered personal tragedy when his baby son was kidnapped and murdered, a story that made worldwide headlines; German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann was tried, convicted and executed for the crime. Before the United States entered the Second World War, Lindbergh fought bitterly for the Isolationists, but after it was dragged in by the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, he dusted off his pilot's wings and joined the conflict in the Pacific.
Although Stewart has written many quite detailed biographical songs, this upbeat number focuses solely on Lindbergh's epic 1927 flight in the Spirit Of St Louis
, a journey that took 33 1/2 hours and earned him the adulation of millions. It is an antidote to Woody Guthrie's factually inaccurate "Lindbergh
Alexander Baron - London, England