Ferdinand Durang

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Ferdinand Durang was born in Baltimore, Maryland circa 1785 to John, sorry I don’t have his mother’s name. In fact, I don’t have nothing about his early childhood. What I can tell you is that he was an American actor performing around the Baltimore area. He was a member of the Bowery Theatre Company. He did in 1831

While the history books don’t have a lot of information on him, they do have one important fact that I’ll bet you didn’t know. For in October of 1814 while performing at Captain McCauley’s tavern he was the first person to publicly sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, James Dray well, no I didn't know!!!! not sure I'll remember this one.... 

Oct 20, 2019 04:59 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - well, I guess it makes sense that the first time national anthem was sung publicly was in a tavern....I imagine sports events and other official occasions came later.  

Oct 20, 2019 05:26 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. In the world of firsts', must say I had no clue. Now I do. Enjoy your day!

Oct 20, 2019 05:39 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - maybe that was when the music was put to Francis Scott Key's words.

Oct 20, 2019 05:42 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well I hope is was good after a few cold ones.

Oct 20, 2019 05:47 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good Sunday morning, James... I've often wondered how they know this fact and were able to record it as a first.

Oct 20, 2019 06:24 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I wonder why he was the first person to sing that publicly?  I would have thought it was written to sing publicly and would have been done so by someone right away, haha.

Oct 20, 2019 06:28 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I didn't know this and it is a really good story.

Oct 20, 2019 07:00 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

That would be an interesting rendition, especially from the location!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 20, 2019 07:29 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

It is this type of trivia that makes your column so interesting!

Oct 20, 2019 12:43 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We enjoyed this post.   It is good to be known for firsts.  Happy Sunday.  A

Oct 20, 2019 02:16 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I'll bet there were plenty of goosebumps running through the crowd when he sang the Star-Spangled Banner for the first time.

Oct 20, 2019 02:53 PM #13
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for educating me about Ferdinand Durang, the first person to publicly sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Oct 21, 2019 12:20 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well as you guessed, I did NOT know that. Someone had to be first, right?!


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