On the “new book” shelves at the San Antonio Public Library this week I found Music of the Alamo by William R. Chemerka and Allen J. Wiener. The book was published in March 2009 by Bright Sky Press in Houston.
The book describes songs, musicals, and movie and TV soundtracks that relate to the Battle of the Alamo. The 193 pages include a chronological description of songs from the early 1800’s until recently. The book is illustrated with colorful sketches, sheet music, records and album covers. Lyrics to many songs are included.
The book includes a foreword by Fess Parker, who played Davy Crockett in the popular 1955 Disney television mini-series. Phil Collins pens the Introduction about his experience as an Alamo buff and fan of Davy Crockett movies.
The book includes a CD with a cross-section of songs from the 19th century through 2005. Also included in the book is a lengthy list of Alamo song titles and a discography listing hundreds of songs related to the Alamo.
I had no idea this many songs had been written about the Alamo. To my surprise musicians from Scotland, China, Britain, Norway, and Argentina have recently released songs about the Alamo.
This is a beautifully illustrated book that will delight lovers of both Texas history and musical history. I urge you to purchase a copy or check it out of your nearest public library.