Soaring to the top of the charts
By Donna Pierce
Several years ago, Aaron Tippin, working with Kenny Beard and Casey Beathard, wrote a song about patriotism and his feelings about the United States. The song, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” was never released because it didn’t fit in the themes of his albums.
On Oct. 2, 2001, Tippin released the song as a single and included his previous No. 1 hit, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” as the B-side. Since then, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Singles Sales Chart and No. 5 on the all-format Top 200 Singles Chart.
Tippin performed for American troops during the Gulf War 10 years ago and thought it was an honor to be allowed to sing for them.
The single contains an uplifting message for the American public. “The song hadn’t made it onto an album yet but we thought it might be an inspiration to people at this difficult time,” Tippin said.
The song was the highest debuting single of the week and has climbed to No. 23 on Radio and Record’s Country Top 50 and No. 22 on Billboard’s Country Monitor. The net proceeds from the single are being donated by Lyric Street Records to the Nashville area chapter of The American Red Cross.