Elton Britt is known as one of the gems of country music in the 1940’s. He’s a singer, bandleader, radio and television performer, songwriter and a standard-setting yodeler. Britt was known for his yodeling style most often compared to Jimmie Rodgers. Elton Britt also journeyed from the film industry. He appeared in a couple of movies. He first appeared in The Last Doggie in 1933 directed by James Melton.
If you try to search the internet, you ’ll just find general information about him because he kept his life in private. It was his own choice, once he finished singing and goes offstage, his charisma vanished, and he enjoys his quite normal life. Even so, he left a heavy influence on most subsequent yodelers in country music.
Born on June 27, 1913, Elton grew from a musical family in Marshall, Arkansas. He was a sickly child, known as “blue baby,” and wasn’t named until he was over a year. They thought he might not survive this life. After his health was finally nursed, his parents finally named him, James Elton Baker. His family and friends call him “Cute.”
At the young age of ten, he felt the music inclination within him. His talents naturally sprung out as he grew up. He purchased his first guitar through a mail from Montgomery Ward.
On June 22, 1972, he died from a heart attack while driving his car and died in a hospital the next day. A monument listing many of his hit songs was encrypted over his grave.
“There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere”
Elton Britt gained his popularity from his million-selling hit, “There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere.” His cover reached No. 7 on the Billboard magazine’s pop chart in 1942.
The song is a patriotic anthem written by Paul Roberts and Shelby Darnell, a pseudonym for Bob Miller. The “somewhere” in the title refers to an idealistic version of heaven for the courageous U.S soldiers fighting the Axis Powers. The narration of the song comes from the point of view of a young man, who is crippled but still yearns to fight and earn his place in the afterlife.
Elton Britt, There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere