February 24, 2021
Songs Inspired by Indiana
Hoosiers are fond of their state – so it’s no surprise that they’ve written plenty of songs about it. Whether silly, celebratory, or nostalgic, these songs express a deep affection for this place and its people. These are just a few of the songs about Indiana – can you think of others?
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- “Ain’t God Good To Indiana” (1946)
- “(Back Home in) Indiana” (1917)
Sometimes you get one lucky break and that’s it – and Indiana has its share of “one-hit wonders.” Although he had a few other singles, Bobby Helms (1933-1997), from Helmsburg, will always be remembered for his 1957 hit “Jingle Bell Rock.”
Deniece Williams (1950-), from Gary, has also had a full recording career but is best known for her smash hit “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” featured in the 1984 movie Footloose. And the 1988 hit “I Wish I Had a Girl (Who Walked Like That),” by Henry Lee Summer (1955-), is a timeless summer-rock classic.
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