Amelia Earhart's Last Flight

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"Amelia Earhart's Last Flight"
Song by David McEnery
Songwriter(s)David McEnery

"Amelia Earhart's Last Flight" is a song written by Red River Dave McEnery shortly after Amelia Earhart's disappearance.[1] It has been believed to be the first song ever performed on commercial television (at the 1939 World's Fair).[citation needed]

It was copyrighted in 1939,[2][3] and was first performed by David McEnery on a pioneer television broadcast from the 1939 New York World's Fair.[4] It was recorded by McEnery in 1941.[citation needed]

It has maintained continued popularity since then, including covers by artists including Kinky Friedman, Ronnie Lane, The Greenbriar Boys, Country Gentlemen and Plainsong. Saskatoon-based band The Heartstrings covered the song, and used the second line of the chorus as the title of their 2009 album Far Away in a Land That is Fair.


  1. ^ "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight". Sing Out!. 15 (3).
  2. ^ Blood, Peter, ed. (2004) [1988]. Rise Up Singing. Annie Patterson, Kore Loy McWhirter. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Sing Out! Corp. p. 243. ISBN 1-881322-12-2. Copyright 1939 Stasny Music. Copyright renewed. All rights administered by Bug Music Inc.
  3. ^ McEnery, Dave; Betty Ann Fisher (1939). Red River Dave song book: marvelous collection of cowboy, hill-billy, mountain and home songs, all originals. New York: Stasny Music Corporation.
  4. ^ Wadey, Paul (2002-01-21). "Red River Dave McEnery". The Independent. Retrieved May 16, 2009.