|Written by||John Philip Sousa|
"Stars and Stripes Forever" is one of the most popular compositions of American composer John Philip Sousa. It is a march frequently used in 4th of July celebrations and parades.
- The tune was heard on a radio, on a t.v. set and then on an explosive gramophone in the Cool Jazz sketch involving human hands performed on various variety shows during the 60s.
- At the end of the album Bert and Ernie Sing Along, the University of Michigan Marching Band plays the song as they enter Bert and Ernie's bathroom.
- A quartet of Muppets composed of trash play the song in the middle of their musical number in Keep U.S. Beautiful.
- More recently, the piece was featured prominently in the first of several online viral videos posted by the Muppets to YouTube, MySpace and Vimeo.