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‘Miss America’ Song Cut From Pageant Over Dispute

The next Miss America won’t hear a familiar refrain when she’s crowned in Atlantic City  in September.

 

Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers (L) and Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan react during the 2013 Miss America Pageant
Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers (L) and Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan react during the 2013 Miss America Pageant (David Becker/Getty Images)

The song, “Miss America,” which starts with the words, “There she is, Miss America,” will not be part of the pageant.

Miss American Organization vice president Sharon Pearce tells the Press of Atlantic City the tune, which was first played in 1955, is no longer included. She says no decision has been made on a final song.

The song was replaced by instrumental music at the 2013 pageant in January after the widow of the songwriter filed a licensing lawsuit in federal court in California in 2012. The complaint was dismissed in December following a confidential settlement.

The song was not used for three years in the 1980s after a contract dispute.

Other songs written for the pageant include “Look at Her,” “She’s Our Miss America” and “Miss America You’re Beautiful” according to the Press.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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