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John Stafford Smith
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John Stafford Smith

John Stafford Smith (1750 - 1836) is a composer best known for writing To Anacreon in Heaven. The song was written in 1780 and it quickly became a very popular song in Britain and the United States. The tune of Anacreon was used for the tune of The Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States. At one time, that same tune was also used as the national anthem of Luxembourg, but their anthem has since changed.

See also: List of composers

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