Brother

Brother

[bruhth-er or, for 9, bruhth-ur]
André, Brother, 1845-1937, Canadian Roman Catholic mystic, b. St. Grégoire d'Iberville, Que. His secular name was Alfred Bissette, Bassette, or Bessette. For about 40 years he was a porter at a school in Montreal. His simple, devout life began (c.1900) to attract attention. Many miraculous cures were attributed to him. Through his efforts the Oratory of St. Joseph was built in Montreal.

See biographies by H. P. Bergeron (1938), K. K. Burton (1952), and A. Hatch (1959).

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", also sung as "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?", is one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression.

Written in 1931 by lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" was part of the 1932 musical New Americana. It became best known, however, through recordings by Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. Both versions were released right before Franklin Delano Roosevelt's election to the presidency and both became number one hits on the charts. The Warner Bros. Crosby recording became the best-selling record of its period, and came to be viewed as an anthem of the shattered dreams of the era. Other artists who recorded the song include:

The song was also used in the book The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

It is used as the opening music in the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (directed by Bharat Nalluri, 2008)

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