The next big day is, less than a week away. New Years. Yep, another year gone by just that quick.
Of course the most commonly sung song for most of the U.S. is Auld Lang Syne. If you did not know the song is an old Scottish song that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in the 1796.
Burns transcribed it from Scottish after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns's homeland. It is often remarked that Auld Lang Syne is one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to.
Auld Lang Syne literally translates as "old long since" and means "times gone by." The song asks whether old friends and times will be forgotten and promises to remember people of the past with fondness, "For Auld Lang Syne, we'll take a cup o' kindness yet."
But it was bandleader Guy Lombardo, and not Robert Burns, who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year's tradition. Lombardo first heard Auld Lang Syne in his hometown of London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers formed the famous dance band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the song became one of their standards. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year's eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. After that, Lombardo's version of the song was played every New Year's eve from the 1930s until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria. In the first years it was broadcast on radio, and then on television. The song became such a New Year's tradition that Life magazine wrote that if Lombardo failed to play 'Auld Lang Syne,' the American public would not believe that the New Year had really arrived.