On this day in Alabama history: ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ was published

On this day in Alabama history: ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ was published
"Stars Fell On Alabama," written by Carl Carmer and published in 1934, tells of the author's travels throughout the state during the 1920s. The title refers to a meteor shower that occurred in 1833. (Encyclopedia of Alabama)

June 26, 1934

Carl Carmer’s book “Stars Fell on Alabama” was published on this day. The book is about Carmer’s travels through the state, traditions such as sacred harp singing and the local myths and superstitions of Alabama. It later inspired the jazz standard “Stars Fell on Alabama” by Frank Perkins and Michael Parish. The title refers to the Leonid meteor shower of 1833, also known as “the night the stars fell.” The Florence Gazette said of the event, “(T)housands of luminous bodies shooting across the firmament in every direction. There was a little wind and not a trace of clouds, and the meteors succeeded each other in quick succession.” The book was widely lauded by critics and became Carmer’s signature book.

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