Happy Birthday Sarah Josepha Buell Hale!

sj1Two-hundred and twenty-five years ago today, Sarah Josepha Buell Hale was born in Newport, New Hampshire. Widowed at age thirty-four and with five children to support, she turned to writing and editing. In addition to helping make education fashionable for women and campaigning to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, she is credited with penning “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” a rhyme inspired by a neighbor child, Mary Sawyer.

In celebration, here’s a sampler of varied takes on this funny little verse.

Scroll down and enjoy!

Otis Redding’s Version


Tommy Dorsey’s Version


Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Version


Sesame Street’s Comedy Sketch Version


Damielou’s Version

Thomas Edison’s Version


UB Iwerks ComiColor’s Version


The Native American Church Version


Fletcher Henderson’s Version


Fantasia’s Version


The Paul McCartney and Wings’ Version


The Break Room Conversation Version


The Dolly’s Circus Version


The Evil Version


The Southern Gospel Version


The Hanna Barbera Singers 1966 Version


The American Sign Language Version


Happy Birthday, Sarah Josepha Buell Hale. Rest assured the beat goes on!

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