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"The Americans" is a legendary commentary by Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair. Originally written for a regular broadcast on CFRB radio in Toronto on June 5, 1973, it became a media and public phenomenon, replayed several times a day by some United States radio stations, released as a hit audio recording in several forms, credited by Ronald Reagan for giving comfort to the United States when it needed a friend, and widely rediscovered and redisseminated as the United States faced new crises in the 2000s.

On June 5, Sinclair discussed some stories from the day's news. Widespread heavy tornado damage afflicted the U.S. midwest. The Mississippi River was in flood. The American Red Cross faced an imminent threat of insolvency. And the United States dollar reached very low levels, something Sinclair, an inveterate market watcher, was keenly aware of.

"The Americans" was not, as widely reported later, an angry response to countries that were criticizing the American failure in the Vietnam War. Sinclair pointed out that when many countries faced economic crises or natural disasters, Americans were among the most generous people in the world at offering assistance, but when America faced a crisis, it often faced that crisis alone.

His editorial became a phenomenon on American radio, and was even released on record in several forms, with all profits going to the American Red Cross. Sinclair's version went to #23 on the US record charts, making the 73-year-old the second-oldest living person ever to have a Billboard US Top 40 hit (75-year-old Moms Mabley had a Top 40 hit in 1969 with "Abraham, Martin & John"). Ironically, a version recorded by CKLW reporter Byron MacGregor was an even bigger seller in America, making it all the way up to Number Four in Billboard. In Canada, Sinclair's version peaked at #30, topping McGregor's recording which stalled at #42.

MacGregor's recording came about because the station asked for the copy of the commentary and received a written transcript instead of a recording. So MacGregor recorded Sinclair's commentary, and after CKLW received many requests for it, a record was released by Westbound Records.

Country singer Tex Ritter also released a version of the track, which was issued just weeks after his death in January 1974. Ritter's version of "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" made it to #90 nationally in the US, and #35 on the country charts. It was the last chart hit of Ritter's career.

In 1981, when Ronald Reagan made his first state visit to Canada, he praised Sinclair as a figure who had given the United States a wonderful and inspiring tribute in one of its darkest hours.

"The Americans" was widely revived on the Internet, on radio and in newspapers in 2001, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and again in 2005 in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, despite the large International aid delivered. Some revivals of the message incorrectly stated that it was newly written as a direct response to the recent crises; in this question of its authorship alone, the address has become a part of urban legend.

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