Did you know that "On Wisconsin" was almost "On Minnesota?"
W.T. Purdy, the composer of our beloved "On Wisconsin" had never even visited the state when he wrote the melody in a Chicago boarding house, intending to enter it in a University of Minnesota fight song contest. Purdy's chance encounter with former U.W. student Carl Beck changed the song's fate, however, as Beck convinced him to dedicate it to Wisconsin instead.
Penniless, the two couldn't afford the $50 fee to publish the song. Armed wtih a $10 credit from an engraver, they convinced a printer to run 500 copies.
The song debuted on November 10, 1909, sung by the Wisconsin Glee Club, ironically preceding a Minnesota game and was performed again by the U.W. Marching Band the very next day. Purdy sold his copyright for less than $100 in 1918. "On Wisconsin" would take another 41 years to be declared the official State Song in 1959.
Yet another version of the world's most celebrated fight song graphically celebrated on a t-shirt.
The Wisconsin Store is pleased to present the second in their line of homages to a great state. The state map defining the counter of the "O" in the word "On." simply married to a map of the state.
Badgers will be running red in the streets of Madison with this new twist on a great old song.
Silkscreened on a 100-percent cotton
4.3-oz. premium fitted men's crew neck tee in either red or white.
On pre-release sale for just $16.99 through September 14th. Please note that shirts will be shipping on or about September 14th.