(November 26, 1879 - January 4, 1947)In 1899, John Lang Sinclair became a student at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin. The first UT band was formed in 1900 and Sinclair, possessing an aptitude for music, joined it as well as the Glee Club. The student head of the Glee Club, Lewis Johnson, urged Sinclair to write a school song in 1903. His first attempt was "The Jolly Students of Varsity." His second, to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad," was "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You." University of Texas president William L. Prather, formerly a student at Washington College (later Washington and Lee University), had often heard Robert E. Lee admonish his students, "The eyes of the South are upon you." Prather altered the saying for use at UT, and Sinclair borrowed it for his song. "The Eyes of Texas," first performed at a minstrel show at Austin's Hancock Opera House to benefit the UT track team, was an instant success.
|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 12:20pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14R E 551478 N 3254610|
|Decimal Degrees||29.41976667, -98.46931667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 29° 25.186', W 98° 28.159'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||29° 25' 11.16" N, 98° 28' 9.54" W|
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