Saturday, June 29, 2019

Thanksgiving In June-Part 1

Hello!  And welcome to the inaugural Thanksgiving in June post!  I don't think I've ever actually shared any Thanksgiving music with you in June, though I'm sure I've shared some with you at some point in the past, probably right around the real Thanksgiving in November.  But this year I noticed that I had quite a few Thanksgiving tracks in the new music folder, and I dug up a few more from years' past that I'd never done anything with, so now I'm sharing them with you.  As is the tradition around here, there tracks are pulled from musty old vinyl in my collection, and all of the tracks come from normal everyday albums that aren't really related to the holiday.  And as it turns out, Turkey In The Straw is a very popular base for a Thanksgiving song, just sayin'...  Anyhow, let's see what's in the download.

1. Ken Griffin-Turkey In The Straw from The Sparkling Touch!-Bright And Merry Organ Favorites (Columbia CL 1709, Mono, 1961).  I'm starting with this one because I just bought it a few hours ago, and ripped it less than an hour ago.

2 & 3. Unknown Artist (who'll be very popular this year around here)-Over The River And Through The Woods & Father, We Thank Thee from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  This is something I ripped some years ago, and shared some of the Christmas music from it with you, but never the Thanksgiving stuff.  So here it is.  Enjoy!

4. Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos-Conductor, With The Southern Methodist University Choir, Lloyd Pfautsch-Director performing Thanksgiving And/Or Forefathers' Day from the LP Charles Ives-Holidays Symphony (Turnabout-Vox TV 34146S, Stereo, 1967).  This one has been in the stack of stuff to rip for years and years, but I only got around to it a few days ago.  It's long, dark, somewhat atonal, not at all what you might expect around here.  But then, that's what I like to share. :)

5. Lawrence Welk-Vocal By The Glee Club-Be Thankful from Songs Of Faith (Coral CRL 57191, Mono, 1957). A nice little hymn for you, from the TV polka master, though this is pretty far from his polka image. If you've never listened to Larry Welk's early music, you should treat yourself sometime.  Before he was typecast on TV, he was quite the imaginative musician.

6. The Philadelphia Chorale-Earl Ness, Conductor-Praise And Thanksgiving from Hymns At Home (Lutheran Church Press  LB 22, Mono, 1964).  If memory serves, this album was part of a series that was designed to teach you new hymns to sing in church.  Not sure if it was aimed at the layperson, or the music director types, but I've seen quite a few of them turn up over the years.

7. Hap Palmer With The Children's Chorus-Things I'm Thankful For-Vocal from Holiday Songs And Rhythms (Activity Records AR-538, Stereo, 1980).  More children's music.  There's frequently holiday music on children's records, especially when the word holiday is in the title of the album.

8. Lynn Roberts, Carmen Baron & Juda Campbell-The Turkey Wobble from Holiday Songs For All Occasions (Kimbo Educational KIM 0805, Stereo, 1978).  See, holiday is right there in the title!

9. Thanksgiving Day by James Dukas from Holidays Holidays (Golden Records LP 250, Mono).  See, that one says holiday twice in the title...

10. Sonny Salsbury-Soloist: Sheldon Curry-Thanksgiving from Song For All Seasons (Word WST-8810, Stereo, 1979).  Sometimes you can get holiday songs from albums with Season or Seasons in the title, too.  I've learned these things over many years.

11. Robert Maxwell, His Harp And Orchestra-Pumpkin Yellow from A Song For All Seasons (Decca DL 74609, Stereo, 1965).  I thought pumpkins are orange?  Maybe they've evolved some new coloration in the past few decades.

12. Ferrante And Teicher-Cold Turkey from Dynamic Twin Pianos (United Artists Ultra Audio WWS-8504, Stereo, 1960).  No, not the John Lennon song, but a rip-off of Turkey In The Straw.

There, 12 songs, that's not a bad start to Thanksgiving In June.  Thanks for playing, here's the download link.  See you soon!