Thursday, November 24, 2022

Spencer For Hire

I just recently stumbled across another copy of the Spencer Ross 45 that for years and years was my favorite Thanksgiving track, so I thought I'd make a new rip, new scan, new everything, and post it as a rare Thanksgiving share. If the B-side from this single is new to you, then you're in for a real treat. It's a rousing march that to me really evokes the feel of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, which is appropriate since it was the theme to a TV movie version of Miracle On 34th St. The identity of Spencer Ross has long been a mystery to me, but I see where Wikipedia has some previously unknown information outing him as Robert Mersey, moonlighting from a recording contract with another label. Makes sense given that there are only a couple of records released under that name and precious little biographical info out there. So now you know. I went ahead and put both sides into the download (and if you poke around a little you might find his sole LP release around here, too), so download and enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to you! This is Spencer Ross-Tracey's Theme b/w Thanksgiving Day Parade (Columbia 7" 45 RPM 4-41532, Mono, 1960).



  1. Thank you, Ernie and Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Good detective work on Spencer Ross. I have heard of Robert Mersey, at least.

    Are you sure the flip is from a Miracle on 34th remake? The label indicates it is from The Philadelphia Story.

    1. The Thanksgiving song is the B side, I think. I write this stuff in a hurry, so it may not make any sense. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving. You're work is something I'm thankful for.


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