Marvin Gaye “The Star Spangled Banner” from The Master 1961-1984 (Motown 1995) —Recorded live at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. Just how Francus Scott Key envisioned it, I'm sure.Buy it!
The Impressions “This Is My Country” (Curtom 1968) —Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Summertime (Pt. 1)” from The Man Who Invented Soul (Sony 2000) —This is the third week in a row I've played a different version of this song written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin on M2M. What can I say? It's that time of year. Originally released in 1957 on the Keen label.Buy it!
The Bar-Kays “Memphis Sunrise” from The Best of The Bar-Kays (Stax-Volt 1992) —Music bed. 1972 Volt instrumental.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Almost Independence Day” from Saint Dominic's Preview (Warner 1972) —"I can hear the fireworks / I can hear the people, people shouting out / I can hear the people shouting out (up and down the line) / And it's almost Independence Day"Buy it!
Bob Dylan and The Band “Tears of Rage” from The Basement Tapes CD ALBUM (Columbia 1975) —Written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel and recorded in 1967. Dylan just kills on the lead vocal and the backing vocals are by Richard Manuel and Rick Danko. - "We carried you in our arms on Independence Day."Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Sunny's Tune” from Music by Ry Cooder (Rhino 1995) —Music bed. 1989 instrumental composed by Ry Cooder for the film, 'Johnny Handsome."Buy it!
Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle “This One's from the Heart” from One from the Heart (Music from the Motion Picture) (Sony 1982) —Written by Tom Waits - "I should go out and honk the horn, it's Independence Day/But instead I just pour myself a drink/It's got to be love, I've never felt this way/Oh baby, this one's from the heart."Buy it!
Joe Henry “Flag” from Tiny Voices (Anti/Epitaph 2003) —Written and produced by Joe Henry. This song just kills me every time.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Dixie Flyer” from Land of Dreams (Reprise 1988) —Written by Randy Newman and produced by Mark Knopfler (who also plays guitar on this track).Buy it!
Tom Waits “Just Another Sucker On the Vine” from Swordfishtrombones (Island 1983) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Tom Waits.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “A Change is Gonna Come” from I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Atlantic 1967) —Written by Sam Cooke and recorded in 1967. With backing by Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson, Tommy Cogbill, Roger Hawkins, and Arif Mardin.Buy it!
Billy Preston “Let Us All Get Together Right Now” from That's the Way God Planned It (Apple 2010) —Written by Billy Preston and Doris Troy and recorded for Apple in 1969.Buy it!
Bill Withers “Lean on Me” from Still Bill (Sony Music Entertainment 1972) —This album holds up so well. Written about growing up in a West Virginia coal mining town and the reliance neighbors had among each other.Buy it!
The Marketts “Ready, Steady, Go” from Outer Space, Hot Rods & Superheroes (Ace 2011) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental recorded for Warner Bros.Buy it!
Willie Nile “American Ride” (River House www.willienile.com 2013) N —Written by Willie Nile and Mike Peters (formerly of the Alarm) and found on his new release. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Someday” from Guitar Town (MCA 1986) —Written by Steve Earle and found on his debut release.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Indoor Fireworks” from King Of America (Columbia/Legacy. 1986) —Written by Elvis Costello and featuring backing by James Burton, Jerry Scheff, and Mitchell Froom.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “I Remember” from T-Bone Burnett (Universal Special Products 1986) —Music bed. T-Bone Burnett-penned instrumental.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “4th of July” from Whatever (Geffen 1993) —"Today's the fourth of July / Another June has gone by / And when they light up our town I just think / What a waste of gunpowder and sky."Buy it!
Elliott Smith “Independence Day” from XO (DreamWorks 1998) —Gorgeous song written by Elliott Smith and found on his major label debut. Not that she hears the show in the Pacific Northwest but this goes out to the Merlinator, anyway.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Tony y Maria” from Good Morning Aztlán CD ALBUM (Mammoth/Fontana Mammoth 2002) —Really affecting song written by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez.Buy it!
The Fireballs “Dock Of The Bay” from Exotic Guitars From the Clovis Vaults (Ace 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Otis Redding song.Buy it!
The Blasters “American Music” from The Blasters Collection (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1981) —Written by Dave Alvin and recorded in 1981.Buy it!
X “4th of July” from See How We Are (Elektra / Asylum 1987) —Written by Dave Alvin and sung beautifully by John Doe.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Dry River” from Blue Blvd. (Hightone 1991) —Anybody who grew up in Southern California in the 60s can relate to this song. This completes the Dave Alvin trifecta.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “The Girl On the Logging Road” from The High Country (El Cortez 2011) —Music bed.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Independence Day” from The River (Columbia 1980) —About as good a 4th of July song as there can be.Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Saskatchewan to Chicago” from Live at KDHX 6/8/2013 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2013) N —Probably my favorite song of the year, so far. Really nice live recording of the song done right here at KDHX.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Summer Days” from Love and Theft (Columbia 2001) —The man has been on an absolute roll from 1997 until now.Buy it!
Felix Cavaliere “Summer in El Barrio” from Felix Cavaliere (Rhino 1974) —Written by Felix Cavaliere and Carman Moore.Buy it!
Hank Snow “I've Been Everywhere” from The Essential Hank Snow (RCA 1997)Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Get On The Bus” from Lean Forward (Bloodshot 2009) L —The Susan Cowsill Duo will be at Off Broadway on Tuesday (7/16). But wait, there more! Brian Henneman and Kip Loui will be opening.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Route 66” from You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 (Hip-O Select 2009) —Written by Bobby Troup and recorded in 1961.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Mad Lad” from You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 (Hip-O Select 2009) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Billy Davis and recorded in 1960.Buy it!
Ana Egge “Summer Wastin'” from Lazy Days (Grace/Parkinsong 2007) —Belle & Sebastian cover.Buy it!
The Kinks “Sunny Afternoon” from Kinks The Singles Collection (Sanctuary 1997) —Written by Ray Davies and recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Sir Douglas Quintet “Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day” from The Complete Mercury Masters (Hip-O Select Retail (PG) 2005) —Written by Doug Sahm and recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show “Summer Samba” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot 2002) —Music bed.Buy it!
Wayne Hancock “Summertime” from Thunderstorms and Neon Signs (Ark21 1995) —Wed 7/17 Wayne Hancock – Off BroadwayBuy it!
Jack McDuff “Hot Barbecue” from Further Adventures of Mod Jazz (Kent 2008) —1966 Prestige recording written by Brother Jack McDuff.Buy it!
Mongo Santamaria “Watermelon man” from Watermelon Man (Battle www.putumayo.com 1963) —Written by Herbie Hancock.Buy it!
The Viscounts “Summertime” from Harlem Nocturne (Vulture 1998) —Music bed.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Political Science” from Sail Away (Remastered) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) —Political satire at its best. Recorded in 1972.Buy it!
Les Paul & Mary Ford “In The Good Old Summertime” from Les Paul's New Sound Volume 2 (Hallmark 2010)Buy it!
Roger Miller “In The Summertime” from King of the Road! (Replay Records 2011)Buy it!
Yo La Tengo “The Summer” from Fakebook (Bar/None Records 1990)Buy it!
The Lovin' Spoonful “Summer In The City” from The Lovin' Spoonful: The Greatest Hits (Buddah 2000) —Recorded in 1966.Buy it!
The Supremes “Surfer Boy” from Hey, Beach Girls! (Ace 2010) —1964 Motown recording.Buy it!
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