Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Nov 22nd 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Donny Hathaway & June Conquest “I Thank You” from The Curtom Story (Charly 2001) —Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. May you be surrounded by friends, family, pets, peace of mind - whatever gets you through. This 1969 song was written by Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield .Buy it!
The O'Jays “Family Reunion” from FAMILY REUNION (Philadelphia International 1975) —Written by M. Christian, Kenny Gamble, and Leon Huff. Like so much great Philly soul, this was produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Alright, some of the lyrics laying out the family role structure are an anachronism but the message of family & unity hBuy it!
William DeVaughn “Be Thankful for What You Got (Pt. 1)” from Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia (Sony 2008) —Written by William DeVaughn and released by the Roxbury label as a single in 1974.Buy it!
Brenda Holloway “You've Made Me So Very Happy” from Brenda Holloway: The Motown Anthology (Universal/Motown 2005) —This is the original version of the song which later became a hit for Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Recorded in 1967 and written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway (her sister), Frank Wilson, and Berry Gordy, Jr.Buy it!
Sam & Dave “I Thank You” from The Best of Sam & Dave (Atlantic 1990) —1968 Stax recording written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Later covered by artists such as Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Lulu, Tower of Power, and ZZ Top.Buy it!
Charlie Parker “Carvin' the Bird” from Boss Bird (Studio Recordings 1944 - 1951) (Proper Records ~ Proper Box 2005) —1947 instrumental composed by Howard McGhee and Charlie Parker. The lineup on this is Charlie Parker (alto sax)-Howard McGhee (trumpet)-Wardell Gray (tenor sax)-Dodo Marmarosa (piano)-Barney Kessel (guitar)-Red Callender (bass)-Don Lamond (drums).Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) [Single Version]” from The Essential: Sly & The Family Stone (EPIC/LEGACY 2003) —1969 single recorded for the Epic label and written by Sylvester Stewart. Immortal bass line by Larry Graham on this track.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Have A Little Faith In Me” from Bring the Family (A&M 1987) —I'll never get tired of this song. Nothing but John Hiatt on piano. "And when the tears you cry are all you can believe / Just give these loving arms a try and have a little faith in me."Buy it!
Graham Parker “Almost Thanksgiving Day” from Your Country (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2004) —Written by Graham Parker. "I'm bone weary, I'm bone tired / The wood stove's last spark just expired / Dawn's about one hour away / And it's almost Thanksgiving Day."Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Thanksgiving” from Therapy (Virgin UK 1989) —"A sister and a brother / We rarely see our parents now / We hardly see each other / On this auspicious occasion / This special family dinner / If I argue with a loved one, Lord / Please make me the winner."Buy it!
Ray Davies “Thanksgiving Day” (V2 2005) —"Papa looks over at the small gathering / Remembering days gone by / Smiles at the children as he watches them play / And wishes his wife was still by his side."Buy it!
The Redwalls “Thank You” from De Nova (CAPITOL 2005) —Written by Justin Baren, Logan Baren, and Andrew Langer. British invasion-influenced rock out of Deerfield, IL. I do not know their fate since it looks like they haven't put out a full-length release since 2007. Several members have left the band sincBuy it!
Rosanne Cash & Neko Case “Satisfied Mind” from The List (Manhattan 2009) —Absolutely gorgeous of the country classic written by Joe Hayes, Joseph Hayes, and Jack Rhodes. Rosanne Cash will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2013 (May 10).Buy it!
Sara Watkins “Take Up Your Spade” from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) —Written by Sara Watkins. "Shake off your shoes, leave yesterday behind you / Shake off your shoes, but forget not where you've been / Shake off your shoes, forgive and be forgiven / Take up your spade and break ground."Buy it!
The Kendalls “Thank God For The Radio” from The Kendalls ((Oh Boy Records 2001) —Written by Robert Jones and Max D. Barnes. Recorded in 1984 and featuring the sublime vocals of Jeannie and Royce Kendall.Buy it!
Marianne Dissard “Merci De Rien Du Tout” from L'Entredeux (self-released 2008) —A song about giving thanks sung in French. Written by Marianne Dissard and Joey Burns (of Calexico). Produced by Joey Burns.Buy it!
Drive-by Truckers “The Thanksgiving Filter” from Go-Go Boots (ATO 2011) —Written by Patterson Hood. "It's Thanksgiving and Jesus, I'm thankful / For abundance and bounty, and a big tall stiff drink full / The love of your mama and the love of mine too / Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is soon."Buy it!
Michael Friedman “Simple Gifts” from Cool of the Coming Dark (Perdition 2002) —Words and music be Michael Friedman with backing by Geoff Seitz on violin and Andy Ploof & John Wendland on acoustic guitar. "Everybody wants Bobby's wild Mercury sound / But you ain't gonna get it just by hanging around."Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Wishbones” (Philo 2004) —Truth be told I just ran out of music for the Thanksgiving show. Well, at least, the title is appropriate. Written by Ray Wylie Hubbard and Salid Cleaves.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2002) —Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen with lead vocals by Kelly Hogan. Happy Thanksgiving!Buy it!