Had a heck of a time trying to come up with a theme. The randomizer thing didn’t work as well as it has (it recommended songs I’ve already done), so I had to think of something. Then, the first song of the following playlist came to me in the mail, and I had my theme. Here are some more-or-less official state songs. Most of these came off this list, the last one I added because I like it.
- Tommy Emmanuel featuring Bob Littel, “Georgia On My Mind” The official version of this, by Ray Charles, is the accepted version, but hey, Tommy Emmanuel…
- The McCoys, “Hang On Sloopy” This is the official rock & roll song of Ohio. That’s Rick Derringer on the guitar and vocal.
- Dolly Parton, “Rocky Top” Tennessee has ten official songs, by the way, but this is the one they play at University of Tennessee football games. It was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who wrote a bunch of hits for The Everly Brothers. To coin a Southern expression, Dolly Parton hung the moon, as far as I’m concerned. I have a lot of admiration and love for her.
- John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” John Denver is tied with Stephen Foster for the number of official state songs written (2). The guy who named himself Denver wrote a beautiful tribute to West Virginia, which has been that state’s official anthem since 2014.
- “Hawai’i Pono’i” This is the official state song of Hawaii, a lovely tune that talks about defending it with spears.
- Jimmie Davis, “You Are My Sunshine” Jimmie Davis was governor of Louisiana from 1944 to 1948 and again from 1960 to 1964. Before then, he was a commercially successful recording artist. This has been Louisiana’s state song since 1977.
- Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, and cast, “Oklahoma!” From the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, of course. This is from the 1955 film adaptation that starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
- The Kingsmen, “Louie Louie” The unofficial rock & roll song of the state of Washington, even though The Kingsmen are from Oregon. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing obscene about the lyrics.
- Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys, “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” Monroe is generally credited as the father of bluegrass music, and a pretty good mandolin player to boot. He honored his home state with this song.
- Patti Page, “Stars Fell On Alabama” Not really an official song for the state, but “Stars Fell On” appeared on their license plates for a time in the ’90’s and early part of this century. Guess it was better than “Heart O’ Dixie.”
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 23, 2019.