This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, a fact that came as a great shock, because I’ve pretty well lost all concept of time. Driller wants songs about what we’re thankful for. Here ya go, Driller!
- Bing Crosby, "I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For": A song by the great Irving Berlin, from the 1942 movie Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds.
- The Association, "Along Comes Mary": My greatest blessing, and the one I thank God for every day, is my long (44 years this January) and happy marriage to my beautiful wife, Mary. This is a 1966 song by Tandyn Almer that was The Association’s first hit, reaching #7 on the Hot 100.
- The Monkees, "Mary, Mary": Mary gets two, because I’m twice as grateful for her. Written by Mike Nesmith and originally done by the Butterfield Blues Band on their 1966 album East-West. The Monkees’ version is on their 1967 album More Of The Monkees. It wasn’t released as a single in the US but reached #5 in Australia.
- Al Stewart, "Year Of The Cat": I’m also grateful that we still have one cat left and that it’s Molly, because she liked me best, although she spends most of her time with Mary, because she wants Mary’s chair and Mary is the one that hands out the treats. Released in the US in October 1976, it was the title track from Al’s 1976 album, and reached #8 in March 1977. Though the song "Time Passages" did better on the charts, this has become Al’s signature song.
- Madness, "Our House": We paid off our mortgage a few years ago, and we own our home free and clear, which is a point of stability in unstable times. This was the lead single from Madness’s 1982 album The Rise & Fall, and it reached #7 in the US.
- The O’Jays, "I Love Music": The title says it all, and it gives me something to write about several times a week, for which I’m grateful. A song by Gamble and Huff, it was released in late 1975 and rose as high as #5 in the US and #1 on the Soul charts here.
- United States Navy Band, "America The Beautiful": I’m grateful to live in the United States and for the men and women in the Armed Forces who put themeselves at risk every day. The young woman singing this (whose name is sadly unavailable) has a tremendous voice.
- Sam & Dave, "I Thank You": Just a general "thank you", written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter and performed by Sam Moore and Dave Prater with backing by Booker T. & The MG’s (Stax’s house band) and the Memphis Horns. Reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart in 1968.
- Sly & The Family Stone, "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)": Another general "thank you" song, written by Sly Stone and issued in 1969. It was #1 on the Soul chart for five weeks and also reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1970.
- The Ames Brothers, "You, You, You": This is for all of you who read what I write and leave comments or "like"s. A 1953 song by Lotar Olias with German lyrics by Walter Rothenberg and English lyrics by Robert Mellin. The Ames Brothers took the song to #1 in 1953, accompanied by Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra and Chorus.
Have a good Thanksgiving this Thursday, if you live in the US, or a good Thursday this Thursday if you don’t. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 22, 2021.