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Nov 24, 2022 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
With John Wendland
Join John Wendland for Memphis to Manchester, a fun-filled and action-packed three hours of soul, R&B, rock, pop, country and other great music.
Booker T. & the MGs Soul Dressing
Soul Dressing Stax Records 1965
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Whether you're with family or friends or you're by yourself, may inner peace, comfort, and happiness be with you. Nothing but life affirming stuff today. We all can use that. - Music bed. Instrumental written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson, Jr., and Lewis Steinberg.
Van Morrison Glad Tidings
Moondance Warner Records 1970
Written by Van Morrison. " "But meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion / And expect them to rise to the occasion / Don't it gratify when you see it materialize / Right in front of your eyes / That surprise."
Los Lobos Peace
Kiko Rhino/Warner Records 1992
Composed by David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez. The world would be worser off without this album. "We build a wall of stone / As high as the trees are tall / Higher than the mountains / Stronger than us all - oh yeah / Some day that wall will crumble / Tumble and fall, the sun will shine / And bring peace to us all / Say yeah, yeah, yeah / Yeah, yeah, yeah / Yeah, yeah, yeah"
The Band with The Staples The Weight
The Last Waltz Warner Bros. 1978
Written by Robbie Robertson and featuring lead vocals by Levon Helm, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, and Rick Danko. The live concert performances were recorded live at Winterland in San Francisco on Thanksgiving of 1976. This sublime performance of the Robbie Robertson composition was recorded in the studio, however, and is part of what is referred to as "The Last Waltz Suite."
Chris Dufresne Forever Young
Forever Young (single) Self-Released 2022
Written and sung by Chris Dufresne. This version of the Bob Dylan song comes from a dear friend from high school and college days (and beyond) who passed away way too soon at age 62 in 2020. Just a wonderful human being and ridiculously talented. Lo-fi, to be sure, but the message comes through loud and clear. I always think of it as written like an Irish prayer,
Sam Cooke Good Times
Ain't That Good News RCA Victor 1964
Written by Sam Cooke and arranged by Rene Hall. This was his last hit prior to his death in December of the same year.
Booker T. & the MGs My Sweet Potato
And Now! Stax Records 1966
Music bed. 1966 Stax instrumental penned by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, and Al Jackson, Jr.
The Ovations I'm Living Good
The Goldwax Story, Vol. 1 Ace Records 2001
Sam Cooke-influenced vocal by Lew Williams on this 1965 Goldwax recording written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. "If I could wish upon a star / I’d wish things would stay as they are / I wouldn’t change this paradise I’m living in / Oh, because I’m living good / Oh, I’m living good / I’ve got your sweet love / Darling, I’m living mighty good"
Alicia Keys Not Even The King N
Santa Baby Amplified Media Services 2022
This song was previously released on her 2012 album, "Girl on Fire." No matter. It fits in beautifully with the rest of the album made up of both originals (including a couple of co-writes with Natalie Hemby) and her interpretations of well-known Christmas and holiday songs. She wrote this with Scottish singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé. For a wonderful life performance of this song, check out Alicia Keys - Not Even The King (Live on Letterman) - YouTube
William DeVaughn Be Thankful for What You Got (Pt. 1)
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia Sony 2008
Written by William DeVaughn and released by the Roxbury label as a single in 1974. For those of you who heard the first hour of last week's show, this was engineered by Joe Tarsia who recently passed away at age 88. Think of him as the Glyn Johns or Geoff Emerick of Philadelphia soul. I'd have my DJ privileges revoked if I didn't include this song on a Thanksgiving show.
The Martinis Holiday Cheer
Charles "Packy" Axton - Late Late Party - 1965-67 Light In The Attic 2011
Memphis instrumental with sleigh bells recorded circa 1965-67.
Bonnie Raitt I Thank You
The Glow Warner Brothers. 1979
Written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter and originally recorded by Sam & Dave.
B. Brown and His Rockin' McVouts Candied Yams
The Koko-Mojo Diner 2: Cornbread & Cabbage Greens Koko-Mojo 2021
Music bed. Originally released in 1960 as a single b-side on the Vest label.
Harold Burrage And His Combo You Eat Too Much
The Complete Cobra Singles P-Vine Records 2008
Written by pianist and singer Harold Burrage and recorded for the Cobra label in 1956. This will get the Thanksgiving party started!
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Thanks A Million
The Decca Singles 1935-1946 Verve Reissues 2017
Originally released as a Decca single a-side in 1936. Composed by Arthur Johnston and Gus Kahn for the movie "Thanks a Million."
Bob Dorough Comin' Home Baby
Sunday At Iridium Arbors Records 2004
Written by Bob Dorough and Ben Tucker. Recorded live at the Iridium in NYC in 2004. From All Music Guide: "Backing Dorough for two are the Bobettes, a pair of vocalists (Laura Amico and Roslyn Hart) who are also Broadway actresses and cabaret performers and who moonlight at the club on Sundays."
Cab Calloway and His Orchestra Everybody Eats When They Come to My House
Are You Hep To The Jive? Columbia Records 1994
Written by Jeanne Burns and originally released in 1948. "Try a tomato, Plato / Here's cacciatore, Dory / Taste the bologna, Tony / Everybody eats when they come to my house / I've fixed your favorite dishes / Hopin' this good food fills ya / Work my hands to the bone in the kitchen alone / You better eat if it kills ya."
Mack Rice Baby I'm Coming Home
Atlantic Soul - 1959-1975 Rhino Handmade 2007
Written by Mack Rice and Marv Johnson and originally released on the Detroit-based Lu Pine label in 1964.
James & Bobby Purify Shake a Tail Feather
Shake a Tail Feather! The Best of James & Bobby Purify Sundazed 2002
Maybe this one wasn't referencing a turkey. Originally a hit for the Five Du-Tones in 1963, this 1967 version was recorded in Memphis at American Studio. Reggie Young played guitar on this and the master was brought to NYC where backing vocals were added by Ellie Greenwich, Melba Moore, & Doris Troy. Engineered by Chips Moman.
The Checkerboard Squares Double Cookin'
Double Cookin' - Classic Northern Soul Singles Kent Records 2010
Music bed. 1966 instrumental recorded for the Villa label.
The Triumphs Burnt Biscuits
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968 Atlantic 1991
Music bed. 1961 Memphis instrumental written by Chips Moman.
Ray Davies Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day V2 2005
I play this one every Thanksgiving. I can't think of another song that does a better job of covering all the emotional facets of this day.
Graham Parker Almost Thanksgiving Day
Your Country Bloodshot Records 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."
Linden Rest and Be Thankful
Rest and Be Thankful Slumberland Records 2015
Fine indie pop title track written by Scottish singer-songwriter Joseph McAlinden. This is from his second solo album.
The Ikettes (I'm So) Thankful
Soul Cargo Vol. 1 Bar Records 1994
Originally released in 1965 on the Modern label. Written by Marc Gordon and Frank Wilson (not the Frank Wilson associated with Motown).
Bettye LaVette Thankful n' Thoughtful
Thankful n' Thoughtful Anti-Records 2012
Fine interpretation of a Sly & The Family Stone song. "I'm still happy to be here / Thankful you oughta be thoughtful / Count your blessings."
Ike & Tina Turner’s Kings of Rhythm Going Home
Dance Sue Records 1961
Music bed. Instrumental penned by Ike Turner.
Bob Dylan If Not for You
The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3 (Rare and Unreleased) 1961-1991 Columbia 1991
Alternate version with George Harrison on guitar. "Ready, George?"
Joan Shelley Like the Thunder
The Spur No Quarter 2022
Written by Joan Shelley and featuring harmony vocals by Meg Baird. I'd say she's at the top of her game right now except for the fact she's been at the top of her game for her last four or five albums.
Big Star Thank You Friends
3rd PVC 1978
Written by Alex Chilton. Thankful? OK, maybe not so much.
The Tripwires Gratitude
Get Young Folc Records 2014
Your usual set of pop gems written by John Ramberg.
Sloan Spend the Day N
Steady Two Minutes for Music, Inc 2022
No U.S. tour dates, yet. Looking forward to hearing these new songs live.
Joel Paterson Drive My Car
Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays the Beatles Bloodshot Records 2019
Music bed. Instrumental version of the Beatles song.
Bill Fay Be At Peace With Yourself
Life Is People Dead Oceans 2012
Words to live by.
Mavis Staples We Get By (feat. Ben Harper)
We Get By Anti/Epitaph 2019
Beautiful duet with Mavis Staples and Ben Harper singing the title track. All songs written by Ben Harper.
Otis Redding I Want to Thank You
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads Rhino Atlantic 1965
Written by Otis Redding and originally released as a b-side to "Security" in 1965 by the Volt label.
Donny Hathaway & June Conquest I Thank You
Never My Love: The Anthology Rhino/Atlantic 2013
This 1969 song was written by Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield. I tend to play this on either my all-duets show or my Thanksgiving show.
Billy Preston Ain't That Love
16-Yr. Old Soul Dereby 1963
Music bed. Instrumental penned by Fred Smith.
Duane Eddy Stretchin' Out
Guitar Star: The Complete RCA Singles A's and B's Real Gone Music 2017
Music bed. 1962 instrumental penned by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood.
Miko Marks & The Resurrectors Peace of Mind N
Feel Like Going Home Redtone Records 2022
"The treasures of this earth / They never hold their worth." Soul meets country meets gospel.
Lone Justice You are the light
Lone Justice Geffen 1985
Written by Lone Justice bassist Marvin Etzioni and sung by Maria McKee.
Maria McKee Why Wasn't I More Grateful (When Life Was Sweet)
You Gotta Sin to Get Saved Geffen 1993
Written by Bruce Brody, Marvin Etzioni, and Maria McKee. I can't recommend this album highly enough.
Lonnie Mack Memphis
The Wham of that Memphis Man Fraternity 1963
Music bed. Lonnie Mack had a hit with this instrumental version of this Chuck Berry song.
Dave Rawlings Machine Pilgrim (You Can't Go Home)
Nashville Obsolete Acony Records 2015
Closing track written by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. "I'm dirty and torn, my tails hung out, a ship with tattered sails / Been down and out, around the horn to chase the great white whale / Across the night and across the day, I save my song for eternity / Now here I find you gazing out of the window of St. James infirmary / Where are you gonna run / Tell me, where will you roam / When you can't go home / You can't go home / Oh, pilgrim, you can't go home"
The Coal Porters I Am a Pilgrim
Eight Miles High: 19 Tracks Inspired by The Byrds Uncut 2003
Traditional song which was covered by the Byrds on their 1968 "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" album. Produced by Sid Griffin.
Bob Dylan Turkey Chase
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) Columbia Records 1973
Instrumental composition by Bob Dylan for the 1973 Sam Peckinpah film.
Steve Earle And The Del McCoury Band Pilgrim
The Mountain E Squared 2000
Written by Steve Earle. Your basic group of harmony singers including Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Kathy Chiavola, Tim O'Brien, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings. But wait, there's more. The chorus singers include all the previous singers plus John Hartford, Ronnie McCoury, Marty Stuart, Cowboy Jack Clement, Benny Martin, and Peter Rowan.
Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra Corn Bread
Mighty Instrumental Hits R&B - Style 1942 - 1953, Vol. 1 Rhythm and Blues Records 2018
Music bed. Written by Hal Singer and originally released in 1949 on the RCA Victor label.
Michael Friedman Simple GIfts
Cool of the Coming Dark Perdition 2002
Words and music by Michael Friedman and Roy Kasten with backing by Geoff Seitz on violin and the Wilhelms on acoustic guitars. "Let's talk about old feelings and they'll come rushing in / Just like 'Simple Gifts' on a violin."
Drive-By Truckers The Thanksgiving Filter
Go-Go Boots Play It Again Sam 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."
Elvis Costello & The Attractions (What's so Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Armed Forces Columbia 1979
Written by Nick Lowe. One of the best covers ever of one of the best songs ever!
The Robins The Turkey Hop, Part 1
Johnny Otis Presents: The Robins Savoy 2009
Music bed. Written by Johnny Otis and Ralph Bass and originally released as a single on the Savoy label in 1950.