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Musical turkeys for Thanksgiving and beyond!

Know your bird.
Know your bird.

Songs about Thanksgiving and about giving thanks.

The tone for our episode is set by the down-and-out Johnson family, who have no turkey on the table but enough moralizing from Dad that no one has an appetite anyway.

This PSA aired in 1951:

Political correctness had not been perfected in 1958, when Maurice Chevalier sang “Thank Heaven For Little Girls." He seems sincerely thankful in this clip from Gigi:

Little Eva worked as a maid for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Supposedly one of their most successful songs “The Locomotion” was inspired by Eva’s dancing around their house. They also wrote “Let’s Turkey Trot” for her, and here she performs it on Shindig! from 1965:

That same year Philadelphia soul singer Dee Dee Sharp hit it big with “Mashed Potato Time." Here’s a live clip with Billy Preston:

Every week on “Record bin Roulette,” KPLU’s John Kessler and John Maynard put an insightful and fun spin on a century's worth of discarded vinyl. The feature is published here and airs on KPLU 88.5 every Thursday during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and on Weekend Saturday Edition.

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).