Top 5 Songs That Mention U.S. Presidents
By Guest Gatekeeper Ben Sandifer, read about Ben>>
In honor of President's day, we're bringing you - courtesy of Guest Gatekeeper Ben Sandifer - the top 5 songs that mention U.S. presidents!
1. Abraham, Martin and John by Dion
This 1968 classic mentions two U.S. Presidents (Lincoln and Kennedy), one who wanted to be (Robert Kennedy) and one who might have been (Martin Luther King, Jr.). A major change in style from the doo-wop days with the Belmonts, this song was Dion’s first hit record in over five years.
2. Song of the South by Alabama
A #1 country hit just a week before President’s Day in 1989, in between the catchy chorus’ imagery of “Sweet potato pie” and “Gone With The Wind,” the second verse of the song says, “The cotton was short, and the weeds was' tall. But Mr. Roosevelt's a' gonna save us all.” And the following verse mentions the TVA, a project that came out of the Great Depression that was signed into law by President Roosevelt.
3. We’d Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover
This song was in the first act of the original Broadway musical “Annie,” which opened in 1977. The musical score won a Tony Award. However, this song was not included in either the original movie version of “Annie” in 1999, or the more recent one released late last year.
4. Mr. Lincoln by Hank Williams, Jr.
From his 1999 album “America (The Way I See It),” this song mentions the 16th president, by name, twice in the chorus: “Mr. Lincoln, I wish you were here. The Republics changed a lot in a hundred years.
I don't think it’s working like you planned. Mr. Lincoln we sure could use a hand.”
5. Those Were The Days by Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton
Yes, the theme for the 70’s sitcom “All In The Family” was actually released as a single record, sung by the actor and actress who played Archie and Edith Bunker. Among all of the nostalgic references like Glenn Miller, The Hit Parade and LaSalle, was the lyric “Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.”
“The Ballad of Richard Nixon” by John Denver and “Warren Harding” by Al Stewart
Ben Sandifer is a former top 40 radio DJ, with a passion for the music and related information presented on Solid Gold Sock Hop each week. Ben is the managing partner of GMS Advertising & Productions, a full-service advertising agency and production company located in Macon, Georgia. GMS has earned 6 Gabby awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and was named 2012 Small Business of the Year for Specialized Services by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce/Macon Economic Development Corporation. Ben is also a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (Radio Advertising Bureau) and a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.