I was trying to come up with songs about Thanksgiving -- I don't mean the traditional songs sung on Thanksgiving, but rather songs about the holiday. Here's one I came up with from a little-known musical I've written about in the past that written by very well-known composers, Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.
They wrote the scores to two Broadway successes, Stop the World I Want to Get Off and Roar of the Grease, the Smell of the Crowd. And also the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (Yes, they wrote the song, "The Candy Man.") Subsequent to that, Bricusse went off and wrote a string of movie musicals -- Dr. Doolittle (that Newley appeared in as an actor), Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Scrooge. (And wrote the lyrics to my beloved stage musical Pickwick.)
After a long absence from the stage, the two men re-teamed and dove in again with The Good Old, Bad Old Days which opened in London, but never made it to the U.S. This is one of the songs from that score, a particularly nice number -- and one not sung by Anthony Newley. Here is the appropriately titled, "Thanksgiving Day."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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