Title - 'Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories'
Artist - Various
For those not in the know, well, get ready to hear the music of Fred Rogers like you’ve never heard it before!
Mister Rogers’ songs have been reimagined and newly recorded into a tapestry of popular musical styles here in the truly magnificent Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories (out now via BFD Music).
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when you hear Fred’s songs uniquely interpreted and performed by legendary award-winning artists: Kellie Pickler, Mickey Dolenz (lead singer of The Monkees), Vanessa Williams, Sandi Patty, Rita Wilson, Lee Greenwood, Jim Brickman, Jaci Velasquez, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (original members of The Fifth Dimension), The Cowsills, Tom Bergeron, and Jon Secada.
After fifty years on television, Fred Rogers is back the spotlight again. The success of the Morgan Neville documentary and the already highly-beloved film featuring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, have rekindled a love and affection that inspired Fred Rogers to be known as “America’s Favorite Neighbor.”
But on this album, it’s all Fred’s music! Fred Rogers wrote over two hundred songs for his show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Under the direction of two-time Grammy and Emmy winning producer/arranger Dennis Scott, this recording offers fans of a one-of-a kind collection featuring Mister Rogers’ most memorable songs performed by some of the most recognizable voices in pop music.
1. 'WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR' - THE COWSILLS
2. 'YOU CAN NEVER GO DOWN THE DRAIN' - JACI VELASQUEZ
3. 'SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE GOOD' - RITA WILSON
4. 'PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL DAY' - MICKY DOLENZ
5. 'MANY WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU' - VANESSA WILLIAMS
6. 'SOME THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND' - TOM BERGERON
7. 'THIS IS MY HOME' - JIM BRICKMAN
8. 'LET'S BE TOGETHER' - MARILYN MCCOO AND BILLY DAVIS, JR.
9. 'PLEASE DON'T THINK IT'S FUNNY' - SANDI PATTY
10. 'IT'S SUCH A GOOD FEELING' - KELLIE PICKLER
11. 'WHEN THE DAY TURNS INTO NIGHT' - LEE GREENWOOD
12. 'PODEMOS SER AMIGOS' - JON SECADA
13. 'THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU' - THE ENSEMBLE
In a world of popular music plagued by depressing lyrics, banal melodies, and glass-shattering vocal acrobatics, Thank You, Mister Rogers rises head and shoulders above the mediocre soundtrack we are confronted with in our daily lives.
This is an album with a remarkable array of talent; singers who can actually express a thought with feeling, clever and catchy arrangements, intelligent harmonies, and an overall sound palette that tells you that everything is all right in the world.
A perfect collection of hand-crafted songs then can be enjoyed by children of all ages, yet sophisticated enough for their parents and grandparents.
The album takes you on a journey through different styles, many voices and personalities, all united by an evident love of Fred Rogers' music and the sweet vibrations that permeate his songs.
To put such a compendium together and make it gel must have been complicated, but producer Dennis Scott seems to have a genius for such endeavors, which have won him well-deserved Grammys in past years.
And Scott adds a touching coda to the album with his own composition, 'Thank You for Being You,' which rounds out the album within the sweetness of an ensemble recording.
"Each song in this collection is different from the other and each singer has made it their own. Fred would be delighted to know that his music lives on to new generations.” - David Newell (Mr. McFeely from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood").
"I Love it. And Fred would have loved it” - Joanne Rogers.
You can order Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories now at Amazon on CD.
'Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music and Memories' Tribute Album - Promotional Reel