by Harold Arlen, the Animaniacs, Irving Berlin, Joe Bird, Wes Borg, George M Cohan, Ervin Drake, Sherman Edwards, John Flansburgh, Foamola, Genocide Approach, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, E Y Harburg, Lorenz Hart, Matthew Hill, Frank Howard, Peter Kelly, Christine Lavin, John Linnell, Paul Mather, Frank Mula, Cole Porter, Lou Reed, T D Rice, Richard Rodgers, Alexander Coffman Ross, Timothy Sellers, Stephen Sondheim, Gene Weingarten and Henry Clay Work
Happy Presidents Day to all our American readers - and yes, I know it's grotesque to have to put Jimmy Carter and Franklin Pierce up there with Washington and Lincoln, but don't blame me, blame the government. So, in honor of the false equivalence of this newish holiday, here's an audio special featuring 45 songs for 45 presidents - plus a few extras. It's the widest range of music ever presented on a Song of the Week podcast - songwriters from George M Cohan and Irving Berlin to Sheryl Crow and Jay-Z, performed by everyone from Judy Garland to Groucho Marx to Lou Reed to Ronald Reagan ...and Donald Trump.
To hear Part One, featuring the first 22 presidents, from Washington to Cleveland, click on the button above.
For Part Two of our musical tour through the Oval Office, join us tomorrow, on Presidents Day itself, when we'll start with Benjamin Harrison and work our way through to Donald J Trump.
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