It’s Opening Day—Time for “The Red Sox Song”!

Yes, we should be playing it tomorrow (the 5th).  The Red Sox lost their first game today, but it was a day of much ceremony and significance (with remembrances of the two firemen who died just a few days ago on Beacon St., and the Boston Marathon bombing still too recent; and, of course, the World Series win last fall), all masterfully described by Chad Finn, here:  Red Sox drop home opener, but no matter, for there was so much worth celebrating

But I’m staying home, HAH will be pre-recorded (see here), so “The Red Sox Song” will have to wait until next week.  Except for a few years when we lost the single, we’ve been playing Pine Tree John and the Designated Hitters since the record was released back in 1976.  From Wikipedia:

The Red Sox Song was written about the Boston Red Sox right after the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. It was written, copyrighted and published (BMI) in 1976 by Wayne Ulaky, a founding member of the rock band The Beacon Street Union.

Wayne Ulaky produced the recording with studio musicians under the fictitious name of Pine Tree John and the Designated Hitters. The lead vocal was performed by John Lincoln Wright, also a former member of the Beacon Street Union.

The recording was pressed into 45 rpm records and released as a single. It was played occasionally on many radio stations around New England, and appeared in many juke boxes in night clubs at the time. Boston TV channel 38 (WSBK) was broadcasting the Red Sox home games that year, and used The Red Sox Song (A Day In Fenway Park) as a theme song for their promotional video about upcoming game broadcasts. It was also played occasionally at Fenway Park by organist John Kiley.

The song was sold in a few record stores around greater Boston, including the Strawberries music chain. It was also sold at Twins souvenir shop on Yawkey Way next to Fenway Park.

Fortunately, someone called ‘Fenway146891427’ has uploaded the single to YouTube, so here it is:

 

 

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