What a weekend this one will be! It’s both ‘Canada Day’ and ‘The 4th of July’ – bringing a long holiday weekend to both sides of the border. And I’ve got a fascinating feature – with songs that just might make you want to stand up – maybe? I’m spotlighting no less than 13 Canadian and American anthems – some are true national anthems, and others were often considered as such. Not only are the songs great – but some of the stories are absolutely fascinating.
For example, did you know ‘God Save the King’ (or Queen) was exactly the same melody as the national anthems for Russia and Germany in the 19th century, is still used as the national anthem for Norway and Liechtenstein – and was a much-loved American anthem as well: ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’. Same song – very different countries.
I’ll also have an 80th birthday celebration for Robbie Robertson, and of course, our first hour feature: ‘Our Sunday Best – A Century of #1 Hits’ will take us from the 1930s into the 80s; from blues singer Ethel Waters to Nat King Cole, Carole King and The Human League. ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ will detail the less well-known behind-the-scenes story of Frank Sinatra’s #1 hit – a song he detested, but gave him his first #1 hit in over a decade.
It’s a long holiday weekend – have fun, stay safe, and find a couple hours to tune in on Sunday afternoon between 2:00 and 4:30pm. Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July to our American friends.