Baseball Related Songs: “Black Betty” by Ram Jam

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "Black Betty" by Ram Jam. A typical 70s song with a link to baseball. Originally, Black Betty is a twentieth-century African-American work song that was covered many times. Likely the best know cover was made by one-hit wonder Ram Jam in 1977. The meaning …

Baseball Related Songs: “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” by Chuck Berry

In this episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," performed by the father of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry. The song Brown Eyed Handsome man was released in September 1956 as B-side of "Too Much Monkey Business." Partially, the song is a lament about the racial bias and segregation …

Baseball Related Songs: “Knuckleball Prime” by Willy Tea Taylor

In this episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to another song of singer song writer Willy Tea Taylor: "Knuckleball Prime," which is the title song of his sophomore album with the same name. Willy Tea Taylor grew up on Oakville, California, a town that is know as cowboy capital of the world as …

Baseball Related Songs: “Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to the somewhat rougher genre in music: The Celtic Punk group Dropkick Murphys with "Shipping up to Boston."In a previous episode, the Dutch Baseball Hangout already paid attention to another song of the Dropkick Murphys: "Tessie". In contrast to "Tessie," "Shipping up to Boston is …

Baseball Releated Songs: “Cooperstown” by The Felice Brothers

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to another little gem of a song: Cooperstown by The Felice Brothers. The Felice Brothers got a somewhat unusual start as they played in the Subway in NewYork City. Living in an apartment in Brooklyn, they would play at 42nd Street and Union Square and in Greenwich Village. Originally, the …

Baseball Related Songs: “The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues Revisited” by Jeff Daniels

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs", we pay attention to "The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues Revisited", performed by actor Jeff Daniels. Most of us will know Jeff Daniels because of his acting career. Likely many of us, yours truly included, may not have known he also sung a song about baseball. Daniels is know …

Baseball Related Songs: “Kingdome” by Lenny Randle

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to a real funky disco stomper. How much baseball related do you want it? A song about a ballpark sung by a former MLB player. The guy was literally a journeyman who became famous thanks to one special play he made at the Kingdome in …

Baseball Related Songs: “Let it Dive” by …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to a song by a group with the illustrious name "...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead." "And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead" is an alternative indy rock group from Austin, Texas. The group was founded in 1994. …

Baseball Related Songs: “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs we pay attention to one of the greatest hits of the rock band Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer. The song "Livin' on a Prayer was released on October 31, 1986. It was part of Bon Jovi's album "Slippery When Wet." The album itself was released in August of …

Baseball Related Songs: Green Onions by Booker T and the M.G.s

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs" we pay attention to "Green Onions" performed by Booker T and the M.G.s. This piece of music is actually an instrumental piece instead of a song. Green Onions is such a typical piece of music from the 1960s. Typcal for that era is the use of a Hammond …

Baseball Related Songs: “I Hope this gets to You” by the Daylights

In this episode of "Baseball Related Songs" we pay attention to "I hope this gets to you" performed by the Daylights, the defunct alternate rock band from Los Angels that was formed in 2004. The Daylights was a a trio that was fronted by the brothers Ran Jackson and Ricky Jackson, with Svend Lerche on …

Baseball Related Songs: “The Baseball Song” by Corey Smith

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to a little gem called the Baseball Song, performed singer-songwriter, Corey Smith. Smith grew up in Jefferson, Georgia, near Athens. He attended the University of Georgia and got his major in Social Studies education. During his college days, he wrote songs and performed locally. He took a job …

Baseball Related Songs: “Vida Blue” by Albert Jones

In today's episode of "Baseball Related Songs," we pay attention to "Vida Blue" performed by Albert Jones. Vida Blue, of course, was a pitcher that spent most of his career with the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. Albert Jones, a Detroit Soul singer, was inspired by the great performance of Vida Blue in …

Baseball Related Songs: 31 Seasons in the Minor Leagues, by Magnolia Electric Co.

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to 31 Seasons in the Minor Leagues, performed by Jason Molina's band Magnolia Electric Co. The song comes from the EP "Hard to Love a Man." Magnolia Electric Co. is the successor of the band Songs: Ohia of which Jason Molina also was the lead …

Baseball Related Songs: “The Park at the Corner” by Russ Franzen

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to another song written and performed by singer-songwriter Russ Franzen: "The Park at the Corner." Like "Tiger Stadium's Lament" this song is also about the former Tiger Stadium, aka Navin Field or Briggs Stadium. As written in the previous blog post about him, Russ Franzen …

Baseball Related Songs: “Perfect Day for Baseball” by Jason Siemer

In today's episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Perfect Day for Baseball" performed by singer/songwriter Jason Siemer. Jason Siemer has many talents next to being a singer/songwriter. The Baltimorean is also a writer, a producer, a director, and an editor. He has his own video production company with the capability and resources …

Baseball Related Songs: “Night Game” by Paul Simon

In this episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to "Night Game," performed by Paul Simon. After Mrs. Robinson and Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," it is the third song of this artist in this series. Of course, you know Paul Simon from his cooperation with Art Garfunkel. The two met at …

Baseball Related Songs: “The Greatest” by Kenny Rogers

It has been a while but with the passing of country and western great Kenny Rogers, it is a good moment for a new episode of Baseball Related Songs. Of course, we pay attention to Rogers' baseball-related song "The Greatest." Born in 1938, Kenny Rogers had an impressive career of more than fifty years. Even …