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Groundhog Day Music? Oh yeah!

Groundhog Day music?  Of Course!

While one online author bemoaned the lack of music for Groundhog Day, here at American Live Wire we revel in not only today’s headlines but also all the things that make life interesting.  So why not present you readers with a holiday hit list for Groundhog Day.

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Happy Groundhog Day!

But first for our readers who are located outside the US, a brief explanation of Groundhog Day.  Groundhog Day is February 2.  The actual celebration centers on the belief that if it’s cloudy when a groundhog comes out of its burrow then we will have an early spring.  If it’s sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow, return to its burrow and there will be 6 more weeks of winter.

This bit of American folklore has long since inspired numerous early morning celebrations where people watch a groundhog come out of its burrow.  In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges enjoy food, make speeches and perform skits as well.  In some places participants are only permitted to speak “Pennsylvania Dutch” or the Pennsylvania German dialect and must pay a small fine if they speak English.

The most well-known Groundhog Day celebration occurs in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  The day itself was immortalized in the 1993 Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day.   Without further ado here then is the holiday hit list for Groundhog Day:

“Happy Groundhog Day”—Tom T. Hall: This is off his 1977 platter “About Love”.  Some say in general it demonstrates Hall’s softer side.  Who knows?  It’s perfect for the day.

“Groundhog Days”—Manic Street Preachers: This song is off the B-side of “Ocean Spray” from 2001.  It’s off the album Know Your Enemy. It also had an accompanying music video.

“Ground Hog’s Day”—Primus: This one is off the 1990 disc Frizzle Fry.  (Come on, how many of your music mixes contain anything by Primus, right?)

“Ground Hog”—Doc Watson Family: This is a classic folk song.  It is part of their 1990 release The Doc Watson Family.  You might say it’s a tad “hillbilly” in that somewhere I the song listeners are reminded that groundhogs are good eatin’.

“Ground Hog Blues”—John Lee Hooker:  Originally released as a “78” single, it first appeared on an album in 1960 when it was included on the album House Of The Blues.  This one adds another genre to the mix and variety is good.

“I’m A Little Groundhog”—Harry Kindergarten:  Here is one for the kids complete with an animated video.  It’s one of the newest cuts here dating back to only 2010.

“The Grey Maze”—The Groundhogs: OK.  It’s off their 1972 blues-rock LP Who Will Save The World?   The song has nothing to do with the day but the band is named appropriately for the holiday so what the heck?

“I Got You Babe”Sonny and Cher: It was first released as a hit single in 1965.  It is relevant here as the song that plays scene after scene after scene in the famous film Groundhog Day.

“Over and Over”—Jeff Litman:   This is from his 2012 CD Outside.  It works on this playlist because the accompanying music video—as Litman says:” a shot-for-shot homage to the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day.”   He adds: “Since the movie is about Bill Murray living the same day ‘over and over’, we thought that movie would be a natural fit for the song which is about repeating patterns and getting stuck in a rut.”

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“Groundhog Day”

“Me And My Shadow”—Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr:  This dates back to 1927.  It was written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose and Dave Dryer.  Sinatra and Davis made it famous with their salt-and-pepper approach to the tune.  It’s an obvious apropos oldie.

So there you have it Groundhog Day celebrants, a perfect Punxsutawney playlist for the day.  Of course, readers are always welcome to add their own tuneful tracks to the list.

Happy Groundhog Day!

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.