It is unimaginable what some of the people of California are suffering right now. In a part of the world known for its natural beauty, nature and mankind have delivered a tragic blow. I’d like to dedicate this blog edition to the people of California, those who have lost and are suffering and those who are no doubt deeply affected by these terrible fires. My family and I have some close friends in California and thankfully they have not been directly impacted.
“I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, written by George Cory, Jr. and Douglass Cross. First performed by Claramae Turner in 1954. The first released recording is by Tony Bennett in 1962 which became his signature song. Covered over 175 times since then, and a quintessential California song. Another great version is by the amazing Sarah Vaughan (1967)
“California” by Frank Sinatra (1963) written for Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. A not so well known song from Frank that is a clear tribute to his state of residence for many years.
“California Girls” as we can’t go without mention of The Beach Boys. Written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson (1965).
” California Dreamin’ ” written by Michelle and John Phillips, performed by the Mamas and the Papas (first release in December 1965). The song was first recorded by Barry McGuire earlier in 1965 but his version was held back until January of 1966 (might that it should have been a bit longer as there’s a reason you’ve never heard of this version 😉 Covered close to 200 times.
“California” written and performed by Joni Mitchell (1971). This is an ode to her state of residence as she has had a home for a long time in Bel Air, West Los Angeles.
Here is a great song to finish, the State Anthem “I Love You, California“.
Performed by Rick Pickren (2013), written in 1913 by Francis Beatty Silverwood, music composed by Abraham Franklin Frankenstein.