Bernard Green, The National Football League Marching Songs, RCA LSP-2292, 1960
Oh the lengths I go to sometimes to provide a well rounded selection of budget priced records. It’s not necessarily as daunting as a 60 years field goal, but this took a lot of guts to make it though. It’s never a good start when the first song on the record is Hooray For Mr. Football. From there, it’s one fumble after another from bandleader Bernard Green.
I would be shocked to know if there are any fans of the San Francisco 49er’s who know that their team’s fight song is called Football Polka. Did John Mara teach Touchdown to his great grand daughters Kate & Rooney? It doesn’t take a concussion to realize the answer is no.
It was before my time, ahem, but I would imagine that football didn’t have nearly the impact in 1960 that it does now. I’d be willing to wager that the sport was not half as popular as baseball was and hardly any games were shown on TV. College football was likely the bigger draw in the national scheme of things, and this album was probably designed to raise the league profile. Why else would the pro teams need marching themes, but to mimic the colleges? As unlistenable as this record is, it is a souvenir of a very different time.
Cost: $2, $690 Remaining