Fred Rogers was beloved by millions, his storytelling and gentle presence a familiar comfort on television sets across the country on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which began airing in 1962 and went on to be one of the most cherished programs in history.
Rogers’ life and the show left such an indelible mark on society that he has become something of a legend over the years. His legacy was the focus of a fantastic 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and, now, a star-studded tribute album bringing back several of the songs featured on the program.
Thank You, Mister Rogers will be released on Oct. 25 and features contributions from Rita Wilson, Lee Greenwood, Sandi Patty, Kellie Pickler, Vanessa Williams, Jim Brickman, Jaci Velasquez, Micky Dolenz (of The Monkees), Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (of The Fifth Dimension), The Cowsills, Tom Bergeron and Jon Secada
Here’s a preview of Dolenz’ contribution, “Perfectly Beautiful Day”:
This all sounds like a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man, and you should definitely check out Thank You, Mister Rogers when it is released on Oct. 25.
In addition to the album, there’s a campaign associated with the tribute aiming to make the month of November “Thank You, Mister Rogers” Month.
A special announcement is scheduled to be made from the Senate floor in the next couple of weeks and the Mayor of Nashville has pronounced the album’s release on October 25th as “Thank You, Mister Rogers Day. Readers are welcome to endorse this effort by sending a note to their respective congressman or senator. https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
The timing of this tribute album couldn’t be better, as the Tom Hanks-starring A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is scheduled to be released in theaters on Thanksgiving. Here’s a trailer for that: