Fred Rogers, a.k.a. Mr. Rogers, composed more than 200 songs during his many years on PBS’ beloved series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. A new musical tribute to Rogers and his work was released Friday in the form of the new compilation record Thank You, Mr. Rogers.
The 13-song record features performances of beloved songs from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, such as its theme song, ‘Many Ways To Say I Love You’ and ‘Podemos Ser Amigos?’ The songs are performed by the likes of Vanessa Williams, Tom Bergeron and Kellie Pickler.
Williams offered her own kind words about Rogers and his work in a recent interview, saying, “As a child, you appreciated the songs, but as an adult, you really appreciate the music.”
David Newell, who played McFeely in the series expanded on Williams’ comments in a separate interview.
“Each song in this collection is different from the other…and each singer has made it their own,” he said. “Fred would be delighted to know that his music lives on to new generations.”
Actress Rita Wilson — wife of fellow actor Tom Hanks, who will portray Rogers in a new biopic of the beloved celebrity — also offers her talents to the compilation on a performance of ‘Sometimes People Are Good.’ She offered a thought similar to those of Newell and Williams in another interview.
“Mister Rogers’ melody and lyrics are beautifully integrated together,” she said. “his words of kindness, acceptance and peace are a classic message.”
Videos of many of the compilation’s songs being recorded in studio are streaming now at the record’s official YouTube Channel. The record is available to download and stream through various outlets here.
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