LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On the list of celebrated songwriters from the 1940s through the 1990s is the name of Ruth Roberts (www.ruthrobertsmusic.com). While not as well-known as some of her contemporaries, you have heard her work because Ruth Roberts’ songs are played in schools, sports stadiums and entertainment venues as well as broadcast to multiple generations of listeners year round.
“Ruth Roberts created one of the most famous sports songs in the history of our country,” says Susan Nicoletti, Director of Operations for Goldenrod Music, the publishing company that oversees Roberts’ songs. “Everyone expects the writer of a hit sports song would be a man, but Ruth wrote ‘Meet the Mets’ as the theme song for the New York Mets,” Nicoletti added.
Another song of Roberts, “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Ball Game,” is the theme for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is part of their radio broadcast before every one of their games.
“Sports fans will also recognize her football game anthem,” notes country singer/songwriter Sandra Piller, the daughter-in-law of Roberts. “Mr. Touchdown, USA” is a college football favorite and some consider it an unofficial theme for the New York Giants. Roberts also created the retro Valentine song, “I Love Mickey Mantle.”
Beatles fans probably know the Fab Four recorded “Mailman Bring Me No More Blues,” which appears on the “Anthology 3” album. Written by the hip-before-her-time Roberts, the tune was also recorded by Buddy Holly, Oliver Nelson, and Lefty Frizzell.
The creator of songs in virtually every genre (pop, rock, blues, gospel, country, sports, children’s), Ruth Roberts is equally well known for her love songs. Starting in the nineteen fifties and onward, Roberts’ romantic ballads and playful up-tempo tunes were snapped up by the popular recording artists of the day, including Dean Martin, Theresa Brewer, Jimmy Dean, The McGuire Sisters, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Vic Damone, Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen and Eydie Gorme.
Roberts’ songs have been utilized in such movies and TV shows as “Yes Man,” “The Benchwarmer,” “A Dirty Shame,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Seinfeld,” and Conan O’Brien.
Influenced by the Broadway shows she saw as a teen-ager, Roberts wrote full-length and elementary school mini-musicals which appeal to the “Glee” fan in everyone. In observance of the July 4th holiday, two of Roberts’ musicals are of special interest: “Betsy Ross and the First American Flag,” and “Tall Tom Jefferson.”
Teachers and educators can discover more about her musicals written for a Kindergarten-through-grade-9 curriculum by visiting the Michael Brent Publications website at michaelbrent(dot)com.
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NEWS SOURCE: Ruth Roberts Music / Susan Nicoletti
Video of an excerpt from Ruth Roberts’ “Tall Tom Jefferson”