Saratoga Summer Song + Heart Like a Wheel, songs in the news.

Posted February 20th, 2011 by Anna

Feb 20 2011

A number of people have asked about the Saratoga Summer Song after hearing Teddy Thompson sing it at the Celebration of Kate McGarrigle in London, June 2010. He killed it. Kate wrote it around 1970 after she and Roma Baran had migrated from Montreal to Saratoga Springs NY, home of the Caffe Lena. Kate’s version of it exists on a solo demo of her songs from 1971. The demo was presented to Warner Bros and though she was not signed at that time a copy of the tape remained in their vault. We’re very happy to say that Nonesuch will soon be releasing our first 2 Warner recordings, ‘Kate & Anna McGarrigle’ and ‘Dancer with Bruised Knees,’ all beautifully remastered by Joe Boyd and John Wood. Also included in this deluxe edition will be the great Kate solo demo from 1971 and some songs by the 2 of us from 1974 just prior to being signed and a couple of them also have Roma Baran playing guitar and singing. There will be short pieces written by Joe, Greg Prestopino and myself. In the meantime I’ve posted this video of Teddy from last June. Thank you Studio 54 for filming it.

Saratoga Summer Song – Teddy Thompson, RFH June 2010

Teddy Thompson – Saratoga Summer Song from Studio54 on Vimeo.

Bruce Driscoll aka The King of Nowhere sent me the link to his sweet version of HLW. Not sure there’s an actual recording. Here’s KofN facebook page.
Heart Like a Wheel – The King of Nowhere 2011

New Cover!
Heart Like a Wheel – Katie Moore from her album Montebello. This week, I was a guest on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi and Katie Moore who was the musical guest sang HLW with her band. I was knocked out. She is beatific.

8 Responses:

  1. Campbell says:

    February 21st, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Vaults in 3/4 time.

  2. Peter says:

    February 21st, 2011 at 8:46 am

    This was lovely live – but your comments about your voice were just too naughty. If you were the speaking clock (is that a UK thing?) I’d be hooked!

  3. zz dans le meteo says:

    February 25th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    speaking of “covers” there’s a lovely youtube version of Why Must We Die ? in italian by Renzo Cozzani at :

  4. David from London, UK says:

    February 27th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Is there any likelihood of Pronto Monto being released on CD?

  5. Mike says:

    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    This is wonderful, I was fortunate enough to be the young dishwasher at Lena’s when Kate and Roma first arrived with the Penny Lang Band. Kate and Roma were so good, I’m really looking forward to the demo from 1971. Perhaps ‘Oh Poppa’ is on it. That song and “travellin on for Jesus’ Still sound in my head.

  6. Linda Newlin says:

    December 20th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I want to print 2500 copies of your song I’ve recorded HEART LIKE A WHEEL ( a version of it).
    and need to know who is the publisher to send the royalty check to?

    Thank you.
    Linda Newlin
    Santa Barbara CA

    (805) 729-1663 tel

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  8. Nick says:

    March 2nd, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I am attempting to find piano/vocal sheet music to Saratoga Summer Song for my best friends funeral. Are you able to help point me in the right direction?

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