"Peanut Butter" by the Marathons
This classic hit from 1961, almost a note-for-note copy of the version by the Olympics. It features a video from the Georgia Peanut Commission that shows the life cycle of peanut butter from the field to the factory. The standard peanut butter song. Recommended viewing and listening.
It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
This wildly popular (almost 5 million hits on YouTube) song irritated me the first few times I listened to it, but the pure zen of it has worn down my resistance. I've thoughtfully posted a version that includes lyrics, as the inner-city dialect gets a bit dense at times.
"Eatin' Goober Peas"
The classic Civil War song about peanuts, sung as a duet by Burl Ives and Johnny Cash.
"Peanut Butter Conspiracy" by Jimmy Buffett
A charming and uptempo if morally dubious song about two struggling musicians who survive by stealing peanut butter from convenience stores.
"Me and You and a Dog Named Boo"
Okay, this really isn't a song about peanut butter. But it's alluded to in the chapter about Deaf Smith Peanut Butter, as both are emblematic of the good-natured hippy vibe of the early '70's that I'm increasingly nostalgic for.
"The Ballad of Peanut Butter" by Garrison Keillor
A woebegone (or Wobegon?) sentimental tale of a young man foolish enough to abandon peanut butter for "health food." Click on the "listen" link right below the title and date.
Toot, Toot, Peanut Butter!
A children's song about an unusual way to make peanut butter. Parental advisory: Don't try this at home.
"The Peanut Vendor" ("El Manisero")
Anita O'Day sings this big-band-era classic. Other versions, including those by Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Xavier Cugat, Perez Prado -- even one by Liberace's older brother George -- can be found on YouTube.
"Salt Peanuts" by Dizzie Gillespie
A 1947 performance by Gillespie's band of this bebop-style jazz song
"Peanuts" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
A lively instrumental by this popular '60's-era group.
"Found a Peanut"
This children's song, which I learned about from a colleague of mine where I teach, is an object lesson about what happens when you eat a rotten peanut.