LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Adam Sandler’s “The Thanksgiving Song” aka the Turkey Song from SNL celebrates its twentieth anniversary tonight. On November 21, 1992, Adam Sandler first performed his turkey song during season 18 of Saturday Night Live. At the time, Kevin Nealon told viewers that a new tradition was being born. However, the tradition lived on far differently than SNL producers originally expected.
Twenty years ago this evening, Nealon told Weekend Update viewers that “tonight we start with what we hope will be a Weekend Update tradition.” He added “Every Thanksgiving from now a different SNL performer will compose and perform an original song to commemorate the holiday.”
Nealon also told news “We couldn’t think of another person to begin this tradition than our Adam Sandler.” Sandler told viewers “I hope you will be a bit entertained and moved.”
The following year, Sandler confirmed news that he would record the song during a performance in Southern California. The song was later released on the album “They’re All Gonna Laugh at You”. The song – written by Sandler, Ian Maxtone-Graham and Robert Smigel – was followed up two years later by the Chanukah Song, authored by Sandler, Maxtone-Graham and Lewis Morton.