Hi there friends! It’s nice to see you here and welcome you back to The Over 50 Corner!
Here’s a question for you…and answer it truthfully. How many of you, while you are at home, turn on the radio? Anybody? Ok, let’s try this…how many of you put on a cd or go to the extreme of cranking up the ol’ turntable and put on an LP or one of those things we called a 45 (rpm)? Need I guess?
But, who among you does NOT turn on the radio as soon as you jump into your car? Thought so…everyone of you!
Well, like you, I turn on the radio in the car but, every now and then, there’s music playing in the house whether it be from an old LP or a cd. (I have 3 turntables. Use 2 and have another one standing by just-in-case.) No matter what the source might be, I tend to “turn back the clock” and listen to the songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. My preference? I must admit it has to be the 60’s followed closely by the 70’s. I must confess that, as corny as many of the songs were, the 50’s, the beginning of the Rock n’ Roll era, is still worth listening.
Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and let’s not forget Bill Haley and the Comets had some of us rockin’ though the 50’s! (Ok, I might be dating myself a bit here…) Then came the 60’s with Neil Sedaka and his “Calendar Girl”, Dion and the Belmonts and their “Teenager in Love” but; when you wanted to hold your date close to you, dancing with the lights turned down, there were the Flamingos (Then you can tell me Goodbye), the Righteous Brothers (Unchained Melody) and my all time favorite, The Skyliners with the heartfelt, “Since I don’t have you!” WAIT!! Before I forget, I’m bringing in the King of mood music…Johnny Mathis! Who didn’t sneak in a kiss while dancing to “Chances Are” or “Twelfth of Never”? (Note: I have the original “Johnny Mathis’ Greatest Hits” album!) And of course, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones who drove the girls crazy with their classics. My not-so-sincere apologies to the “Flower Children” out there; wasn’t into Joni Mitchell and her kinfolk.
Now, to an era that most of you fall in…the 70’s! The Jackson 5 dominated the charts, Neil Diamond drinking his “Cracklin’ Rosie”, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Creedence Clearwater Revival singing “Down on the Corner,” The Kinks, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and, one of my favorite bands, Chicago (previously known as: The Chicago Transit Authority) with their or should I say, “our“ song,”Colour My World” (Almost brings a tear to my eye…) These were songs that you could still understand what the lyrics said and sing along! (Except Louie, Louie!)
Ok, before I end this, I want to let my daughter D., who is a radio “typist” in the car, know that the 80’s, and the 90’s had their moments and will live in her musical life forever…just not in mine!
So now, I ask you…Do you remember when?
Thanks for taking the time to spend with me on this journey through time. Hope you will be back again next time! Share with your friends and exchange ideas on the subject!
Who were better, The Beatles or the Stones? The Who or Moody Blues? And the Beat Goes On! Obla-dee, Obla-da! Or, as the classic says, “gotta be rock n’ roll music, if you wanna dance with me!”
Take care and see you next time under the lamp post at The Over 50 Corner!