What Song Did You Hear Today - On The Radio - Or Elsewhere That Snatched You Back To A Wonderous Time & Place?

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Top of pageBottom of page   By SB ( on Thursday, July 17, 2003 - 05:38 pm:

Each day when I'm driving to either work or elsewhere - I am liable to hear a song that takes me back to a beautiful time and place. I love to hear songs that make either remember a time and place - or makes me want to groove while driving.

Yesterday - I heard "Fire", by the "Ohio Players, as soon as I got into the car.

Today on my way home from work - I heard the beautiful song made by Deborah & Ronnie Laws - "Very Special." I absolutely used to love that song.

Today - I also heard that song by the "Jones Girls", "I Heard it Through The Grapevine." Whatever happened to them?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Thursday, July 17, 2003 - 05:42 pm:

Hey SB! I don't know if you saw on another thread about Valorie Jones (she died)some time ago. Not sure what Shirley & Brenda are doing. I believe both are married. Not sure if they're still performing.

Everytime I hear a Stylistics' song, it automatically takes me back to when I was in Grammar school.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB ( on Thursday, July 17, 2003 - 05:50 pm:

Hey handsome. Thanks. I am sorry to hear that Valorie Jones passed. I didn't know that, and must not have read the thread you mentioned.

They had a great sound IMO.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Thursday, July 17, 2003 - 06:04 pm:

SB, the name of the thread: Valorie Jones of the Jones Girls 6/17.

And yes, those girls could chirp, and are beautiful. I have everything they made, even their early works, Keeping up With the Jones, when they were teenagers. I also remember them doing a lot of back-up for people, like Lou Rawls-A natural Man, Le Pompamoouse (however it's spelled)-Le Spank, Brass Fever-Time is running out, just to name a few.

Back to the duets-

Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager
Ain't Understanding Mellow
(They Long to be) Close to you

Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack

Where is the Love
You lost that loving feeling
Come Ye Disconsolate
The Closer I get to you
You are my heaven
Back in love again

Luther Vandross

Cheryl Lynn-If this world were mine
Dionne Warwick-How many times before we say good-bye
Marrtha Wash-I (Who have nothing)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Thursday, July 17, 2003 - 06:13 pm:

OOPs, I'm mixing threads here. The duets will be properly placed. Sorry!


Top of pageBottom of page   By medusa9e2003 ( on Thursday, July 17, 2003 - 11:24 pm:

well, 2 tell U the truth, I heard a few~
Ocean Of Thoughts & Dreams~Dramatics
A Fool For You~Impressions
(...one of my favorites)~You're All That Matters~Denise Williams
Standing On Guard~Falcons
Love Struck~Enchantment

Top of pageBottom of page   By Do It Again ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 12:49 am:

"I Can Hear Music" by the Beach Boys. From a nice collection called "Summer Crush: Songs We Love To Love." It was on sale at Starbucks.

Top of pageBottom of page   By JoB ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 02:05 am:

...just heard "Joanna" by Kool and the Gang...when I was little, this man at my mother's job would always sing it to me whenever he saw me (my middle name is Joann, hence the "Jo" in "JoB" :o)...but anyway, it was a new song then, and I hadn't heard it yet, so I thought he had made up a song just for me! :o)

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 05:02 pm:

I heard several wonderful songs today. On my way to work this morning - I heard - "Everybody Plays The Fool", by "The Main Ingredients." I was jammin' off of it, for real.

On the way home - I heard - "Who's That Lady." My God - but did the Isley Brothers tear that record up, and especially towards the end - when the guitar players were doing their thing. We used to be taken there when that song was out. That was a beautiful constructed record - and one of the best of it's time, IMO. Who were those guitar players?

Then I heard - "Zoom", by the Commodores. (I'd like to fly away) What a hit! And then - I heard - Frankie Beverly & Maze's "I Can't Get Ova You." One of my faves by them.

I also heard - "Get Up - Get Down - And Shake Your Booty." (The music makes your body move - so come on!) I can't remember the name or the group to save my skin - but we used to disco off of that one. And lastly - I heard - "Secret Lovers." Can't think of the name of that group either, although "It Is Right On The Tip Of My Tongue." That was a pretty and interesting song indeed.

I love hearing the older songs - and I love to try to mention a song title when I post. LOL!

Right now I'm listening to one of Marvin's greatest hits CD. "My Mistake (Was To Love You)", by Marvin & Diana is playing now. We used to love that song in Germany. They sounded so good together on that one (And the beat and music were done up so sweet) - and IMO - Diana certainly held her own. I loved the way Diana sang. I suppose - her voice became so familiar, and contributed to such a staple of hits - that it was so natural to identify w/her and enjoy her voice. To me that is, anyway.

What CD or album is in your CD player or on your turntable now?

Uh-ohh - "I Heard It Thru The Grapevine", is spinning now.

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 05:06 pm:

Was helping Dora do grocery store merchandising this morning. Headache, tired--we started at 5 this morning--knees hurt, then "You Keep Me Hanging On" comes over the muzak at Safeway. That stinging telegraphic guitar intro IMMEDIATELY shot me into a better mood. All of a sudden, stocking Tofu wasn't such a bad gig after all.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 05:09 pm:

SB-Secret Lovers/Atlantic Starr

Top of pageBottom of page   By Handsome ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 05:32 pm:

The CDS in my CD player now are The Stylistics-Rock N Roll Baby (which has Payback Is a Dog-my personal favorite) & Heatwave's Greatest Hits (Ain't No Half Steepping, Always & Forever & Look After Love)
I just love me some ole skool!


Top of pageBottom of page   By SB ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 06:01 pm:

Hey Handsome. And a that is why we're here. Old school and old days. I got my PHD from the old school. I majored in partying - observing and learning from the music. I minored in "Trash Talkin", and then I went back to school and got my PHD in that too. LOL!

I've decided that since we're here remembering, honoring and speaking on the wonderful music of our not too distant past - then I fully intend to contribute to these here discussions by mentioning the great artists and songs of that marvelous and wonderous era. We have no intention of forgetting those sensational yesterdays, and as it pertains to music - do we?. We will never get those days back - but by God - we can cherish and treasure them - and by remembering them.

So see - I hear 'ya bro - 'cause that's why we're here. And one more time. Isn't it something that a lot of our favorite music was made and honed in good 'ole Detroit, Michigan? Here - here to Soulful Detroit and Motown.

The music brings such joy. It brings such happiness. It truly lifts and heals. It still inspires and make one admire the fact that we were lucky and blessed to have known and still know it. It is truly amazing when one thinks deep about it. And it most definitely takes one to another time - space and place.

I have said this before - but I am glad I was born when I was. Although, I am getting up there - I know that time and age is still nothing but a linear line - that is filled up w/memories and history, and that they are nothing to be afraid of. I'm glad to be a part of the history that is dated from the middle of the 21st century until now. Our not too distant yesterdays - were the good old days indeed - and in more ways than one - IMO.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Des ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 08:30 pm:

Hey SB/ I'm risking my memory now to comment on your Isleys "That Lady" question.....
The Hendrix-like solo guitar(not guitarists,at worst multi-tracking) was by the new blood alluded to in the title of the album (3+3) from which "That Lady" came --- Ernie Isley.
Ernie and Marvin Isley with cousin Chris Jasper also went on to Isley Jasper Isley and "Caravan of Love" in the 80's,before rejoining in the late(?) 80's after one of the older Brothers died(I think that was O'Kelly Isley,or something like that -- apologies if I've incorrectly named a brother or two here).
Today in my cd player were :
R Kelly -- Choc Factory
John Martyn -- Island Retrospective
Steely Dan -- Everything Must Go
David Sylvian -- Everything and Nothing
Gary Taylor -- Square One


Top of pageBottom of page   By Edgar ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 09:20 pm:

Dusty Springfield's cover of "The Windmills of Your Mind".

Top of pageBottom of page   By john dixon ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 09:55 am:

I got "The Essential Sly & The Family Stone" from half.com a couple of days ago. Everytime I hear "Thank You (Faletinme..)" it takes me back to Easter weekend, 1970, when I was 15. The nearby coastal Carolina beaches are, or certainly were, a migration point for high school and college kids at Easter time. At 15, not yet driving at night, I was a newbie on the scene and it was so exciting to be a fledgling participant. The boulevard was packed with cruising cars, people hanging out the windows yelling, laughing, singing, and, without question, underage drinking. All the houses on the boulevard had sheets hanging down that had been thrown over the railing of the front porch with either a fraternity or sorority sign or a high school scrawled on it to let everyone know who the revelers were staying in that particular house. Sly's "Thank You" was on the radio about every 20 minutes and was unquestionably the soundtrack song of this bachanalian whoop-de-do. At 15 and just a puppy compared to the median age of the scenemakers, I felt like I was on the very cusp of a fantastic new life that I so much wanted to be a part of and had waited so long to be included in. I was ready to be a full-fledged hell-raiser and if I could hook up with a girl too, that would just be the cherry on top! It was such an exciting, chomping-at-the bit, peering over the precipice moment in my life and Sly's new, funky sound was a clarion call to celebrate. So many untrodden paths laid out before me to choose from, a whole new world to discover. Everytime I hear that song I'm transported back to that moment; now the nostalgic memory is mixed in with a touch of melancholy for an era forever lost but I suppose that's only natural as you close in on the half-century mark, right?

Top of pageBottom of page   By b.soul ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 10:09 am:

I have in my cd player The Moments (Love on a Two Way Street), and The Delphonics (Best OF) and Phillip Bailey(Dreams).
On my turntable The Stylistics(Round2)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 11:42 am:

Edgar..Windmills is one of my fave Dusty songs...from way back.
That whole Memphis album is a materpiece.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Charmedes ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 01:08 pm:

The very Motown influenced tune "Your kind of loving" by Rick Nelson brings back memories of being a young adolescent enjoying the thrill of walking outdoors enjoying Mother Nature after dark.

Strangely, this tune is often conspicuously absent from his greatest hits collections.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 03:13 pm:

Ohh Happy Day All,

douglasm - I hear 'ya. And it was great reading what you had to say. It reminded of the time I heard "Just My Imagination", in the grocery store a couple of months ago. I had already made two stops before arriving at the grocery store - and I almost didn't go because I just wanted to get home - but I just can't seem to stay out of that place.

Anyway - as soon as I got my cart and starting pushing it "JMI", piped on. I then walked around the store w/a smile on my face - and a skip in my step. The thought stayed w/me until I left the store. It was an utterly amazing feeling - albeit though, it was such a small thing on my radar scale.

john dixon - what a wonderful remembrance you shared about "Sly & The Family Stone", and the record "Thank You." I used to love that song. I got about four of Sly's albums - and I pulled that one to the side after your post. I will definitely need a glass of wine or something to go w/it when I play it. LOL!

Edgar - I also loved "Dusty." She was a great singer - and she's truly missed just like all of our other gone but not forgotten angels.

I am listening to "Lionel Richie", now. It is his "Can't Slow Down", LP. I used to play that one to death when I lived in Atlanta.

KevGo - I also pulled out Curtis's "(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below - We're All Gonna Go", album to play today. LOL @ Curtis's title.

Below are some of the albums I've put in one pile to play sooner than later:

AWB - 1st One
Sly - Stand
War - Why Can't We Be Friends?
Sly - Dance To The Music
Tempts - A Song For You
JB - I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me - LOL!
JB - Today & Yesterday - W/the Hit - Try Me
George Duke & Stanley Clarke - Project
Rufus - Refusized
Al Green - Gets Next To You & Call Me & Let's Stay Together
Barry White - Can't Get Enough
Maze - We Are One
LTD - Devotion
Winans - Introducing
Quincy Jones - I Heard That

LOL! I'll mention the others in the pile later.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Edgar ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 08:38 pm:

Eli, you made me play "Dusty In Memphis" again today, lol! Edgar.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 09:04 pm:

Just My Imagination has a special place for me also. Other than my brother, who mixed he song, I was the first person to hear.it. Norman Whitfield came to my office with a tape for me to listen to. I loved the song at once. Norman was laughing because he had just had this run of high energy hits on the Tempts and then this song would be next. He thought it would be a great surprise turn-around to bring this record out. He was right, as usual. So every time I hear that song it brings me back to that day in my office with Norman laughing at what he was about to pull off and me shaking my head in wonder at this exceptional song.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 09:10 pm:

What Ralph!!!??? You go boy. I love it. And I love that song too. It was Eddie's "Swan Song", though. Boo and a hoo! But....I have always remembered that Eddie wasn't in it by himself. Norman penned a great song.

Thanks for sharing Ralph.

Top of pageBottom of page   By janebse ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 09:20 pm:


What a moment. How we envy you!

Top of pageBottom of page   By janebse ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 09:23 pm:

What part of a song did Norman compose? He's always listed with several other people so I keep wondering. And then I hear about his going to clubs and taping "tracks." Was he just trying to get ideas, or did he actually use these "tracks" of other musicians? if so, in what way?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph ( on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 09:30 pm:

I'm not sure how Norman wrote. Regarding his writing and production techniques he would always tell me he had tapped into the fool-proof formula. I was never presumptuous enough to ask him what this formula was.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Jody ( on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 06:40 pm:

Today I heard a great ole song, "THERE'S A MOON OUT TONIGHT" by a group that is still performing, "THE CAPRIS". from the sound of the Doo Whop era.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Greg C. ( on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 08:31 pm:

The "Musical Massage" LP by Leon Ware which I understand is going to be released on CD later this month with additional tracks. I can't wait to get it!

I had just moved into my first apartment and money was real tight that summer of 1976. I had two close friends who were going through the same ordeal with their finances and we'd often pool our resources and do "pot luck" dinners. After dinner we'd play cards and have cocktails. The July nights were hot and a fan would be blowing and you'd hear Leon Ware's smooth grooving in the background.

Odd how some of the best life memories involve simple things like good friends, good food, and good music.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 10:29 pm:

I heard Sadie yesterday and it brought back memories of playing on the sessions with Babbitt and Andrew.

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Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo ( on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 06:15 pm:

Boy, talk about being there....
"Just My Imagination" brings back memories of the summer of 1971. My sister Pamela bought the 45 and we wore the grooves out so quick she took her week's allowance and bought the "Sky's The Limit" album (which I now own). That was a special summer for me because that's when I really started listening to music actively (I was five years old at the time). Both my eldest brother & sister (James, Jr. & Pamela) were the Motown fans and bought as many 45s & albums as their wallets could afford. We listened to every record on my Dad's old beat-up Magnavox record player (the portable one with the speaker in the lid as well as the front!)

And what tunes!
Never Can Say Goodbye & Maybe Tomorrow - Jackson 5
What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me & Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye
I Don't Blame You At All - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Remember Me - Diana Ross
Just My Imagination - Temptations
I Just Wanna Celebrate - Rare Earth
If You Really Love Me - Stevie Wonder

Then there were others....
Joy To The World - Three Dog Night
Love's Lines Angles & Rhymes - 5th Dimension
Shaft Soundtrack - Isaac Hayes
Stop Look Listen (To Your Heart) - Stylistics
Don't Turn Around - Black Ivory
Hot Pants - James Brown
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - Bee Gees
Thin Line Between Love & Hate - Persuaders
It's Too Late - Carole King

What a summer it was...

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By SB ( on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 06:47 pm:

Ok - I just mentioned Eddie James Kendrick (My homeboy) on another thread. And as God is my witness - as soon as I got in my car this afternoon when leaving work - "Keep On Truckin", was on the radio. I was like - "Now We're Talkin' & Truckin'". "Gots to get to your good lovin'." I was jammin'. And you know how you look around to see if anyone in the next lane is checking you out, wondering what you're doing and why you appear to be talkin' to yourself.

Next up was "Brand New", by the Stylistics right? "You make me feel brand new." I forgot the other two I intended to mention. Pityful.

But - when I was on hold after calling my mortgage co. a couple of hours ago - Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Comin'", was on the hook. I was like - no way. Then when I was talking to my brother standing in the kitchen - that commercial for "ATT" came on - w/JB's "This Is A Man's World." I think I've heard and seen it before.

I am now listening to Sam "The Greatest Soul Singer To Eva Visit Planet Earth", Cooke, on my computer. LOL!

KeyGo - that was truly special what you relayed. Five years old indeed. LOL!

Top of pageBottom of page   By CANDYKOOL1951 ( on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - 01:19 pm:

For all who love old memories to be brought back by old jams,Iurge you to listen to Henry Tyler on 88.1 from Highland Park,MI. You have to tune in late at night after 11:00P.P.M and you will hear some songs like Standing on Guard by the Falcons,Voice Your Choice by the Radiants,Tune Up by theDramatics,all the Fantastic Four jams and my favorite early Temptations song Paradise.

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