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PostPosted: 03/04/20 9:33 am    ::: Pre-1980 Songs That You Love? Reply Reply with quote

List songs that you love till death that were released before the 1980's came into existence.

Just go wild and list as many as you can think of.

Right now, I'm in a Mavis Staples kind of mood.

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PostPosted: 03/04/20 9:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A List of some soulful classics you might want to add to your iPhone, iPad or whatever piece of technology you use to listen to music.

In The Still Of The Nite - The Five Satins
When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
What's Goin On? - Marvin Gaye
Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
Chains Of Love - Big Joe Turner
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Ooo Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight - The Spaniels
A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
Earth Angel - The Penguins
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? - The Shirelles
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
This Is My Country - The Impressions
Crying In The Chapel - Sonny Til & The Orioles
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield
Sincerely - The Moonglows
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby - Sam & Dave
The Dark End Of The Street - James Carr
Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
Lost Someone - James Brown
Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles
Can I Change My Mind? - Tyrone Davis
Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & The Impressions
Sweet Thing - Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn
Oh What A Dream - Ruth Brown
Just My Imagination - The Temptations
Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - Del-Fonics
Without Love - Clyde McPhatter
Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5
Slip Away - Clarence Carter
At Last - Etta James
Your Love - Graham Central Station
It's Ecstacy When You Lay Down Next To Me - Barry White
We Belong Together - Robert & Johnny
The Glory Of Love - The Five Keys
It's Too Soon To Know - Sonny Til & The Orioles
I Hear a Symphony - The Supremes
I Do Love You - Billy Stewart
Oh Girl - The Chi-Lites
Got to Get You Off My Mind - Soloman Burke
Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John
Try Me - James Brown
People Get Ready - The Impressions
I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me) - Little Richard
Nothing Takes The Place Of You - Toussaint McCall
Maybe - The Chantels
Help Me Somebody - The "5" Royales
Oh What A Nite - The Dells
Wish Someone Would Care - Irma Thomas
Pain In My Heart - Otis Redding
Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers
I Don't Want To Cry - Chuck Jackson
Lovers Never Say Goodbye - The Flamingos
Everybody Loves A Winner - William Bell
The Clock - Johnny Ace
Fire - The Pointer Sisters
Doggin' Around - Jackie Wilson
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
Since I Lost My Baby - The Temptations
The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage - Smokey Robinson & Miracles
Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex
Do Right Woman - Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin
What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted? - Jimmy Ruffin
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
Ten Commandments Of Love - The Moonglows
I'm In Love - Wilson Pickett
Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin
Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials
Still Water - The Four Tops
Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone
Release Me - "Little" Esther Phillips
Everybody Plays The Fool - The Main Ingrediant
If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
I Can't Stand The Rain - Ann Peebles
The One Who Really Loves You - Mary Wells
Young Boy Blues - Ben E. King
I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
A Kiss From Your Lips - The Flamingos
Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
Over The Rainbow - Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles
Thin Line Between Love & Hate - The Persuaders

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PostPosted: 03/04/20 12:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ha. Most of the songs i love are pre-80. Very Happy

Based on your list, i could listen to tunes with you for a loooong time!

Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get- The Dramatics
In The Rain- The Dramatics
Smiling Faces Sometimes- The Undisputed Truth
Hurt So Bad- L.A. & The Imperials
The Wind- The Diablos (78 rpm version on youtube is best)
You Can Make It If You Try- Sly & F.S.
Cowboys To Girls- The Intruders

Two Lovers &
You Beat Me to the Punch- Mary Wells

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PostPosted: 03/04/20 1:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The answers to this question are going to vary dramatically by age.

I don't voluntarily listen to hardly anything after 1980. I grew up on the radio and phongraph music of the 30's, 40's and 50's in my house. My later youth, teen and college music was good ole rock 'n roll, ballads and a little country. I began losing interest in rock when it went "hard" and "psychedelic" in the 70's. I shudder and run away screaming at rap, hip-hop, electronica or whatever all the stuff is after that.

Ever since the 70's I've mostly listen to "oldie stations" on the radio. On Sirius now, most of my listening is to the 50's and 60's music with some occasional 70's. My downloaded playlists on my phone are almost 100% pre-1980 rock, pop, country, folk, Irish, Broadway musical and movie songs, classical and jazz.

Hence, I like almost all the songs on Genero's list.

But I'm old and won't count soon in such surveys.

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PostPosted: 03/04/20 10:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Can’t remember if I have posted this before, so apologies if I am repeating myself. I was at a bar and the subject of which radio station we listen to came up. Because I am an old guy someone looked at me and suggested with confidence that I listened to a classic rock station (never was into much rock unless it hit the top 40). But I said I listened to 94.9 San Francisco which plays what I think is mostly top 40 but maybe with a “hip hop bias”. The people I was talking to had looks of disbelief and/or surprise. When I thought about it I realized that the reason I listen to new music is not because (my initial wishful thought) I am forever young, but because I get tired of listening to the same music. I will still listen to old stuff when I start up a Spotify/Napster subscription after a break, but I quickly tire of it. All the past times I have listened to a song seem to have a cumulative effect, even if they occurred decades ago. The one exception seems to be 90’s dance music which I play when exercising.

Stayin Alive - Bee Gees (and How Deep Is Your Love and Night Fever from that album).
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
September, Fantasy - Earth Wind and Fire

are songs that I will briefly revisit anytime I think about 70’s music. And played them a ton way back when.
I added some Neil Diamond songs (Shilo, Holly Holy, Brother Love’s...) to a playlist a few years ago and gave them a little play. But there are albums from back then that I played a lot that I don’t look for now, like a 4-long-track Donna Summer album, Barry Manilow, Sly and the Family Stone, Stylistics and The Spinners. The one rock album I played a lot was Led Zeppelin II.

One term I got from an XM Radio subscription years ago was “deep tracks”. They had a Deep Tracks Channel which is songs that in the old days would be on the inside of the record. The hits were supposed to be on the outside. Anyway, I have never been a deep tracks guy. I strongly prefer the songs that end up as hits.


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PostPosted: 03/05/20 3:10 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Funny how many of our choices are the same. I love the context as well because I think that's almost the whole point. Horses for courses, as they say in photography.

So let's start here. A while back mrs jammer said that a certain song took her back to a certain time and place in Aliquippa. Nothing unusual about that for any of us. But she told me the song and described the time and place. The place was Linmar, a project in Aliquippa where she lived from birth until she was about 14 or so. The time was the early to mid 60s. Which would be, for us, almost the earliest memories of music. And her trigger tune was 'Tell Him' by Patti Drew from 1967.

So as I heard the song I completely got that moment and totally agreed. Yeah. We were on to something. At that time, my mom owned a beauty salon at the foot of Linmar hill. Same part of town. Also, at the foot of THE hill, Plan 11, by then the black neighborhood in Aliquippa. So you got that vibe that was so Aliquippa back then. Like it was a large industrial section of a big city. Completely urban feel. I mean, the fucking mill itself was ten miles long. Largest steel mill in the world for decades.

So the tune that put me back there was 'Just Ask the Lonely' by the Four Tops from 1964.

So there are a lot of these tunes that just capture what it was like in that time and place. Dark wet streets. 'Why Can't We Live Together' by Timmy Thomas. ‘I’m Your Puppet’ by James and Bobby Purify. ‘Cowboys to Girls.’ etc.

But here's the thing. At the same time, here in LA, in the sweet sunshine and balmy nights, essentially the same music, with a few really important stand out numbers, had become the soundtrack to Southern California cruising culture and specifically East LA Latino car culture.

And wow. So you combine these two things in me. My own history with this music, and the fact I was in LA for the first time by like 14 (1971) and have lived here so long and absorbed all this late night radio and the great radio DJs out here... so it's pretty powerful stuff for me.

So what are the really really big tunes I'm talking about out here?

Well the second most important song in the history of Southern California Latino car culture is...

'Yes. I'm Ready' - Barbara Mason

And the absolutely number one most important song in the history of low riding East LA homeboys is...

'Angel Baby' - Rosie and the Originals

This stuff is more magic than music.

So that's that era.

So here's a confession. Incredible things happen in a person's life. Challenging things that put you into turmoil and conflicts on a scale you couldn't imagine. I always liked progressive rock music growing up and jazz as I matured. Yeah, I liked music from the 60s, Beatles, all this stuff I'm already talking about. The summer of 1970 was unlike anything I'd ever heard in terms of top 40. Great year. I loved early 70s soul.

But, you know, I was a Zappa fan. Pink Floyd, etc. Before that Led Zeppelin, Santana, Allman Bros.

But like I said. I'm getting older now and sometimes, after a rough day when I feel like I've been beaten and hung out to dry...

I sometimes listen to this playlist that has a couple of Embarassed England Dan and John Ford Coley songs. 'Sailing' by Christopher Cross. Embarassed Take me awayyyy to where I've always heard it could be.

Yeah. I'm getting old. And soft.

And then, if shit has been really dark. lol. I've got this playlist that REALLY signifies I'm throwing in the towel. Loading up the car and heading back home.

This is embarrassing.

Playlist is called ‘Snowbird.’

Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

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PostPosted: 03/05/20 11:14 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

jammerbirdi wrote:
'Yes. I'm Ready' - Barbara Mason

This song is played at every family occasion. #Timeless

Thanks to those contributing to this thread. I love to learn new music that I could add on to my iPad.

Here are some more from myself:

Bonnie Raitt - Love Has No Pride
Carly Simon - You Belong To Me
Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain

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PostPosted: 03/05/20 11:19 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yes, I'm beautiful, an all-timer. I wonder if it might be seen as misogynistic bs these days? (Not that she's necessarily singing to a male). Razz

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PostPosted: 03/05/20 11:50 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah. I forgot ‘Hello Stranger’ by Barbara Lewis. (1963) Big here and so captures that time back home.

Shoo wop shoo wop, my baby ewwww...

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PostPosted: 03/05/20 11:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day

So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony

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PostPosted: 03/08/20 11:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Easier than listing individual songs, I can tell you which ARTISTS' works I devoured:

Rolling Stones
Simon and Garfunkel
Leslie Gore
The Nelson Brothers
The Beach Boys
.......I can't even......

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