Saturday, February 18, 2012

Songs From Youth Revisited

In my last post I linked to a piece by a British writer who claimed that he'd rather watch an old Sherlock Holmes film from his youth than a modern mystery.

This lead me to think of my late father.

When I was a kid growing up in South Philadelphia my father, a child of the Depression and a World War II veteran, had a workshop in our basement where he would spend most Saturday afternoons playing old records on an old record player.

I got a kick out of hearing the old songs, as did my older brother, because the songs were to us from the Stone Age - the 1940s and 1950s.

The only "modern" songs he played were Barry Sadler's 1966 The Ballad of the Green Berets and Brook Benton's 1961 The Boll Weevil Song.

I still recall hearing Frankie Laine's The Kid's Last Fight, Jean Shepard and Ferlin Husky's Dear John and other songs from my father's youth that he played over and over.

And now that I've passed my father's age, it amuses me that I find myself in my South Philadelphia basement office & library, playing songs from my youth, such as the Beatles, the Animals, Motown, Chicago, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers and other groups from my teens in the 1960s and my 20s in the 1970s. (I listen to smooth jazz and other modern music as well).

Thanks to we can revisit songs from our youth and listen to songs from our parents' youth.

You can listen to Frankie Laine's The Kid's Last Fight via the below link:

Jean Shepard and Ferlin Husky's Dear John:

Brook Benton's The Boll Weevil Song:

Barry Sadler's The Ballad of the Green Berets:

And some songs from my youth:

The Beatles' Yesterday:

The Beatles' Abbey Road Medley:

The Four Tops' Baby, I Need Your Lovein':

The Temptations' My Girl:

The Animals' The House of the Rising Sun:

The Rolling Stones' Satisfaction:

John Barry's theme song from Goldfinger:

Chicago's Beginnings:

Chicago's Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?:

Steely Dan's Reelin' In the Years:

Steely Dan's Deacon Blues:

The Doobie Brothers' Echoes of Love:

The Doobie Brothers' Minute By Minute:

Boz Scaggs' Lowdown:

And from my clubbing and dancing days in the 1970s:

Chic's Le Freak:

France Joli's Come To Me:

Donna Summer's I Feel Love:

The Trammps' Disco Inferno:

Thelma Huston's Don't Ask to Stay Until Tomorrow from Looking For Mr Goodbar:

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