Soul week with Gladys Knight 1 of 5: Baby Don’t Change Your Mind

I’m the proud owner of two vinyl LP’s of Gladys Knight and the Pips. No finer expression of Soul/R&B that from her and the Pips, in my view.

A week of music from Gladys Knight is, I think, in keeping with the downbeat state of our national politics.  The first in the daily series this week is Baby Don’t Change Your Mind.

Away with the cold wet days, it’s Dolly Day

The Dolly I’m talking about is Dolly Parton, American country and western song composer and singer.

What better way to brighten up the current cold, wet and dark weather with burst of Dolly’s songs. Here are three, Jolene, 9 to 5, and After the Gold Rush with EmmyLou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.

Gives me a happy and sunny disposition listening to Dolly Parton.

It’s a week of Steeleye Span music: #2: Hind Horn

This second of this week’s five Steeleye Span folk rock ballads, is not strictly a Steeleye Span performance. although it contains many members of the band, notably Maddy Prior. Where would English folk rock be without the magnificent Maddy Prior.

Here’s number 2 in the week of Steeleye Span performances. It’s the popular ballad Hind Horn, performed in 2016.

Nostalgia Friday No.5: Dave Brubeck Quartet and Take Five

Well, we’ve arrived at the last of my Nostalgia Friday songs, and lo and behold, it’s not a song but a piece of modern jazz.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded highly original jazz pieces, such as Unsquare Dance, Blue Rondo a la turk, and Take Five. Brubeck’s music took me from the 1950’s into the 1960’s.

Nostalgia over after this. Ah, the happy days of my youth.

Nostalgia Friday song No.4: Little Richard and Long Tall Sally

The 1950’s was a rich era for rock music, many of whom died young. Think of Buddy Holly.  A standout performer of the time was Little Richard. Rock movies were popular in the 1950’s, such as Elvis in Jailhouse Rock. Little Richard featured in the films, Don’t Knock the Rock, and The Girl Can’t Help It.

This, number four in my Nostalgia Friday songs, is Little Richard singing Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti from the 1956 film Don’t Knock the Rock.

Nostalgia Friday song No.3: The Platters singing Twilight Time

Now, I don’t want you to think that all five of my Nostalgia Friday songs will be by The Platters.  It happens that they were big in the mid 1950’s. Anyway, they were good songs, so no apologies for another of their recordings This one is Twilight Time, recorded in 1958.

Think number’s four and five in Nostalgia Friday songs might surprise you.

Nostalgia Friday song No.2: The Platters singing My Prayer

Continuing my look back at the music of my early youth. This 1956 recording, again by The Platters, of My Prayer  was in the first of my teenage years.

Lyrics My Prayer  – The Platters :

When the twilight is gone and no songbirds are singing
When the twilight is gone you come into my heart
And here in my heart you will stay, while I pray

My prayer is to linger with you
At the end of the day in a dream that’s divine
My prayer is a rapture in blue
With the world far away and your lips close to mine

Tonight while our hearts are aglow
Oh tell me the words that I’m longing to know

My prayer and the answer you give
May they still be the same for as long as we live
That you’ll always be there at the end of my prayer

Nostalgia Friday song No.1: The Platters singing Only You

I noted how a number of journalists responded to the death of David Cassidy. Cassidy was a major star in the 1970’s, influencing those journalists who were young at that time.

It got me thinking about music of the 1950’s which accompanied my teenage years. There’s plenty of artists for me to choose from, including such as Elvis Presley. Anyway, my five choices for Nostalgia Friday songs are those that I remember with pleasure.

The first of the five is The Platters singing Only You. Recorded in 1955.