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Music we grew up with

Posted Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at 12:07 PM

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I have mentioned before that I usually wake up with a song in my head each morning. Maybe in my heart too but mainly on continuous loop in my brain until I talk to someone or hear something else.

Today it was "The Letter" performed by the Boxtops. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQaUs5J2w... Jefferson Airplane is given credit for the lyrics on the web but here is an interesting tidbit that seems to contradict that. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1... Can anyone clear this up for me?

I remember this song being popular on the jukebox at the "T Room" at MTSU in 1967-68. Every time I hear it I immediately flash back to that smoky little room in the bottom of the James Union Building. I think I just remember it as the Student Union Building (SUB) but that could be confused with the current building.

Anyone else remember it? I can't remember if the room was smoky from cigarette or frying hamburgers, but when they closed it, the "magic" was gone. I eventually adapted to the new one, but it never had that close feeling that came from the old one. (Duh, it was probably at least 6 times smaller)Thought I would say that for you.

Anyway, that is where I go each time I hear The Letter.

Did you have a song in the brain today?


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There are still many good videos on YouTube of Journey when Steve Perry was the lead singer. You are right, there will never be another to take his place. What a voice!! Steve Augeri (sp??) was good, had good stage presence, but the vocals for Journey will always belong to Steve Perry.

-- Posted by ILoveRoses on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 8:40 PM

CindyMunsey: Thanks for the update on Steve Perry I have often wondered what became of him. You are correct. Journey's new lead vocalist Arnel Pineda is very good, but he is no Steve Perry. The man had probably the most melodic vocal talent of any singer I've ever heard. Glad he's enjoying his retirement.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 1:10 PM

Laughing... I hear you.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 2:32 AM

I have had too many songs that required ice cream. Now I have to eat grass to make up for it. Hmmmm, might not be bad if I developed a craving for crabgrass.

I guess what bothers me most about a repeating song is when I can not identify it. Then it gets even worse because I am purposely repeating it to bring it to a point where I KNOW the name.

It has been a strange mix this morning but I think I have a Doobie Brothers song in there now. Can't place the title and the lyrics are muddy so I a doing just what I mentioned in the last paragraph.

The problem in searching for it is that I see the other DB titles and I immediately start running those through my head and I lose concentration on the original. It is all good though. If I am thinking about this, I don't worry about other, more important things.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 7:25 AM

Steve I want to say the Daddy's Home song I'm talking of is sung by a group called the Delfonics. They are not the original producers of this song, I beleive many artists have sung it. But I believe they were the ones that I was listening to back then, because I recognize all the other songs listed on youtube with this one.

I remember a game show called "Name that Tune". I think it is (or was)the show where they play so much of the music and lyrics then the game player would have to finish singing or quessing the rest of it. I liked that show too.

I know when songs get stuck in my head for too long it actually becomes irritating and gives me a headache. Seem like I remember someone telling me that if I ate Ice cream it would go away. (Laughing) I don't remember if that is what they told me, but it was something weird like that, or Ice cold water or something. LOL.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 1:53 AM

I have not heard it and tried to listed to a YouTube version but my internet is so slow tonight, I could not stand it. Lyrics sure are different.

The Beach Boys and songs of summer at the beach. Whew, I can smell the salt air and suntan lotion.

The topic comes easy. It seems to be easy to many, so I will probably do some sequels soon.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 8:43 PM

Steve,

You are correct. I earned my Eagle in Boy Scouts and I do remember singing the song around the fire during campouts.

David is also correct that it was also played on Dr. Demento's show, which aired on KDF, back in the day and is where I probably most recently heard it.

Have any of you heard the new song "California Girls" by Katy Perry? It is not the same song as the one done by The Beach Boys or David Lee Roth.

Anyway at my job, we can only receive one radio station and apparently they do not know that there are lots of other great songs out there. I heard that song twice in one hour and lost count of how many times during my 10 hour shift. I'm indifferent about it, but that sure didn't stop it from playing over and over in my head last night at bedtime.

Nice topic Steve!

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 6:45 PM

Boy, I am pleased to finally be able to say that was before my time, (not by much) but I do recall Dr. Demento. Betcha he loves Weird Al Yankovic. Weird Al did one about eBay that I sometimes play at the beginning of class.

The reason I asked about the Boy Scout connection was because it "fireside" song they used to use on camp-outs.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 11:06 AM

The "Shaving Cream" song was originally done by Benny Bell in 1946, according to Wikipedia, but was all over the radio in 1975 after "Dr. Demento" began repeatedly playing it. I remember it well.

Remember Dr. Demento? His nationally-syndicated radio show featured oddball songs and was on, I think, KDF at 10 p.m. Sunday in the 1970s.

-- Posted by David Melson on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 10:00 AM

A group sitting in front of the Stereo sounds like a nice memory WonderWhy. I would bet there was a lot of friendship and warm feelings at then end of the evening.

I am sure this goes on today, but somehow I see the gathering having a CD player going, along with the TV, separate TV with a game being played and individuals stopping to take a cell call or read a text. Oh yes, who was I talking to, about what?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 7:26 AM

Were you a Boy Scout by chance HorseGentler? If this is the song I am thinking, you probably had many verses and it was sung to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 7:20 AM

An old lady died in a bathtub

She died from a terrible fit

In order to fulfill her wishes

She was buried in six feet of

shaving cream.

That song, which was before my time and I haven't heard in 20 years or more popped into my head at bedtime...I couldn't shut it off and couldn't sleep. Well I finally went to sleep, but woke up with it in my head.

Today I have spent a greater amount of time, than normal listening to the radio in hopes that I can weed this song out of my thoughts.

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 10:38 PM

I remember my parents getting together with relatives and sitting in front of the stereo listening to the records, my favorites were groups like The Platters and other Motown music.But I guess growing up near Detroit that would be expected. Another I liked, for some odd reason I never understood, was Meatloaf. Then as I aged, Styx, Kansas, Steve Miller, Cat Stevens, just to name a few......I never could stand the groups with screechy guitars though. My husband says Janis Joplin.

This is a fun subject it brings back so many wonderful memories. I wish I was better with putting the name of the group to the songs.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 9:33 PM

Oh Yeah! I loved that show. My brother and I would challenge each other to see who could name the song first. Newer shows now that are somewhat different but still musically inclined are "Don't forget the Lyrics" and The Singing Bee". The latter leans more toward country music, but I prefer the rock-based music. I wish a new version of Name that Tune would come back -- but then again, the old version was great, too.

-- Posted by ILoveRoses on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 8:09 AM

Today's "Music in the Head" is a song sung by James Taylor entitled "Your Smiling Face". I have to admit it was stuck in auto play on just snippets, so I was not able to put music and words to a song until I got on the computer and did a little digging.

I like to play "name that song" when Debbi has the radio on a station that plays almost anything up to the mid 70's. After that I must have turned the radio off or rarely listened to the same thing long enough to know it and identify it.

Anyone remember "Name That Tune" on TV?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 7:14 AM

I wonder what was the missing ingredient in their lack of success? Back then, if the the radio didn't play it, we would rarely hear about it unless we went to a concert. Nowadays it could go viral on the internet and skip the radio but it sounds as if they did not have the promoter they needed. Whatcha think?

The top three performers in popularity who sang Daddy's Home in your time frame were:

Shep & The Limelites - 1961

Jermaine Jackson - 1973

Cliff Richard - 1982

At least the Daddy's Home of which I am thinking

Usher had a song entitled that and it seems to come up most on Google but I never heard it so I don't know if it has the same lyrics. I saw a few entries asking what he said and what were the words, so he may have interpreted it WAY differently or it may in fact be a different song.

Car Wash always make me want to move. I am not known for being a dancer, so I would not be doing it in public unless I was wanting to make someone roll off their chair in laughter, but it still gets me going.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 6:58 AM

Man, that's a bummer about Hummel. I remember seeing the first 'Big Star' reunion concert back in 1992 (? I think), in Columbia,Mo. . They were recording the concert and made a CD from it. I was so thrilled to meet Alex and went on and on to friends about the show. Everyone would say "Who is Big Star"? I'd say, "ya know, Alex Chilton" (he'd done a lot of solo albums). They'd say "Who's Alex Chilton?". I'd say "ummm...ever hear of the Box Tops?". Then it would be-"The Box Tops?". And then finally I'd have to sing 'The Letter' and I would get an "Oh-yeah. I remember that."

Big Star influenced so many modern bands, but never really were popular in their own time. More of a music critics favorite, but that doesn't pay the bills....

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 6:12 AM

The songs I Loved & remembered hearing was:

"Daddy's Home" - don't remeber what group sang it, but it was in the 70's or 80's. It use to always make me cry because my dad was not always home, but I loved hearing the song anyway.

"Feel the Fire" - By Stephanie Mills

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7SmGR_PX...

"Pappa was a Rolling Stone - by The Temptations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s3SNHIH0...

"Car Wash" - by Rose Royce

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v8I5egzo...

Among quite a few.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 5:35 AM

And now Andy Hummel of Big Star passes http://www.jambands.com/news/2010/07/20/...

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 5:20 PM

Alex Chilton and Big Star Yaay!!! When The Letter came out Alex was about 15 or 16 years old. There was a good article in a recent Rolling Stone about Alex.

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 4:01 PM

Great conversation folks.

Yes you can borrow The Letter, as if I could say no. The first link is a music video, so maybe that will get you going.

Did not catch the news about Alex Chilton. I guess as I get more "experienced" I will see more of that. Do you know how old he was espoontoon?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 3:40 PM

CBS Sunday Morning did a feature on Journey a couple of years ago. You can go to their website to see the transcript. Rolling Stone magazine named Perry as one of the top ten greatest singers of all time. Hip replacement surgery was the initial reason that caused him to leave the band, along with some controversy with guitarist Neil Schon.

-- Posted by ILoveRoses on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 3:35 PM

I googled Steve Perry and got this...

Steve Perry Jan 21, 2010

Steve is happily enjoying his retirement. Once a year, on his birthday, he would send a message to his fans via Fan Asylum. In January 2007 Steve had a Q&A session where he answered a lot of fans questions.Also note that Steve Perry does NOT have any Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other social network accounts at this time.

-- Posted by Cindy Munsey on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 3:27 PM

Where is Steve Perry??? One of the best singers of all time and he has disappeared off the face of the earth!

-- Posted by welkindance on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 2:49 PM

The Box Tops were headed by a young Alex Chilton who just passed away this year.

Alex was actually more famous for starting the band 'Big Star' and recording at Ardent studios in Memphis, than for the Box Tops work...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 2:48 PM

Wayne Carson Thompson, an old friend of mine, co-wrote that with Mark James and Johnny Christopher.

He also wrote "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)", "The Clown", and (oddly enough, per the topic here) "Always On My Mind".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Carso...

-- Posted by cats4me on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 2:28 PM

I remember "The Letter" and The Boxtops are the only ones I ever heard sing it, although Jefferson Airplane had some great songs, also. My brain song (for several days now) is "Don't Stop Believing" by Steve Perry & Journey. I know many different entities have used it as their theme song, i.e. politicians, TV shows, etc., and it has been a continuous hit for many years. And, many are still using it as a theme song for whatever their purposes may be. Even though Journey has a new lead vocalist now, no one can sing it or have the feeling in it like Steve Perry. But I think I need a new brain song now, however, I cannot get this one out of my head. May I borrow "The Letter" for a while?? lol

-- Posted by ILoveRoses on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 2:23 PM

What about sharing your song tomorrow?

Wierdest got past me. It is funny how much the mind completes words for us.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 2:14 PM

I meant "weirdest"... forgot to proofread!!

-- Posted by welkindance on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 1:11 PM

I usually wake up with a brain song too. It's the wierdest thing!

-- Posted by welkindance on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 1:07 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.