I’m back with something from history. I was looking for a little writing inspiration so I broke out my old turn table and dug out some old 45’s I’ve collected over the years and I got lost in time. Some 45’s were as far back as the 60’s with labels and artist names many of the younger crowd wouldn’t recognize like Rene & Angela singing, “Save Your Love” (Part 1) with early Mercury Records, “Going To the Go Go”, Smokey & the Miracles with the Tamala label or Brenda George, “I’m Not Trying To Make You Pay” with Gator Records! WOW! More labels like Hi Records, Deram Records, Soul Records, the Duke Label, Back Beat and O.V. Wright, Josie Records…. Anyone Remember back then?
Oh there were more labels like Apple of which I believe the Beatles recorded with. Then there was Staxx Records and Mr Jonny Taylor singing ” Who’s Making Love”, Gordy Records and the Temptations, “Run Away Child Running Wild”, Bell & James with “Shake Down” and A&M Records. Anything ringing a bell yet? Then how about Tenison Stephens and “Baby I’m A Fool For You” with the Aries Record Label. I had many more like Atlantic Records, Sound Stage Records, Hot Wax Records, SHOUT Records and Mr Freddy Scott “Cry To Me”. Any of you Gospel listeners remember Celestial Records? Here’s one that’s sure to work your mind, “Bad Bill of Goods” by The Glass House and Invictor Records.
I can’t help but to wonder what may have happened to labels like this putting out such great music. Was is it bad management, stiffer competition, marketing, change in times and/or music or all of the above? Muddy Waters and Chess Records, “I’m Still A Fool”… I’m looking through my 45’s just playing them randomly trying to figure it out. Such great music that made your imagination go crazy while your body moved.
Here’s one Stang Records and The Moments singing “Love On A Two Way Street”. I loooooooooved this song as young boy and would cry when I’d hear it on AM radio! I still don’t know why! It just made me sad I guess. Remember, I was a boy of about 9 or 10 years old. Sunday nights after church, of course, I’d turn WAKR on the AM dial and the “Papa Soul Hour” while I was in bed going to sleep. The song affected me as a YOUNG boy….. I wonder how would a song like this reach a young boy or girl of today? Would it touch them like it touched me? Well I could go on because I have pile of 45’s i’m fishing through. Not looking or anything particular but just pulling one at a time out, allowing my memory to refresh as I listen. What was I doing? Where was I at? What were the times. Good music will do that to you. I even remember the artist I made my first child to some 38 years ago! Good music will do that. Its was Barry White! I do know a big chunk of this music was during the Vietnam era. I didn’t tell my age did I? lol Well I believe you get what I’m saying. Go dig up some old 45’s and see what it does for you.