I've been diggin' around in the oldies over at youtube for a few days, and it occured to me that people might like a thread in which to post their favorite songs from those bygone days of yesteryear . . .
And here's the first piece of classical music I ever loved (and still do). I remember playing this on an LP Album which my father had to mark with an "X" on the side with the correct song because I hadn't learned to read yet. Our phonograph at the time was a big phillips box which stood about 4' high with speakers on the bottom and the turntable on top. It had a big heavy grey "arm" with the needle on it which you had to place onto the record manually (no small feat for a 4yr old standing on a chair to reach the top). I played in our cool damp basement listening to that song over and over and over again.
Here, let's mix classical and rock. This performance is from1969. Watch Ray Thomas (singer on the left) at the beginning. He's doin' that little 60s white boy cool dance, stiff and shufflin' his feet around. Cracks me up . . .
Over the last few days, i looked at several Moody Blues vids. I originally went there because they have entire albums you can play, and i was using those for background music while i was playing a PC game. But i noticed they had some vids from the late 60s, early 70s, and when i checked those out, i was surprised. They were obviously not lip-synching the songs, and the performances were just as good as the songs that come out of the studio on their recordings. So i watched carefully, and came to the conclusion that even if they aren't great virtuosos--not a Clapton, or a Ginger Baker--they're still highly competent, and very professional. I suspect that several of them had formal musical training, and certainly Ray Thomas, who does vocals, harmonica, flute and piccolo (at least). Off to go check it out.
Fri 25 May, 2012 11:03 am
Ray Thomas was in the Birmingham Youth Choir, and in addition to harmonica, flute and piccolo, plays the oboe (one tough intrument!). John Lodge, bass player, went to the Birmingham College of Advanced Technology to study engineering--i guess he taught himself bass guitar. Mike Pinder (these three were the original members who stayed together when the first band broke up in the mid-60s) does not seem to have had any formal musical training, but, interestingly, he worked for the company that developed the Mellotron, an electric keyboard instrument with parallel magnetic tapes for "pre-recording" which could be used for playback-sampling. He, of course, was the keyboard (and, rarely, rhythm guitar). Justin Hayward (vocals, lead guitar and songwriting--he's the guy at the beginning of your vid) had no formal musical training, either. He worked hard in Birmingham bands when he was a teenager, and saved up enough money to buy himself a Gibson guitar. The drummer, Graeme Edge, was also a poet, and wrote many of the songs. I couldn't find a bio, so i don't know if he had formal musical training. I'm even more impressed by their competence and professionalism given the style of music they evolved, and the lack of formal musical training.
One of the members of the original, early 60s R&B version of the group, Denny Laine, was co-founder of the group Wings, with Paul McCartney.
Fri 25 May, 2012 11:06 am
Back to the music.
In honor of the season, from 1970, here's Mungo Jerry: