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Musical Reflections Of Songs By Black Musicians From 1962 To 1963-Part 1

By Edited Oct 26, 2016 0 0

Artist Name: Barbara George

Song Name: I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)

Composer: Barbara George

Release Date: January 1962

Record Label:  A.F.O.

Chart Peak Position: Pop: 3 and R&B: 1

 This song has an addictive quality to it because when I heard it for the first time I just kept on wanting to replay it over and over again. One of the reasons why I think I find the song to be so good is because the listener can tell that Barbara George feels strongly about the lyrics she is singing. This is evident through the tone of her voice while she is singing. The lyrics of the song are about how her lover no longer cares for her like he did before, and she will not stand for being with someone who does not love her anymore. I think this is a great message to send to females across the world because I am a strong believer in the fact that if you are not being treated the way you deserve, you should change your situation.

 Artist Name: Clyde McPhatter

Song Name: Lover Please

Composer: Billy Swan

Release Date: March 1962

Record Label: Mercury

Chart Peak Position: Pop: 7 and R&B: 4

 I feel the message of this song sung by Clyde McPhatter is to never let go of the one you truly love. I came to this conclusion because the lyrics of the song revolve around the singer begging and pleading for his lover to come back home to him. The singer sings about if his lover does not come back to him he will be left in misery. Despite the romantic nature of what he is trying to do which is to win his lover back, I feel that this song is desperate in nature. I could never see myself begging for someone to come back because I think that there must be a reason why he or she left in the first place. Also, when I was listening to this song it made me want to clap my hands to the beat of it, because it was so catchy.

 Artist Name: Sam Cooke

Song Name: Twistin' The Night Away                                                       

Composer:  Sam Cooke

Release Date: March 1962

Record Label: Keen

Chart Peak Position: Pop: 9 and R&B: 1

 Ever since I heard one of Sam Cooke’s songs played in class, I have become one of his number one fans. I think his voice is so magical and addicting that I just cannot get enough of it. His voice in this song is nonetheless no different. From the very beginning of this song I felt it had a jazz feel to it and I can picture the dance floor of a little jazz club being full of happy dancers. The song speaks about how individuals from New York like to dance the whole night through, more specifically they like to twist. This is a dancing song which automatically puts it in the category of being a feel good song, because there is never a time when you are dancing and do not feel great.

 Artist Name: Dee Dee Sharp

Song Name:  Mashed Potato Time

Composer:  Brianhert, Jon Sheldon

Release Date: April 1962

Record Label: Cameo    

Chart Peak Position: Pop: 2 and R&B: 1

 The mashed potato is an actual dance that has been danced by millions of people ever since the song was released. The lyrics of the song explain how it is the newest craze and how it is such a fun and exciting dance. I think songs such as these which come along with a specific dance were great for teenagers. The reason I think these songs benefited teenagers is because it gave them something to do with their time, instead of going out to cause trouble. My overall rating for this song is not too good because I did not find this song very intriguing. Once the song was complete, there was nothing I was able to say was original about it. Perhaps if the song was generally faster it would have been more exciting in my eyes.

 Artist Name: King Curtis

Song Name: Soul Twist

Composer:  King Curtis

Release Date:  April 1962

Record Label: Enjoy

Chart Peak Position: Pop:17 and R&B: 1

 While listening to this song by King Curtis, I could not help but think about a past experience that I went through because it reminds me of when I was at a wedding with my family. This song was playing while we were eating dinner while some of my family members were in an argument. I can state that listening to this song is what helped me get through the situation and still enjoy my dinner. I think it is because of the melody of the song that just takes you away in your own world. Hopefully this song helped  other people the same way when they listen to it; just to feel the music inside of you and not care what is going on around you.

 Artist Name: The Isley Brothers

Song Name: Twist And Shout

Composer:  Medley, Russell

Release Date:  June 1962

Record Label:  Wand

Chart Peak Position: Pop: 17 and R&B: 2

 This song had the power to bring me all the way back to the year of 2007. The reason this song made me think about that specific year is because I can distinctively recall dancing to this song with a group of my best friends, just moments before the countdown began to ring in the New Year. Listening to this song left me with a positive feeling because I love to be around my best friends especially when we out dancing the night away with one another. The idea behind this song is that someone is attracted to the way in which another person moves their body on the dance floor. I think this has to do with having that special spark and attraction for another individual. Furthermore, I truly enjoyed the great memories this song had the ability to resurface in my mind.

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