“Glad All Over” –Dave Clark & Mike Smith

“At the height of their fame the Dave Clark Five rivaled The Beatles as Britain’s most popular band.”JJ Anisiobi, Daily Mail, 5/13

 On November 1st, 1964, The Dave Clark Five sang, “Glad All Over” on the Ed Sullivan show. When they made their first tour of the U.S., they came to Brooklyn! The group came to the Walker Theater on 18th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, can you imagine? That was a favorite movie theater, huge, grand and next door was a delicious Chinese Restaurant where my family and I ate many a meal…usually on Sundays.  I must’ve been about 12 years old and saw them jump on stage after their film, “Catch Us If You Can.” Like everyone else, I wanted to see this British group as they left to board their bus, so there I was being literally stampeded on by the exit door. I was lucky I wasn’t hurt and it was an experience that I’ll never forget. I don’t think I felt, “Glad All Over” at that exact moment.

“Dancing in the Street”-Stevenson, Hunter & Gaye

We’re getting close to 50 years since “Dancing in the Street” was released. Currently, I’m reading Mark Kurlansky’s fine book: Ready for a Brand New Beat: How ‘Dancing in the Street’ Became the Anthem for a Changing America. The book is available through your public library, if a copy isn’t there, have them order it. I never buy books anymore, who has the room to store them???   Love the library! 

“Fifty years ago, protesters were taking to the streets across the United States. Philadelphia and Harlem, N.Y., saw race riots. Atlantic City, N.J., saw picketers screaming outside the Democratic National Convention, and in Washington, D.C., anti-war activists took over the National Mall. It was a tense and volatile time. The soundtrack to it all was one song: Martha and the Vandellas’ 1964 hit, “Dancing in the Street.”NPR site

REMEMBRANCE

“THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE ALIVE YET WILL NEVER LIVE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE DEAD YET WILL LIVE FOREVER, GREAT DEEDS INSPIRE AND ENCOURAGE THE LIVING.”

– Inscription on the grave of James Earl Chaney

This is a sad day in history; Anne Frank and her family were arrested in Amsterdam in 1944 and the bodies of slain Civil Rights workers Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney were discovered in Mississippi in 1964. All 4 represent “those who are dead yet will live forever.” Growing up I read everything I could get my hands on when it came to Anne Frank and Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney and all things, everything that had to do with Civil Rights.

“I looked out of the open window, over a large area of Amsterdam, over all the roofs and on to the horizon, which was such a pale blue that it was hard to see the dividing line. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, thissunshine, these cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.’ These words were written by Anne Frank in February of 1944 – a young girl’s description of life from an attic overlooking Amsterdam.”Linda M. Woolf

One book that really stands out in my memory is We Are Not Afraid by Seth Cagin published in 1988 about the Mississippi murders of these fine young Freedom Summer volunteers. I remember seeing and listening to Andrew Goodman’s mom, Carolyn at rallies, on ‘BAI (NYC Pacifica Station). Carolyn Goodman never gave up, she pursued justice for all 3 young men. “At the trial of Preacher Edgar Ray Killen Jr., the ringleader of the murders of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, Carolyn read the postcard her son wrote on June 21, 1964, the last day of his life.

Dear Mom and Dad,” it read, “I have arrived safely in Meridian, Miss. This is a wonderful town, and the weather is fine. I wish you were here. The people in this city are wonderful, and our reception was very good. All my love, Andy.”Andrew Goodman Foundation Site 

Today, August 4th, has a bright side to it as well, Louis Armstrong was born today in 1901 in New Orleans. I know I recently posted Louis singing “What a Wonderful World,” but I make no apologies for posting it again this morning while we all think about what we can do to better this world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m really glad that most of our songs were about love, peace and understanding.”-Paul McCartney

Happy 71st Birthday Paul McCartney!  I remember sitting in my parent’s bedroom and seeing The Beatles make their U.S. debut on the Ed Sullivan show on a little black and white TV, a Philco, I think. It was on my birthday, in 1964 and I just turned 11 years old. We couldn’t get over the girls screaming and crying. The Beatles composed many beautiful songs, some fun songs, some intriguing and thought-provoking songs and were humble enough to thank many of the great rhythm and blues and black rock and roll musicians that came before who influenced them. Such influences included: Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

The impact of the Beatles – not only on rock & roll but on Western culture – is simply incalculable. As musicians, they proved that rock & roll could embrace a limitless variety of harmonies, structures and sounds; virtually every rock experiment has some precedent on Beatle records.”- Rolling Stone Magazine The Beatles were also one of the first bands to actually express their feelingson major world issues. They played in the U.K. originally and then traveled outside to the U.S. and other countries like Mexico and Canada that allowed for them to have a strong influence on the world. They stood up for what they believe in and made music for the things they love. The Beatles have and always will hold astrong influence on the music industry.”-Lina David & Crystal Pike, 2011

Here are some of my favorite tunes by Paul McCartney:

There are so many more favorites!