Friday, April 01, 2016

A 50-year Memory: Video for April

At the beginning of April 1966 The Ballad of the Green Berets was still holding down #1. But for the rest of the month what we then called "blue-eyed soul" took over.

Blue-eyed soul (also known as white soul) is a term sometimes used for rhythm and blues and soul music performed by white artists. The term was coined in the mid-1960s, to describe white artists who performed soul and R&B that was similar to the music of the Motown and Stax record labels. -Wikipedia
First it was the original "blue-eyed soul" group, the Righteous Brothers. They took over #1 for three weeks with (You're My) Soul and Inspiration.

But for the last week in April one of the new, younger groups came on the scene. The Young Rascals from Garfield, NJ, took an earlier song they had heard, added it to the shows, then recorded it. It was their first hit.

The song is one of the Rolling Stone magazine Top 500. The group is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they are all now in their 70s. Which in my book is still young!

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