“Sun, sun, sun…here it comes!”–The Beatles 1969
Friends, even though the “My Jams” series is based on soul music, I couldn’t leave 1969 without acknowledging my favorite Beatle, the quiet one, George.
Welcome to 1970 my dear hearts! What say you? Are you ready to embark on a new thing? I mean, have you had enough war, anger and violence? I know I have! In fact, I’m packing all that mess up and putting it away so that I can get ready for love!
Now some might say that I probably should have healed “that mess” before I put it away but NOT TODAY!
Anyway, moving on, if love is your thing too, then the 1970’s will not disappoint. Baby, in 1970, folks talked about love lost, love gained and anything else that you can imagine on the topic. Wherever your relationship fell on the aforementioned ‘love spectrum,’ 1970 had a song just for you!
To prove my point, I submit:
My Jams: 1970
“Band of Gold” by Freda Payne
Ms. Freda is giving you the ‘real’ on this one. Here she ‘channels’ a woman who poured her heart into a marriage but, alas, her dear hubby simply could NOT return the favor.
How many people (women and men) can relate to this feeling? Darlings, these hurts happen- but farther up the road happiness awaits.
“Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
“Like a fool I went and stayed too long…”
Here we go again! Another one of those love games! Friends, we discussed this in “My Jams 1968.” It appears that Stevie didn’t listen to Tyrone Davis (“Can I Change My Mind”).
Ok, let me explain this one more time. If you leave, stay gone! Personally, I simply cannot do that back and forth thing.
“Love or Let Me Be Lonely” by The Friends of Distinction”
I really love this song! Whenever I listen to it, I can’t help trying to sing it’s tongue twister lyrics “I can live without love if I wanted to” …. And so on and so forth! But more than that, I live for the part at the end where they groove in harmony “Love or let me be lonely…looooove or let me be lonely…” I used to repeat that part and rock out!
“It’s A Shame” by The Spinners
Now this is one of my top 10 favorites in life! Do you feel me? Can you hear that freaking rhythm guitar with that bass just weaving all up and through? Geez, I just can’t!
Ok, I can! 😉
This one doesn’t really sound like the Spinners. Well that’s because G. C. Cameron is leading. To say that this dude was blessed with a serious vocal range is an understatement.
Unfortunately, Mr. Cameron and the Spinners ended up parting ways. After that, it usually took two Spinners to match one G. C. Cameron when singing this song. Basically, one of them stayed in the low to middle range and the other did the tweeting—that means singing falsetto y’all!
Anyway, Mr. Stevie Wonder co-wrote this jam.
“Owwww…got to, got to be a shame!”
“Precious, Precious” by Jackie Moore
This is a gorgeous song. It reminds me of “Trapped By This Thing Called Love” by Denise LaSalle- no worries; we’ll get to that diva in the next year or so.
“Precious, Precious” tells the tale of a woman who fell too hard for the wrong joker. Regardless, the groove here makes you forget all about that part!
“More Than I Can Stand” by Bobby Womack
Here’s another one of my all-time favorites. You might say that Bobby Womack very heavily contributed to the soundtrack of my life. I am sure that a lot of Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers can attest to that.
If you ever get a chance, ask my brother Tack about a natural tail whipping that he got about a Bobby Womack eight track. Yeah, that little bubble headed terror sat in the middle of the floor and pulled every inch of tape out of mama’s cassette. By the time she caught him, he was sitting in a heaping pile of brown plastic.
There was no recovering from that!
***Bonus: “Big Leg Woman With A Short Short Mini Skirt” by Israel Tolbert
I don’t even know this song but I like it because I am known for my big legs! LOL! Morris Day and the Time wrote the song “Fishnet” about me! Ok , no, they really didn’t but I like to imagine that they did 😉
Well that’s enough of my foolishness!
And so, the time has come for me to say farewell to 1970. As always, this list is not all inclusive.
Holler at me! Tell me your jams from 1970.
Next Thursday: “My Jams: 1971”