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Pop songs from your youth that make you smile

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i'll Kick it off with this one. (Love the Video on this, Fab!)

 

 

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In my first teens I remember my sister two years older tan me who have a monaural turntable "Faro" and many singles and some LP's. From these years 8first 70's) I remember with sympathy some ones as Mungo Jerry's "Lady Rose" b/w "Luisito", here in Spain much more popular than their hit "In The Summertime". She have also Rubette's "Sugar Baby Love", Middle Of The Road in spanish "Los Reyes Magos",… 😊

 

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12 minutes ago, josep manuel concernau robles said:

In my first teens I remember my sister two years older tan me who have a monaural turntable "Faro" and many singles and some LP's. From these years 8first 70's) I remember with sympathy some ones as Mungo Jerry's "Lady Rose" b/w "Luisito", here in Spain much more popular than their hit "In The Summertime". She have also Rubette's "Sugar Baby Love", Middle Of The Road in spanish "Los Reyes Magos",… 😊

 

Thanks for your first Choice song Josep, Always thought he had a simlar type waver in his voice to Marc Bolan (Tyrannosaurus Rex/ T Rex) Early stuff in particular, Rick

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24 minutes ago, RICK SCOTT said:

Thanks for your first Choice song Josep, Always thought he had a simlar type waver in his voice to Marc Bolan (Tyrannosaurus Rex/ T Rex) Early stuff in particular, Rick

Despite the fact I have been a "soul music obsessed" from my teens or before, I recognize the value of some pop music with "feeling" from these years (60's - mid to late 70's), for example I found some vocal "doo wop" influence on The Rubette's "Just Can Do It" or some "soul" in the Cat Steven's catalogue, so mellow, and I recall playing one time and another his instrumental "Back To Earth" on wich I found a reminiscence of "Philly Sound - MFSB" (!!??)… 😋

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Anything by Mud , first band I ever saw live at Ipswich Gaumont in '74 as a shy 12 year old ... :D

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Anything by Mud , first band I ever saw live at Ipswich Gaumont in '74 as a shy 12 year old ... :D

That's neat....

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I had a little double wager with myself that this would be a reply , and that it would be your good self that would make it ... Win , Win ... :thumbup:

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Last train to Clarksville  the monkey's , nearly as good as Don Thomas 😁

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IF I skip right past Puff The Magic Dragon then in no particular order;

The Tams.  Be young, be foolish, be happy

William Bell.  Happy

Brenda Holloway.  You made me so very happy

 

Ok maybe the word Happy also makes 'smile'

 

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Funny, but a few weeks ago I was contemplating starting a new thread along the lines of "guilty dirty little secrets", which would have been about pop songs we all secretly love, and have done for decades. Thanks for doing it for me Rick!

Here are (some of) mine:-

Small faces- "All or Nothing". 

Along with the Spencer Davis Group, Dusty, Wayne Fontana, The Action, and a multitude of other artists, The Small Faces had a massive effect on what many of us were listening to at the end of the 60s and beginning of the 70s. It may even be said that these were as responsible for us becoming soulies as youth clubs, older kids, and even the music itself. 

Love Affair- "Everlasting Love", and "My Rainbow Valley". 

OK, I know I know, being a soulie I should prefer the originals. But both these tunes knock Robert Knights versions into next week and beyond. "Everlasting Love" is probably the most perfect pop song ever released, on whatever level you care to judge. "Rainbow Valley" ain't too far behind. I think Steve Ellis, the lead singer, was only about 15 or 16 when both were recorded. An amazing voice and an amazing performance for one so young.

Elvis Presley- "Suspicious Minds", "In the Ghetto", and "American Trilogy"

Yea, he was a nutcase. Cheesy, weird, fat, and lots of other things. But he was also probably one of the greatest showmen the world has ever seen, and with a voice to match. His studio versions of the above songs are great, but the live performances take all three to another level. 

Not a day goes by without me dipping in and out of YouTube to listen to at least one of the above. And every one of them brings a smile to my face. 

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Love Affair- "Everlasting Love", and "My Rainbow Valley". 

OK, I know I know, being a soulie I should prefer the originals. But both these tunes knock Robert Knights versions into next week and beyond. "Everlasting Love" is probably the most perfect pop song ever released, on whatever level you care to judge. "Rainbow Valley" ain't too far behind. I think Steve Ellis, the lead singer, was only about 15 or 16 when both were recorded. An amazing voice and an amazing performance for one so young.

 

So with you on this sir , Everlasting Love is simply perfect ... :thumbup:

Only thing that prevented me posting it was that I wasn't a "young'un" when I first heard it but an early teen.

 

 

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Try this...... www.my45radio.com

Also on DAB/App/Radioplayer/Amazon

 

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After my pre-teen and early-teen Mud/Slade etc phase I was kinda musically inert until late '76 when the dreary dead-eyed 'pop' around was blown out of the water by the almighty "New Rose" crashing out of the radio at 120 mph and knocking me sideways .... :hypo:  ...  after that and hearing The Jam for the first time I was suitably refreshed and a whole new era commenced .

But of all of the acts that followed that so-called "new wave" there was/is one band that stands head and shoulders above the rest as far churning out brilliant "pop" records is concerned and that was Derry's magnificent "Undertones" ... :hatsoff2:

I could not begin to name a favourite tune of theirs as I can't recall them recording a bad one , and live performances were pure energy and pure fun at each of the dozen or so times I saw them around the country ... :thumbup:

Instead of a tune here's a few 'snaps' I took at Ipswich Gaumont back in '80/81 .... back in the days when I was usually the only one in the crowd with a camera and a photopass with the whole crowd having a ball rather than wafting bloody phones over their heads trying to video everything as is the case these days .... :rolleyes:

 

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If you really want to make this interesting read    Alluri  2013  and get an understanding of the interaction between music and the areas of the brain that form memory and create the emotions such as 'smile'.

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First record I ever bought...

First dance I ever learned..

The innocence of youth!

 

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4 minutes ago, tomangoes said:

First record I ever bought...

First dance I ever learned..

The innocence of youth!

 

Ed

I'm surprised that his records are still on the internet ?

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Not sure the band were in on it?

Read the latest stories on R Kelly this week....some of his tracks are still being played at up front nights!

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When you went in a main stream club and saw the moves to Joe Tex - Aint gonna bump with no big fat woman....

 

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strangley enough whilst driving to work this morning got thinking about a few records my mum had when I was a nipper I used to love

tornados - telstar

christian st peters -  pied piper

and everything from del shannon!!

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Reflections of my life  / the marmalade  /  toast by toast 😩

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Another funny pop music remembrance from my teens. This also have had my older sister on vynil and was a smash hit in the spanish air waves. Las Grecas were the "queens" of the "flamenco-pop":

 

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Guilty pleasure, one of the greatest tunes ever! 🙂

 

 

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Noddy and his great barnet!

 

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2 minutes ago, autumnstoned said:

Noddy and his great barnet!

Slade would have been my second live concert , aged 13 , again at Ipswich Gaumont ... but bloody chicken pox struck me down and I missed the gig ... :(

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This one makes me smile, especially when performed on a German pop show.  Don't think the audience quite know what to think of Sparks keyboard player.....

 

 

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Edison Lighthouse, Love Grows (do get get more poppy than that?!)  Roy Oribson Its Over (Still love it)

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2 minutes ago, soulatthedale said:

Edison Lighthouse, Love Grows (do get get more poppy than that?!)  Roy Oribson Its Over (Still love it)

Lived in LA for just over a year, 69/70, and "Love grows...." was on every radio, at least twice an hour. Still can't get the bugger out of my head! 

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Enjoyed this unbelievable track over the years ever since hearing it on the radio as a wee young boy its always stuck with me. :yes:  :hatsoff2:

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I don't knows internationally, but nationally here in Spain this was another smash pop hit. I always remember it whit a great smile and remind me so many good moments from my teens. Jig Saw:

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Steve S 60 said:

This one makes me smile, especially when performed on a German pop show.  Don't think the audience quite know what to think of Sparks keyboard player.....

Russell and Ron .... more menacing than Reg and Ron methinks ... :ohmy:

Think that's the first YT clip I've actually watched from start to finish in four years here on Soul Source , great memories from 47 years ago ... it's nice not to be blinkered ...  off to check out more of their stuff now ... :D

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Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, Hues Corporation...

 

 

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Gloria Jones on keyboard, the lyrics, what's not to make you smile? 

 

 

 

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This other pop one is from my late teens - first twenties…  (first 80's). Spanish Radio Futura and their "summer smash hit" "Escuela de Calor". They recorded one album in Sigma Sound Studios, PA (only the engineer services) entitled "La Ley" (!!)

 

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Here's a guilty pleasure from my youth - 

 

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I played this for hours on end to annoy my parents and the neighbours, there's still a very worn copy in my bedroom at my father's...

 

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11 minutes ago, TattooDave said:

I played this for hours on end to annoy my parents and the neighbours, there's still a very worn copy in my bedroom at my father's...

 

A firm favourite on Stewpot's Junior Choice.

PS - Did they come and take you away?

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35 minutes ago, Steve S 60 said:

A firm favourite on Stewpot's Junior Choice.

PS - Did they come and take you away?

They took my mum, I was out!

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This takes me back to sunny days in the park with music playing on the boombox.

Oh,the joys of analogue tape !

 

 

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28 minutes ago, TattooDave said:

They took my mum, I was out!

When I joined the navy my parents moved house and forgot to tell me.

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41 minutes ago, Steve S 60 said:

When I joined the navy my parents moved house and forgot to tell me.

I just didn't get in touch for 12 years, I phoned them from Hawaii asking if they were OK, and my father said "Oh, we thought you were dead", parents, who'd have them?  (all of us, otherwise etc.)

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16 hours ago, WoodButcher said:

 

But of all of the acts that followed that so-called "new wave" there was/is one band that stands head and shoulders above the rest as far churning out brilliant "pop" records is concerned and that was Derry's magnificent "Undertones" ... :hatsoff2:

 

 

From same 'Ireland' and IMVHO the finest track of this genre....

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From the "same Ireland" maybe ... but a very different outlook on life ...  summed up on the Derry boys follow up album with  "More songs about chocolate and girls ... "   ... :thumbsup:

Jake and the boys recorded one of the finest albums of all time in "Inflammable Material" , still in my top ten albums list ... but they could never be accused of writing "pop" songs now could they  ... ! 

Another magnificent live act though that never failed to deliver onstage whenever I saw them , started sweating as soon as I unlocked this folder of pics so again I'll share them rather than trying to choose a track to link ... :shades:

Again Ipswich Gaumont , again '80/1 , only time I saw them with camera in hand.

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This one was a spanish smash hit in the late 60's, flamenco-pop very funny lyrics and a bass line that reminds me on Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff", Encarnita Polo (the wife of orchestra director Adolfo Waitzman, another "spanish" lounge great as Augusto Algueró, Fernando orteu, alfonso Santisteban,…):

 

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on holiday in the ISLE of MAN...1968..played on every juke box in every cafe - pub  ( if we could be sneaked in ) 

 

 

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and this great tune,never realised how a great a singing  JUDITH DURHAM was till years later,so many great memories from BOOTLE in the 60s..

 

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and the first record i ever bought..

 

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Another pop - disco number by a "spanish soul singer", Pop Top's lead singer and songwriter Phil Trim produced by Ramón Arcusa. This is, IMHO, not only funny (it seems there's a brazilian "cuica" sound in the orchestration) but an injection of joy :

 

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Soul: Limmie & the Family Cookin' - "You Can Do Magic" (beautiful), Rock: Free - "Wishing Well" (still my no.1 rock song of all time), Punk: Sex Pistols - "Pretty Vacant"....all absolute game changers from my youth and still love them all very much.

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Loved this record when I was a kid.

 

Don't call me scar face!

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