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  •  Thanks so much for this post. (3+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, gizmo59, Aunt Pat

    All the memories comes rushing back about fabulous Motown. I am extremely lucky, afaic, to have been raised in NYC during a remarkable time. I fell in love with my portable radio when I got my first one around 1958. I know I'd heard big band swing and hopefully some bebop in the womb. There were tons of corny whitebread tunes and Broadway in the 50s if you didn't know where else to listen (Mom).
    The treasure that was American Bandstand took us from hipper whitebread music to Motown and sweet Soul music. I 'graduated' from the bubblegum of Cousin Brucie to Murray the K in the early 60s, who played all Motown all the time. Murray the K (the Fifth Beatle) did his Swinging Soiree on the radio and took over where Alan Freed's R-n-R shows left off, presenting live Motown and Rock Shows at the Brooklyn Fox Theater and elsewhere around the city. We always went to Brooklyn because one of the older brothers went to Brooklyn Tech and knew his way around. The shows were always mobbed and we waited hours to get in.
    And what great spectacles they were. Afternoon acts in full gowns, sequins and outrageously tinted tuxes, choreographed to the nines. This was big for 13-14-15yo's.
    When the Beatles landed in NY, Murray was there, under the table like an elf, in his winklepickers and stovepipes and stingy brim. We, his listeners, lived vicariously through Murray and his adventures.
    I loved Murray. When he died, the macabre joke was that he was now known as the Second Beatle, because JohnnyLenono was First. ::sighhh::

    "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes

    Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

    by OleHippieChick on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 06:22:05 AM PDT

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