I heard a song this weekend that I have not heard since I was a child and it made me think about doing a series of posts about the songs of my parents.
Neither of my parents was a big music fan…I don’t remember them ever playing music in any of the different houses that we lived in. Amazingly, I do not even remember them playing music on the car radio when we driving…..and we did a lot of driving as we moved around the United States every year or so.
We did have a old record player, however, and when I was about ten years old I discovered a few records that belonged to my mother. For the next four years or so I wore those few records out playing them over and over again. The records were a diverse selection of popular music from the late 50s and early 60s and they represent my earliest musical memories.
The following was one of the songs on my mothers records and when I heard it this weekend it brought back all of the memories above. Let’s listen……
The song was Blue Velvet as recorded by Johnny Tillotson. Johnny was a popular US singer in the early 1960s and his recording of Blue Velvet was was a remake. Bobby Vinton had a big with the same song a couple of years earlier.
Even though I had not heard the song in years, the lyrics all came back to me as soon as I heard the beginnings of the song this weekend. It is truly amazing how music gets into your head and sticks with you. Here is another song by of Johnny’s songs from my mom’s records. This one was a top ten hit for him in 1963.
I will do more posts of my parents music in the future. In the meantime, let me know the music that your parents listened to, or had, around the house when you were growing up.