My Kind Of Music...Anne Murray

My Kind Of Music

My daughter and I were riding along one day, and listening to one of our favorite radio stations, I say ours because my daughter has learned to appreciate "my kind of music," and I hers. Anyway, we heard a song that I had forgotten, "Drift Away," and for some reason I could not remember the artist. Dobie Gray came to mind but it didn't sound right, but alas it was. This prompted me to look up some of my favorite 60's and 70's music. I hope you enjoy these songs they way I did, and still do.

Dobie Gray

Dobie Gray was born July 26, 1940, as either Lawrence Darrow Brown, or Leornard Victor Ainsworth in either Simonton or Brookshire Texas. This is kind of strange, however I don't want to list it wrong, so I include both names and both places of birth. None of this diminishes my admiration for the man that I call Dobie Gray, or rather his music. Another one of his 60's hits that I'm particular fond of is "The In Crowd." Actually "Drift Away was a hit in 1973 and sold over 1 million copies. For more information check out his bio on, wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobie_Gray

Anne Murray

Anne Murray, born Morna Anne Murray in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1945. "Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach #1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, "Snowbird." Her music genres are, pop, country, and adult contemporary. Anne Murray is one of my favorite singers of all times. Hits such as "You needed me, A little good new," tops my number one chart. For more info on Ms. Murray check her out on her website, annemurray.com.

Sam Cooke


Sam Cooke was born Samuel Cooke in 1931 in Clarksdale Mississippi, USA, aka, Dale Cooke. He was considered to be one of the founders and pioneers of "soul music." During his short life, (he died at age 33), Cooke's success was almost unmeasurable. He was credited with contributing to the rise of popular Soul singers, like Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many, many more.

In addition to his other successes Sam Cooke had 29 top 40 hits between 1957-1964. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement. Cooke also founded a record label and publishing company as an extension of his dual careers as a singer and composer. For more info on Sam Cooke, check him out on Wikipedia, Sam Cooke.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart was born Roderick David Stewart, in 1945, in North London, England. Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling artist of all times. His music genres are, rock, pop, rhythm and blues, and blues-rock.  For more info check out Stewart's website, rodstewart.com/us/home.

Chuck Jackson

Chuck Jackson was born on July 22, 1937, in Latta, South Carolina but raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jackson is one of the first artist to successfully record material by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. For more info check out his bio at wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Jackson

Jackie Wilson

This just happens to be my all time favorite singer.  Incidentally he was suppose to be my husband, LOL.  He was born Jack Leroy Wilson in 1934 in Detroit Michigan.  I found a website dedicated to his memory, jackiewilson.net/JW_pages, yes I said memory.  Wilson died in 1984 at the age of 49.  As you check him out on YouTube, please take a listen to some of his music.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin was born Aretha Louise Franklin in 1942, in Memphis Tennesee, USA. Although Ms. Franklin has been dubbed THE QUEEN OF SOUL, her music genres include, jazz, gospel, blues and R&B. Instead of trying to condense her life's history into such a small space, I'll let you look at her bio on Wikipedia, under Aretha Franklin. Ms. Franklin is and always will be one of my most favorite female vocalist.

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I really like this I might just do it again.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did let me know, leave me your expressions in a comment.

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Give me some people to free my soul I wanna' get lost in your rock and roll and drift away. I liked that too but my goodness as much as I like Jackie and Sam that Miss Aretha, I don't think anything touched me that deep. I'm not even sure I can articulate how good she is. I was lucky enough to have seen her 1 time. Great hub Freta! Peace!! Tom


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lindacee 5 years ago from Southern Arizona

Wonderful Hub and a fun listen down memory lane! Drift Away was a favorite and I absolutely love Sam Cooke. And Lonely Teardrops--what great music. There's just no comparing today's music to the great stuff from the past. I guess every generation says that, huh? :) Here's wishing you a super new year!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

This is the first Hub of yours about Music that I have read and it's interesting. We just need you to dance to them and post the YouTube Video for us on site. lol.

I notice you have two of my favourites - Aretha and Rod. The others, I will check out. I'm sure they are lovely.

Happy Holidays. :)


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Tom, Linda, and Lady_E, for taking a listen, I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you all for your kind wishes. And I do hope next year is as good or better than this one for all. I enjoyed doing this one so much I think I'll do another one.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

Some very good artist hear that have taken me back to my childhood. This is what I call feel good music, that has the ability to move your soul and spirit.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey there Veronica, you've been busy. Thanks for that.


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shyonegb 5 years ago from Australia

Now that was music.....it had soul, it had meaning...it had substance... and you always remember them. Thanks for bringing me back to my childhood.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks shyonegb, I agree, that was music. I enjoyed doing this so much I'm embarking on another one as we write. See you real soon.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Far from being my childhood, those years! They were the middle of my hausfrau & mommy years! But I've loved music all my life and can't live without it!

My music love spans so many decades, some even before I was born, growing up with much older parents and siblings. You've mentioned some I loved during the 60s & 70s, for sure. Anne Murray was tops, Rod Stewart is still going strong & I love him, And Aretha Franklin, RIP, is unequaled. There were others I loved during those decades, of course, and your selections are delightful.

I was less acquainted with others on your list - but I am loving hearing them now. I should know Dobie Gray, a fellow Texan and I really like this song of his. Chuck Jackson is singing one of m favorite songwriter's songs -- Burt Bacharach wrote some of my most favorite songs. And Chuck does this one well. Jackie Wilson - really good sound! Sam Cooke I remember but those years were my most domestic when my musicality of the times mostly came in to me through looking through lists of records to order by mail (recognition played a big part in that!) and though my kids. Somehow I missed Sam. But I can hear that soul sound in his song here. Sad that he died so young. Just look at those he influenced! wow! Some of my favorites drew their inspiration from him, it seems.

A lovely fun hub, Freta! Thank you!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Nellieanna, for stopping and leaving such a wonderful comment. By the way I don't know if you meant the RIP to indicate that Aretha is dead, if so, she is not dead, as of 12/31/2010. By the way I am doing another of these as we speak, stay tuned.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

You have picked out some of my favorite music artist. The videos of Chuck Jackson and Rod Stewart are both mesmorizing. I could play them over and over.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals, I, also, can listen for hours, I actually have some of this very music in my library and I do listen for hours. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Oh yes yes yes fastfreta. I remember going to the Apollo to see Jackie Wilson - I was 14 and that show was almost 50 years ago - wow! When Aretha came to town - the lines would wrap around the blocks. And Chuck Jackson "Any Day Now" - I used to know all the words. Wow! Now I will be singing this song all day - that always happens!

Thanks a million for a fun feel good hub. Rated up!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Bk, it sure is good to hear from you. I never got to see Jackie, (my intended) in person. LOL! Actually I've never seen any but Sam Cooke in person. He tried to coax me on stage to dance with him, but I was too shy. Even my then boyfriend, who later became my husband tried to get me to go on stage, to no avail, how I regret that today. Thanks for stopping by, see you later.


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hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

Fastfreta, I loved Aretha and Rod Stewart. I think Aretha was probably the best female vocalist of all time


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi hglick, glad you liked my selection. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Perfect choice. Thank you for your research and giving all these details.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Freta, That music is great and I listen to the oldies a lot of the time. I am so saddened that Aretha Franklin is ill as she is one of my all time favorites and nobody can sing like she does. Thanks for a wonderful hub.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh I have more Hello, hello, thanks.

Yes Pam, I am too saddened by Aretha's illness. And you're right no one and I mean no one can sing like she does. There are contenders, but none has risen to the challenge yet. I think it has to do with the feelings she puts into the songs, not just her voice.

Thank you both for stopping stay tuned, I have more.


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embee77 5 years ago

FF - A wonderful hub. I LOVE the music of the late 60s and 70s. It was QUITE a time. All the anti-establishment stuff combined with a new popular awareness of different genres, as heard in Aretha, Rod, Marvin, Stevie. I also loved the more traditional vocalists like Barbra and, more recently, Josh. How do you like the youngsters like Brett Dennen and Jack Johnson? I love them for their lyrics. THANK YOU for the trip down musical memory lane. Great hub! And thanks, too, for all your energy and creativity in your latest hubs. I truly enjoy you and wish you many more inspirational ideas for 2011.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks embee77 I never thought of it quite like you did, but after reading your comment, my eyes are open. Thanks for the enlightenment. I must admit I don't know the artist you spoke of, but I do like a lot of the new artist, such as Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, and more. Thank you so much for stopping, see you soon.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love my music, dear friend. I really enjoy all the information about your music, this is so beautiful. I liked all the video. Thanks for share with us. Rating up. Keep on writing. I hope the best for you in 2011. Happy New Year.

Love and peace,


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much prasetio30, I'm so glad that you liked this installment, keep on the watch, more to come. See you later.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Whoo yes some of these are my favorites too. I heard "You Send Me" sung by Sam Cooke on a TV commercial about weddings or wedding gowns, but it sent me back in time. Voted up, marked awesome and beautiful.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Pam, I hope you checked out the follow-up to this one. See you soon.


dj 5 years ago

Good music and info. You truly have a talent, a gift of speech. You have something to share. I Look forward to the next adventure.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks dj, you're too kind. I'm actually working on #3. Stay tuned. See you later.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Any Day Now, Lonely Teardrops fall from a Natural Woman. Have I Told You Lately That I love You? Give me the beat- I want to get lost in her rock and roll. God bless fastfreta!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

WOW, Micky Dee, that's great, I love it, I wish I could do that. See you later.


trusouldj 5 years ago

Saw some awesome footage on Sam & Dave on PBS one night. Great singers, but they were very animated in concert. If you have a cable channel called TV One, they have an awesome series called, "Unsung" which is like "Behind The Music", but with African American artists -- though they did do a show about Teena Marie (blue eyed soul sister from 80s, 90s,00s who died recently). When you hear some of the stories behind these artists, it really gives some of the songs new meaning.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Yes I do have TV One and I have seen some of the shows, but I forget that it's on. I'll have to remember to tune in to the show, thanks for reminding me. Please come back and check out more of my articles.


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mquee 5 years ago from Columbia, SC

Very good! Funny, that my old schoolmates and I have a page on FB just for the neighborhood we grew up in. Just about every night when we get together we post music from utube. Most of it is old school and we hadn't heard them for years, amazingly enough it is actually fun. Loved this hub and will be back to read the others.

I remember "The Incrowd" was a big hit for Doby Gray in the day.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks mquee, again for stopping. Yeah that YouTube is something else, I'm spending more time on it than here on the "Pages." I have so many of these hubs either started or in my head, but I'm in the middle of something else right now, and that makes it a bit hard to get around to finishing these new hubs. Again thanks for the visit, see you soon.


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

Count me in for Aretha Franklin. I must say your selection is a good one!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much jean2011 for stopping and taking time to leave a comment.

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