My Kind Of Music VI...Pop Groups Of The 60's and 70's

My Group Collection

I'm attempting to introduce you to a few of my favorite groups. In the space allowed I can only list a few, so sit back and enjoy.

The original 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension is an American Popular music vocal group whose music genres are R&B, Soul, and Jazz. The group was best known during the late 60's and early 70's, for such hits as "Up Up and Away," Wedding Bell Blues," Stoned Soul Picnic," "One Less Bell To Answer," and the most popular "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In."

Originally Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo with two others formed a group called the HiFi's, which dissolved, but the two stayed together and formed the now popular 5th Dimension with, Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, and Ron Townson.

As of 1975 the original group disbanded, however Ms. McCoo and Mr. Davis married and formed a duo and had at least one No. 1 hit, "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show." Although I didn't find an official website, there's more information on the group in Wikipedia under The 5th Dimension

The Carpenters

Maybe I'm stretching it a bit calling The Carpenters a group, because they were a duo, actually a brother and sister duo. The soothing melodic voice of Karen Carpenter was in my opinion, at the time second to none. Richard and Karen Carpenter were born to Harold and Agnes Carpenter in New Haven Connecticut, they later moved to Downey, California, a suburb of Los Angles, California, USA.

The duo had a 14 year career, during which time they recorded 11 albums, five of these contained top 10 singles. In the same time period they had five television specials and one television series, that was unfortunately short-lived. Sadly their recording career ended with Karen's untimely death in 1983 from cardiac arrest due to complications of anorexia nervosa. Even with Karen gone, the music still lives on for all to enjoy. For more information check out their website, The Carpenters.


The Temptations circa 1965

David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Eddid Kendricks
David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Eddid Kendricks

The Temptations

The Temptations are an American vocal group from Detroit, "Motown," that rose to fame in the 1960, with such hits as, "My Girl, Ain't To Proud To Bet, Get Ready," and many many more well known hits.

The original Temptations group consisted of, David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Eddie Kendricks. Although the group had many names before gaining fame as the Temptations, it's that name that most of us are familiar with. The group's music genres are, R&B, soul, doo wop and funk. As of 2010 Otis Williams is the only remaining one original of the five still performing as "The Temptations."

During the course of their career the Temptations had four Billboard Hot 100's number one singles, and 14 Billboard R&B number one singles. Other accolades include three Grammy Awards, and a Grammy Award for songwriters and producers who helped make the 1972 hit "Papa Was a Rollin Stone." Speaking of Grammys, the Temptations were the first Motown group to ever receive a Grammy. Of course, there were more awards too numerous to list here, for more information check them out on Wikipedia.

Hall and Oats

Hall and Oats

Hall and Oats 2008
Hall and Oats 2008

Hall And Oats

Daryl Hall and John Oats are American duo, who came to fame in the late 70's and early 80's with hits like, "Sara Smiles, Private Eyes, I Can't Go For That, (No Can Do), Maneater," and more. Their genres are, New Wave, psychedelic rock, pop rock and blue eyed soul. They had 6 No 1 hits on Billboard Hot 100.

Daryl Hall's birth name is Daryl Franklin Hohl, and John Oates was born John William Oats. The two met at the Adelphi Ballroom in Philadelphia in 1967, while appearing for a band competition, each was heading his own musical group. The duo last reached the pop charts top 40 in 1990 at which time they slowly faded from public view. However their music can be heard regularly on many of the oldie stations. This is the kind of music my kids were ashamed to let their friends hear me play on the car radio, but now they are fans as well. As a matter of fact my 27 year old daughter sought out and found their Cd and regularly listens while she drives.

For more information on what the duo is doing check out their website, (Hall and Oats). In addition, for an in depth look at their career, check them out on Wikipedia.


Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

From left to right, Smokey Robinson, Claudette Rodgers Robinson, Ronald White, Pete Moore, and Bobby Rodgers.
From left to right, Smokey Robinson, Claudette Rodgers Robinson, Ronald White, Pete Moore, and Bobby Rodgers.

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

The Miracles and Smokey Robinson is an American rhythm and blues group, from Detroit Michigan, specifically with Barry Gordy's Motown. The group was popular during the mid 60's and early 80's, for such hits as, "Shop Around, Tears of a Clown, Tracks of My Tears, You Really Got a Hold on Me," and many, many more. The Miracles had a successful 19 year run on the American music chart, charting over 50 hits. Their music genres are, R&B and Soul.

The Miracles had twenty-six songs reached the Top Ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including four R&B number ones. Sixteen of their songs reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, seven of which reached the Top Ten and two reaching number-one.

Smokey was not only the lead vocalist, from 1965 to 1972, he was also the major songwriter for the group. He's said to be one of the most successful songwriters, and record producers of all time. For more information on their bio, check them out on Wikipedia, The Miracles.

Conclusion

These are but a few of the groups I've enjoyed listening to, I hope you enjoyed them as well.

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Eric Prado 5 years ago from Webster, Texas

OMG I loved all those groups! Great hub! I vote up =)


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I owe you a debt of gratitude. I read this fantastic hub then listened to the videos while I folded the laundry. (it would have still been in that basket)

up/awesome


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh, goody, goody, you enjoyed them as much as I did. Thank you very much Eric and Fay. Fay, when you said you used these to fold your laundry by, I took a clue from you, and played them while I cleaned my room. I just wrote the hub without listening. I think I'll go back and listen to the others that I wrote, and see how much work I can get done.

Thank you both again, you inspired me.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Freta I love all of these groups and songs!

I used to live around the corner from where the Carpenters had apartment buildings. It was so cool as each building was named after one of their songs.

Saw Hall and Oats in concert and they were fantastic.

Up and Awesome!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Susan! How interesting, do they, the family, still own those buildings? I would love to have seen them. Glad you enjoyed the hub, I have several more, go over and take a listen.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Thanks for such a fun trip down memory lane fastfreta, I love old school R&B - Smokey, Temptations, 5th Dimension! What a fun Hub, didn't even have to think, just enjoy! Nice Diversion!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Freta I really don't know if the family still has the buildings or not. That was back in 1972 I think. But I just found a webpage on the buildings if you want to check it out http://www.jaydeebee1.com/carpenterstour-2.html


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Chatkath, I love old school too, that's why I write these, please go over and read some of the others. See you later.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

You have great taste. I like the fact that you like the Carpenters. I love them and can sing nearly all their songs. (I blame that on my mum as she played them often when I was young).

So, Fastfreta - we just need to see you in action dancing along to your favourite music. :)


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh, hey thanks Susan, I'm going to go over and check it out.

Thank you very much Lady_E. About that dancing, I'm not sure you want to see that. LOL!

Thank you both for coming, see you later


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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

fastfreta, this is a great celebration of amazing musical talents.

I'm reading about the history of Blues and although I didn't appreciate the genre before because of the slow and sad overtones, I've now got a new appreciation for it. Do you like the blues? If so can you do a hub on blues music?


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh, yes DynamicS, I love the blues, and yes I will do one on the blues. I'll get right on it. Thanks for reminding me. Check back later.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

You definitely have my kind of music. They were really musicians. Thankyou for the trip down memory lane.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Hello, hello, I agree they were the real deal. Don't stop here go over and take a listen to some of the others that I've done, on the same subject. I'm working on three more as we speak.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub fastrefa, and a lovely trip down memory lane.

I also loved the video clips.

Thank you so much for sharing your memories and knowledge.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much Eiddwen for stopping. I'm glad you're enjoying this series, I have more to come. Please check back soon.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

You are truly a great musical observer. I always enjoy your review about musician. Thanks for writing this. I am proud to know this from you. Rated up as always. Cheers...

Prasetio:)


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Say thanks prasetio, I looooove music, that's why I write these, and I have still more, so please come back.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a nice hub! I linked to your hub in my newest one about Joshua Ledet on American Idol as I wanted to explain how he had sang The Temptations' song Ain't Too Proud To Beg. Great work here, thanks!


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks ChristyWrites, for stopping. I've got to go over to your hub and check it out.

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