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Sweet Soul Music

Updated on November 28, 2017

Mike's Common Sense

You may not know this, (because I never told you) but, I used to be a disc jockey. I am also a rock and roll historian. I am not bragging when I say I have a BIG record collection. I have been wanting to write a post on early rock and roll for sometime. This time let's talk about "feel good" songs from the 50's, 60's, and early 70's.

By "feel good" I mean any song that makes you dance, no matter what kind of mood you are in. If you are not familiar with these songs, take my word for it, down load them into your i-pod, or smart phone you can thank me later.

1) "Twiddley Dee" by Laverne Baker

2) "Funky Street", and "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley

3) "Giving It Up For Your Love" by Delbert McClinton

4) "I Feel Fine" by the Beatles

5) "Shake Senora" by Harry Belafonte

6) "25 Miles" by Edwin Starr

7) "Jackie Wilson Said" by Van Morrison

8) "Vehicle" by The Ides of March

9) "Sh-boom" by the Chords

10) "Camarillo Brillo" by Frank Zappa

11) "Little Bit O' Soul" by The Music Explosion

12) "Can't Get Next To You" by The Temptations

13) "Whammer Jammer" by The J. Geils Band.

That's enough for now, don't want your down loading bill to get too high. For you joggers, walkers, and aerobic folk out there (like me) these make great work out songs. Each one is up tempo, and sets a good pace. Try them, you'll like them!


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      trish1048 8 years ago

      No offense taken, muley. Really :)

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Trish, Touche, sorry to put down slow sappy songs, I do like them also when I am in a melancholy mood. I apologize.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi muley,

      As far as slow sappy songs, I like them because they do say something, they speak to my heart or situation.  I'm not a huge fan of music that repeats the same lyric over and over, although Oh How Happy kinda does that.  This is not to say I don't like fast songs, I do.  And, i think you're right, it would look a bit funny if I drove past some guy with tears streaming down his face, his mouth moving because he's into the sad song and singing his little heart out LOL.  In this day and age, I would be likely to think he's having a heartbreaking conversation on his cell phone :)

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish! Oh How Happy by Shades of Blue is a classic and I can't help but sing a long when it comes on my i-pod. As for slow sappy music, I guess that is a girl thing, I would rather bop around than cry to my music. The songs from that day are shorter because they were meant to be sung along with, something you can rarely do with modern songs.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi muley,

      This brought back nice memories.  My favorites from your list are both in #2. 

      I've been listening to my rock 'n roll music channel just this past week, jotting down songs that I'm going to record.  I just checked my list and one that makes me sway to the music is Oh, How Happy by Shades of Blue.

      The thing that saddens me is how, if you notice, the songs of yesteryear are too short lol.  There are a few that I absolutely love and they end way too soon.  I think most were approximately 2 minutes long, and stretching it would be 2 1/2 minutes.

      While you're there movin and groovin, I, on the other hand am making my cd of all my favorite slow love songs.  Many times you can find me driving home in my truck with tears in my eyes.  No, I don't like to cry, but the songs that I love speak to me.  I do have cds with mostly fast songs that can be danced to, which takes me back to my high school dances.  Those were the days, my friend :)

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      SJM 8 years ago

      Great timing! We just got back from Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I agree on half but can remember the other half of your list. If you go to RRHF let me know I'll recommend a hotel.