Cars Radio and Performers

Cars Radio and Performers



I got my first transistor radio when I was about 11 the channels I listened to had Motown meaning black music the Beach Boys and joining them would be the British groups there were others excuse me a couple years ago PBS was running a concert from about 1964 I hope I got that right it was filmed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium or Center I'm guessing there were about a thousand or 1500 in attendance it's a snapshot of how young people dressed and conducted themselves it wasn't rowdy the stones were there The Supremes James Brown and others whom I can't recall now these were the people I listened to on the radio fast forward to the later 70s when the country-western dance halls were popping up for next generation America date night and now White's became known for country-western music the blacks for soul music more music awards shows came into existence and segregated black and white music I don't remember exactly when this occurred sometime in the 80s possibly and black music became known as American music the replacement demographic hadn't replaced so no award show for them yet my memories of Michael Jackson are singing with his big brothers on variety shows in the mid to later 60s variety shows were popular and platforms for singers comedians dancers circus acts etc the Jackson 5 had quite a few hits when Michael died it wasn't until then that I realized he was only about 5 years younger than I was the Michael Jackson most know of today had been repackaged and emerged around 1983 with Thriller now a solo artist with a dysfunctional family yes this became the era of dysfunctional families victimization for many Americans I remember having a conversation with someone around this time they brought up the that some of the gimmicks that Michael Jackson used were reminiscent of Motown you see there were promotion gimmicks back in the day people were inventive on and off the stage James Brown seemed to perform everywhere when I watched him on that Santa Monica concert I had never realized as a kid how hard he worked on stage he was always shiny with sweat I read a book written by one of his daughters about four or five years ago when he was dying he went to the dentist for a toothache the dentist sent him to the hospital and he died within about 24 hours of heart failure his estate and affairs were a mess so they put this man on ice I think for about three months before they finally buried him they had to work their way through the wives and who was a current wife and who wasn't and many other things but on to Tina Turner most people know her from around 1985 when she appeared very different from the Tina Turner I saw appear on the variety shows in the 60s with her girl group she too worked very hard during a performance of proud Mary both these artists had an incredible amount of energy on stage but most of the black groups were cool they did a few steps some finger snapping and appeared calm cool and collected do you recognize that meme Sunday night at Sullivan promoted many popular artists something which doesn't make it into the narrative is the beautiful music that came out of the 50s and 60s composers wrote what was or became known as mood music beautiful instrumentals lots of good music was written for movies theme songs in my opinion the beauty that came from these composers is overlooked my mother had the radio tuned to kab l cable it was out of San Francisco where from an early age I grew up hearing quality music beautiful music show tunes all that yes I eventually became a Beatles fan still play their songs from time to time but I own good music too I attended concerts of other artists at the Berkeley Civic Auditorium and the Oakland Coliseum saw the play hare in San Francisco early 1970s I went to Winterland once a bill Graham type place went to circle star a few times in the 80s the best live performance I saw came from blood sweat and tears in the late 60s singing I'm your vehicle baby it speaks volumes about the old double standard doesn't it Sammy Davis jr. was pretty good too he appreciated his audience there were others like Tony Bennett BB King I can't think of them all now sadly my parents wouldn't allow me to attend the final Beatles concert at Candlestick they said I was too young who were your favorite groups and who did you see perform thank you for listening

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