MUSIC MEMORIES - PART 1 - THE BIRTH OF A NEW MUSIC EAR MEETS THE 70s POP, GLAM AND CLASSIC ROCK!

THIS IS MY HISTORY, ANDREW GOODWIN, THE AUTHOR OF NEW MUSIC EAR.  THESE ARE MY MEMORIES OF MY MUSIC UPBRINGING AND HOW MY TASTES HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW MY LOVE FOR MUSIC EMERGED.  I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME MEMORIES FROM READING THESE ARTICLES TOO :)

1968 - 1975


Born in 1968 I wouldn't reach my teens until the 80s, which probably explains why my main favourite artists and music are from that period.  How did I get there? How did I find my own identity in music? My first memories were from my late mother and father.  My dad was a big Neil Diamond fan and The Drifters and my mum adored Elvis Presley and crooners like Neil Sedaka, Val Doonican and Perry Como.  I used to watch all the Elvis films and also the Cliff Richard films, they seemed cool to me and all the girls loved them at the time.  I used to listen to all my parents' old singles and albums, playing regularly The Drifters' Golden Hits, singing along to classics like "Under The Boardwalk" and "Saturday Night At The Movies"  I thought I was singing the right words, but who knows!


During these early years I picked up on The Monkees' TV show re-runs and loved these guys, so funny and the songs were incredibly catchy.  Maybe the reason I did not get into The Beatles at all was because I didn't hear anything of them through my younger years and even in the 80s I had only heard of Paul McCartney and John Lennon so maybe I was spared the brainwashing and hype of the band, I don't know.  However, I loved The Monkees and I also vaguely picked up on The Kinks' and all the Motown superstars later on.  I loved songs like "Lola" (although I did not know the lyrical story back then!) and also songs like The Animals' "House Of The Rising Sun" and various other 60s songs I had heard from time to time.  Later on I had picked up a cassette (a music tape kids!) that had the hits of The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Searchers and The Hollies.  This got played to death, I loved these great British bands.


I was gradually finding my own favourite music, I guess my favourite band of an early age was Abba.  I suppose I had a little crush on Agnetha as most boys did but the songs were so easy to sing along with and only years later I realised how incredibly talented songwriters Bjorn and Benny were when I tried my hand at songwriting myself.  Songs I loved during this time were Barry Blue's "Do You Wanna Dance" and The Rubettes' "Sugar Baby Love".  Another favourite was the leather clad sexy rocker Suzi Quatro with her "Devil Gate Drive" and "Can The Can" singles.


It was the early 70s and I was beginning to find my feet (or ear!) in music terms.  I was a big fan of The Sweet, Mud, Queen and Slade.  All quite different but all influenced me in some way.  The Sweet's Biggest Hits was an album I played constantly with classics like "Little Willy", "Wig Wam Bam" and "Funny Funny".  They were tongue in cheek Glam but also proper Rock at times, esepcialy on the B-sides of their singles.  Mud were a suited Pop Rock band that played catchy hits that everyone remembers like "Tiger Feet" and "Dynamite".  Queen were Classic Rock in the early to mid 70s with epic classics like "Bohemian Rhapsody" before they became pretty much the best live band in the world in the 80s.  Slade were fronted by Birmingham's own Noddy Holder, their brand of Pop Punk Rock and deliberate misspelling of words in the titles took music by storm.  


The album that blew me away was Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells".  This record I guess got me interested in more than just lyrical content.  Basically, two instrumental pieces of 20 minutes long,  This probably explains my fondness of Prince's musical jams later on in my musical life.  Apparently Mike was 19 at the time and played almost every instrument himself, bells, guitars, keyboards and percussion.  It was something I had never heard before, it opened my ears to something a little different from the norm.


Artists I had heard during the early years until the mid 70s such as James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and T-Rex, Olivia Newton-John and Status Quo I only really appreciated their work later on down the line as well as some of my brother's Classic Rock collection.  One duo I have always loved are Simon and Garfunkel.  I am not sure who had the records of theirs, either my dad or my brother Mike but I knew of them and had heard the songs.  I still listen to them today and have all their albums.  People say Lennon and McCartney are the best songwriters but I think these two would be a fair bet for that accolade, coming from a non-Beatles devotee of course.



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