Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wendy Bagwell And The Sunliters





My sister will be singing this Friday night with the Covington/Conyers Choral Guild.  She might get her singing talent from my mother's side of the family.   My Aunt Jean used to sing gospel music and she actually sang back-up on a record with Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters.  I wish I could find  it for you,  it was called "When The Wagon Was New".  I loved that song.  The song that I did find on YouTube is "Talk About The Good Times" and I really like it, if you listen to it and think about what it is like now, this song seems a bit prophetic to me.

"Ain't this old world taking hate and fear a little too far"....  yes, I think that this might be something we ought to think about.  Also, I wonder if you listen to this, you can see how Elvis Presley was so influenced by gospel music.  He really was a southern boy, you know, and loved his gospel roots.  Now, don't laugh at those hairdos of the girls in this video.  The hairspray companies must have made a fortune in those days, but that was the style!  Now neither of those two girl singers is my Aunt Jean, but if anyone can find "When The Wagon Was New" and you see a very pretty blonde, THAT would be my Aunt Jean!  And if you go the concert on Friday night in Conyers, Georgia, one of the pretty blondes will be my sister!


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  1. Wendy is a MAN??? Now, that was the biggest surprise of this morning to me!
    As for the "good times" - well, I think they were just as bad as today. Just think of everything that went on in the world back then, or at any time during the history of mankind. A human life wasn't valued much over the centuries; there was always war, slavery, abuse, racism and even genocide going on, only that all of this has, sadly, become much more efficient with modern technology.

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    1. Wendy was short for Wendell, but I think he was always called Wendy.
      It's just a song, but I think that if there is anything that makes you think about treating your fellow man better, then it is a good thing and something to think about.

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  2. When I saw the name Wendy, I was expecting a female singer, lol. The song is very prophetic. We were discussing this recently, how the media would have you believe it isn't safe to leave your house these days.

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    1. Wendy is short for Wendell.
      I thought this was interesting in light of the world as it is today, rather than when he first sang this song. I am a non-fiction person and I have no sentimental attachment to any period of history, it is what it is, but I would like to have hope for a better, kinder future and I hope we all do!

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  3. Hallo Kay,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and saying 'hello' to Butterbean.

    On those hairsprays: I hear that Vidal Sassoon has just died and that it as he who was largely responsible for changing those stiff 'helmet' hairstyles of the fifties and early sixties. As you say the manufacturers of hairspray must have made a fortune!

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    1. Hey Fennie!
      Thank you for your visit! And another hello to "Butterbean"! Hope all is well with baby and family.

      Yes, I heard that he had passed away and I thought he was an interesting man, even though I wish I had known that before he died. Still, those straight hairstyles were very hard for me to try for, I don't have silky straight hair!
      Please visit me again!

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  4. Zippy little song - those hairdos are fantastic!

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    1. Hey, let's have a party and do our hair in beehives! Mine kind of wants to go in that direction anyway!

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  5. "Oh Jubilee, Jubilee, you're invited to the Gospel Jubilee"
    How we used to love that show on Sunday mornings before Church with the Florida Boys Quartet! That girl on the left had hair like Vestal Goodman and I kinda liked the hairdo on the right! ;)
    You brought back some good memories. Thanks, Kay

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    1. Hey Dorothy!
      You know I am singing that Jublilee song now! :-)
      I loved that show too! So happy that you liked this. If you ever see a video of "When The Wagon Was New", let me know!

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  6. Oh how I would love to dress up in one of those coral color dresses and have someone make a beehive of my hair. Real tall like. I have PERFECT hair for that. I'd LOVE IT. Seriously. And ole Wendell has a good deal of hair spray on himself. HA! Would love to see your sister and Aunt Jean. Wish I were closer to Conyers ~ I'd try to catch the show....I love ALL kinds of music.

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    1. Ha Ha Audrey, we must have similar hair! And I do remember putting my hair up in a bun and spraying it, and I would only be about ten years old!
      I love music too! My sister's choral guild will be playing a wide selection of music, you can hear some of it on the website, if I could link to it, I would!

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  7. Talk about bring back memories! Yes, Elvis always considered himself first a foremost a Gospel music singer, not a rock 'n' roll singer.

    Hope for a better future, and work for it, too; if enough of us do, it can happen.

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    1. Dear Mimi,
      Someone who loves and cares for cats and you also know Elvis too, you are my kind of gal!
      Amen on hoping and working, let's make it HAPPEN!

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  8. Nothing wrong with those hairdos! :)

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    1. No, nothing at all, and you are a man after my heart!!

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  9. Love the video and the song, Kay. I've always enjoyed good Southern gospel---from both our black and white brothers and sisters. How wonderful that your sister inherited the singing gene! I love to sing, but I'm afraid my love for singing is not accompanied by an actual talent for it. :-)

    Yes, the song does seem prophetic---now more than ever, I think.

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    1. Dear Beth,
      So happy that you liked it! You know I am Episcopalian and I love the hymns so much, but I was brought up as a small town Southern girl and went to quite a few Baptist churches as we moved around. I love all those songs too!
      And I think I have inherited this good singing gene too, but the trouble is, I am the only one who thinks so! (HA HA)
      Thanks so much for your comment! Are you enjoying this cooler weather at the moment too?

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  10. kay, this is fantastic!!!! i love every minute and every chord and every note of this. and to think your aunt jean sang these songs: i just love it.


    kj

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    1. Dear kj,
      And I love every single word of your comment, thank you! It makes me happy to share this, and don't you just love that name, Wendy Bagwell And The Sunliters?!

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  11. Wendy - a bloke! That would be a bit strange over here in the UK.

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    1. John,
      I grew up listening to that record by him so I never thought twice about it. I tried to think what this song reminds me of and since I did this post I remember, it somehow reminds me of the song "Trouble In River City" from "The Music Man". Now, if you only watched movies, you would know what I mean! (Lots of words trying to fit them quickly into the music time alloted.)

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