Monday, June 24, 2013

Pretty Baby


Jim from his blog, Ocean Breezes, spoke of his Dad's 97th birthday yesterday! (Go and leave some birthday wishes for him if you would like,  a day late maybe, but good wishes are always welcome!)  Jim had a song on there that was popular in 1916, and I found another one too, and you might know it from old movies and cartoons, and it is the song, "Pretty Baby". 

Now, do you know what song or songs were the most popular when YOU were a pretty  baby?   The year that I was born, one of the songs that was very popular was "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley and later in the year, "Jailhouse Rock".  Fantastic!  I love Elvis and I love that is the music that I would have heard...along with all my Dad's country music too, I am sure.  How about you? Have you ever thought what music was playing when you were being placed in your crib for the very first time?  
 
I just recently watched "King Creole" from 1958, one of the movies that Elvis made and he said that it was his favorite.   All of those bad movies that he made in the 60's , the ones that everyone makes fun of, I loved them.
I was just a kid, and even I could see they were a bit rubbish but I loved to hear him sing and I always liked hearing his Southern accent,  a real one, not a fake one and he almost always had some kid in one of his movies and I could always tell that he enjoyed them. (Not in a sick kind of way, just a fatherly kind of way.)
 
I think he does a fine job of acting too.  I read that Walter Matthau didn't think much of Elvis Presley, until he met him and worked with him, and then, he changed his mind. 
 
Now,  my purpose of this blog was to ask you about what song was popular the year that you were born, and now I am telling you all about an Elvis Presley movie!  Be sure to look it up the biggest hits from your year of birth, if you don't already know!  (One of the biggest hits for my husband's first year is "Only You And You Alone", by the Platters.  How perfect is that!)

30 comments:

  1. Interesting subject. I'll have to look and see now what songs were popular when I was born. Never really considered that one before. I did love Elvis though and still do. What a great voice he had!

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    1. Oh yes, please look up the music that was playing when you were born. Of course, it would have been good music for you!
      Oh, I am glad you love Elvis too. What an incredible voice and style that he had...when you watch him, notice the people around him, they look so dated, but Elvis looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Debra, glad you like it!

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  3. I'll have to check to see what was playing when I was born. Great post about Elvis- I always liked him, too. He died on my first wedding anniversary. xo Diana

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    1. I was driving home from work and heard on the radio that he had died. I pulled over on the side of the road, I didn't trust myself to continue driving.
      I've never seen Graceland and I don't have any shrines to Elvis or anything, I have just always liked him.

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  4. Since i was born in the summer of '63, i'm going to figure whatever it was, it had a British accent! LOL

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    1. I just looked it up and there were some great hits in 1963. Surfing USA by the Beach Boys was a big hit, that's a good one to hear as a baby!!
      I loved all the British bands (you might could guess this) but I also loved the American ones too! xx The 60's decade was a turbulent time but as a kid, I just remember the music.

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  5. Tie A Yellow Ribbon was the top hit the year I was born. But so were several of my favorite songs ~ Killing Me Softly, Let's Get It On, etc. 70's music has always been my favorite!!!

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    1. I agree there was some really good music from the 70's!
      There was some pretty bad songs too, and I know this since often, they put the 70's music radio station on at work, and I promise you they only put the WORST songs from that decade on that radio. Go figure!! ;-)
      (All the good songs from the 70's reminds me of skating!!)

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  6. I have fantasized about Elvis being my biological father since where I was born is only around 60 miles northeast of Memphis, but not on account of his music. For I only like a few of the hundreds of songs he had such great success with, but I would cherish a piece of every dime he made! Since Sam Walton (Wal-Mart) opened his first hardware store in Newport, he had some time in my daydreams, as well. Sigh.

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    1. Oh, you might not know this, but I am convinced that I am related to Elvis. People look at me as if I have told them that I believe I am Napoleon Bonaparte, but honestly, Elvis was poor enough and low class enough, then he could be related to my people. OH, my male relatives look so much like him!
      I loved his being Southern and not trying to hide it and celebrating his gospel roots! He didn't like being called the King, because he said there was only one King. I loved that.

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  7. Kay, look what I started!! Love it! 'Buttons and Bows' was a hit by Dinah Shore the year I was born....1948.
    Is that you on that 'covered bridge'?

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    1. Buttons and Bows, that's the sweetest song for a baby!!

      Oh yes, you are an INSpiration to me. Thank you! And I hope you let your Dad know that he inspired this too!!

      Yes, that is me on the covered bridge, Richard took that on Stone Mountain on our 30th anniversary. We really go all out on our celebrations!! :-)

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  8. I was born in 1951, and Tony Bennett had 2 top 10 hits that year. He's still going strong! What a remarkable man.

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    1. Hey Terry,
      Tony Bennett, what a smooth voice, very nice for your musical entry into the world! xx

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  9. I had to look that up ASAP! "How much is that Doggie in the Window" by Patti Page and "Cheating Heart" by Hank Williams...also Dean Martin was up there with "Amore"....'53 was a hopping year! Ha!

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    1. HEy, hey! 1953 was a good year then!
      We had that record "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window", and you KNOW my Dad had "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams!! My Mom loved Dean Martin! Thanks for your comment, keep listening to the music!! xx

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  10. Dear Kay, thinking of these Elvis movies brought a smile to my face :-)
    When I attended Librarian school, I was away at school for the week and came home on Friday afternoons. Usually, my Mum would have coffee and some cake or something waiting for me, and we'd sit down together in our small living room, watching one of these movies, laughing about them (like you, we knew they were "a bit rubbish" but enjoyed them nonetheless) and talking about the past week and what was in store for the weekend.

    I was born in 1968 and I know that my parents did listen to The Beatles and a lot of other music that was popular with young people at the time. My Mum was almost 24 and my Dad 26 at the time of my birth, so they were still very much interested in music they could dance to. Don't know what would have been any one particular song on the radio in Germany in March 1968, but to this day, I really like 60s music!

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    1. Dear Meike,
      How nice that you have these nice memories of the movies of Elvis too! My sister and I went to the movie theatre by oursevles (we were dropped off) and saw every Elvis movie, every beach movie and every single SCARY movie that they showed! Looking back, I wonder at the wisdom of leaving us like that, but hey, I survived!
      I looked it up, and the BIGGEST hit here in the USA for March of 1968 was "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding, a wonderful singer from right here in Macon, GA!!!
      Tragically, he died the following year in a plane crash.
      If you don't know this song, look it up, it sounds just as good today as it did then, my test of a good song!! (Ask your Mom & DAd,I am sure they would know it.)

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    2. Oh, I just thought of this today and I looked it up to be sure...Otis Redding recorded the song in December 1967 but died in a plane crash just after the recording was made. The song was released after his death in March of 1968.
      He was only 26 years old.

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    3. I do know the song and I like it, Kay. Looks like there were quite a few musicians in the 1950s and 60s who died in plane crashes, and way too young. How sad!

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    4. I thought you would know it but I wanted to make sure!!

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  11. They didn't have songs the year I was born......

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    1. Oh, you are too funny.

      Chas & Dave did a good one that reminds me of you, "Mustn't GRumble"! :-) (It's a good song, by the way, I am NOT picking on you. I sing it all the time.)

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  12. What a fun post! The year I was born included these songs that I really like:

    "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" (Rolling Stones)
    "Yesterday" (Beatles)
    "The Sounds Of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkel)

    I love that bridge photo. It is amazing!

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    1. Hey Martha!
      Thank you!
      1965, I remember it well! I thought that was the right year but I looked it up, just to make sure. (I never trust my memory!) 1965 had me racing home to jump on my bike and go flying down hills with my long hair whipping out behind me (no helmets!) and then, listening to SHINDIG on TV with all the music!
      Hey, glad you like the covered bridge! It is from Stone Mountain, of course, taken by Richard, and I am trying to hide behind the wooden slats!

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  13. You grumble, NEVER!
    One of my favorites from Winnie The Pooh is Eeyore, reminds me of myself, I suppose!! ;-)

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