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“Now It’s On To Chicago And Let’s Win There” … 50 Years and Bobby Kennedy has never been so missed.

I can’t express my feelings of how I felt anymore than I did in a 2012 blog I wrote. But today 50 years to the day when this man was taken from us. It has been a more than a emotional week. It has been downright painful.

“Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”

His wife Ethel and his children weren’t just robbed of a husband and dad, this whole country was robbed of one of the most educated, most experienced, gifted, talented politicians. We were most robbed of his compassion and for fighting for his convictions to help the most vulnerable people in society.

His fight for civil rights, the poor, his concern for the sick and the starving. A man who told his children pounding his fist on the dinner table “You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are” and you must do something.

On June 5, 1968 we didn’t just lose Bobby, we lost Hope.

And it has never been the same since. My hero then, now and forever until my demise. 50 years later I still sit as stunned as I did that night… and I have not yet still gotten over it.

11 then, 61 now and I will never forget that night and the next… and the days following.

Much Love Bobby, you will never be forgotten. You are in our hearts and soul.

Now It’s On To Chicago And Let’s Win There….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Was Bobby Loved….. you bet.

 

I could post another thousand and it would never be enough.

There will never be another politician or man again in anyone’s lifetime like Bobby Kennedy.

That Hope Was Lost, the Love for him continues…..

 

 

 

 

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Motown Monday ~ The Andantes ~ Like A Nightmare

Louvain Demps, Jackie Hicks and Marlene Barrow didn’t need Ann Bogan to sing lead on the only two singles Berry Gordy ever let this group record as a group.

They had more than enough talent to be one of the biggest acts to come out of “Motown” and Gordy knew it. So he again like he did with so many other artists literally held them back and put them in the back row with The Funk Brothers.

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A Befitting Farewell to “Motown’s Matriarch” Esther Gordy Edwards.

On Wednesday August 24, 2011 91-year-old Esther Gordy Edwards may have been surrounded by family and some friends when she died but certainly not all the friends this lady of Motown had. For they would have had to have a museum a thousand times bigger then the one she created for the Detroit’s recording studio she founded.

When you hear our city’s legacy it makes you wonder how all that music, all those artists, all those musicians and all those hits got cranked out of a garage ( Studio A ) of a house that has sat at 2648 West Grand Boulevard from the start, but they did. And that house would be transformed into “Hitsville USA”.

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A Solemn Motown Monday ~ ” What’s Going On” ~ Marvin Gaye

” I have never heard any song in my life that the words ring out so prevalent today in 2011 as the year they were written in 1971, 40 years ago “.

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Motown Monday ~ Mr. Excitement Jackie Wilson ~ Baby Workout!

You don’t need any details of why this Man was called this. The music says it all.

Jackie was one of the most dynamic performers to watch and listen to. If that man couldn’t make you dance you were DEAD!

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Sunday “Summertime” ~ Billy Stewart

Written by George Gershwin – Music
DuBose Heyward – Lyrics

There was no other like Billy Stewart. This man blew this 1935 written song completely apart with his rendition in 1966. Talk about explosive, man a total understatement.

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Blues of the Century ~ ” Loan Me a Dime ” ~ Boz Scaggs – Duane Allman & Co. (via Longshot’s Blog)

Blues Worthy of a Reblog if ever I heard one.

Blues of the Century ~  " Loan Me a Dime " ~ Boz Scaggs - Duane Allman & Co. Written by Fenton Robinson in 1967 Released in 1969 by Boz Scaggs Boz Scaggs- vocals and guitar Duane Allman – dobro and slide Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson – guitars Barry Beckett – keyboards David Hood – bass Roger Hawkins – drums Gene "Bowlegs" Miller – trumpet and trombone Joe Arnold – tenor sax James Mitchell – baritone sax I have said for 40 years if there was a song I'd ever want to hear as my life concludes on this earth it is this one. For … Read More

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Motown Monday ~ Take Me In Your Arms ~ Kim Weston

“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”
Written by Holland / Dozier / Holland
Released in 1965

Kim Weston – vocals
The Funk Brothers – music

Another powerful voice of Motown but you wouldn’t know it since this was another artist Berry Gordy just left on the shelf.

Kim Weston born Agatha Natalie Weston was signed by Motown in 1963.

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Motown Monday ~ The Velvelettes ~ Stop Beating Around The Bush

Written by Harvey Fuqua
Recorded in 1964

Mildred Gill, Bertha Barbee, Carolyn Gill, Betty Kelley & Norma Barbee

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A Hot Motown Monday ~ Martha & The Vandellas ~ Heat Wave

Just the beginning of one. ENJOY IT!

Written by Holland–Dozier–Holland
Released in 1963

Martha Reeves – vocals
Rosalind Ashford – vocal
Annette Beard – vocals

Music – The Funk Brothers

Richard “Pistol” Allen: drums
James Jamerson: double bass
Joe Hunter: electric piano
Robert White: guitar
Eddie Willis: guitar
Thomas “Beans” Bowles: saxophone solo

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Sultry Saturday ~ Jr. Walker & the All Stars ~ Cleo’s Mood

Written By Junior Walker, Harvey Fuqua and Willie Woods.
Originally Released in Sept. 1962 on the Harvey Label.

Junior Walker – Saxophone
Willie Woods – Guitar
Victor Thomas – Organ
James Graves – Drums

Re-Released on Tamla 1966

James Jamerson – Bass

Born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., Walker Smoked on Sax.

Cleo’s Mood is my favorite song from this group.

It’s a raw, seductive, sultry bump and grind number. A combination of Blues & Jazz.

I only wished the song could of gone longer like 30 Minutes. But I’ll take what I can get.

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Sunday Soul ~ At The Dark End Of The Street ~ James Carr

Written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman.
Released in 1966 from the “You Got My Mind Messed Up” album.

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Sunday’s Sermon ~ God Bless The Child ~ Blood, Sweat & Tears

Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Hertzog Jr.

BS&T’s version was released off there second album in Dec. 1968.

In 1970 it won a Grammy Award for Album of the year.

David Clayton-Thomas – lead vocals Lew Soloff – trumpet, flugelhorn
Bobby Colomby – drums, percussion, vocals
Jim Fielder – bass
Dick Halligan – organ, piano, flute, trombone, vocals
Steve Katz – guitar, harmonica, Fred Lipsius – alto saxophone, piano
Chuck Winfield – trumpet, flugelhorn
Jerry Hyman – trombone, recorder

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All I can say is ” Lady Day ” certainly knew what she was talking about when she wrote this song. Every single word contained in it rings the absolute truth.

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Tuesday’s Time Machine ~ 1965 ~ Ted Heath ~ Wives and Lovers

Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

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Motown Monday ~ The Miracles ~ I’ll Try Something New

Written by Smokey Robinson.
Released off the third self titled album in 1962.

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My Sunday Feeling ~ Jethro Tull

Written by Ian Anderson.
From Tull’s debut album ” This Was ” released in 1968.

Ian Anderson: Vocals, flute, mouth organ, harmonica, “claghorn”, piano
Mick Abrahams: Vocals, guitar, nine-string guitar
Clive Bunker: drums
Glenn Cornick: Bass guitar

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Motown Monday ~ Gino Washington ~ Gino Is A Coward

Written by Ronald Davis
Released in 1963

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Motown Monday ~ Reach Out, I’ll Be There ~ The Four Tops

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Wednesday Woes ~ Don’t Bring Me Down ~ The Animals

Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

Released in 1966.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ Work Me Lord ~ Janis Joplin

Written By Nick Gravenites.
Recorded Feb. 12, 1969 at the Fillmore East.

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Thankless Thursday ~ Lookin’ For A Home ~ Al Kooper

Written by Edward “Little Buster” Forehand
Released in 1969

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Memorial Day is not for Celebration….. It is a time for Remembrance

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Motown Monday ~ I Want A Love I Can See ~ The Temptations

Written by Smokey Robinson
Released in 1963

Lead vocals by Paul Williams
Background vocals by Eddie Kendricks,
Al Bryant, and Otis Williams
Instrumentation: The Funk Brothers

How in the world this didn’t become the very first hit for ” The Temptations ” is beyond me.

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Friday “Fallout!” ~ Henry Mancini

Just some of the Musicians in the Orchestra on this 1987 TV Special.

Pete Candoli, Bill Watrous, Vincent De Rosa, Ronny Lang, Ray Pizzi, Abe Most…….

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Wednesday’s “Wild Night” ~ Van Morrison

Written by Van Morrison
Released in 1971 off his 5th album, Tupelo Honey.

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Tuesday’s “Taste” ~ It’s happened before, it’ll happen again

Written and Composed by Rory Gallagher.

This song was off the “On The Boards” album released in Jan. 1970

Rory Gallagher – guitars, vocals, saxophone, harmonica
Richard “Charlie” McCracken – bass guitar
John Wilson – drums

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A Real Sunday Soul Story ~ Tony Joe White ~ “Polk Salad Annie” – Stay Strong Louisiana

 

Talk about some blue-eyed soul this mans sound epitomized it.

Born in Goodwill, Louisiana he wrote the song from having been raised and experienced those roots in the swamplands where he was born in 1943. Oak Grove, La. situated just west of the Mississippi River, it’s a land of cotton-fields, where polk salad grows wild and alligators lurk in moss-covered swamps.

White stated:

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Tuesday “Truckin’ Off Across The Sky” ~ The Guess Who

Recorded on May 22, 1972
Released in Aug. 1972

Live at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington

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Monday Mourning ~ The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore ~ John Walker Dies at 67.

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