The Door To Yesterday Vol 3 No 24 Alan Warner 2019

 

 

 

Once Upon A Time...in 1969 Superlative 45s from a Notable Year. Alan Warner. The Door To Yesterday.

With his latest film “Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood”, Quentin Tarantino has proved once more

 than he is his own superb music supervisor. The soundtrack fairly sizzles with a fascinating string 

of vintage records from the mid to late 1960’s ranging from TREAT HER RIGHT by 

Roy Head & The Traits and Deep Purple’s version of Joe South’s HUSH 

to Neil Diamond’s BROTHER LOVE’S TRAVELING SALVATION SHOW 

and no less than three cuts by Paul Revere & The Raiders.


 Added to this exceptional mix is a selection of actual radio station idents, DJ voices 

and commercials, a  number of which also appear on the movie’s soundtrack album. 


Having spent my first years in the record industry beginning in 1961, the sixties were 

incredibly important to me and after seeing Mr. Tarantino’s  movie, I started thinking 

of records from that era which I still love hearing today. 


1969 began with Marvin Gaye’s I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE at the top of 

Billboard’s Hot 100 and closed out with SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER 

by Diana Ross & The Supremes in the same pole position. 


However, in the list below, I’ve deliberately not included indisputable major hits by 

The Beatles, The Stones, etc etc, and I’m even featuring a few ‘69 singles that I didn’t 

discover until some years later. 


So here goes with 20 of my personal faves... 


AIN’T THAT PECULIAR 

(Warren Moore/Smokey Robinson/Robert Rogers/Marv Tarplin)

 by George Tindley

A Lynnewood Prod. for John Madara Enterprises

Arr: Tom Sellers 

(Wand: 1969)

 https://youtu.be/jim77NOpqtA

  Originally a 1965 hit for Marvin Gaye, 

 the song was revived here with an hypnotic groove by a singer from Philadelphia.


BABY I’M FOR REAL 

(Marvin Gaye/Anna Gordy)

 by The Originals

Pro: Marvin Gaye & Richard Morris

 (Soul: 1969) 

https://youtu.be/Qg-vXFBBFTY

  Motown’s The Originals featured Freddie Gorman

co-writer of the Marvelettes’ PLEASE MR. POSTMAN.

Mel and Tim. The door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019

 BACKFIELD IN MOTION 

(Mel Harden/Tim McPherson)

 by Mel & Tim

Pro: Karl & Chandler Prods. 

(Bamboo: 1969)

  https://youtu.be/X4qJYUHLtuU 

 Produced by Gene ‘Duke Of Earl’Chandler 

for his own Bamboo label.  


CHOICE OF COLORS 

(Curtis Mayfield) by The Impressions

Pro: Curtis Mayfield

Arr: Donny Hathaway & Johnny Pate 

(Curtom:  1969) 

https://youtu.be/kX8iJ5pvsBQ  

One of Curtis’s impassioned civil rights-themed anthems. 


CISSY STRUT 

(Leo Nocentelli/Art Neville/

George Porter/Joseph Modeliste) 

by The Meters

Pro: Allen Toussaint & Marshall E. Sehorn 

(Josie: 1969)

 https://youtu.be/Nd3yDoOyvbY 

 The Meters are New Orleans’ princes of funk.


EVERYTHING I DO GONH BE FUNKY (From Now On) 

(Allen Toussaint) by Lee Dorsey

Pro: Marshall Sehorn & Allen Toussasint

Arr: Allen Toussaint 

(Bell: 1969) https://youtu.be/DKpucBPlUFw 

Sublimely covered by jazzman 

Lou Donaldson on Blue Note in ’70.


FEELING ALRIGHT 

(Dave Mason) 

by Joe Cocker

Pro: Denny Cordell

 (A&M: 1969)

https://youtu.be/zIIzp9cqyUk

Backing vocals by Brenda Holloway,

 Merry Clayton & Patrice Holloway.

 Dave Mason was an original member of Traffic.


I LIKE WHAT YOU’RE DOING (To Me)

(Bettye Crutcher/Homer Banks/Raymond Jackson) 

by Carla Thomas 

(Stax: 1969) 

Stax soul queen Carla’s last major seller. https://youtu.be/gNoPT-jZFlE


ISRAELITES 

(Desmond Dekker/Leslie Kong) 

by Desmond Dekker & The Aces

Pro: Leslie Kong 

(Uni: 1969) 

https://youtu.be/83Y2hv-3UCM  

Solid gold reggae smash by Jamaican

 artist Desmond Dekker.


LODI

 (John Fogerty) 

by Al Wilson

Pro: Johnny Rivers 

(Soul City: 1969) https://youtu.be/sLxbd0Nfbhk 

 Al Wilson clocked up a major 1973 seller with 

SHOW AND TELL but this was a notable earlier 45

 of a Creedence Clearwater song on

 Johnny Rivers’s Soul City label.

Sir Douglas Quintet. The Door To Yesterday. 2019. Alan Warner.

MENDOCINO 

(Doug Sahm) by Sir Douglas Quintet

Pro: Amigos De Musica 

(Smash: 1969)

 https://youtu.be/Zb45eHZJh0M

The quintet was Doug Sahm’s Tex-Mex group 

who had also memorably scored with

 SHE’S ABOUT A MOVER in ‘65.


MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED 

(The Moment You Left Me)

 (Johnny Bristol/Harvey Fuqua/

Pam Sawyer/Jimmy Roach) 

by David Ruffin

Pro: Harvey Fuqua & Johnny Bristol 

(Motown: 1969) 

https://youtu.be/LpUxgahyViI  

This was the first solo success by one of

 the Temptations’ former lead vocalists David Ruffin


OH, WHAT A NIGHT

 (Marvin Junior/John Funches) 

by The Dells

Pro: Bobby Miller

Arr: Charles Stepney 

(Cadet: 1969) https://youtu.be/DP2tjK0gdkc 

Hitting #1 on the R&B chart, 

it was a re-recording of The Dells’ 

very first chart single back in ’56. 

 

POLK SALAD ANNIE 

(Tony Joe White) 

by Tony Joe White

Pro: Billy Swan 

(Monument: 1968)

 https://youtu.be/IBfMLmNjFn4

This was swamp rock pioneer 

Tony Joe White’s signature song 

which was successfully covered by Elvis Presley.


POP, POPCORN CHILDREN 

(Eldridge Holmes) 

by Eldridge Holmes

Pro: Marshall E. Sehorn & Allen Toussaint 

(Atco: 1969)

 https://youtu.be/fI6d-vgAb9I 

A delicious funk rarity featuring the Meters 

that I discovered when I was digging into 

Allen Toussaint & Marshall Sehorn’s

 Marsaint catalog. 


SNATCHING IT BACK 

(Clarence Carter/George Jackson) 

by Clarence Carter

Pro: Rick Hall

Arr: Rick Hall & Staff

 (Atlantic: 1969)

 https://youtu.be/Hv101Ac0mWk

   A Southern soul scorcher from 

singer/guitarist Clarence Carter.


SOMETHING IN THE AIR 

(Speedy Keen) 

by Thunderclap Newman

Pro: Pete Townshend 

(Track: 1969) https://youtu.be/T59hsln7nlc  

This was British rock trio Thunderclap Newman’s 

only hit and it was heard on the soundtrack of

 the Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr comedy film

 “The Magic Christian”.

Booker T and the MGs. The Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019.

 TIME IS TIGHT

 (Booker T. Jones/Al Jackson Jr./

Duck Dunn/Steve Cropper) 

by Booker T. & The MGs

Pro: Booker T. Jones

 (Stax: 1969) 

https://youtu.be/50xx1_CbJTI  

Booker T’s Hammond organ spells out this haunting melody. 

Featured on the soundtrack of the 1968 thriller “Uptight”.


UP TIGHT GOOD WOMAN 

(Dan Penn/Spencer Oldham/Jimmy Johnson) 

by Solomon Burke 

(Bell: 1969) 

Pro: Solomon Burke & Tamiko Jones

Arr: Solomon Burke.

https://youtu.be/lpDuXrhX3D8

  Song originally issued in ’67 

by Laura Lee 

as UP TIGHT, GOOD MAN.


WHAT IS THIS 

(Bobby Womack) 

by Jackie DeShannon

Pro: Bobby Womack

Arr: Rene Hall & Bobby Womack 

(Imperial: 1969)

 https://youtu.be/sWswkwT5hM4

  From a session that Jackie recorded

 with Bobby Womack at Muscle Shoals.


 ’69 was also the year of Jackie’s most celebrated hit 

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART.


I hope you’ve enjoyed these.


Rock on.


Alan Warner


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