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
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
Motown’s The Originals featured Freddie Gorman,
co-writer of the Marvelettes’ PLEASE MR. POSTMAN.
BACKFIELD IN MOTION
(Mel Harden/Tim McPherson)
by Mel & Tim
Pro: Karl & Chandler Prods.
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
One of Curtis’s impassioned civil rights-themed anthems.
(Leo Nocentelli/Art Neville/
George Porter/Joseph Modeliste)
by The Meters
Pro: Allen Toussaint & Marshall E. Sehorn
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.
by Joe Cocker
Pro: Denny Cordell
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 soul queen Carla’s last major seller. https://youtu.be/gNoPT-jZFlE
(Desmond Dekker/Leslie Kong)
by Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Pro: Leslie Kong
Solid gold reggae smash by Jamaican
artist Desmond Dekker.
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.
(Doug Sahm) by Sir Douglas Quintet
Pro: Amigos De Musica
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
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
This was swamp rock pioneer
Tony Joe White’s signature song
which was successfully covered by Elvis Presley.
POP, POPCORN CHILDREN
by Eldridge Holmes
Pro: Marshall E. Sehorn & Allen Toussaint
A delicious funk rarity featuring the Meters
that I discovered when I was digging into
Allen Toussaint & Marshall Sehorn’s
SNATCHING IT BACK
(Clarence Carter/George Jackson)
by Clarence Carter
Pro: Rick Hall
Arr: Rick Hall & Staff
A Southern soul scorcher from
singer/guitarist Clarence Carter.
SOMETHING IN THE AIR
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”.
TIME IS TIGHT
(Booker T. Jones/Al Jackson Jr./
Duck Dunn/Steve Cropper)
by Booker T. & The MGs
Pro: Booker T. Jones
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
Pro: Solomon Burke & Tamiko Jones
Arr: Solomon Burke.
Song originally issued in ’67
by Laura Lee
as UP TIGHT, GOOD MAN.
WHAT IS THIS
by Jackie DeShannon
Pro: Bobby Womack
Arr: Rene Hall & Bobby Womack
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.
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