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January 28, 2011

You didn’t stop to make me feel better/By leavin’ me a card or a letter

  • The lead singer of Motown’s very first #1 hit, “Please, Mr. Postman”, Gladys Horton died yesterday. She was only 15 when she sang one of pop’s perfect little packages! In the last few refrains, Gladys’ voice starts to get a little weary around the edges. It’s beautiful, and it still moves me to this day. A few other masters of this art called pop have loved the song enough to cover it as well…
  • We also lost the great Charlie Louvin. One half of the traditional country duo, The Louvin Brothers, whose gene-spliced harmonies influenced a whole generations of country, americana, and even rock vocalists. Their squeaky clean, spit polished look and sparkling suits often hid the haunting, sometimes downright creepy content of their songs. Murder ballads, drunken ballads, and songs about fearing everyone from Satan, to God, to nuclear bombs were favorite subjects of theirs. They also wrote and performed heartbreakingly beautiful love songs. Here is Charlie with one of the many artists he influenced, Emmylou Harris, singing “If I Could Only Win Your Love”. And Dolly Parton covering one of the best songs about troublemaking, “Cash on the Barrelhead”. Keep on singin’ Gladys and Charlie…
4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2011 3:46 pm

    Gladys’ death caught me off guard. She rarely got the propers for making Motown the Motown we actually know today and that’s a shame. Her music and voice always sound like summer to me. RIP Gladys!!!

  2. evmaroon permalink
    January 29, 2011 1:25 pm

    And I can’t even watch Gladys due to copyright restrictions. I hate how musical artists are used and abused by the recording industry! Going over to YouTube now…

  3. January 29, 2011 2:14 pm

    I really hate that I keep learning about all these great artists after they die! I know that Motown sound so well and am so ignorant about its origins.

  4. January 29, 2011 2:19 pm

    omg, look how young Emmylou is in that video! I adore her, but didn’t know about the work of Mr. Louvin. Thank you for educating me!

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