Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo Wop. Hopeless Romantics. Part Two

Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo Wop. Hopeless Romantics. Part Two

May 26, 2017

As an admitted hopeless romantic, those of us who love our 1950’s and early 60’s Rock & Roll and Doo Wop music cannot get enough of the nostalgic sounds of the era. There is something magical in the music.

There is something magical in the music. The groups, artists and duos of the fifties wormed their way into our hearts and have been embedded in our memories, our friendships, associations and our lives. For two minutes, it is like reviewing a photograph or an old movie. It is replaying the scene in our mind that transforms us to that simpler time. The lyrics of many of the songs have helped shape a generation of personal values that continue today. That is why I always end my radio show with a song to remember that moment. Because it is all in the memories.

As you read the lyrics of some of the songs included in this, Part Two, close your eyes and remember where you were, whom you were with, and how you felt at that time. The prose or poetry is better than a greeting card because it keeps being repeated every time the song is played or sung. After all, the memories are in the music!

IT SEEMS WE’VE STOOD AND TALKED LIKE THIS BEFORE

WE LOOKED AT EACH OTHER IN THE SAME WAY THEN, BUT I CAN’T REMEMBER…
WHERE OR WHEN.
SOME THINGS THAT HAPPEN, FOR THE FIRST TIME.
DION AND THE BELMONTS – WHERE OR WHEN

SINCERELY, OH YES, SINCERELY
CAUSE I LOVE YOU SO DEARLY.
PLEASE SAY YOU’LL BE MINE
OH, YOU KNOW HOW I LOVE YOU, I’LL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU!
THE MOONGLOWS – SINCERELY

I’M THINKING OF OUR LOST ROMANCE, AND HOW IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
OH, IF WE ONLY COULD START OVER, AGAIN.
OH, HOW I LONG TO DO THE THINGS WE USED TO DO.
OH, IF WE ONLY COULD START OVER, AGAIN.
LEE ANDREWS AND THE HEARTS – TEARDROPS

ONLY YOU, CAN MAKE THE WORLD SEEM BRIGHT, ONLY YOU, CAN MAKE THE DARKNESS BRIGHT. ONLY YOU, AND YOU ALONE, CAN THRILL ME LIKE YOU DO.
ONLY YOU, CAN MAKE THIS CHANGE IN ME, FOR ITS TRUE, YOU ARE MY DESTINY
WHEN YOU HOLD MY HAND, I UNDERSTAND, THE MAGIC THAT YOU DO
THE PLATTERS – ONLY YOU

I REMEMBER, THAT NIGHT IN MAY, THE STARS WERE BRIGHT ABOVE.
I’LL HOPE AND I’LL PRAY, TO KEEP, YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE
PROMISE I’LL NEVER, EVER LET YOU GO! IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT.
THE FIVE SATINS – (I REMEMBER) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE A LITTLE, TAKE A LITTLE, AND LET YOUR POOR HEART BREAK A LITTLE.
THAT’S THE GLORY OF LOVE.
THE VELVETONES – GLORY OF LOVE

COME TO ME WHEN I AM LONELY. KISS ME WHEN YOU HOLD ME TIGHT.
KISS ME SWEET AND GENTLE, WHEN WE SAY GOODNIGHT.
OH, HOW HAPPY WE SHOULD BE, WHEN, WE KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE!
HARVEY AND THE MOONGLOWS – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE

YOU’RE A THOUSAND MILES AWAY, BUT I STILL HAVE YOUR LOVE TO REMEMBER YOU BY
ON MY KNEES EVERY DAY, ALL I DO IS PRAY
BABY JUST FOR YOU, LOVE YOU ALWAYS.
DADDY’S COMING HOME SOON.
Wally Roker & THE HEARTBEATS – A THOUSAND MILES AWAY

The prose and poetry could go on and on with lyrics and memories but, you get the idea. There is an agonizing awareness that transforms, not because they may be corny or even sophomoric, they are ours. The songs, artists and lyrics called out to us, the audience. One cannot repress what has been learned about ourselves listening to this music. It is in the artistry of this romantic music that causes a response in a mystical and magical way. It is a music to feel, not just listen to.
“Joe D, The Doctor of Doo Wop”tm


Joe D 1Making Your Memories is a commentary on the music of the 1950’s and early 60’s. “Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo Wop - -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.” website: www.making-your-memories.com

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