Significant to Me.

Each one of us has songs that are significant to us for one reason or another and that when played can transport us to the where and when they first wove their magic or recorded the tragic. If you know exactly what I’m talking about it would be great to know what music does this for you whether or not you want to share the reasons why. This first one is from 1994 and is a classic track from the Stax label.

William Bell and Judy Clay. Private Number.

From 1971 we see what might have been the start of my Reggae period because of the wording of this particular song.

Greyhound Black and White

On the same lines, from 1972 a giant of the Reggae scene who unfortunately passed away in 2020. Amazingly, Nash was born in Texas and started his life singing in a Baptist choir. Jamaica’s loss was Americas gain.

From 1969 now a song that had a profound effect on me from a group I barely knew. This was a bit of a perspective on the Vietnam War. The model Lesley Hornby or Twiggy did a later cover of this.

From 1965 comes a track that had been written by Idris Davies and Pete Seeger and covered by a group that was perhaps one of the most influential of this period and who had started out with a hit provided to them by Bob Dylan, Mr Tambourine Man. This track is another folk rock song that just reminded me of home. In Welsh we say Hiraeth for that longing you get to be where you’re happiest. On the other hand, this is actually about a mining disaster.

As a bonus here is a track from 1968. The singer is Graham Bonnet one of the finest voices in pop music with an early hit as The Marbles. Graham and Trevor Gorden were only together 1968/69 but they had two hits that were brilliant Here’s one. Please forgive the dancing in the background.

The Marbles- Only one woman

Have a fantastic week all and share the Hugs, someone needs them.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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64 Responses to Significant to Me.

  1. I had forgotten about the last song -I wonder if the woman dancing in the background has come across that film, something to show the grandchildren!

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  2. inavukic says:

    Just saw myself way back in mid-sixties, in a Catholic Girls’ High School uniform, in Sydney Australia, humming Byrds’ song ❤

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    • davidprosser says:

      What, that particular one? I thought no-one would know it Ina. Now you’re giving me pictures of you dressed in your Catholic High School uniform and I’m tempted to walk over and ask for a date.
      Huge Hugs

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Time for your Saturday walk down memory lane with David Prosser and music that holds significance for him personally.. Including tracks from the Marbles with Graham Bonnet, The Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, Johnny Nash, Greyhound and Judy Clay and William Bell.. all iconic songs of their time and will take you right back there in style.. thanks David..

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  4. Another great selection this week David and whilst they might have faded, listening again brought the time and the track right back… enjoy your weekend and thank you for the music…hugs xxxx

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  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful remembrance, David! Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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  6. Clive says:

    Some great memories here, David. A couple there that I haven’t heard for many a year! On the first one, you say it was from 1994 – was that a reissue, as I recall it being a hit around 68 or 69? Still a fantastic song, which I’ve always liked.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I commented to Sally earlier that it felt like it belonged to a earlier period but I couldn’t find it before that date which surprised me greatly.Is this the only version you know or is it possible someone else did a version first? This is the one I know and love though albeit out of time (CHRIS FARLOWE?)
      Hugs

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      • Clive says:

        You’ve really piqued my curiosity with this, so I looked it up. The song was released in 1968, getting to #8 in the UK and #75 in the US. The 1994 reference is to it being included on a compilation album by William Bell, called ‘Duets,’ which was released that year. It’s stood the test of time well – it still sounds great!

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      • davidprosser says:

        Thanks so much for your extra hard work on my behalf Clive. I knew I had to be wrong but was determined tghis one had to be played.. I’m so glad it’s one you liked.
        Hugs

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      • Clive says:

        You’re welcome, David. It was puzzling me so I just had to find out! It’s a great song.

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  7. noelleg44 says:

    Country Joe and the Fish and the Byrds – boy, do they bring me back. Miniskirts, the Vietnam War….

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    • davidprosser says:

      If we could use memories as transport we’d be zipping back and forth all over the place. 1966/67 I worked opposite a shop owned by some of the Hollies (Graham Nash) and afew other North Manchester groups. I used to see all kinds of people going to buy up to the minute clothes and I drooled. But although I saw all kinds of girld going in, it was always those in Midis and Maxis that got my attention. That’s never changed, I always think of Maxis as being elegant. Perhaps I like the mystery too.
      Huge Hugs

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  8. Country Joe and the Fish, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, and Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman all take me back to a special time.

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  9. A great selection of songs, David.

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  10. nedhamson says:

    No contest here but my list would be too long – so just one song – After the Fire is Gone – Tracy Nelson and Willie Nelson – https://youtu.be/6wmIwTAISow

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m afraid I don’t know that one Ned, probably because it’s Country ans Western? I’d bet all our lists are long which is why my absolute favourite of all time hasn’t maade it to screen yet. Thanks so muuch for reblogging for me. Your kihndness is appreciated.
      Hugs

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  11. Thank you, David. These were all super songs and made much better knowing they meant a lot to you. Hugs

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you for your kindness John. I wonder just how many times yyou’ve been asked to play any of them except maybe the Byrds one as maybe not well enough known and Maybe Greyhound if it was known in the U.S. rather than just the UK. But perhaps as a DJ the come acrpss your path anyhow,
      Have a great Sunday.
      Hugs

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      • Most of the time the playlist was on the console when I arrived for work. Requests were handled as time would permit. I can’t recall how many times some of these were requested but I know the Byrds song was never played. Hugs.

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  12. tmauthor says:

    https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=e9AzFswdqUs&list=RDAMVMe9AzFswdqUs Hi David, your prompt induced me to share an excerpt from my first published book, a memoir: Making It: Music, Sex & Drugs in the Golden Age of Rock http://smarturl.it/MAKtg: “1959 was a seminal year for me…literally. In February I was shaken by the deaths of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. That same month The Skyliners hit the charts with “Since I Don’t Have You.” That song really struck a chord in me. There was something heart-rending and very different about it from the rest of the doo-wop and rockabilly that dominated the airwaves. Looking back, I think it was that unexpected and emotionally evocative third chord change, and the melody that went with it, that made the song stand out. When I saw The Skyliners on TV, there were things about them that were different too: they had a girl in the group, and one of them was playing an electric guitar—unusual for a doo-wop vocal group. “Since I Don’t Have You” seemed to go with the sense of loss I felt with the sad news about Buddy and Ritchie, and it became embedded in my consciousness.” All the best, Ted Myers

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    • davidprosser says:

      Hi Edward,, I’m afraid this song and Group mean nothing to me so it can’t have made a dent this side of the pond. I can imagine the connection between the title and the Title and the loss of Ricky Valens, The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly. When it came to this type of song it was perhaps always the Platters who carried the tune over here, and they too had a girld in the band. I can’t recall anything especially Rockabilly over here at that time but perhaps I would if I took a look at the charts for then.
      I’m having a problem relating the picture of you to 1969 being a seminal year as you don’y look near my age. I may expect a list of your nightly regime by return of post.
      Have a Great Sunday
      Hugs

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      • tmauthor says:

        Hi David, It was 1959, which is why the group and the song mean nothing to you. The photo is 11 years old, so I was 64 (will you still feed me?). Now, I’m 75. I was 13 in 1959 and that’s why this song was so “seminal” for me and unknown to you.

        Incidentally, thank you for turning me on to The Marbles! Graham Bonnet truly had a spectacular voice. The Marbles never made it to my side of the pond and I’m surprised Graham never resurfaced in the burgeoning British rock scene.

        Cheers,
        Ted Myers (ironically, my legal name is Edward, although no one calls me that).

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      • davidprosser says:

        Hi Ted, perhaps 1959 was a little early for a seminal moment for me. I waas eight that year. After the Marbles Graham faded away for a while but was eventually pulled back to be the voice of Rainbow, he also did The Michael Schenker group ,Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, Blackthorne, and Anthem most of whom I don’t know. But it was always The Marbles for me. The two hits from them really struck a chord.

        All the Best
        David,
        Hugs

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  13. CarolCooks2 says:

    Thank you for the music David they certainly revived some memories for me Hugs x

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  14. olganm says:

    Thanks, David, for sharing and for all the memories. Take care.

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  15. dgkaye says:

    Left message at Sally reblog. Hugs xx

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  16. Suzassippi says:

    Suddenly, I was back in my first year or two in college on most of these. 🙂
    My songs were Happy Together by the Turtles, We Gotta Get Out of This Place by the Animals, and later, Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

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  17. jilldennison says:

    Although the first one only made it to #75 on the charts here, it was one I always did like! You always manage to lead with one I love! The second one by Greyhound, the song was familiar, but not that version, so I went in search of and found it was the Three Dog Night version that was a hit here in the U.S. Still, I like both.

    Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” has always, always been a big favourite! I wasn’t familiar with Country Joe and the River Fish, and while it’s not likely to join my Top Ten lineup, it does have that nostalgic feel about it. I was also unfamiliar with that particular Byrds’ song (yeah, I know, what rock was I living under) but I would have guessed it was The Byrds the second it started to play. I like that I’m hearing some new songs here! And last but not least, I also liked “Only One Woman”, though it and the group were new to me. Nice one this week, as always!

    Cwtch

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  18. davidprosser says:

    I was a mazed the first one only made it to 75 in the US but did so much better in the UK, it’s a true soul classic. I’m glad it’s a favourite of yours. I’m also glad I manage to lead with one you love so that I draw you in to the rest. I shall have to find the Three Dog Night version of Black and White, as I love that record by Greyhound.
    I’m not surprised Johnny Nash is a favourite now I know that he actually hails fromthe U.S. and not Jamaica as I always thought.. You surprise me again not bknowing Country Joe and the Fish since they were important enough to play at Woodstock. Not this track of course. I thought my Byrds song would be obscure too but the group are instantly recognisable.How pleased I was to find you liked the Marbles and Only One Woman. It’s a wonderful song. I may play their other hit soon.. All in all it doesn’t seem I did badly this week. Yay.
    Cwtch

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    • Jane Risdon says:

      David, thanks for mentioning Only One Woman, Much appreciated. Yes, the title of the book comes from the song and it was a hit in 1968 for The Marbles. Graham did indeed write the foreword for us. I asked him to read it and if he liked it to do us the honour. He loved it, said it was very accurate. He is recording another Graham Bonnet album at the moment and is about to go on the road with Alcatraz again. xx

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      • davidprosser says:

        It helps that I always loved the song and I think he has one of the best voices of his generation.
        Massive Hugs

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      • Jane Risdon says:

        Absolutely agree, wonderful voice and a really nice guy too. Did you read Only One Woman? He loved it and lots of guys do, especially musicians because of the venues and Tin Pan Alley etc, Being married to a musician helped, plus managing many artists later on. Fun life but I am glad not to be touring any more. How about Whitesnake?, The Who? Favourite band?

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  19. Now I know where the title of Jane Risdon’t book, Only One Woman,” came from!

    My memory of Country Joe is my dad singing “Fixin’ to Die Rag” at the lunch table.

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  20. Some we know, some we don’t – and in my case, I have to admit, no particular memories here. But once again, thank you for the reminiscence, David. I hope all your memories are good ones. Hugs

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