Memories, like the corners of my mind, misty……………

Many people who know mw are aware that my first love (apart from Katie Hepburn) is Motown. The Four Tops are probably my most favourite group from the Motown era I grew to adulthood (I wish) with. But there is another group who’s singer could melt my kneecaps and send me to the floor. Allow me to present Gladys Knight and her pips with a great track from 1971.

Gladys Knight. Help me make it through the night 1971

Back in the 1960’s we had a few singing outfits that called themselves Brothers. I’ve already played a record by the Walker Brothers- who were not, and now here is another one who aren’t. From 1965 I bring you the Righteous Brothers. William (Bill )Medley and Bobby Hatfield. Though actually this was sung by Bobby alone.

Righteous Bothers. Unchained Melody 1965.

From 1993 a track from a very popular group named after an unemployment benefit form. My wife and I used to sing along to this one in the car. I give you UB40

UB40. Higher Ground 1993

1974 brings me to a group who were from Chicago, Illinois. They had 11 top ten hits in 5 years, 60 to 74. and this one is my favourite.

Chi-Lites, Homely Girl 1974

This last one is from a New Wave group formed in 1983 and hail from Perth in Scotland. The track I’m playing is actually their best known one that peaked at No6 in the UK charts in 1983.. Please forgive the slightly spooky video that backs this song.

Fiction Factory. Feels like heaven 1983

Well, you can breathe easily for another week now. I hope you have a wonderful week, Please bear in mind that there are many people in the world in need of a little kindness. Please try to be that kindness and make someone’s life better than it was when they woke. Sometimes just a hug will do the trick so always carry spares. If you’re not part of the problems of the world, at least try to be part of the solution.

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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51 Responses to Memories, like the corners of my mind, misty……………

  1. Thank you for putting these together for us to enjoy. Unchained melody became a song near and dear to my wife and me due to the fact we were forced to spend time apart. We loved the movie Ghost too since the song was an integral part of the movie. I have a little music box given to me by my wife with Unchained Melody on it. Of course, I’m the only one to know the song was originally written for the movie Unchained starring Elroy Hurst. The song was sung in the movie by Todd Duncan. Al Hibbler recorded it in 1955 and became a hit in the US and UK. Here is that version. https://youtu.be/GbT9fNJGpEo.

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  2. MELewis says:

    Have a soft spot for Gladys Knight. One of my late mom’s favourites. She was also named Gladys… BTW, having sung the Streisand hit more times than I can remember back in the days when I fancied myself a singer, I beleve that memories LIGHT the corner of my mind. 🤓Thanks as ever for the musical memories!

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  3. Clive says:

    A good selection, David. Both of the Righteous Brothers had great voices and this is a classic. I’ve always liked UB40 too, but the standout for me this week is Fiction Factory. Though I’d be hard pressed to name any of their other songs I’ve always loved this one. Have a good weekend 😊

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  4. merrildsmith says:

    A fine selection for the week. Hugs, David.

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  5. A superb set of tracks. Would you believe I had just been listening to Gladys Knight?
    For all her excellent motown material, though, “That’s What Friends Are For” was her finest hour.

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  6. inavukic says:

    Unchained Melody – unforgettable ❤

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  7. Keith says:

    David, I am with you on The Four Tops. Let me focus on the “Unchained Melody” song by The Righteous Brothers, an absolutely terrific song. If you get a chance, find a version of Ann Wilson of Heart singing that song. Her voice elevates it even further. Keith

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  8. Suzassippi says:

    Interesting selections this week, as always. My favorite from Gladys Knight will always be You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It helped me to make a move that changed my life in ways I could never have dreamt, just when I thought it might have been the most horrid thing I would ever face. I looked up the UB40 since the video was not available here, and I must say, I love their music. I believe a playlist for finishing cleaning the construction site may be in order! Thank you, David, for a dose of smile this Saturday morning from a beautiful clear blue September day in Mississippi! Hugs across the span of time!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Ah, that song is high up on my list of favourites of hers. I’m glad if it helped you make a positive move in your life. I’m sorry the UB40 wasn’t available to you but thanks so much for checking it out. In their years together they had many hits, even with Chrissie Hynde and a remake of’ ‘I got you Babe.’ Unfortunately the two brothers split and each carried on calling themselves UB40. They still both produced excellent music. Reggae is very popular over here. Great idea for a playlist
      Humongous Hugs from an unexpectedly warm Saturday in the Land of Song..

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  9. noelleg44 says:

    You had me at Gladys Knight and the Pips. She was a recent performer on a popular show here called THe Masked Singer, and she still has it. She just blew me away with her vocal renditions!

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    • davidprosser says:

      She really deserves the epithet ‘Star’ Noelle. A faultless singer and no steamy private life to detract from the music.. Of course she’s had her Pips for years but I’m reliably informed it’s not too painful.
      Massive Hugs

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  10. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m playing catch up today, David, as we’ve been on the road for a couple of days. If I could only listen to one of these, I’m going with Unchained Melody. That song still gets me after all these years. It’s been fat too long since I’ve listened to Gladys Knight.

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  11. My husband and I listen to a lot of Motown, David. So much great music and it endures through time. Great selections. I didn’t recognize the Chi-lites, but I can see why they were so popular. That song has a great sound. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I can’t remember if the Chi Lites were part of the Sound of Philadelphia (Philly Sound) which was supposed to rival Motown but I liked them anyway. On the other hand I loved Motown and never heard a serious contender to rival them. I’ve recently heard a couple of songs Motown are doing now and it was almost enough to make me look elsewhere.
      Have a fantastic week,
      Humongous Hugs

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  12. My daughter is laughing at “Homely Girl.” Thank you for a fun interlude!

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  13. yvettecarol says:

    Good choices, David! I am a big fan of Gladys Knight too. Big hugs 🙂

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  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Time for some nostalgia and ‘nobody does it better’ than Lord David Prosser with his weekly walk down memory lane.. and memory is the focus in last week’s pst with Gladys Knight, Righteous Brothers, The Chi Lites, UB40 and Fiction Factory head over to enjoy

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  15. Motown saw me through some tough times from childhood to adulthood. Wonderful nostalgia here. Great share, David. Definitely plenty of hugs and smiles to spare and share! 🙂💕🙂

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  16. Thank you for another great enjoyment, David! If the time is so undifferent like today, the best is rolling back into the memories. Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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  17. dgkaye says:

    I loved your memory tour David, and your taste in music. I especially loved the Chi Lites – Have You Seen Her? Great post! Massive hugs xx

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  18. Jennie says:

    Fabulous! Thanks for the memories.

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  19. An apparently Pipless Gladys, a very righteous Brother and (new to me) Fiction Factory: plus, it seems, you and I are both members of the Hepburn fan club! You old romantic you! Beautiful sounds again, sir, and so well reminded. Thank you! Hugs

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