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Old 01-08-2017, 10:49 PM
Location: So Cal
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Harry Belafonte's "Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma." I was still a baby/toddler when my parents started playing it, but it was so heartfelt and he makes these yipping/howling-type noises in it that sounded to me like dogs or wolves who were in pain or sorrow, and I would always start crying. My parents were so glad when I got old enough to be able to listen to it and understand, so they could start playing the song again. lol It still gets me when I hear it. It's a beautiful song, though.

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Old 01-11-2017, 05:51 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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Even though I am old enough to remember the 1960s as a baby, and there were a lot of musical shows on television back then, the earliest music I can remember was what we refer to now as classic country music. I can't remember the very first artist I heard, but country was the first genre that I heard my parents play on their car radio in the early 1970s.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:12 PM
Location: New Orleans
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I was maybe 3 or 4yrs old. Late 70's, My mom making me dance with her to Rufus Ft.Chaka Khan
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:20 PM
Location: Iowa
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Just wanted to mention a few things about my previous postings in this thread, Yuck Mouth is not early 80's as the title says, probably '74 or '75. Yuck Mouth and Nutty Gritty was sung by Scatman Crothers, whom was a good friend to Jack Nicholson, he did lots of cartoon voices like Hong Kong Phoey, Disney movies, voice of Meadowlark Lemon on Scooby. I like everything he did in movies and TV, he was a class act and I was very sad upon his passing in 1986.

The McDonalds commercial from 1975, I'm almost certain that was the work of Mel Brooks. I saw a Johnny Carson episode dated 1975 where Mel was telling Johnny about the advertising work he did for McDonalds that year. What a masterful piece of advertising.

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Old 08-13-2017, 06:45 AM
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Me and my dad taking my brother to a blink 182 concert in 2004
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:40 AM
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I did not pay attention to music until around 1960 due to my age.
So my memories are the early 1960's and after.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:26 AM
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It's hard for me to remember "earliest". Probably Elvis. I remember Elvis playing on the record player, and me standing on my daddy's feet, while he 'danced' me, and my mom holding our dog's paws, dancing with the dog. LOL

While in 1st and 2nd grade, I knew about, and liked the Beatles, Herman's Hermits, and the Beach Boys, and I remember getting Snoopy and the Red Baron on a record, or an album...don't remember exactly, for Christmas one year.

And when I was 7, my dad gave me a Swan Lake Ballet album for my birthday. But I can't really remember much past the Elvis thing...so I guess I was 4 or 5ish then.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:32 AM
Location: Iowa
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Charlie Rich - Theme From Benji (I Feel Love)


Hong Kong Phooey (Scatman Crothers)


Go Go Gophers


Ruff & Reddy (this was still shown in reruns when I was very little)


We were exposed to lots of classical music via WB cartoons like this one,
Barber of Seville


Road Runner Show (IN STEREO)


Pink Panther Theme (From early 60's movie)


Ant and the Aardvark

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Old 08-14-2017, 10:32 AM
Location: San Gabriel Valley
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The earliest song I can remember hearing and loving and can identify now was "Cast Your Fate to the Wind". It was the late 1960's, and I was about three years old. The recording is a few years older.

Vince Guaraldi Trio - Cast Your Fate to the Wind (1962)


Guaraldi is a lot better known for his soundtracks to the Peanuts cartoon TV specials, but I was still unaware of them. My toddler self liked this kind of easy listening music; I didn't get into pop music until I was 7 or 8 or so.

Other pre-school (late 60's) favorites of mine were several Mr. Rogers albums, a Pete Seeger children's album, "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul, and Mary, the theme to The Banana Splits TV show, Swan Lake, and "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" by Burl Ives.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:51 PM
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My memories of this are vivid for no reason and I think about it once a month or so again for no reason. I remember being 4 or 5 and my dad was driving me and my brother to a campsite to meet up with our mom and sisters. We were driving off road in my dad's pickup and 'Like a Virgin' came on the radio. I remember thinking the song sounded "naughty" (my parents were extreme in their sheltering of us) and wondering if my dad was going to turn it off. But he didn't. I didn't think of it again until I got my first radio for Xmas a couple years later and the first song I heard on it was 'Papa Don't Preach'...I am not a Madonna fan, just a coincidence that happened.
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