Music has the power to improve our mood and reframe our experiences. The 60’s, in particular, provided us with a wealth of soul, funk, and R&B music that could instantly do just that. And while we’ve said before that there’s a 60’s record for everyone, there are some songs that truly stand out as the kind that will lift your spirit. Today we are proud to share a handful of those songs guaranteed to put you in a great mood.
The Big Question by Bobby Miller-Constellation
Side A: The Big Question
Side B: Uncle Willie Time
Over his long history career, Bobby Miller found success both producing talent for renowned labels such as Chicago-based Chess Records as well as co-writing hits for several of the best R&B artists to come out of the period, including Barett Strong and Wade Flemons. And while Miller undeniably had the “magic touch” for helping others to achieve overnight success, when it came to recording his own music, he could certainly stand apart on his own. “The Big Question”, which Miller recorded under the Constellation Records label in 1964, proved just that.
The eponymous track, “The Big Question”, blends together soul vibes with the classic tale of a man attempting to court a woman who won’t let herself fall in love at first before eventually culminating into a celebratory story of newfound romance. With easygoing lyrics, a steady beat, and smooth vocals, one listen is all you need to understand why this is one of Miller’s most acclaimed recordings.
And while there is no doubt that Miller could craft a love song filled to the brim with soul, he also knew how to make people get up and dance. “Uncle Willie Time”, which is based on a 60’s dance craze, provides a fast, upbeat song that is designed to get you on your feet – and it will!
If you’re looking for a 60’s artist who could “do it all”, look no further than Bobby Miller. Naturally, if you’re looking for a feel good record that can do the same, then his signature release, “The Big Question”, is for you.
When You Love, You're Loved Too by The Sons of Watts-Blue Rock
Side A: When You Love, You’re Loved Too
Side B: Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely
The Sons of Watts’ 1969 release of “When You Love, You’re Loved Too” exemplifies not only some of the best funk / soul music to be produced under the Blue Rock label, but some of the best sounds to come out of a generation. For anyone who appreciates an uptempo beat, both “When You Love, You’re Loved Too” and “Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely” will feel instantly familiar.
The titular song, “When You Love, You’re Loved Too”, is a steady and encouraging song about keeping your head up even when times are tough. Who wouldn’t be sold then and there? By the end of the song you’ll feel like you’ve been friends with the band your whole life – an impressive feat for any band no matter the period!
And while the former song may be the one to lend its name to the record, “Can’t You Tell I’m Lonely” is arguably the song that The Sons of Watts are known for. The song tells the story of a man who has lost the love of his life to his former best friend. And while the lyrics would indicate a sober tune, that’s simply not the case here. The song culminates into a soulful listening experience that will make you feel hopeful by the end.
Despite being one of the less prominent bands of the period, The Sons of Watts are a hidden gem of the 60’s that will undoubtedly earn your appreciation!
Hate Yourself In The Morning by Steve Mancha-Groove City
Side A: Hate Yourself In The Morning
Side B: A Love Like This
Steve Mancha, whose real name was Clyde Darnell Wilson, was a soul singer and songwriter whose music career started in the mid-60’s and carried on into the 80’s. With a number of albums released over multiple decades, it can be difficult to pick just one that truly epitomizes the unique sound of a soul singer who hailed from South Carolina. If there was ever an album that came close, however, “Hate Yourself In the Morning” is the one.
“Hate Yourself In The Morning”, which was released in 1968 under the Groove City label, blends elements of funk, soul, ballad, and even subtle hints of pop into a timeless piece. The name of the album, of course, comes from the featured serenade in which the singer warns his lover that she’ll, “hate yourself in the morning”, if she leaves him. As a natural complement, “A Love Like This”, features a more uptempo beat and upbeat lyrics that is designed to make you feel good.
Mancha was an expert in his craft and had the smooth voice that made him an excellent funk/soul artist. Don’t let the lyrics of the titular song fool you – it’s hard to imagine anyone who would not be charmed by Mancha’s voice.
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Whether you’re looking for a song to relate to, or simply just want a beat to tap your foot along with, we have it at Parker’s Records and Comics.
Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:
The Big Question-Bobby Miller
When You Love, You’re Loved Too-The Sons of Watt
Hate Yourself In The Morning-Steve Mancha
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