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    "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"

    So what popped up after looking up a Dusty Springfield tune inspired by CA-35's posting of "Ode To Billie Joe" but one of my top 3 favorite Temptations Tunes:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXiQtD5gcHU
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    nice. I do not get the violin in that tune. great bass and electric guitar tones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westerly Wood View Post
    nice. I do not get the violin in that tune. great bass and electric guitar tones!
    It was '72. I wasn't a huge violin fan myself but it worked in "Smiling Faces" from 1971:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CJZcVi5BA4

    My other 2 Temptations faves:
    "I Can't Get Next to You"; MAGNIFICENT rhythm section and knocked "Sugar Sugar" out of the #1 spot, fist pump, yeah!
    And replaced by "Suspicious Minds", the first Elvis tune I ever actually liked.
    Radio was so good back then.
    Then came January 1970 and the Jackson 5.
    1970 was a very very bad year for my AM radio and me:
    https://www.billboard.com/archive/charts/1970/hot-100
    It's easier to say there were only 3 #1's I could stomach: "Venus", "War" and "American Woman"
    Everything else was muzak to my ears.
    At least there other little gems still scattered around the top 40.
    https://top40weekly.com/category/1970/

    My other Temptations favorite, "Ball of Confusion" made it to a #3 in '70.
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    I can’t listen to ‘Poppa Was a Rolling Stone’ without counting out the bass riff through the whole song. Pure genius.
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    My wife was a huge Temptations fan, myself not that much, more into the singer/songwriter acoustic thing. But I knew she would love seeing them, so I thought taking her to one of their concerts (IIRC ≈ 1976) would be a treat. I figured, hey, I'll enjoy it too. Live music is always good.

    Holy crap! The sound, the choreography just knocked me away. What a fantastic show. We both loved it.

    Thanks for the memory.
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    Brings back memories of me & my childhood neighbor/friend Dona shimmying around in her house (or mine) while blasting Motown 45s on our folks' "HiFi" systems. She had the Papa… 45—belonged to her older sister, I think—and I had (still have!) Ball Of Confusion.

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    Gotta love AM radio in the '70's!

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    Peeps still listened to AM radio in the 70's? I thought everyone switched to FM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark WW View Post
    Peeps still listened to AM radio in the 70's? I thought everyone switched to FM?
    Most cars back then only had AM radios.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark WW View Post
    Peeps still listened to AM radio in the 70's? I thought everyone switched to FM?
    Unless you had a new car, you had to install an FM converter to get it. At least for me, the used cars I drove as a teen and in college were only AM. I installed a converter in a '68 Mustang in '78. First time I had FM in the car.

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