I remember hearing the opening line to this song: “Just take those old records off the shelf, I’ll sit and listen to them by myself, today’s music ain’t got the same soul, I like that old time rock ‘n’ roll!”
Ironically, ole Bob Seger released this in March 1979.
I remember asking myself the question, what “old records” is he talking about?
So I thought it would be interesting to start 10 years earlier and look at the albums that were released in the 1960s.
Here are a few:
Elvis Presley, From Elvis in Memphis; Frank Sinatra, September of My Years; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie; Stevie Wonder, For Once in My Life; Duke Ellington, Far East Suite; Etta James, At Last!; Grateful Dead; The Byrds, The Notorious Byrd Brothers; The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road; Simon & Garfunkel, Sounds of Silence; Merle Haggard, Mama Tried; John Coltrane, Olé Coltrane Roberta Flack, First Take; The Isley Brothers, It’s Our Thing; Roy Orbison, Crying; Aretha Franklin, Aretha Now; The Kinks, Arthur; Wilson Pickett, The Exciting Wilson Pickett; Marvin Gaye, In the Groove; Four Tops, Reach Out; Patsy Cline, Sentimentally Yours; The Doors, The Doors; The Temptations, Cloud Nine; Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Ain’t That Good News; Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison; Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (many); Ike & Tina Turner, River Deep – Mountain High; Otis Redding; Van Morrison, Astral Weeks; The Supremes, Where Did Our Love Go; Donovan, Sunshine Superman; The Beach Boys, Surfer Girl, Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow; Janis Joplin, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!; Joni Mitchell, Clouds; James Brown, Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud; Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country; Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby Stills & Nash; Isaac Hayes, Hot Buttered Soul; David Bowie, Space Oddity; Dusty Springfield, Dusty in Memphis; The Who, Tommy; Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I and II; Sly & the Family Stone, Stand!; The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed;
And soooo many more…
Some of you reading this might not even know who some of these bands are, but they literally pioneered the music industry.
And while I know that Bob was predominantly referring to his disdain for new music such as “Disco” (he said so in his song), he thought he was starting to “feel” the decline of music as a whole.
I think it’s easy for all of us to just remember “the good old days” of our youth and things that we grew up on, and then think that that was the best of times (musically speaking).
I’m sure that many that grew up in the 40s felt like Crooner music or Big Band was far superior to the explosion of music that happened in the 60s and 70s.
We all attach memories to music we grew up on and have an affinity towards.
But I truly believe there is something lurking, something brewing, something that Bob saw, and that many saw after him, that is happening in today’s music.
I personally believe that music continued to progress in awesome ways through the 70s and the 80s, and part of the 90s.
But I must confess that I also agree with Bob, today’s music ain’t got the same soul. I personally like that old time rock ‘n’ roll.
I know Kayla agrees with me and it was actually her choice to take this song on.
On behalf of both of us, we hope you enjoy this and we also hope that Bob Seger himself approves!
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