When I was growing up, downstairs in the family room of our home, was my dad's record collection. Mind you, I don't recall my dad ever having time to listen to records. I don't recall him ever having a record player. Music was the kids' domain. The records seemed to me like some relic from a parent's mysterious youth.
The records were good, too. Classics. It was through my father's collection that I discovered Aretha, Nat King Cole, the Supremes, The Stylistics, The Spinners, The Chi-Lites, some great Broadway soundtracks and a really blue Redd Foxx album that left my ears burning. I'm thankful I was a nosy kid and got an introduction to good music through my dad's old records. I wish I still had them, but Daddy claims my mother threw them away in a house cleaning frenzy.
Anyway, I can reminisce...
The Stylistics - "You Make Me Feel Brand New"
I was always confused by this one record--The Supreme's "A Bit of Liverpool." The Supremes singing The Beatles. Wha?
The Chi-Lites - "Have You Seen Her"
Aretha Franklin - "I Say A Little Prayer"
"I Got Plenty of Nothin" from "Porgy and Bess"