Music has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. The milkman left the
milk on your doorstep, the doctor made house-calls and Ozzie and Harriet never slept in the
same bed. Imagine that. Soul Food had not yet become a movie. For us growing up at that
time, it was a way of life. If you were not at the table when dinner was served, you did
not eat. That's just how things were back then. Even before I knew who they were, my uncle
would play songs by the Orioles, Platters and my favorite the Spaniels from his collection,
in an attempt to put me to sleep.
For the record, I grew up in the city of Philadelphia and like most urban cities of the
fifties, guys stood on the street corners and sang. I will never forget the first time I went to
the Uptown Theater and the chill that came over me when the Flamigos sang ‘Old Man River'.
I would go to the record stores and buy 45's which at that time cost only sixty nine cents.
If I knew then what I know now, instead of using the records as flying saucers, I would have
held on to them.
It wasn't until my return from Vietnam in 1967, that my interest in music begin to peak. The
sound of the fifties was fading and Motown dominated the airways. Even though I was a big
fan of the Temptations and the Miracles, the sound of Pookie Hudson's smooth lead, along with
Clyde (McPhatter) had a special place in my heart. There was something missing in not only
the lead vocals, but the background as well. Later I will discuss what was missing, but in
the mean time and between time I'd like to focus on the events leading to this web site and
an overview of events leading to the birth of R&B music.
For the purpose of time reference, the doo-wop period has ended, James Brown has gone from
being Bewildered to Papa's Got a Brand New Bag. The British evasion has arrived along with
Afro's, Soul Train and the Jackson Five. Also emerging was the disco scene. Instead of
Frankie Lymon, DJ's are playing Frankie Beverly and Maze.
My DJ career lasted for about
twenty years. During that time I stayed true to the music I loved. I never made the
transition to club or later Line Dance music. In early 2001, an opportunity appeared for me
to go on the radio via a mutual friend, a radio personality himself. The radio station,
1360 AM WNJC, was a small brokerage station in Washington Township, New Jersey.
Not only had I found my niche, but SAM THE GOLDEN OLDIES MAN had arrived. It didn't take
long for me to realize I wasn't going to play the same song over and over again. Over the
years, I came to realize there were over ten thousand groups recorded and there were a lot
of stories to be told. I wanted to tell the story and give acknowledgment to those who
paved the way. After all, many of us can fry chicken, but they can't fry it the way I
This project is dedicated to not only my friend, but one of the greatest lead singer/song
writer's to ever live, the late James "Pookie" Hudson, lead singer of the Spaniels and all the
others who have passed. MAY THEY ALL REST IN PEACE.
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Tuesday February 2, 2010
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