Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘1974’ Category

AnAutobiographyOfAngelaDavisWritten: 1974
Read: 2009

“An Autobiography” (1974) by Angela Davis tells the story of the first 28 years of her life, from birth to her arrest, imprisonment and trial. It was edited by Toni Morrison, who had already written “The Bluest Eye” and was then working for Random House.

I got it from the library because it was out of print – but now it seems to be back in print again!

It is not as good as, say, the autobiography of Malcolm X, but it is still well worth reading.

Malcolm X was not only more important in history, his story is one of self-discovery, a search for the truth that remakes him. Like St Augustine’s “Confessions”.

Angela Davis’s life was far more straightforward: she saw how unjust American society was growing up and sought to change it by taking part in SNCC, the Black Panthers and the Communist Party. In time this landed her in prison.

The part about the trial was well written: it could have bored you to tears with all the ins and outs that trials have, but she avoided that. Best of all was the ending: even though you already knew she would win, you were still overjoyed when she does win! That is how the book ends.

The book starts two years before with her on the run from the FBI. She is arrested in New York and put in prison. Since she is to stand trial in California, she is sent back. At that point the book jumps back to fill in the first 26 years of her life and then ends with her imprisonment in California and the trial.

She writes at great length about her time in prison. It affected her powerfully, but not me: I expect prison to be terrible, so nothing she said shocked me.

The same goes for what she said about the police in Los Angeles: from living in New York I already knew how they can be. But it is nice to know that I am not just imagining it.

One of the best parts is her account of growing up in the Jim Crow South in the 1950s. It makes you see how some things have changed like night and day (like being able to walk in through the front door) while other things remain the same (like the police).

She won me over when she said she loves reading books but hates going to parties.

Another good part was her account of the Los Angeles police trying to wipe out the Black Panthers.

She lives in Los Angeles in the 1960s. There are no Jim Crow laws  there, yet in some ways the racism is worse: because the whites there know and understand blacks less they seem to regard them more like wild animals to be threatened, shot and put safely behind bars.

She says little about philosophy, which she studied for years, and little about racism in New York, where she lived during part of high school.

It is called “an” autobiography. Is she going to write another one?

See also:

Read Full Post »

Remarks:

I have never bought a Barry White CD, though I came close a couple of times, but this song is easily in my top 20 songs of all time. I mostly post songs on Sundays, but life is too short to wait that long for this song.

Lyrics:

(Spoken)
I’ve heard people say that
Too much of anything is not good for you, baby
Oh no
But I don’t know about that
There’s many times that we’ve loved
We’ve shared love and made love
It doesn’t seem to me like it’s enough
There’s just not enough of it
There’s just not enough
Oh oh, babe

(sung)
My darling I, can’t get enough of your love babe
Girl, I don’t know, I don’t know why
Can’t get enough of your love babe
Oh, some things i can’t get used to
No matter how I try
Just like the more you give, the more I want
And baby, that’s no lie
Oh no, babe

Tell me, what can I say?
What am I gonna do?
How should I feel when everything is you?
What kind of love is this that you’re givin’ me?
Is it in your kiss or just because you’re sweet?

Girl, all I know is every time you’re here
I feel the change
Somethin’ moves
I scream your name
Do whatcha got to do

Darling, I, can’t get enough of your love babe
Girl, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know why
I can’t get enough of your love babe
Oh no, babe

Girl, if only I could make you see
And make you understand
Girl, your love for me is all I need
And more than I can stand
Oh well, babe

How can I explain all the things I feel?
You’ve given me so much
Girl, you’re so unreal
Still I keep loving you
More and more each time
Girl, what am I gonna do
Because you blow my mind

I get the same old feelin’ every time you’re here
I feel the change
Somethin’ moves
I scream your name
Do whatcha got to do

Darling, I, can’t get enough of your love babe
Oh no, babe

(Spoken)
Baby, let me take all of my life to find you
But you can believe it’s gonna take the rest of ny life to keep you

(sung)
Oh no, babe
My darling I, can’t get enough of your love babe
Yeah, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know why
Can’t get enough of your love babe
Oh my darling I, can’t get enough of your love babe
Oh babe
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know why
I can’t get enough of your love babe
Oh babe

Read Full Post »

sheila

Sheila Ferguson (1947- ) is an American R&B and disco singer, better known in Britain than in her home country. She is the one who sang “When Will I See You Again” (1974) as the lead singer of the Three Degrees. She is also the first black woman to have her own sitcom in Britain, “Land of Hope and Gloria” (1992).

She was with the Three Degrees for 20 years, from 1966 to 1986, being the lead singer for most of it. They were a Philadelphia copy of the Supremes, the creation of doo-wop producer Richard Barrett, who also brought the world Frankie Lymon, the Chantels and Little Anthony.

At first the Three Degrees had no big hit songs. They were in Las Vegas opening for the likes of Engelbert Humperdinck and Wayne Newton. There they perfected their act.

Then one day Gamble and Huff saw them perform. They were songwriters and music producers from Philadelphia who gave us such songs as “Me and Mrs Jones” (1972), “If  You Don’t Know Me By Now” (1972) and “Love Train” (1973). They wanted to write a song for the Three Degrees: “When Will I See You Again”.

It was a hit first in Britain, where it went to number one, and then in America, where it reached number two. They had another hit that year in both countries: “T.S.O.P”, where they sang little more than “Doo-doo-doo-dah-doo, doo-doo, it’s time to get down”.

In America they pretty much sank out of sight after that, but in Britain they became the biggest girl group since the Supremes! They went on to have a string of hits there in the late 1970s, like “Take Good Care of Yourself” (1975), “Woman in Love” (1979) and “My Simple Heart” (1979).

Britain had never seen black women quite like them before: the big hair, the nails, the big red lips. They performed in towns that had never seen anything so Hollywood before except on television. Their years in Vegas were paying off. And their most famous fan, as it turned out, was Prince Charles himself. He even invited them to the palace to perform. Being a prince has its advantages.

But then the glory days came to an end: Ferguson was having an affair with Barrett, who was still managing them. It was tearing the group apart: she had to choose between  the Three Degrees or Barrett. She chose the Three Degrees and in 1981 they fired Barrett. It proved to be a huge blow. Ferguson turned to drink. In 1986 she left the Three Degrees and they went on without her. The Three Degrees are still together today.

Ferguson married an Englishman, settled down in Britain and brought up her twin daughters. To help them know their roots she wrote a cook book about soul food. In the 1990s she got into acting, both on the London stage and on British television. In 2007 she came out with her first album since her Three Degrees days, “New Kind of Medicine”.

See also:

Read Full Post »

Ooo, haah
Haah, ooo precious moments

When will I see you again
When will we share precious moments
Will I have to wait forever
Will I have to suffer and cry the whole night through

When will I see you again
When will our hearts beat together
Are we in love or just friends
Is this my beginning or is this the end
When will I see you again
When will I see you again
When will I see you again

Haah, ooo precious moments

Are we in love or just friends
Is this my beginning or is this the end
When will I see you again
When will I see you again
Sweet sweet love
When will I see you again
Ooo, Come on, come on
When will I see you again
Tell me again
When will I see you again

See also:

Read Full Post »

Sha la la la– la la la,
oh baby,
Sha la la la– la la la,
oh baby,
I’ve been gone so long I know what to do,
oh baby,
that I know you don’t know what I’ve been going through,
oh baby,
’cause you make me happy baby, so I can say,

Sha la la la– la la la,
I love you,
Sha la la la– la la la,
Thinkin’ of you,
I know you can tell what’s on my mind,
oh baby,
and I’ve been feeling this way for such a long time,
ya, baby,
aw, make me happy baby, aw, make me happy, I wanna say,

I’m trying, this feeling just won’t die,
oh,
Sha la la la– la la la,
Make you cry,
It’s something that just gets down in your bones,
baby,
And once I see you I can’t leave your love alone,
Ya, heh, baby,
aw, make me happy baby, aw, make me happy baby, let me sing,

Sha la la la– la la la,
oh baby,
Sha la la la– la la la,
oh baby…

Read Full Post »

Mmmm,
Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm
Yeah
Oh, baby
Hmmm, hmmm
Hang in there, baby, gonna make love tonight
Don’t be afraid, love will make it all right
I know just how you feel, gonna hold you tight
Oh, we’ve almost got it made

Now that we’ve caressed and kissed so warm and tender
I can’t wait till we reach that sweet moment of surrender
We’ll hear the thunder roar, feel the lightning strike
At the point we both decided to meet, the same time tonight

Hang on in there, baby
Hang on in there, darling
I’m gonna give you more than you ever dreamed possible
Don’t be afraid, baby
Oh no, oh sweet virgin of the world
We can’t help but make it, ’cause there’s true love between us, girl
So let us touch that cloud that every girl dreams of
Oh, we’re almost there, darling, we’re truly making love

Hang on in there, baby
Please don’t let me down
Please don’t destroy this new joy we’ve found

What’s that now, baby, what’s that you say
It’s only natural and it’s bound to get away
Don’t fight it, baby, open up the door
‘Cause that’s the key to the freedom that we’ve both been working for
Let it go, baby, let it go, honey
Oh right there, right there, baby, don’t you move it anywhere

Hang on in there, baby
Hang on in there, darling
I’m gonna give you more than you ever dreamed possible

Read Full Post »

Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Go Sister
Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Go Sister

He met Marmalade down in Old New Orleans
Struttin’ her stuff on the street
She said “Hello,
Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?”

‘Mmm Hmmm Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Here
Mocca chocolata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Stayed in her pool while
Watch he crashing up
That boy drank all that night don’t know why
Oh the last sight she went
He started to freak

Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Here
Mocca chocalata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Heh, Heh, Hehhhh
Seeing her skin feeling silky smooth
Colour of cafe au lait
Made the savage beast inside
Roaring till it cried More, More, More

Now he’s at home doing 9 to 5
Living his brave life of lies
But when he turns off to sleep
All memories keep More, More, More

Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya here
Mocca chocolata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?
Creole Lady Marmalade

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: