Working Out Class Mix Tape

I’ve been working out at a gym three times a week religiously for the first time in years. I started out just running at the local high school track. I’d load up my iPod with 35-40 minutes of upbeat tunes or classical symphonies and ran laps until the cold weather kicked in.

That’s when I discovered a class run by this amazing woman named Anna, who I can only describe as a bilingual Marine Drill Sergeant who laughs & dances while putting her class through an hour of full-body workout. The class mixes “TRX” with dumbbells, kettle-bells, yoga mats, weighted bars, jump ropes & elastic bands.  She has us going from one killer exercise to another with no breaks in between. If you grab a gulp of water while you’re gasping for breath, you have to run back in order to catch up with the rest of the class (which is always full.) The best thing is that no two classes are the same. There are variations for every muscle group. I never miss a class. I’m completely addicted.  I plan my weeks around them.

The truly hysterical part to me ( and clearly no one else in the class) is that the music Anna blasts throughout the hour is the exact same music Best Kept Secret would be playing for a killer dance set at a great wedding. I think I can actually tell you the order of tunes, all set to this intense dance-club drum beat. I know the mix includes “Sexyback,” “Let’s Dance,” Pokerface,” “Disturbia,” “Raise Your Glass” & “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.”

I know this musical mix would seem pretty random to anyone who wasn’t a wedding-band member or an experienced wedding-guest over the past 5 years, but it does crack me up every single time. I guess these songs are/were played for a reason. They are all hard-driving, thumbing-bass, dance tunes motivating you to either keep dancing in your “Black Tie” wedding apparel, or keep pushing yourself for a couple of extra “reps” in sweaty gym clothes.

Just thought I’d share my daily dose of musical wisdom. Whether playing the music myself at weddings, or working out to the same tunes, it’s got me reading my fourth biography of Leonard Bernstein, just for a dose of remembering why I really love music.



Love On Top

About a month ago one of our clients requested a song called “Love On Top” by Beyonce. So much of today’s popular music, especially dance music (which is mostly what at parties) is frighteningly simplistic and totally electronic. The, almost completely, inconsequential simplistic melody lines and chord structures all but completely drowned out by a pounding synthesized drum track. Which is why this tune instantly grabbed me. It’s not exactly a screaming “throw your hands in the air”-type dance hit, but it is such a delightful surprise to hear a great singer singing a genuinely challenging vocal tune.
I don’t know if I’d put it on my list of my “Top Five Desert Island Discs,” but it was very refreshing to hear a song in which the opening sequence grabs you by funky jazz chords on the keyboard and soft but funky vocal “scatting.” Joined by a real unsynthesized bass, some finger-snaps, reminiscent of 70s Earth Wind and Fire tunes, and a truly a catchy drum, I knew I was about to hear the kind of “R’n B” music I grew up loving. Music that brought me back to hearing amazing singers like Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin and Diana Ross was, for lack of a better term….fun.
The very first thing you hear is what grabs you. The vocal “scatting” that starts the tune out is the kind of thing that Beyonce was probably just fooling around in the recording studio and they decided to keep it in the final mix.
The very four bars of the tune is merely Beyonce (and a couple of background vocalists,) a keyboard and those lovable “finger snaps.” She’s singing “ba ba bada, ba ba bada….” and you’re hooked.
The simplicity of those three elements set it up as a charming, jazz-tinged, sensuous fun tune.
The reason I fell in love with the song is probably the same reason it wasn’t a very big selling tune. It seems today’s listening audience wants to hear a pumping synthesized drum beat accompanied by a couple of synthesizer lines (think “Yeah” by Usher) and an endlessly repetitive vocal line. Most of the most popular tunes by today’s favorite performers (sorry, I refuse to use the word “artist,”) are comprised of somewhere between one and four chords, period.
The aforementioned “Yeah” is one chord. The whole song, one chord. There’s not a single real instrument on it. One chord and a couple of catchy synth lines. One chord. One. Great song, but astonishing in its lack of any kind of musical challenge.
Actually one of my favorite dance tunes of the past couple of years is “Moves Like Jagger,” sung by Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera. “Moves Like Jagger” has TWO CHORDs in the entire song. Adam Levine is the solid front-man lead singer of Maroon 5, and Christina is the clear heir apparent to Mariah Carey as the best female “pop” voice. And their voices lend a truly authentic feel to what is basically a frighteningly repetitive two chord ditty. But start it out with a hard driving synthesized kick-drum and that truly unforgettably whistling, and you’ve made something out of nothing. Two Chords.
Which brings me back to “Love On Top,” which has some really juicy chords, a truly challenging vocal performance with an actual discernable melody. Throw in a whole bunch of background singers doing that “ba ba ba bada” thing, a couple of musically interesting chords, a couple of key changes at the end, topped off with some nifty horns, and you’ve got really fun, throw-back track. Enjoy the video. it doesn’t hurt that she is ridiculously gorgeous and dances her butt off! Let me know what you think.

Watching a rehearsal vs sitting in a crowded theatre.

When I was very young, I was introduced to the world of theater. My father was an amateur “leading man” actor, playing the roles of Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” & The King in “The King & I.” Of course, he was gone by the time I was six….but till this day, I can sing every single lyric from both of those shows. Never really having the confidence, opportunity, (or perhaps talent) to follow the path the eluded my father, I tried to instill that feeling of joy of creating a work of art for others to share in. Suffice it to say, when he made his debut as a playwright & director this year at the Off-Broadway 59E59 Theatres, I knew all the years of driving him to auditions as a child actor had paid off. Being a “fly on the wall” at each of his performances was always a brand new highlight of my life. Whether acting in Ryan Gosling’s first movie “The Believer,” being on “All My Children,” “Law and Order” were always wonderful for me.
Most child actors come to auditions or performances with their mothers, or nannies. I was always the only father at these auditions, so the Assistant Director would invariably welcome me to sit with him with a set of headphones and watch Frank perform on a monitor. My favorite of these is when we spent a full week shooting just an awful pilot called “Radio Free Nutley.”
All of this is to say that having spent a great deal of my life writing music as well as being a musical director is as close as it gets to that feeling of being “on the inside” of the “process” of rehearsing, and fine-tuning a single song in preparation for it’s theatrical debut. I found this gem on YouTube, showing a rehearsal for a beautiful song from the original musical production “Wicked.” In addition to seeing musical veterans Kristen Chenoweth and Idena Menzel (who coincidentally both made memorable guest-starring appearances on the painfully unwatchable “Glee.”

My favorite part of this clip is seeing Stephen Schwartz who wrote “Godspell” when he was 24 years old, working with Winnie Holtzman (who wrote the book for “Wicked.” as well as being one of the principle writers on my favorite television show, “thirtysomething.”

I’ve always enjoyed seeing truly gifted people going through the process of creating something beautiful. If anybody knows of any other clips similar to this one, I’d love to see it. Can you imagine being in the room during the brainstorming of “West Side Story,” with Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Artur Laurents?

Till next time-


imagesOK. I started taking piano lessons at 10 years old….relatively late as far as my peers. (note to parents: get your kids going as early as possible, and don’t give in to them when they want to quit. Learning an instrument is hard,face it.) I never stopped performing, creating, arranging, conducting music from that first day. Most classical musicians (as I was training to be) found little else fascinating. If there was an extra hour in the day, that was an extra hour in the practice room. Now I studied the piano at least 4-5 hours a day from 15 – 25, but I also loved sports, movies, pop music, etc. When you commit to life as a ballet dancer, classical musician, etc., there really is very little time to do anything else. There also develops a sense that everything else that doesn’t involve delving deeper into a Beethoven Concerto, or a Stravinsky score seems trivial. I remember as a piano major at Boston University School of Fine Arts, my dorm-mate couldn’t name one player on the Boston Red Sox, and would roll his eyes if I wanted to discuss the Yankees and the Sox.
Decades later, I don’t think anything has changed, which is probably why I never became a successful classical conductor or pianist. I knew there was another world out there that fascinated me. One was being an athlete. OK, I’ve always been able to pick up a racquet or a ball and compete in pretty much any sport. Except that I was never very good. But the one thing I could do as a skinny, wiry 153 lb. wannabe athlete, was lift weights with guys who were much bigger and stronger than me. Always enjoying that little claim to fame, I joined a gym and started working out again. Not the same thing as when I was 20, trying to look good at the beach. I really like the aerobic exercise so I never have to accept my real age; and I love the upper body workout because it always came so naturally to me.
So working out has become a real part of my life again. For the 1st time in my life I put on 25 pounds. I’ve always had a thin frame, so to me it was particularly heinous, and started buying XL shirts and buying size 36 pants instead of a lifetime of 30-32. I lost 20 of the pounds by running 30 minutes, 3xs a week, made up my own quasi-liquid diet & hit the gym.
A couple of weeks ago I happened into a class called TRX, which was actually developed by NAVY Seals. It’s a full-body work-out that has you soaking wet, without a second to catch your breath, and before you know it a full hour has gone by. It’s amazingly cool. The whole concept is to be utilizing your own body weight while leaning from cords hanging from the ceiling of the gym. I was trying to describe it to someone last night, and he asked what everyone else thinks of the class. And I started laughing, telling him that nobody speaks except the instructor, because you’re either exercising at full capacity, or taking the 3-4 seconds in between exercises to grab a sip of water. Literally nobody talks. And by the end you’re too tired to do anything but put the equipment away, wipe the sweat off your body and try to make it up the stairs to leave.
If you like working out, you’ve got to try a TRX class. I’m totally hooked. There’s literally no time to be bored. It’s great.
I know I didn’t write about weddings, but the trainer does play these great Latin-beat grooves the whole time…..
Next time.

James Taylor – The Blueprint

As a young singer-songwriter priming himself for superstardom, John Mayer introduced James Taylor at an awards show as “The Blueprint.” I thought there was never a more adept description of a musician who truly defined the ultra-personal freedom given to someone with the musical talent and poetic soul with the gift of being able to tap into the tragic depths of his oft-tortured soul without ever being self-pitying or maudlin. I think the classic example would have to be “Fire and Rain.” Here is one of the most iconic American songs ever written. A song about a young man opening up about his heroin addiction, as well as the failure of his first rock band. “Sweet dreams and Flying Machines in pieces on the ground,” isn’t about a plane crash, but the break-up of his band “The Flying Machines” because of his heroin use. The second line is him begging Jesus to help him simply to “make it through another day.” The famous “Suzanne” was a fellow addict at McLean Hospital in Boston, who committed suicide.

These are subjects usually saved for “Beat” poets and depressive novelists, not a singer-songwriter who has personally sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Everyone has their own take on “Fire and Rain,” but I, and I suspect many others related to “I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, but I always thought I’d see you again.” For most of us, it’s the lonely feeling following the break-up of a loving relationship. But it’s James’s unique self-taught guitar sound, and gentle, soothing baritone voice that draws you in, before getting (or needing) the chance to analyze the lyrics. It’s the exact same sound that he uses to sing “You’ve Got A Friend” or “Sweet Baby James” or “Sunny Skies” or hundreds of other songs that have nothing to do with heroin addiction or suicide.
James Taylor might possibly be the most unique musician in the era since recording “pop” songs began. He has not changed his style of acoustic guitar sound, or deeply soulful vocals for the past 42 years. Even Bob Dylan had an electric phase. James Taylor has not changed one thing about what he does, or who he is, since his first album in 1970, that amazingly enough was produced by Apple Records with Paul McCartney and George Harrison playing on “Carolina In My Mind.”
I am convinced there is not another performer/composer who has maintained the purity of his art while freely exposing his personal demons of his insular (pre-TMZ) personal life. Tony Bennett did come to mind, but his brilliance is as an interpreter of other people’s songs, not a composer. James is also responsible for what I consider to be the most perfectly crafted “pop” song ever written, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.”
If you mention virtually any contemporary musician, author, playwright, actor or director and you’d get as many detractors as fans. But nobody dislikes James Taylor. He’s untouchable. His songs are one of the most iconic, indestructible forces in American culture. What I always find amusing and a great unspoken tribute to the place James Taylor has in the pantheon of pop/rock culture, is James Cameron’s “Almost Famous.” He cast Billy Crudup as an up-and-coming rock guitarist, who just happens to be a dead ringer for a young James Taylor. The homage is brilliant. I’ve included a picture of the young James Taylor.
James Taylor is one of the few people in “pop” music that I would call a true artist. Establishing himself in an era when most rockers were showing off their virtuosic skills at deafening decibel levels, screaming their vocals, smashing their guitar when not setting them on fire, wearing makeup, trashing hotel rooms, this unique self-taught homesick musician from North Carolina found a way to let you into his troubled, tortured, addicted life without asking any help in carrying his load.
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Acknowledged from the stage.

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m gonna start to post 3-4 times a week, if not every day. But that means you’re going to have to deal with some movie reviews as well. Or stories about my genius son who’s written and is directing a show Off-Broadway (in Manhattan) opening February 21st.

But I want to share a story that happened about a month ago.

Back in 1986, Hugh Hefner decided he was going to re-open the Playboy Club in New York. So he held auditions for a Musical Director from NY to Chicago. I got the gig, as well as a First Class ticket to Chicago (1st time,) a suite at The Drake Hotel on Chicago’s Gold Coast (1st time,) and a Platinum American Express Card with the Playboy logo on it (1st platinum anything.) My first job was to help choose which bikini-clad young women would be chosen to be “Bunnies” at the new Manhattan Club. That was definitely a first, and sadly the last time for that treat. I promise, I’m a feminist, but c’mon….sitting next to Hef?

Anyway, Hef and Christie (Hefner) leave with my job being to put together a 13-piece band, making me a very popular guy among aspiring young musicians, instrumental and vocal. My first call was my friend Robbie Mathes, who I had known since he was 16. We had a rock ‘n roll band together singing tunes we wrote together and lots of Doobie Brothers covers. Next was a young sax player named Andy Snitzer, who I first heard when I accompanied my mentor, Bob James, to the University of Miami. Starting with those two I started the audition process, which was really fun, I’ve got to admit. Which leads me to the point of this diatribe. One of the people I found on the first day of auditions (actually brought in by Andy) was a baby-faced young trumpet player named Chris Botti.

To make a long story short, the club only stayed open for a little more than a year, and there I was with this amazing band and nothing to do with it. So I started Best Kept Secret. None of us owned tuxes or had even been to black tie weddings or corporate parties. But I started calling every major law firm, advertising firm, you name it, until we were established. Then the weddings started rolling in. So if you were a lawyer at Skadden Arps, Shearson Lehman, etc., or had Best Kept Secret at your wedding from 1989-1993, you had Chris at your party.

Using BKS as a jumping off point, Chris has gone on to be the number one selling jazz artist in the world, selling over 3 million albums worldwide, having 3 albums ranked No 1 on Billboard’s Jazz Charts, a bunch of Grammys, etc. Oh, and his best friend and mentor is Sting. Undoubtedly the best resume of anyone who used to play weddings for a living.

So 25 years after I hired Chris, I went to hang out with him before a show he booked at the Tarrytown Music Hall before his annual 2-week gig at The Bottom Line. After a pre-show cup of cappuccino with Chris and my wife Sari, he took the stage and we took the seats he gave us in the audience. In the middle of the show, he stops and I feel a spotlight on me. Chris begins to talk to the crowd…… “When I came to New York, I was a broke musician for one day, then I heard about these auditions for the new Playboy Club….” “Hey Doug, when exactly was that, without giving away our ages?” (He actually remembered the exact date, July 3rd, which was pretty impressive.) Then he asks me to stand up and tells the audience that I was the one who discovered him, giving him his first job. I’ve got to say I was speechless, which is very rare for me. And that he said it with my wife of 27 years sitting next to me meant the world to me.

It was the kind of gratifying moment that rarely ever happens in front of an audience. After the show, I was surrounded by people who thought that Chris was only in Westchester because of me. It was pretty damn cool. Way back when we were doing the nightly Playboy Club, I used to have the band play a couple of ballads I had written and always managed to have Chris come down and solo during each song. Believe it or not, each performance was videotaped and I would kill for those tapes now.

I felt the same way in 1986 that I feel now. Chris Botti has the warmest, most beautiful sound to come out of a horn since John Coltrane. I’m truly proud to call Chris my friend. And thanks for the “shout out.” Here’s just a sample of his sound. He walks off the stage to sing to “My Funny Valentine” to Sting’s wife, Trudy. Enjoy!

In The Stone; 1979 R ‘n B Classic

I wanted to introduce you to, or hopefully reintroduce you to, the single best “pop” song ever produced. The song is called “In The Stone” by Earth Wind & Fire. If you’re listening for the first time, or for the hundredth time, start by being instantly captivated by the triumphal Earth Wind & Fire horn section (which are really a bunch of L.A. studio horn players led by Jerry Hey & Chuck Findley) opening the song with the confidence of a Beethoven Symphony. The rest is self-explanatory. Quite simply the most powerful song ever produced.
The song was not even close to being the best selling hit of the Earth Wind & Fire library. As a matter of fact it never broke the No. 58 spot on the Billboard Top 100. This one album “I Am” also produced the mega-hits “After The Love Is Gone” as well as the classic “Boogie Wonderland,” so it’s not surprising that In The Stone got a little lost in the shuffle. I just believe on some visceral level that this song represents all the power, confidence and full-out production values that were so prevalent in the late seventies R ‘n B music.
I just got off the phone with one of my clients who told me about a song he wants to walk down the aisle to at his wedding. The song is “Blue Sky” by The Allman Brothers, and this very sophisticated, successful groom simply called it his “Happy Song.” So I guess for all it’s musical magisty, “in The Stone” along with it’s album brother “Boogie Wonderland” would have to be my “Happy Songs.”
Interestingly enough, 30 years after this 1979 album came out with both of these songs, “Boogie Wonderland” was used to encapsulate all that was great and fun about 1970s “R ‘n B” music in the movie “Happy Feet;” and a full out marching band arrangement was used in the seminal (guilty pleasure) movie (which introduced Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana) to celebrate, once again, by the old school hard-edged horn bands of the late 1970s.
This, my friends is one badass song. Don’t miss the first few seconds. It just kills me. Let me know what you think.

Recommendation for Best Kept Secret.

I wanted to share this Linkedin Recommendation I received from one of my favorite clients. Happy New Year everyone,

Daniel Schonfeld has recommended you on LinkedIn

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Daniel Schonfeld UK Data Management: Email /Mobile/Call Center in UK

To: Doug Winters

Date: August 29, 2009

Daniel Schonfeld has recommended your work as Owner at Doug Winters Music.

This recommendation is visible in your profile.

Dear Doug,
I’ve written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.

Details of the Recommendation: “Doug Winters and his highly skilled musicians were recommended to us from a friend. Once we met Doug and had the chance to see his work we we’re blown away. Doug Winters and his amazing musicians are the BEST band, musicians, singers and entertainers you can possibly find in the Tri State and they made our wedding more special than we ever imagined. All anyone said after the wedding was” Who the hell was that band, they are AMAZING!!! Thanks for the memories Doug!” 
Service Category: Entertainment
Year first hired: 2009
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

Top 5 Favorite Pop Tunes, Part 4

This is one of my all-time favorite songs from the first note to the last. It starts out with a screaming guitar solo over a thumping bass repeating a single note over and over punctuated by one of the best horn sections ever put together. playing impossibly short, powerful staccato hits. Then the lead singer bursts in, accompanied by this already established unstoppable rhythm section with the horns playing even longer lines accentuating every vocal line.
Allow me to introduce you to one of the best thing to come out of the 1970s, Tower Of Power, and their near-iconic pop hit, “What Is Hip?”
There’s nothing astonishingly profound about the lyrics. They simply state that too many people try way too hard to be what other people consider “hip.” It’s not a very deep, esoteric concept, but isn’t everyone trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends, go to the “right” clubs where the “cool” people hang out? Before I try to bleed all the “hipness” out of this song, give it a listen and see why it made my list.
Stranded on our proverbial desert island, you need a combination of fun songs and contemplative ballads. If you’ve never heard “What Is Hip?” before, listen carefully. This is some great stuff. Check out what sounds like the ending, with a crashing horn chord at the 3:30 mark, only to open back up with a great, yet subtle organ solo that continues throughout the rest of the song, along with the horns and the repetitive vocals.
And if you want to hear the best ending ever written to a pop song, just go to the 4:43 point and listen to how it continues to build with those same short horn hits that we heard in the opening…..eventually coming to a snap ending punctuated by the horns as they jump a full octave. It’s still the best ending to any pop song….ever.
“So you wanna jump out yo trick bag, ease on into a hip bag.
But you ain’t just exactly sure what’s hip.
So you start to let your hair grow, spent big bucks on your wardrobe.
But somehow you know there’s much more to the trip.
What is hip? Tell me tell me, if you think ya know.
What is hip? And if you’re really hip, the passing years will show,
You into a hip trip, maybe hipper than hip. But what is hip?”

“So you became part of the new breed, been smoking only the best weed.
Hanging out with so-called hippest set.
Been seen in all the right places,seen with just the right faces.
You should be satisfied,but still it ain’t quite right.
Hipness is what it is! Sometimes hipness is what it ain’t!
You done went and found you a guru,in an effort to find you a new you.
And maybe even managed to raise your conscience level.
As you’re striving to find the right road,there’s one thing you should know,
What’s hip today might become passe.”

OK, it doesn’t exactly read like a Shakespearean sonnet, but it does, repetitively, get its point across. No one knows what hipness is. And the more you do what you think other people’s idea of what “hip” is, you become less and less hip. I can’t believe I just attempted to analyze the lyrics to “What Is Hip? But one listen and I’m sure you’ll see what I always found irresistible about this “R & B” classic. From the first note to the last crashing horn ending, Tower Of Power created a genuinely iconic piece of music that represents the best of the 1970s “horn bands” that included such heavyweights as Earth Wind & Fire, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago and of course, the Average White Band.

Just remember, “hipness is..what it is. But sometimes hipness is…what it ain’t.”
Till my next post just remember, “what’s hip today, may become passe.”
Listen and enjoy.

Top 5 Favorite Pop Tunes, Part 1

Dear friends: I have forsaken my Blog to post on my new Facebook page, dedicated to all things weddings. On this blog I’ve committed to post at least one article per day for the next 90 Days. In each of the posts, in addition to telling you about the different parties Best Kept Secret has been playing, I will be supplying you with all sorts of lists. Lists of my favorite pop tunes, favorite classical pieces, favorite songs to play at wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, favorite scenes from movies, favorite music used in movies, favorite books, coolest weddings I’ve ever played, etc.

The idea’s original source comes from a play called “The Real Thing” by Tom Stoppard, in which he first coins the phrase “Desert Island Discs,” then used again in the terrific John Cusack movie “High Fidelity” based on a book by the British author Nick Hornby. Hornby went so far as to make lists of careers he wanted to pursue, favorite record singles for his girlfriend’s father’s funeral, etc.

So I started my lists with Top 5 Pop Songs Of All Time. Keep in mind that my thought process for all of these 90 days filled with all kinds of lists, I tried to stay true to the literal interpretation of “Desert Island Discs.” In other words, if I were trapped on a desert island (assuming I had remembered to bring my iPod, and these mythical desert island had a strong power source to plug in to)……what songs would I want to hear over, and over, and over again without getting tired of them. Some of my favorites were too sad to include. Crosby, Stills & Nash singing “sometimes it hurts so badly I must cry out loud” would make me start searching for the nearest coconut tree to hang myself from. The same with many of my truly favorite, albeit poignant and sad, would make it straight to the top of my list of “The Best” pop tunes, but not “My Favorite.” Those would have to include Laura Nyro’s “I Never Meant To Hurt You,” James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” Joni Mitchell’s “River,”
I begin with a song that is near and dear to my heart, and perhaps one of the least significant pop songs ever written. However, when I was in college the prettiest girl on campus decided (for some still unknown reason) that I was going to be her next boyfriend/conquest/boy-toy. This was a scene straight out of a movie (I’d be played by Paul Rudd, the girl Cher (real name) would have to be played by Jessica Alba.
We’re at a party and this song comes on, and even though I was fairly confident, this girl was clearly out of my league. The song “I Gotcha” by Joe Tex comes on (which at the time was a huge hit,) and Cher locks eyes with me and starts pointing her index finger toward me as if she were reeling me in as the “catch of the day.” I literally turned my head back and forth twice, then looked at her quizzically as if to say…”Who, me.”
Nodding, she kept on reeling me in. Knowing this is a fairly short song, I leapt at the opportunity, and the rest is history. Boyfriend and girlfriend for at least 3 weeks. But it was certainly a moment that was burned forever in the history of my life. Plus the moment of our courtship was actually “scored’ by this catchy, but otherwise forgettable tune.
So, for obvious egotistical reasons, this song always brings me back to that day when I became a sex symbol. Is there a better reason for a song to make this list? I found this version on YouTube where Joe Tex is performing on “Soul Train.” If nothing else it’s worth it to see the outfits people were wearing in the 1970s. Enjoy the first of my Top 5 Favorite Pop Tunes.