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Songs That Touch The Soul-by Mike Cooper JHS Class of 1960

by Tom Wisdom on 04/14/14

This new Blog will be the wonderful Musical Musings of Mike Cooper - Jones Class of 1960 a great athlete, a good friend of 50 plus years and a great guy!  

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1. Mike Cooper JHS 1960 said on 4/14/14 - 08:20PM
So, I've decided to share some of the tunes with you. In stead of sending good will prayers to you, I've decided to drop you a song every once in a while. If you want to listen...do so, if not....that's okay also. In this first one , it is the melody that's a killer. The sax is played by a genius in his time. I can't remember his name but he was the greatest. It was said that he could make a saxophone cry and I believe it. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTddmYmwEo R. M. "Mike" (Bubba) Cooper
2. Tom Wisdom said on 4/14/14 - 08:28PM
Please copy the link from Mike's posts and paste into your browser...these some of the greatest song of our lives
3. Mike Cooper JHS 1960 said on 4/14/14 - 08:30PM
Growing up I really was not enthralled with Rock and Roll for we were more into R & B and some of that later became the Soul Sound. In fact, in 1956 when I was 14 years old, I had the pleasure to go with my cousin to see Rock & Roll of '56. The feature act was Bill Haley and the Comets (Remember Rock Around The Clock). Bill Haley and the Comets was the only white act in the show. We saw Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Flamingos, The Drifters, Ruth Brown and they were really mostly R & B. Rock and Roll was a white man's phrase. It was funny that when Bill Haley came on stage and he was the last act, everyone got up and left. Enough for that. I always took pride in listening to music especially of that era and the songs that meant the most to me were songs that contained excellent melody and words. Words when expressed the right way can mean so much. I was a big fan of slow dancing....belly to belly with the slow grind. You know what I mean.
4. Mike Cooper said on 4/16/14 - 12:09PM
Today we salute Francis Zambon, AKA Mark James, with the first big hit recorded by Elvis. Suspicious Minds in 1969. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBmAPYkPeYU The second big hit was recorded first by Elvis but became a much bigger hit when recorded by Willie Nelson. Here is Willie singing You Are Always On My Mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7f189Z0v0Y
5. Mike Cooper said on 4/17/14 - 07:49AM
In the early 1950's we were blessed in Houston to have a disk jockey that played the music that we wanted to hear. His name was Paul Berlin and he was special. Every day at 4:45 pm Paul Berlin would play the top 3 songs of the day and we would wait with great excitement in Ed Bettincork's garage, listening to a small am radio to hear which tune would be number one. For many weeks the same group would be at the top. Groups were very popular in those days. The group was known as the Clovers and here are 2 tunes that were big winners for them. First is: I've Got My Eyes On You . So turn up the volume and get ready to Bop! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJwGy_fuS-4 Next enjoy the big number uno from 1954: Little Mama. Now weren't those good times? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ba0AO_BtDg
6. Skip Bennett-JHS 1962 said on 4/18/14 - 09:23PM
Here’s a couple sites to check out if you have some time and haven’t already come across them. First one has information about the early Texas (really mid to late 60’s) music scene http://www.scarletdukes..com/st/tm_houston.html
7. Mike Cooper said on 4/23/14 - 02:44PM
The year is 1968 and the tune is Who's Making Love and I might add To Your Old Lady by Johnnie Taylor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGdWjc5aiT0 The next tune was from 1974 and it's a real gem. It's by the great Al Green and the title is Take Me To The River. Turn up your volume and move your booty to the beat of a classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGD8aQ2GKr0
8. Mike Cooper said on 4/23/14 - 02:45PM
It is one of my all-time favorites. The song is titled Sunshine. Turn up the volume on this one and be sure to listen to the end. And it's even more outstanding if you play it a second time. It is one great performance. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have through the years. And fellas, get ready to charge your lady. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMlBXt3Q2lw
9. Mike Cooper said on 4/23/14 - 02:47PM
The first is a little ditty from 1963 by Barbara Lewis entitled Hello Stranger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Y1O9eVKRs Next we have The Shirelles in 1961 singing This Is Dedicated To The One I Love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnLyypuGG6o And now to top it off is a great song from 1959 by the Flamingos entitled I Only Have Eyes For You. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvzNeh4Mq1o
10. Totsy Wisdom JHS 1960 said on 4/24/14 - 03:14PM
here is one of my goodies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IePTH1PWzAs
11. Totsy Wisdom JHS 1960 said on 4/24/14 - 03:17PM
Everyone has one song...this is mine...to be it the essence of 1950s in Houston, Texas and Rock & Roll http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3-OaNevkfg
12. Totsy Wisdom JHS 1960 said on 4/24/14 - 03:23PM
Nothing says Jones High School in 1959-60 more than this one song and Bill Abbott JHS 1960 dancing @ Teen Hall...WhoHa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvbFTLZOO4Q
13. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:35PM
I decided to make today a special story that has a lesson to be learned. It was December 1948 and I was 6 years old but I remember it like it was yesterday. And here is the first song to set the mood. It's by Merle Haggard called If We Make It Through December. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGDo1Jybs_I
14. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:37PM
Times were tough for the old Cooper family that year and my Mama and Daddy decided that we needed to go back to Ratcliff to spend Christmas with my Mammaw and Pappaw. So we threw everything in our old Hudson (that's the car we had at that time) and headed out for Ratcliff. To say that it was an exciting trip is an understatement. First the old Hudson had something to occur every few miles called a vapor lock (whatever that is) and we'd have to stop and let the poor old Hudson rest for a while before we could continue. Then we got to Ratcliff and everything was frozen as this was a hard winter in East Texas. So the drive from town to my Mammaw's house was like going on a roller coaster. The old sandy clay road was frozen solid and as we topped the hill above my Mammaw's house the thrill became unreal. The ride down that hill was slipping and sliding and brought me a lot of joy. I can remember that night which was really cold as we had sleet most of the night. I got to sleep with my Mammaw and she held me in her arms until I went to sleep. God Bless my Mammaw.
15. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:38PM
Times were tough for the old Cooper family that year and my Mama and Daddy decided that we needed to go back to Ratcliff to spend Christmas with my Mammaw and Pappaw. So we threw everything in our old Hudson (that's the car we had at that time) and headed out for Ratcliff. To say that it was an exciting trip is an understatement. First the old Hudson had something to occur every few miles called a vapor lock (whatever that is) and we'd have to stop and let the poor old Hudson rest for a while before we could continue. Then we got to Ratcliff and everything was frozen as this was a hard winter in East Texas.
16. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:40PM
So the drive from town to my Mammaw's house was like going on a roller coaster. The old sandy clay road was frozen solid and as we topped the hill above my Mammaw's house the thrill became unreal. The ride down that hill was slipping and sliding and brought me a lot of joy. I can remember that night which was really cold as we had sleet most of the night. I got to sleep with my Mammaw and she held me in her arms until I went to sleep. God Bless my Mammaw.
17. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:41PM
The next morning was Christmas and like any six year old I was excited to see what Santa Claus would bring me. There was a decorated tree in the living room and it was a tree that had been cut down in the pasture and it was decorated with a lot of stuff. Under that tree I found the following for me: First, as always throughout my childhood years , my Mama had for me a sock or a paper sack and it always contained the same things. There would be an apple, an orange and then some nuts. The nuts were always the same. There would be 2 walnuts, 2 pecans, 2 almonds and 2 large black nuts that I won't use the name here. Later we discovered that they were called Brazilian Nuts.
18. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:42PM
I think that she had two of everything to show that they were from both Mama and Daddy. There also would be a small bag of Christmas candy and it was always the same thing. It was red, white and green stripped and it was a swirl that was as hard as a rock. I have no idea where she could find this collection every year as I don't remember seeing it in any store so she must have put a lot of effort into getting these items for me. God Bless Mama for her love.
19. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:43PM
Next under the tree was my gift from Santa and it was special. Santa had found a broom with a yellow broom handle. He had cut off the head of the broom and he had drilled a small hole in one end of the broom handle. In this small hole he had inserted a rawhide string about 12 inches long. That was the bridle to my new horse, Trigger. I cannot tell you how excited I was that day. I rode Trigger around the house more times than I could count and as I rode I marveled at the icicles that hung from the house and the trees. Trigger and I stayed together for 2 years and I rode him hard. It truly was one of the very best Christmas times ever spent by me. God Bless Daddy for his love.
20. Mike Cooper said on 5/9/14 - 04:44PM
Then when I heard this song many years later, it immediately brought back memories of that special Christmas so long ago. Remember it's not what you get but the love behind the gift that makes it special. Here is Dolly Parton singing Hard Candy Christmas. I hope you enjoy the story and can remember that special Christmas that you had. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pttkAyWvAhU


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