Important Administrative News

Hope this note find all readers well.

One of my file storage hosts has been hacked and so when you click on a music player to play a song it may or may not play. I will be spending this weekend re-digitizing and uploading literally hundreds of songs that were on the paid storage facility to my own domain so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your patience during this conversion.

Of course I was, and still am,  in the midst of moving both music blogs to their own domain so comments will be suspended temporarily here at OSML from Midnight Eastern Time (USA)  Saturday 8/29 until the transfer is complete. Of course you can always use the Contact page to email me directly if needed.

When you go to the “Contact Page” you will see that the “About” text has been updated today.

Please feel free to read through the posts you may have missed out on before and have a wonderful rest of the summer.

Published in: on August 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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‘Soul Train’ coming to the big screen

Posted: Tue., Aug. 25, 2009, 8:00pm PT @

WB taps Spellman to write film based on showDon C Hosting Soul Train


Warner Bros. has hired Malcolm Spellman to write a feature based on the classic TV show “Soul Train.”

Darryl Porter and Aaron Geller of Porter/Geller Prods. will produce with Don Cornelius, the host and producer of the famed show, which ran from 1971-2006.

Spellman said that he’s writing a film set in the 1980s.

See the VARIETY article in its entirety here.

I sure wish this was going to be set in the 1970s … but I’ll take what I can get 😉

Published in: on August 28, 2009 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Former Motown singer loses Detroit council seat

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

(08-04) 20:48 PDT DETROIT, (AP) —

Former Motown singer Martha Reeves’ tenure on the Detroit City Council will end after one term.

Reeves lost in the city’s nonpartisan primary Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Reeves tells Detroit’s WDIV-TV that she’ll concentrate on her music career.

Her first record was released in 1961. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 as a member of Martha & The Vandellas.

Of the six incumbents running for re-election, only Reeves failed to move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

She has been criticized for missing council meetings and for voting against a state plan to turn Detroit’s Cobo Center over to a regional authority. The convention center hosts the North American International Auto Show each January.


Published in: on August 6, 2009 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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It’s Summer Vacation Time.

Hello readers, friends and Old School Music Lovers,

The OSML  sister blog is closed for the Month of August and this year I have decided that the OSML blog will be closed as well. computer-beach

I will not be on any vacation that I can ill afford. I am in the processing of learning enough about blogging, domains, servers and the like  to get this blog transferred to its own domain. Also I have  been trying to teach myself as much css code and htlm code  as I can to get the job done, and yet still go to work to pay the bills every day!  If I can’t afford a vacation you know I can’t afford to hire a professional web designer– so it’s all on me.

I don’t want the quality of my posts here to suffer, so I decided it best to forgo composing musical posts while I am figuring things out related to this move.

Of course I will be checking in here for messages and will keep comments open up until a few days before the move. I will continue to post any breaking music related news and the “Monday Music Musings” at “Everything Old is New Again” will continue throughout August as per usual.

My goal is to have the move completed by the day after Labor day at the latest!

In the meantime please check out the posts here to discover what you may have missed out on earlier and keep the music alive until I return. I appreciate your patience and tolerance and as always I am,

Musically Yours,


Published in: on August 1, 2009 at 7:13 pm  Comments (3)  
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“It Should Have Been Me” Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips (1968)


Gladys Knight & The Pips – It Should Have Been Me (1968)

Another awesome classic  by GK&TP from their Motown years! This awesome mid-tempo effort tells the story so realistically that you can just feel Gladys’ hurt and pain at being left by her two timing lover. You can visualize her singing her feelings to him while her brother, cousin and family friend support their “baby girl” in the background! Just beautiful.

This song is from the group’s LP  “Feelin’ Bluesy.” It is is a cover of a song that had already been recorded by Motown’s own Kim Weston.  At  least Motown gave GK&TP the  “leftovers” of someone other than the Temptations for a change (LOL).

No matter though — Gladys can sing any song and make it her own. Look what happened when she covered Marvin Gaye’s “Grapevine”– she had a super hit!

The beautiful Ms. Knight has got to be the strongest female vocalist that Motown ever had in the Sixties. (Thelma Houston was probably the strongest of the later years at Motown.)

Here are the lyrics to this song composed by Motown’s own William “Mickey” Stevenson and Norman Whitfield. Enjoy.

It Should Have Been Me

I saw my love walking down the aisle
And as he passed me by
He turned and gave me a smile
Then, the preacher, then the preacher
The preacher joined their hands
And all the people, all the people began to stand
When I shouted, “you know it should have been me”
(Instead of her walking with you)

You are leaving me stranded
You know that it should have been me baby
Oh baby gettin’ ready to marry you
Darlin’ darlin’ darlin’
You made a promise that we would never part
Then you turned around and broke my little heart
Now you’re standing there saying I do
Holding hands with somebody new
You know that it should have been me
(I can’t stand it)
Instead of her standing by you
You know that it should have been me
It should have been me
(Baby don’t do it)
Then the preacher oh yeah the preacher asked
That there be silence please

If anybody objects to this wedding
Speak now or forever or forever hold your peace
Thin I shouted, “It should have been me”
You know that it should have been me
Don’t you know that it should have been me
You know that it should have been me
I’ve been faithful to you baby, baby, baby
You were leaving me stranded

Musically Yours,


“I Don’t Want To Do Wrong” Peformed By Gladys Knight & The Pips (1971)


Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Don’t Want to Do Wrong #17 Pop

“End of our Road” is by far my favorite uptempo Motown release by GK&TP. It is funkiness at it’s best — even surpassing the group’s cover of “Grapevine IMHO.

“IDWTDW” is also one of the view songs that the group got to perform and promote with out it being an obligatory cover of a hit Temptation’s song (yes I said it: even Gladys’ herself said in one of her books, that Motown relegated them to Temptations’ left-overs, and the group’s Motown catalog proves it!)

This is another one of the few songs that everyone at Motown did *not* cover since there is no way they could have succeeded: This is the definitive version of this ballad composed by the group (William Guest, Gladys Knight, Merald “Bubba” Knight), Johnny Bristol, and Catherine Schaffner.

This song is from the hit Motown Set entitled “If I Were Your Woman.”  The LP went to #4 R&B and #35 Pop on the Billboard Charts.

A great way to start off your week — don’t you agree?

Musically Yours,


“Much Better Off” Performed By The Miracles (1968)

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The Miracles – Much Better Off (1968)

The so-called “B” side to “Yester Love” was “Much Better Off” composed by Miracles Smokey Robinson and Warren “Pete” Moore. To me it is a sing- along love ballad that I sang along to many, many, many times as a teen. Of course at the time I had only fantasies about love and romance (never the real thing), but that never stopped a teenage girl now — did it?

If you have never heard this tune you are in for a treat. If you are a fellow boomer than let it take you back to those good old days! Be sure to sing it loud and strong now.

Musically Yours,