Memory Lane: ‘Soldier Boy’

Something, some spirit, called up this song from deep in my memory–a vision of a summer day, and a trip to the shore with my grandparents (it would be my introduction to surf-fishing)… with Soldier Boy, by The Shirelles, playing on the car radio. And oh, how I wanted to be back there again!

I grew up in a world of men and women. Now it’s a world dominated by freaks and villains who deny there ever was a past. Nothing good existed until they came along!

I can at least get back for two minutes or so. All aboard for the Jersey Shore, 1962.

9 comments on “Memory Lane: ‘Soldier Boy’

  1. There were a lot of good things from back then, and even earlier, to recall with nostalgia. I feel sorry for today’s youngsters. They will never know what they are missing unless they have grandparents and even great grandparents to reproduce some of them.

  2. I love the instrumentals, from the 60’s. “Telstar,” “Wipeout,” “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat from 1968. I had that and “Green Onions” by Booker T & the M Jays on 45’s. Who can forget the Village Stompers’ lively “Washington Square” and the numerous other great instrumentals like “The Lonely Bull” in 1962 by the unbelievable popular Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. My father just loved his music, as did I. “Pipeline,” “Wipe Out,” and many many others…

    1. I love instrumentals, and especially the instrumentals of the ‘60s. I love Surf Music, and I have always loved Herb Alpert’s music. Green Onions was a wonderful tune.

      I play in a band that covers mostly ‘60s music. We do a fair number of Surf Tunes and the audiences love it. Pipeline is a perennial favorite with audiences. Much of the music of the ‘60s has stood well, the test of time, and the quality of that music was exceptional. It’s also good to note that Herb Alpert played a major role in the success of the Carpenters, who gave us some wonderful music in the ‘70s.

  3. I think one of Herb Alpert’s biggest hits, was “This Guys in Love With You” a non instrumental, which song I really didn’t like. Yeah, I remember, the background voice “He, he, he, he, wipe out” from “Wipeout.” “Midnight in Moscow” is one of my favorites. But Bert Kaempfert’s Wonderland by Night” is close to the top of my list.

  4. All music to my ears.

    I saw a YouTube video about the writing of Wipe Out, recently. Basically, it was written on the fly, and recorded immediately. It was basically a throw-away, just to fill out a record, and it became a massive hit and made its publishers a lot of money.

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