Thursday, October 16, 2008

Memories -- An Obscure Song

This song was a top 40 song in 1969 when I was 12 years old. Not too many people will remember it. It was sung by a singer who simply went by "Oliver" and it's name was Jean. It's kind of a dopey song but it has personal significance.

What is significant to me about this song? I still remember it because it was the first song that I ever danced with a girl to (an attractive neighbor girl who was a year older than me.)

Do you remember the first song you ever danced with a partner to? Or perhaps your with husband or wife?


Blogger Dee said...

By the way, I loved your latest comment on my blog about clueless being the left's favorite kind of voter. Sad but true!

11:15 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Chicago's 1984-5, Hard Habit to Break


1:44 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

This song, in its time, was beautiful.

In my opinion, it is timeless and therefore still beautiful.

Thanks for the memories.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Kenneth G. Davenport said...

Great blog -- mine was "Hey Jude" by the Beatles when I was living in Switzerland...I was 12 or 13 at a school dance. Her name was Stephanie...I remember like it was yesterday!

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9:30 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I don't think the song is sappy at all, Shoprat. I've always loved it and wish that they still made music like that. Guess I'm just a sappy person.

The first dance my husband and I ever danced to was "Love is a Many Splendored Thing." Anyone I danced with before meeting my husband didn't leave enough of an impression on me to remember them.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

For the life of me I can't remember what it was. Probably something goofey in Jr. High, like "Kung Fu Fighting". LOL

12:13 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Do you remember the first song you ever danced with a partner to? Or perhaps your with husband or wife?

Too long ago! I don't remember the songs!

But I do remember "Jean." When it first came out, I bought the sheet music and came up with my own arrangement on piano. Works well, particularly as a keyboard instrumental.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

Beautiful song, then and now! I was stationed in Georgia after coming home from Nam. My best friend while there was a guy who was INFATUATED with a gal named Jean. Needless to say, I heard that song WAY to many times.

3:01 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

yes Jean was a beautiful song and I do love the melody very much, but I always thought the lyrics were a little weak. I am pleasantly surprised at how many people remember it as I hadn't heard it in years until I stumbled across that video of it.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Great post, Shoprat!

I can't really remember, but I did love those slow dances in junior high school. I had a crush on a girl named Leslie, and I still remember her fondly.

Oh, those times.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Z said...

the lyrics aren't the best, but I remember liking the song when it was popular..thanks for the reminder.
I recorded "Can I have this Dance for the rest of my Life" for our wedding and had the band play my recording just for that one dance..our first dance! (tho the band played SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY so well I grabbed Mr Z BEFORE our 'first married dance' and danced THAT!! I guess you'd say the one recorded was our first SLOW dance after the wedding!! I must have just wanted to dance because I'm not even crazy about that song!!)

Once, on one of our anniversaries, we got in the car to go to breakfast and "Can I have this dance.." came on exactly then on the radio. WEIRD! Happy times!

9:01 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

In my time, there was slow-dancing to the Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin" and "Whiter Shade of Pale." There was also Chicago's penultimate slow dance (but very short) epic: "Color My World."

ALL the chicks dug "Color My World."


6:19 PM  
Blogger Andy the Redneck said...

Been married almost 30 years. Met the Mrs. in 1976. Airline High School Dance...I was a very awkward guy...Chicago, "Color My World"...I will never forget it.

But the first dance I ever did with a girl was to "Jungle Boogie," by Kool & The Gang. Embarrassed myself so badly that I stuck with the slow stuff from then on.

2:44 PM  

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