What better way to celebrate our dads than to talk about the songs that remind us of our ol’ man? Here some of our staff discuss tunes that remind them of their dads. We’d love to hear your stories and the songs that remind you of your dad! Share them on our facebook page! We’re open today, so if you’re hanging with your dad today, swing by and grab a few tunes and sing along to your favorite songs with dad!
Happy Father’s Day!
One album that always reminds me of my father would have to be The Best of…The Guess Who. Later on, My parents and grandma took me to see them with Joe Cocker opening for my first official rock show in the 6th grade. Randy Bachman played with the Guess Who that night and also performed his BTO hits! I still have my tie-dye concert t-shirt from the show.
The Guess Who – “These Eyes”
The clock chiming in the rain that opens Black Sabbath’s debut eponymous album, always transports me to an age when I was too tiny to be riding shotgun in my dad’s ’83 silver Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The car was loud and fast, of course, but the music grew even louder and faster. I found myself pinned to the seat by a fast wind coming through the open window, nursing a strange mix of fear and excitement–my eyes growing wider, my ears perked–pondering what Ozzy Osbourne himself had already asked, “What is this that stands before me?” It’s a feeling I’ll always remember because it came with the realization that I’d never be satisfied by music unless it elicited that same nascent fear and excitement. My dad has always been a man of few words, he was happy to just drive and let the music play. He may not have known it then, but he was already gifting me one of the most precious things a father could give his son or daughter: curiosity. Not just about music, but everything.
Black Sabbath is still required listening on any road trip I take. Each time, I remember my dad. Even after all these years, I still feel like that excited little kid riding along in that fast car ready to take flight like the bird adorning its hood.
Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”
As a teenager, my father was a regular dancer on the original pre-Dick Clark American Bandstand being broadcast locally in Philadelphia. Think “Hairspray”…he was a local celeb, of sorts. My mother went to a taping in hopes of meeting him. She did. They danced together to The Platters song It’s Raining Outside.
They danced to it once more at their 50th anniversary party last year.
The Platters – ”It’s Raining Outside”
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The Weavers – “Goodnight Irene”
The Weavers – “On top of Old Smoky”
“Green Onions” by Booker T & the MGs. I grew up listening to this with my Dad. He is the reason I love jazz and R&B.
Booker T & the MGs -”Green Onions”