Sunday, April 03, 2011

Day 03 - A song that makes you happy : Band Of Gold, Freda Payne

The 30 Day Song Challenge has been presented to me by my friend Beff. The month of April will be dedicated to those thirty songs.

In 1967, Berry Gordy refused to negotiate new terms with the songwriting team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. Being prolific songwriters, Holland-Dozier-Holland set out to keep making their music and they created the Invictus and Hot Wax labels.

The labels produced a string of hits from the late-1960s through the mid-1970s. As Motown worked its way towards mediocrity and white-bread dullness, H-D-H expanded on the Motown tradition of great pop music with a sharp, and sometimes political, edge.

One of the best anti-war songs of the Vietnam War era was released on Invictus: "Bring The Boys Home," by Freda Payne. The song remains as relevant and listenable today as it was forty years ago.

Their biggest hit was another song sung by Freda Payne, and it is a song that makes me happy:

Here is a more current live performance:

And here is Bring The Boys Home:

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