Top of the Hour: Primary Day, This Morning's Headlines

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Ian Mylchreest, executive producer of KNPR's State of Nevada on today's primaries; headlines.

Comments [2]

Leon Wynter from New York

...so in the next turnaround, you went and replaced "Summer Breeze" with "Shout."
Remember the scene from "Animal House" where the frat boys decide to go see Otis Day & The Knights" the second time, in the black night club?

No, it's definitely not 1966 again. Things have changed. But there's something about the unquestioned assumptions that those frat kids had about what they know, and especially what they don't know that they don't know, that still resonates, even in 2010.

Not withstanding the after the fact acknowlegement that "Twist and Shout" didn't become a hit until the Beatles covered it, the Isley Brothers base was always in the black community, on black radio where they got the vast majority of their air play.

Ironically, in the late '70's when they went to the lead electric guitar sound played by a younger Isley cousin, white hipsters (and some older black fans) wrote them off. But for the Isley base, especially in the slightly newer generations, now in their late 40's-early 50's, the new sound was really the golden years.

Those albums with the sometimes screaming, sometimes incredibly soulful almost gospel lead solos, combined with the best vocals by Ronald Isley (I believe) ever, opened up a unique blend of music that fit near the the center of the "urban contemporary" format that defined black music in the '80s.

I could go on, but the point is that maybe we all need to think twice about we know, and more important, what we own. In my writings I would be the LAST one to say that one race (or age, or gender) determines who can say what about anything. There is no bigger Laura Nyro fan than me, even though I'm not white or female. And yet, especially after your choice on the Isleys today, I really must think twice.

Here's a TakeAway question for you: Who do feel you "own" that's not part of your race (gender, age group etc.) ?

Jun. 08 2010 10:29 AM
Leon Wynter from New York

Not as bad as Helen Thomas, John, but I think you will come to regret your off the cuff comment on the "tragedy" of remembering the lost Isley Brother with a cover of the Seals & Croft "Summer Breeze" song.
Think twice about what you really know about someone like the Isleys before assuming that if it was not "Twist & Shout" it was somehow not authentic.
(More in my blog "The American Race" to follow..)

Jun. 08 2010 08:33 AM

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