Another earworm, and this – for me, dates back to when I changed school, going from my home town Cambridge where we were really into the Beach Boys, Leonard Cohen and the Beatles among others, to Weston, where my new friends played this strange sounding band with peculiar voices… I actually didn’t listen to them much but went into Cream and the Incredible String Band. It was only on another move, up to Manchester that I actually properly listened to the ‘strange sounding band with peculiar voices’ – the Isley Brothers! Today’s earworm is ‘This Old Heart of Mine’.
I confess, that having liked the Isleys for so long, I know nothing about them, apart from the fact that they are American and on the Motown label. Are they actually brothers? Well, yes they are… O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley and originally Vernon Isley annd later Ernie and Marvin Isley – plus Chris Jasper. They came from Cincinatti and started singing gospel music; later they moved to New York – I guess seeking fame and fortune. They met up with Jimi Hendrix and he played with them but left before they recorded my earworm, ‘This Old Heart of MIne’. They continued singing and recording and having success, with different line-ups, and Ronald and Ernie are still going!
Is this now your earworm? It’s a good one, isn’t it?!