A highlight of my week is always watching Sunday Morning on CBS.
This morning they did a piece on the songwriting team of Lieber and Stoller. For as long as I can remember I've been a huge fan of "oldies" music. Do-wop, Rockabilly, Chubby Checker, Dion (with and without The Belmonts), The Righteous Brothers, and so on.
The mind started to wander and I came up with a few songs which - no matter how many times I hear them - make the hairs on my neck and arms start to tingle.
Stand By Me - the original Ben E. King version is my favorite, but the John Lennon and Playing For Change versions are nice too.
Be My Baby - I think this song was the first time the world heard Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. I read an interview with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys where he said the first time he heard this song he was driving and had to pull over with the power of Ronnie Spector's voice.
If Ronnie Spector had been a 14-year old boy, she would have been Frankie Lymon.
This Magic Moment - Jay Black had one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard.
Darlene Love - Christmas Baby Please Come Home in the early 1960's and All Alone on Christmas from the 1990's. The Wall of Sound is all over these two songs; and the later one also has the E Street Band!
Bonus: Brooooooooooooooooce. Not an oldie, but it sure is a shiver-inducer. On the studio recording of this song, Bobby Hatfield [the cute Righteous Brother] is singing backup.