Thursday, November 02, 2006

Anniversary Soul!

The Presidents - 5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)

Unfortunately, I didn't get to record the podcast last night, so the anniversary show will have to wait until the weekend. I wanted to have an "anniversary song" for today's post, though, and today's selection fits the bill nicely.

The Presidents were a Washington, D.C.-based trio whose style featured great harmony singing with only intermittent lead vocal work, giving their music a warmness that epitomizes the East Coast sweet soul sound. Their "5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)" was a big pop and R&B hit in 1971, and for good reason: if you aren't impressed with the great harmony singing by the group, try getting the song's hook out of your head once you've heard it. The group would continue to record for Sussex for a few more years and would then change their name and change labels, recording into the 1980s but never again sparking the kind of magic that "5-10-15-20" did. Fortunately for us soul fans, their one hit has all the magic we need.

Although this blog is not near "5-10-15-20 (25-30)" yet, I am glad to feel all the love that has come about in this one year. Look out this weekend for the podcast!

3 comments:

jabartlett said...

Holy smoke, Jason, you have no idea how long I've been trying to get my hands on this tune. It's on one of the out-of-print Rhino "Soul Hits of the 70s" discs, which I've seen at Half.com for $99 (although I haven't checked lately). I'm looking forward to having that hook in my head the rest of the day.

Happy anniversary, and keep on keepin' on. . . .

soulpeeps said...

If you are familiar with the Flintstones.....
Ohhhh, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, HAAAAAAAAPY ANNIVERSARY!

Rob Whatman said...

Happy anniversary, Jason! Every day is an education and an inspiration!