For the first blog under this category, we thought of making an initial inventory of our favorite songs.
Remember that sari-sari store (or restaurant?) located at the corner of Juan Luna and Solis Streets? Many of us frequented this place to spend our spare cents on the jukebox and satisfy our cravings for music.
Two songs we always played then were “Band on the run” by Paul McCartney & the Wings and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the Queen.
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Paul McCarney’s live rendition of ” Band on the Run”
Other foreign artists we liked included Alice Cooper (“I never cry”), Eagles (“Hotel California”), Elton John (“Skyline pigeon” and “Goodbye, yellow brick road”), Led Zeppelin (“Stairway to heaven”), and Rod Stewart (“I don’t wanna talk about it”).
The songs that made us run to the dance floor were those by the Bee Gees (“Stayin’ alive”, “Night fever”, and “More than a woman”), KC & the Sunshine Band (“That’s the way I like it”) , Gloria Gaynor (“I will survive”), Patrick Hernandez (“Born to be alive”), The Trampps (“Disco inferno”), Wild Cherry (“Play that funky music”), Village People (“YMCA”), Tina Charles (“I love to love”), Anita Ward (“Ring my bell”), Donna Summer (“Bad girls”), Lipps Inc. (“Funkytown”) …
Disco music of the ’70s
Our batch was also witness to the emergence of the so-called original Pilipino music (OPM), with hits popularized by the Juan dela Cruz Band (“Ang himig natin”), Mike Hanopol (“Jeproks”), Sampaguita (“Bonggahan”), Maria Cafra (“Kumusta mga kaibigan?”), etc. Jose Marie Chan’s “Can we stop and talk a while” was also a theme song of many lovers. We also warmly received Hotdogs’ “Pers Lab” (tigyawat sa ilong, pati na sa pisngi) and “Annie Batungbakal”, Cinderella’s “Ang boyfriend kong baduy” and many others which I will try to list down in my future posts.
Juan dela Cruz Band performing in a recent reunion concert
While we all enjoyed listening to these songs, we also loved singing them. At least three peps (Mario Mercado, Ariel Dimacali and Ana Marie Joaquin) played the guitar well and used to lead our kantahan sessions. While belting out the hits of our period, we would also try the songs of yesteryears like those of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Cascades, and the Brothers Four. Pero madalang na ngayon ang ganitong mga kantahan dahil sa videoke. At wala na rin yatang jukebox.
If I have a personal favorite? Picking out just one song is difficult. But for now, it will have to be “Disney girls” – the two versions waxed by Captain & Tennille and Art Garfunkel (see below) are simply great. How about you? Any specific song that evokes memories of our high school days? Share! (CP)
“Disney Girls” by Captain & Tennille and Art Garfunkel