Happy Birthday, Da!

Black History is also my parent’s history.

Today is my dad’s birthday and I wanted to honour him by showcasing a few of his favourite songs.

Outside in a summertime breeze, sitting around a few cars or up on the front porch with a drink or two and eating sizzlin’ bbq – these are the memories I hold surrounding these songs.

Because of my strong stereotype threat, though I wasn’t ready to fully listen and appreciate the music from my parents. In my hindsight, I will have to remember the music that I would pass down to my own children (should I have them) and wonder if they would keep it all at bay or embrace it.


Hard Times by David Fat Head Newman and Ray Charles

There were other songs he listed when talking about David “Fat Head” Newman, but I wanted to showcase this one.

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Arguably, these are all his favourites, though he recently mentioned her when I asked what he’s been listening to.

My Girl – The Temptations (original recording, 1964)

Everytime I go visit my parents, this movie about The Temptations is sure to be playing on the television at least 5 times. No joke. He could recite the entire movie. Backward.

Sanford & Sons Theme – by Quincy Jones (The Streetbeater)

I added this theme song since this show is on the TV at least several times a day and every episode is recorded on the DVR.

Dance With My Father Again – Luther Vandross

This is a special one for both of my parents, though, having lost his dad it really means something to my own. Also, can hardly get better than Luther.

Sugar Pie (Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops

This is a fun one that I’ve always enjoyed by The Four Tops. My dad and I can agree that Motown is where it’s at!

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

I know that he likes Marvin Gaye, so why not? It’s also a classic hit.

I love music, so I want to ask those reading or just passing through – what’s something you’ve been listening to lately? Leave a comment below! 🙂 

I hope that everyone has enjoyed my Black History Series, although short-lived on the shortest month of the year, but perhaps you’ve walked away having learned something new.
Cheers & ta! 🙂


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