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Classic hit songs and golden oldies from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s ‘speak the language of emotion’, say researchers

November 29, 2011

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Music is sometimes called ‘the language of emotion’ because it has an amazing power to influence people’s emotions and behaviour. It can affect and stimulate many different parts of the brain and body, and can reduce stress, aid relaxation, and alleviate depression.

In fact, scientists have found that a piece of music can become so closely associated with an event from a person’s life that hearing the music again evokes powerful memories of the original experience.

A recent study revealed that the memories triggered by music – such as classic hits and golden oldies from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s – tend to involve relationships with past or present lovers, or experiences with family and friends.

Most significantly, though, the study found a substantial bias towards music evoking memories of happy events that can cheer us up during these worrying economic times.

In 2008, researchers at the University of Leeds conducted a Magical Memory Tour during which they asked people to record their memories of the Beatles in an online survey. The study set out to use people’s autobiographical memories of Beatles songs, albums, movies, concerts, and news events to show how music — particularly the music of the most influential band of the rock ‘n’ roll era — can be used to retrieve memories that have been all but forgotten.

Most people who took part in the survey fell within the 55 to 65 age range, having been teenagers in the 1960s when the Fab Four were still together. The song that cued the most memories among middle-aged people was ‘She Loves You’, while ‘Love Me Do’ cued the most memories among the over-60s.

The researchers found that the memories evoked by the Beatles songs were surprisingly detailed and provided diverse snapshot images of long-forgotten times and places.

For one 57-year-old man, for example, ‘She Loves You’ triggered a memory of the weather on the first night he heard the song at the age of 11; another man remembered lying in the grass at age seven and playing with his toy soldiers as ‘Penny Lane’ played on the radio.

Another interesting finding of the study, say the researchers, was that most retrieved memories occurred during people’s early teenage years. The songs we hear when we’re growing up, it seems, shape the story of our lives.

One definition of ‘memory’ is that it is a mental system that receives, stores, organises and recovers information from sensory input. According to the Leeds University researchers, the results of their Magical Memory Tour study implied that music has a powerful influence on the storage and retrieval of long-term memories in particular.

As Oliver Sacks, the noted British neuroscientist and author, puts it: “Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.”

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New Rockabilly album features Carl Perkins, Johnny Burnette, Bill Haley, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis

October 10, 2011

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Rockabilly fans are being offered a ready-made library of classic Rockabilly recordings with the launch of a new compilation, Rebel Rock – The Essential Rockabilly Album, from Union Square Music.

The collection captures all of the raw excitement and good-time sounds of early rockabilly.

Rebel Rock – The Essential Rockabilly Album contains 50 tracks on two CDs and features legends like Carl Perkins, Johnny Burnette, Bill Haley, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Feathers.


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James Taylor to release album of cover versions of classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s

August 7, 2008


James Taylor is set to release a new album featuring versions of 12 classic songs from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies – written by legendary songwriters such as Leiber & Stoller, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Jimmy Webb and Leonard Cohen.


Following in the footsteps of Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell, Taylor will release the new album – titled Covers – on the Starbucks-owned record label, Hear Music, in September.


James Taylor fans will be able to purchase the album from Starbucks coffee shops as well as traditional record stores.


Covers is Taylor’s first studio release since October Road in 2002. It’s his second collaboration with Starbucks, having released a live CD/DVD collection via Hear Music in the US last November.


As one of the world’s greatest singer-songwriters, it’s ironic that the creator of songs like ‘Fire and Rain’, ‘Carolina On My Mind’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ has enjoyed much greater commercial success with other people’s songs – most notably ‘You’ve Got A Friend’,’ Handy Man’, and ‘How Sweet It Is’.


The new Covers album even features James Taylor’s take on ‘Some Days You Gotta Dance’ by the Dixie Chicks.


Taylor and his Band of Legends reportedly gathered in a converted barn in Massachusetts last January and recorded the whole album in ten days.


“An album of other people’s music is something I’ve been wanting to do for years,” says Taylor. “I’ve enjoyed performing these songs over the years, but to record them live in a room with these incredible musicians was just extraordinary.”


Full list of tracks:


1. ‘It’s Growing’ (written by William ‘Smokey’ Robinson & Warren Moore and recorded by The Temptations).

2. ‘(I’m A) Road Runner’ (by Edward Holland Jr.-Lamont Dozier-Brian Holland and made popular by Jr. Walker & the All Stars).

3. ‘Wichita Lineman’ (written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by Glen Campbell).

4. ‘Why Baby Why’ (by Darrell Edwards & George Jones).

5. ‘Some Days You Gotta Dance’ (by Troy Johnson & Marshall Morgan and recorded by the Dixie Chicks).

6. ‘Seminole Wind’ (by John Anderson).

7. ‘Suzanne’ (by Leonard Cohen).

8. ‘Hound Dog (written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, with Taylor’s version inspired by the original Big Mama Thornton recording).

9. ‘Sadie’ (by Joseph Jefferson, Charles Simmons & Bruce Hawes and made popular by The Spinners).

10. ‘On Broadway’ (by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann – recorded by The Drifters).

11. ‘Summertime Blues’ (written by Eddie Cochran & Jerry Capehart).

12. ‘Not Fade Away’ (by Norman Petty & Buddy Holly).

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