MUSC 2018 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: The Shirelles, Carole King, Connie Francis
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January 7, 2015
Wednesday: Pop forms, Harmony and Rhythm, Girl Groups
READ: 8, 10, 11
Booker T and the MGs, “Green Onions”
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, “I Love Rock'n'Roll”
The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”
REM, “Losing my Religion”
Neil Young, “Only Love Can Break you Heart”
The Beatles, “Oh Darlin'”
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Manic Depression”
The Crystals, “Da Doo Ron Ron”
The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”
Aretha Franklin, “Respect”
Question to think about:
Are we really controlling what becomes popular these days? Or are we
just told what is popular?
Rhythm: The White Stripes, “The Hardest Button to Button” 2003
Little Richard was initially angry, but then realized that Pat Boone
brought his music to the white community.
Elvis was under less scrutiny as he didn’t deviate from the genre
as much whereas Pat Boone made versions more sweet and
removed much from the music itself.
This lead to authenticity, trying to assess the legitimacy of
artists’ work. People believed Elvis was more authentic.
RHYTHM: 1, 2, 3, 4 general beat
oActual song forms Actual 4 sections of 4 beats
oBooker T & MGs, “Green Onions” (1962)
oBig Joe Turner, “Shake, Rattle & Roll” (1954)
oI – IV – I – V – IV – I
oJoan Jett, “I Love Rock’n’Roll” (1981)
oThe Mamas & the Paps, “California Dreamin” (1965)
oIntro Verse (lyrics) Chorus (shorter than verse usually
higher melody, short catchy lyrics) Verse (same melody
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