Songs that are made for love


The Citizen (KZN) - - Front Page - Hay­den Horner

We say pish to the cyn­ics, here are some songs for all time.

Ted Gioia, an Amer­i­can jazz critic and music his­to­rian ac­knowl­edges the power of love songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in his book, Love Songs: The Hid­den History, when he says love songs, far from be­ing wimpy music for emo­tional weak­lings and sen­ti­men­tal fools are, in fact, rad­i­cal and dis­rup­tive man­i­fes­ta­tions of hu­mankind’s grow­ing sense of in­di­vid­u­al­ism and per­sonal au­ton­omy.

What­ever the case, it’s hard not to be rad­i­cally dis­rupted by love when Valen­tine’s Day rolls around.

Diana Ross knew this when she crooned on hit sin­gle The Boss: “Fancy me. Thought I had my de­gree in life and how to love. Thought I could turn emo­tion on and off … but love taught me who was the boss.”

How­ever, Terry Tea­chout, in his Com­men­tary Mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle, says it is highly un­likely that the ro­man­tic love songs of which Gioia writes will ever again at­tain any­thing re­motely ap­proach­ing the cul­tural pri­macy they once oc­cu­pied.

Well, we say pish and urge Mr Tea­chout, and ev­ery­one cel­e­brat­ing this week­end of love, to lis­ten to our se­lec­tion of some of the great­est love al­bums ever com­piled:

WHIT­NEY HOUS­TON: The Ul­ti­mate Col­lec­tion

Cited by Guin­ness World Records as the most awarded fe­male artist and still one of the best-sell­ing music artists of all time, with 200 mil­lion records sold world­wide, Whit­ney Hous­ton is also the cousin of Dionne War­wick. From her ren­di­tion of Dolly Par­ton’s I Will Al­ways Love You to Run To You, Great­est Love Of All and Sav­ing All My Love For You, this al­bum is a keep­sake.

So, whether you’re alone this Valen­tine’s week­end, spend­ing it with your af­fi­anced or go­ing on your very first date – be in­spired by these love songs.

THE STYLIS­TICS: Great­est Hits Formed in 1968, this Philadelph­ia soul group achieved their great­est chart suc­cess in the 1970s when they did a num­ber of cover ver­sions of songs orig­i­nally writ­ten and sung by Dionne War­wick. Hits from The Stylis­tics on their great­est hits al­bum in­clude You Make Me Feel Brand New, Betcha By Golly Wow and You Are Every­thing.

NIGHT & DAY: The Best of Dionne War­wick

The six-time Grammy Award-win­ning singer, ac­tress and for­mer UN Global Am­bas­sador, was born into a gospel music fam­ily and ranks among the 40 big­gest hit-mak­ers of the en­tire rock era from 1955 to 1999. She’s one of those artists who, even if you’ve never heard of her, you’ll say: “Oh, I know that song!” Hits on this al­bum, al­though too many to men­tion, in­clude Heart­breaker, I’ll Never Love This Way Again and So Amaz­ing.

THE WHIS­PERS: Best Slow Jams Vol­ume One Al­though this Amer­i­can group have scored hit records since the late 1960s, they were only in­ducted into the Vo­cal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. Mem­o­rable songs of theirs in­clude Love Is Where You Find It, In The Mood and Say Yes.

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