Ready For a Brand New Beat

Ready For a Brand New Beat

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Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William a€œMickeya€ Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote a€œDancing in the Street.a€ The song was recorded at Motowna€™s Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas, with lead singer Martha Reeves arranging her own vocals. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recordinga€”a precursor to disco, and a song about the joyousness of dance. But events overtook it, and the song became one of the icons of American pop culture. The Beatles had landed in the U.S. in early 1964. By the summer, the sixties were in full swing. The summer of 1964 was the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, a€œDancing in the Streeta€ gained currency as an activist anthem. The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all changing as the country changed. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history.Recently Mickey Stevenson, one of the key creative figures of Motown and a coauthor of a€œDancing in the Street, a€ was asked in an ... In the spring of 1958, a singer named Raynoma Mayberry Liles won a talent show at the 20 Grand, one of the premier clubs of downtown Detroit. ... The Rayber Music Company, the name coming from Raynoma and Berry, was established with an $800 loan from the Gordyanbsp;...

Title:Ready For a Brand New Beat
Author: Mark Kurlansky
Publisher:Penguin - 2013-07-11

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