Friday, March 13, 2009

OSF: Childhood Singers Resurrected

This week's theme for Old School Friday is "childhood singers" and I can't think of anybody other than the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds because I was born in 1960 and don't recall many more child singers than that from my childhood. I refuse to post the Osmonds, not even "One Bad Apple" because I remember being a little girl angry at them because I felt they were "copying" the Jackson 5. Yes, I was a very loyal J-5 fan.

So, how do I interpret this meme: Is it singers from my childhood or is it singers who made it big in childhood or is it childhood singers who were popular when I was in childhood? You can see my quandary.

Before I go farther, thank you to OSF participants who've taken the time to add me to your participants list. I appreciate it.

O.K. I'll split the difference on figuring out the meme, I thought at first. I figured I'd post The Partridge Family. Yes, they had a TV show, and yes, they weren't actually related, but they did actually record music that ended up on the radio when I was a child and while most of them were children. But I'm not going to put you through that today no matter how much I liked the TV show.

Instead, here's Gladys Knight performing "Too Young" on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour in 1952 at age 7. I'll repeat that--at age 7!



Next I'm going with someone who was had his first hit when I was 3 years old and who also began his singing career as a child. And what a career it's been. I present the one and only "Little Stevie Wonder" performing his breakout hit, "Fingertips" at age 12, possibly shortly before he turned 13.


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13 comments:

Hey Shae! said...

Gladys at 7 is a classic find! Thanks for sharing this.

postpostracial said...

Why you hatin' on the Partridge Family?!!! LOL! They were IT back in the day! (And I proudly have them in my OSF rotation this week. LOL)

But we're on the same wavelength with Stevie.

And thanks so much for the Gladys Knight clip--that is a new one for me!

Vérité Parlant said...

PPR Scribe: I was a Partridge Family fan, but I know they made some people gag. I opted for the Gladys Knight clip instead.

I thought the Gladys clip was adorable and couldn't pass it up, Hey, Shae. Glad you liked it.

MrsGrapevine said...

At age age 7 she already had her own style. Her voice matured but her style of singing remained the same...

I thought about Stevie, but I also wasn't sure how to interpret the theme. I thought it was child singers from your childhood, so Stevie was before my time....

Kim said...

Gladys at 7 was awesome.

But, you got me all hyped for The Partridge Family ...and then didn't post it.

Vérité Parlant said...

@MrsGrapevine: Aha! You're a young'un. :-) Since Fingertips was on the radio when I was three and four, I could get away with it, but I don't remember it playing that young. However, they were still playing that song when I was nine, I know.

Had to post the Gladys clip even though I wasn't born yet when she won the amateur hour because I can't believe she could sing like that at 7.

I'm sorry, Kim. LOL. Actually, I had the Partridge Family clip pasted in and ready to go, but then I remembered that Gladys Knight started out at an early age and went to check that out. Couldn't give up Stevie, so Partridge had to go. ;-)

msladydeborah said...

Alright VP!

Ted Mack was one of my grandparents and parents favorite television shows.

Fingertips! That takes me waaaaayyyy back!

Great choices.
btw, The Partridge Family would of been cool too. :-)

whenevawhateva said...

WOW at Ms. Gladys.

iriegal said...

I can't believe you found that..I was going to post it. I actually saw that show live. I love it!

I did mine..it is up take a look. Hey the 60's was the best time ever!!

Blue State Cowgirl said...

Heee. We are really aging ourselves if we can remember when Stevie Wonder was "Little Stevie Wonder". You could almost put Tina Turner in this category. Everyone thinks she's older than she is because she started at 16!

Hey Shae! said...

I have to agree, I was a Partridge Family fan also. They were waaaay to cheesy, but I still enjoyed the show. :)

SjP said...

Great choice VP!!! Forgot all about Gladys! That is a classic. And Stevie...well, what can I say!

Marvalus said...

Anything Gladys is fine by me...I am still amazed by her voice at 7...AT 7!

Stevie is always a good choice...