One of my favorite endeavors is what I often refer to as connecting the dots. For me, it really is important to have a firm musical and historical context. Through this process I have learned two things: 1. There’s nothing new under the sun and 2. Every innovation begins within the dominant musical force of the time.

There reason that I posted this clip of Dee Dee Sharp is twofold: 1. To bring about awareness if you didn’t know that Dee Dee is widely considered the first black teen idol of the “Rock” era(she was a high school student when she recorded several million sellers) 2. There is a direct link that we can draw between the music of Dee Dee Sharp and what many consider the “Terra Firma” of Grown Folks Music. I will unpack that idea of the next few weeks.

For now enjoy this stroll down memory lane.