Everybody Loves a Libra: The Balance of Equity at Equinox courtesy of the sign of The Scales

 

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Anita Humes, 1965

Not only is the Sun moving onto Libra, bringing us Fall’s grace, we have Jupiter expanding all of the relating through October of 2017. It shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a host of vintage soulful scale balancers to feature this season as we find those we want to cuddle up next to through the darkening days through the end of the year.

Alongside giving features of Libras by birth, I also looked towards songs that are more about peace making, negotiating love and companionship; big themes of Libra, big components of our Astrology as we negotiate the next 12 months of time. Where can you give a little, where can you get a little, it’s a game that we all play, right.

There’s courtship and civil rights tucked away this monthly celebration through 40 tunes and just under 2 hours of tunes. I hope you enjoy, and cuddle up with someone cute to these cha-cha worthy.

1) Anita Humes & The Essex – You Can’t Please All Of Your Lovers (1963)
Anita Humes, lead singer of The Essex, best known for their #1 smash “Easier Said Than Done” was born October 10, 1940.

2) Frankie Lymon – Change Partners (1961) Frankie Lymon, highly influential lead singer of The Teenagers, with their smash hit “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” was born September 30, 1942.

3) Helen Shapiro – Tell Me What He Said (1962) Helen Shapiro, perhaps the first “Blue Eyed Soul” singer from the UK was born September 28, 1946. Although she didn’t cross over to US success, she set the template for Dusty Springfield to follow 3 years after her debut.


4) Arlene Smith – He Knows That I love Him Too Much (1961) 
Original lead singer of The Chantels, famous for their hit “Maybe,” Arlene Smith was born on October 5, 1941.

5) Marv Johnson – The Man Who Didn’t Believe In Love (1964) The man who made Motown a reality by providing Berry Gordy with more hits and finances in 1959 for United Artists, Marv Johnson was born October 15, 1938.

6) Ben E. King – Don’t Drive Me Away (1966) Benjamin Earl King, perhaps the most famous former Drifter, was born September 28, 1938.

7) Sugar Pie DeSanto – Here You Come Running (1965) Still roaming the streets of Oakland talkin’ bout how fabulous her sex life is, Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, better known as Sugar Pie DeSanto was born October 16, 1935.

8) Holly Maxwell – Only When You’re Lonely (1965) Holle “The Original Blonde Bombshell” Maxwell has been entertaining fans in and out of Chicago since the early 60’s. She was born October 17, 1945.

9) Chubby Checker – Two Hearts (1965) Don’t knock The Twist, or any of Earnest Evans’s other efforts. Our Limbo Rocking wonder was born October 3, 1941.

10) The Monitors – Say You (1965) Before he went on to replace Paul Williams in The Temptations, Richard Street was the lead singer of The Monitors (and Carolyn Gill of The Velvelettes first husband!). Richard was born October 5, 1942.

11) The Toys – Hallelujah (1966) Little did you know, all three members of The Toys took turns at the lead microphone. Here we have member Barbara Parritt, who was born October 1, 1946.

12) The Temptations – I Truly Truly Believe (1967) Blue, the deep bass of The Temptations, otherwise the incomparable Melvin Franklin. He was rarely given full lead spotlights, but we do so this month. He was born October 12, 1942.

13) Ray Charles With The Raelets – Smack Dab In The Middle (1964) Ray Charles Robinson causes a lot of debate among Astrologers. He was born September 23, 1930, with the Sun changing from Virgo to Libra just after 12 pm that day. Either way he falls, his Moon in Libra gives him that artistic sheen we love too.

14) Cecily Blair (Cissy Houston) – Everyday (1963) More than Whitney Houston’s Mom. And more than Auntie to Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston’s stamp was all up and through 1960’s soul music recorded in New York. Born Emily Drinkard, she was born September 30, 1933. Here we find her being supported by her niece Dee Dee and adopted niece Sylvia Shemwell on backgrounds.

15) Ko Ko Taylor – Good Advice (1966) Although forcefully a blues singer, the former Cora Walton brought a sweetness to her cornbread singing regardless of genre. She was born September 28, 1928.

16) Herb Fame – From The Shadows To The Sun (1966) How was Herb without his Peach? Well now you know. Before he was paired with Francine Hurd during the 2nd half of 1966, he released this solo single. Herbert Feemster was born October 1, 1942.

17) The Fifth Dimension – The Girls Song (1967) Surprisingly, when you go through The Fifth Dimension’s discography, Marilyn McCoo isn’t the lead vocalist on the bulk of their albums as contrasted to their hit singles as you may think. Marilyn was born September 30, 1943.

18) Dee Dee Warwick – Next Time You Fall In Love (1969) Lil Sis. Perpetually taking up space with Kim Weston as my favorite singer of all time, fellow Virgo Rising-Mars in Libra, the younger sister Warrick was born September 25, 1942. Beyond her extensive and underrated solo career, like her Aunt Cissy Houston, her distinctive voice can be heard on hundreds (if not maybe a 1,000 or so) soul songs as a background singer that were recorded in Manhattan in the 60’s and 70’s.

19) Johnny Mathis – Long Winter Nights (1967) The original King of Easy Listening, and at long last, openly Gay legend, Johnny Mathis was born September 30, 1935.

20) The Angels – You’ll Never Get To Heaven (1967) The Sisters at the backbone of The Angels, Barbara *Bibs* and Phyllis *Jiggs* Allbut, are both Libras. Although they never took on exclusive lead parts on their most popular singles, this 1967 cover of Dionne Warwick’s classic brings them to the fore in harmony. Barbara was born September 24, 1940, Phyllis was born the same day in 1942.

21) P. P. Arnold – Though It Hurts Me Badly (1967) Former road Ikette and The First Lady of Immediate, Patrica Ann Cole found more success in the UK than she could have dreamed in the US as P.P. Arnold. She was born October 3, 1946.

22) Donny Hathaway – I Believe To My Soul (1970) Donny Hathaway is fully recognized as a troubled genius. He was born October 1, 1945. Here we have him covering fellow Libra(ish) Ray Charles.

23) The Temptations – Ol’ Man River (1967) The other major spotlight of Melvin Franklin’s talent, oft a standard from The Temptations live shows gets the full treatment for their In A Mellow Mood LP.

24) Sugar Pie DeSanto – I Love You So Much (1964) One of the major pieces that Sugar Pie DeSanto doesn’t get credited for is she also functioned quite often as a songwriter for herself and others. This composition is from 1964.

25) Mamie Galore and Big Dee Irwin – I Didn’t Wanna (1969) Although Mamie P. Galore didn’t have major hit records on a national scale, her reputation kept her recording through the 2nd half of the 1960s and beyond. She was Born Mamie Davis September 24, 1940.

26) Dee Dee Warwick – Don’t Ever Give Up On Me (1967)

27) The Chiffons – The Real Thing (1965) Like The Shirelles and The Marvelettes, The Chiffons banked their fortunes on fielding two lead singers. The Chiffons, however, tried to market Sylvia Peterson lead efforts as The Four Pennies, and found minor hits in both cases. By 1965, Sylvia-led singles were released under The Chiffons brand. Sylvia was born September 30, 1946.

28) Nikki Blu – Whoa Whoa I Love Him So (1964) Although she had intermittent leads during her time with The Orlons from 1960-65, Marlena Easley Davis took a stab at solo stardom with this “Heatwave” influenced single from 1964. She was born October 4, 1944.

29) Anita Humes – When The Music Stops (1965) One of the things that prevented Anita Humes and The Essex from having continuous hits was the fact that they were all marines. They had to fit their touring and recording duties in between their service to their country, which prevented them from exploiting their massive first single. This unreleased song was many from late ’64 through ’65 that laid dormant at Roulette while Anita and her bandmates did their duty.

30) Ben E. King – The Record (Baby I Love You) (1965)

31) Marv Johnson – I’m Not A Plaything (1965) Marv Johnson eventually moved into the Motown Fold, after being a United Artists artist since late 1958 through 1964. Here’s the B-side to his first effort for the label.

32) Sheila Ferguson – Little Red Riding Hood (1965) Always a friendly presence towards her eventual group The Three Degrees, Sheila Ferguson fielded 4 solo singles during 1965 before joining the group. Sheila was born October 8, 1947.

33) Mamie Galore – It Ain’t Necessary (1966)

34) Sissie Houston – Bring Him Back (1966)

35) The Monitors – Step By Step (Hand Hand) (1968)

36) Ko Ko Taylor – Separate or Integrate (1968)

37) The Chiffons – Tonight I’m Gonna Dream (1965)

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Johnny Mathis, 1968

38) Johnny Mathis – Odds and Ends (1969)

39) Helen Shapiro – Today Has Been Cancelled (1969)

40) The Fifth Dimension – Blowin’ Away (1968)

 

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