A SIMPLER PLACE IN TIME…
The Quotations, best known for our 1961 smash hit "Imagination," were first formed in late 1958 in Barney's Pool Room on Kings Highway and East 14th street in Brooklyn, N.Y.
It’s been 57 years since “Imagination” was a hit, and since that time we have watched a dramatic change in the music industry. From the British Invasion through Punk Rock, Disco, Heavy Metal, Rap, and Hip Hop, musical edges have gotten harder and messages have become mixed. Even some of today’s love songs are screamed rather than whispered.
Drive-in movies are gone, 45s and 78s are collectors’ items, and the last time we recall seeing vinyl, it was on a young blonde in a miniskirt with lacquered hair, dancing her heart out on the TV show Hullabaloo.
Today, everything is instantaneous. Songs downloaded from the web, CDs and the iPod, have replaced the record. Young adults have gone from the malt shop to the mall, and whenever we see groups of them, they are standing together with ear buds glued to their heads. Now there are cell phones that not only allow communication but also play music, movies, and TV shows, and with all this 21st Century technology, we can’t help but wonder what has happened to those simpler times.
Submarine race watching with Murray the K, Cousin Brucie, and Jocko, and most of all, slow dancing to love songs, whose messages of broken hearts and new found love have captured the desires and longings of teenagers everywhere.
We also think about the street corners, those mystical places where guys and girls who loved to sing would gather to create music. We wonder whether anyone still goes to the subway stations with their high tiled walls, and sings, swept away by the amazing echo that makes even the most mediocre singer sound wonderful. Those subway stations were our recording studios, where our musical dreams came to life, and a place where people would stop, listen, applaud and smile, and it made us feel like a million dollars.
Our children were raised with doo-wop and our grandchildren love the sound, especially the nonsense background harmonies. And someday, we’d like to think that our great grandchildren will share in the musical legacy that the Quotations are helping to keep alive. Yes, we come from a simpler place in time, a place we fondly revisit with each song we sing. We invite you to travel back with us to the days when you were young, when you felt immortal, and anything was possible.
Thank you for sharing our memories,
(With thanks to Harvey Hersh)