60’s Rock and Soul Dance Party #alzheimers

This year’s annual Alzheimer’s Prevention show is seeking a specific audience: those who were alive when these songs were new.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Many people do not think of the disease until someone either close to them or famous becomes afflicted, like the news of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently revealing her condition.

The thing is, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada:

  • After the age of 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease doubles approximately every five years.
  • The older you become, the higher the risk – 1 in 20 people over age 65 have the disease.
  • And sadly, 1 in 4 of those over age 85 have Alzheimer’s disease.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Baby Boomers are most likely to develop the disease or already be unknowingly afflicted with it.

There are only treatments currently, and no known cure. However, scientific research has shown that dancing may help prevent the disease by utilizing the brain’s neuroplasticity and via aerobic exercise. Dancing is an amazing because it requires no special equipment, no formal training and regardless of skill level, anyone can find a way to dance.

Jackie Wilson, publicity photo, 1963. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Rhino Records.

So, with these things in mind, I once again present a special show this year for those who were alive when the songs on this playlist were brand new. Rock and Roll, Pop, Soul and R&B tracks to attempt to find at least something you might like here to help you toward wellness. 

As an added bonus, this year’s show will presented as an uninterrupted hour of music to move your feet to. To keep it fresh, none of these artists have ever been featured on this program until now, and just for fun, many are one hit wonders you might not hear anywhere else.

Our tracks this week: Title, Year of Release, Artist

Alzheimer’s Prevention Dance Show 2018

  • Baby Workout, 1963, Jackie Wilson
  • Little Bit O’ Soul, 1967, The Music Explosion
  • Incense And Peppermints, 1967, Strawberry Alarm Clock
  • Quarter To Three, 1961, Gary U.S. Bonds (see note below)
  • Runaway, 1961, Del Shannon
  • Surf City, 1963, Jan and Dean
  • Mony Mony, 1968, Tommy James and the Shondells
  • Function At The Junction, 1966, Shorty Long
  • Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love), 1965, The Swingin’ Medallions
  • I Got A Line On You, 1968, Spirit
  • She’s Looking Good, 1967, Rodger Collins
  • Venus, 1969, Shocking Blue
  • Kicks, 1966, Paul Revere & The Raiders
  • Last Night, 1961, The Mar-Keys
  • Cry Like A Baby, 1968, The Box Tops
  • Runaround Sue, 1961, Dion
  • Black Is Black, 1966, Los Bravos
  • Rescue Me, 1965, Fontella Bass
  • Time Won’t Let Me, 1966, The Outsiders
  • Lightnin’ Strikes, 1966, Lou Christie
  • My Pledge Of Love, 1969, The Joe Jeffrey Group
  • Who’s Making Love, 1968, Johnnie Taylor
  • Devil With A Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly, 1966, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
To download this program, please click on the three dots at the right of the player.

Of special note: The Gary U.S. Bonds track, “Quarter to Three”, has a sub-par sound quality. For those not aware, this is exactly how the original single was. In spite of this, it didn’t stop the track from becoming a Billboard Hot 100 Pop Single. 

Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner

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