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Keep on Pushing!

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In my day, groups like The Impressions could inspire you to reach for the highest heights.

Keep on Pushin' was indeed one of the most soulfully inspirational songs I've ever heard. Even all these years later it's still fresh and new; still makes you want to snap your fingers, move your feet...and get up and do something.

Enjoy...and keep on pushin'.

Keep On Pushing
The Impressions
Songwriter: MAYFIELD, CURTIS
Keep On Pushing lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Keep on pushing
I've got to keep on pushing (mmm-hmm)
I can't stop now
Move up a little higher
Some way, somehow
'Cause I've got my strength
And it don't make sense
Not to keep on pushin'
Chorus:
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Keep on pushin'
Verse 2:
Now maybe some day
I'll reach that higher goal
I know that I can make it
With just a little bit of soul
'Cause I've got my strength
And it don't make sense
Not to keep on pushin'
Verse 3:
Now look-a look (look-a look)
A-look-a yonder
What's that I see
A great big stone wall
Stands there ahead of me
But I've got my pride
And I'll move on aside
And keep on pushin'
[repeat chorus]
Coda [repeat to fade]:
Keep on pushin'

 

This video originally published at this link - https:// www.youtube.com /watch?v=HU-mEsCk3D8

 

Unforgettable...Mr. Bojangles

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I wasn't a huge fan of Sammy Davis, Jr.'s but I always loved seeing him do his Bojangles number. Many talented taps dancers have come and gone, but I think I'll always feel that Sammy was the best.

Enjoy!

 

Originally posted at http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=SMcfUjIguSs

The Many Voices of Sammy Davis, Jr.

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When I was growing up, Sammy Davis, Jr. was alive and well...but nobody seemed to know a lot about him. We only knew that his BFF's were the guys in the Rat Pack, and little else.

However, this video is proof that Sammy was mega-talented. Sit back and enjoy. This one may surprise you. 🙂

Originally posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXy2lBCyAjo

Cool Cab Calloway Sings Minnie the Moocher!

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The above video originally debuted at this link - http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=8mq4UT4VnbE

My earliest memory of Cab Calloway was when he died in 1994, but he did so much more living than that.

Cab Calloway was born in Rochester, New York on Christmas day of 1907. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where he first started singing, but in a later move to Chicago, Illinois, he began to study law at Crane College (now Malcolm X College).

The famous Louis Armstrong taught him to scat at Chicago's Sunset Club. Later, Cab got a gig at The Cotton Club where he eventually got a big hit with the lovable song, "Minnie the Moocher" in 1931. Minnie The Moocher became a No. 1 hit, and sold more than one million copies.

One curious and little known fact about the song was the truth behind the famous call-and-response portion, in which Cab sang "hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-ho." It is rumored that Cab only used this call-and-response as an improvisation when he couldn't recall a lyric. Whether that rumor is true or not, the line became his signature phrase for the rest of his career.

For more interesting articles on Cab Colloway's life, visit these links:

Calloway Timeline -

www.cabcalloway.cc/timeline.htm

Cab Calloway - Just the Swing -

http://biography.just-the-swing.com/cab-calloway



The Genius of Josephine...

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19-year-old Josephine Baker sensed white fantasies about black people perfectly. Josephine Baker was the center of attention in intellectual circles. The writer Hemingway, the painter Van Dongen, the photographer Man Ray, the architect Le Corbusier, they all loved Josephine. She was a true source of inspiration.

Her first dance performance at the Revue Nègre as Fatou, which was seen by Mondriaan and Van Dongen in Paris in 1925, came as a bombshell. Parisian ladies even copied Josephines hair style.

Her performances were always sold out and her moves already showed the dances of the future: the twist, hip hop and break dance.

This article and the accompanying video all appeared at this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BhNv7dRHQI

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