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help me think of music for my mum please?

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stainesmassif Sun 28-Nov-10 12:11:05

have bought dm an itouch for xmas, and am in the process of putting music on it. she's never really treated herself to music - tastes dictated by what tapes were for sale in the service station in the 1980s for £1.99.

So far i have the beatles, everly brothers, peggy lee, doris day, maria callas, simon and garfunkel, vivaldi's four seasons, dolly parton, and am running out of inspiration. if any of these artists trigger musical associations for you, please help!

wubblybubbly Sun 28-Nov-10 16:02:27

Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, Tammy Wynette, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone - Am I on the right track? confused

stainesmassif Sun 28-Nov-10 16:10:50

Brenda Lee and connie Francis - vg! Not so much dino and Frank. Ella and possibly Roy, and maybe patsy could all be contenders. Thankyou!

wubblybubbly Sun 28-Nov-10 17:04:12

Oh good!

What about some Simon & Garfunkel, can't go wrong there surely...?

stainesmassif Sun 28-Nov-10 17:43:37


marriedandlookingforcake Sun 28-Nov-10 17:49:12

Johnny Cash
How old is your mum?

MonkeySee Sun 28-Nov-10 17:55:10

Oh um... Dusty Springfield? Abba?

Beach Boys? Four Tops?

mrsharrycunningham Sun 28-Nov-10 17:58:15

Mamas & Papas
Eva Cassidy
Bee Gees

MonkeySee Sun 28-Nov-10 17:59:35


CuppaTeaJanice Sun 28-Nov-10 18:00:47

Peter & Gordon?
The Kinks?

onimolap Sun 28-Nov-10 18:03:25

How old is she, and are you deliberately trying to avoid the 1980s or might she want stuff from then? When would she describe herself as being in her prime?

wubblybubbly Sun 28-Nov-10 18:17:02

Ooh, what about a bit of Neil Diamond?

zandy Sun 28-Nov-10 18:17:13

Eagles, Monkees, Osmonds, Jackson5, David Cassidy, David Essex, Gilbert O'Sillyman.

stainesmassif Sun 28-Nov-10 21:52:38

lots of good ideas here, thank you.

she's 66. her prime? i think she's had lots of primes, but may really enjoy stuff from her teens just to take her back and that's an area i'm very ignorant of - i think she used to like skiffle....

dusty and abba, vg. carpenters, yes, neil diamond is more my taste! david essex could be a good one.

i think the beatles were it for her, and consequently she wasn't very interested in any of their contemporaries.

am also thinking there could be lots of show tunes that she'd be into, have downloaded phantom of the opera, she loves a bit of EP on r2 on a sunday. preferably without EP presenting.

SpikyBinkle Sun 28-Nov-10 21:58:16

Glenn Campbell? Lonnie Donnegan (spelling) was skiffle wasn't he?

SpikyBinkle Sun 28-Nov-10 21:59:09

grin without EP presenting. Her laugh makes me want to stick knitting needles in my ears

stainesmassif Sun 28-Nov-10 22:02:22

LONNIE DONEGAN! genius, thank you

yes, i love the show, but EP brings me out in a full body cringe.

onimolap Sun 28-Nov-10 22:07:49

Stuff from the 70s - Slade, Sweet, Mud, Marc Bolan?

Mott the Hoople, New Seekers, Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Musicals: Hair? Tommy?

stainesmassif Sun 28-Nov-10 22:14:10

you've reminded me that she used to like the quadrophenia album actually, which i had completely forgotten about!

onimolap Sun 28-Nov-10 23:37:27

If she likes Quadrophenia, try also The Jam, The Specials, Madness, Buster Bloodvessel, Outlandos D'Amour and Reggatta de Blanc by The Police and Squeeze Greatest Hits.

ChippingIn Sun 28-Nov-10 23:49:21

Barbara Streisand
Shirley Bassey
Susan Boyle
Elaine Page
Cliff Richard

stainesmassif Mon 29-Nov-10 21:11:01

unfortunately, the jam, specials etc are all a bit too testosterone fuelled for my dm's ears.
shirley bassey! ace!

any other musicals?

jkklpu Mon 29-Nov-10 21:17:10

Leonard Cohen
The Stones
Martha and the Vandellas
Marvin Gaye
Jesus Christ, Superstar
West Side Story

and how about a few things to remind her of you?
Duran Duran
Dire Straits
The Police
Blondie - whatever else you might have been into

stainesmassif Mon 29-Nov-10 21:38:54

duran duran made me smile - i think she must have been heartily sick of them in 1986!

jkklpu Mon 29-Nov-10 21:48:41

but you'll probably find she has a soft spot for them now, even if she hasn't consciously heard them for 25 years ...

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