I heard on the news today that Zola Tayler died today at age 69 (which is young). Who is Zola? She sang with The Platters, who were big in the ’50s with songs like ‘The great pretender’ and ‘Only you’.
Now you might think, “that’s way before your time, girl”, how is it I know The Platters?
My parents had an extensive L.P. collection. Records of Count Basie, Miles Davis, the Duke (Ellington), Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald … all the great ones. It’s the music of their youth and they introduced me to it. I remember putting on the record of The Platters and loving the harmony in which they sang.
So why post something about Zola? I read that actually she was a pioneer in her time. In the ’50 there were many male bands or all female bands. But she was the first woman to join a male band of singers; introduced to soften their sound.
I find it interesting to know what my parents listened to in they youth. What you listen to in your youth often accompanies memories. You can hear a track on the radio and be pulled back in time, relive a moment or think of people you haven’t thought of in ages. I hope I will look back in the same way. And hopefully I can bore my children with silly anecdotes and complain that in my youth things were better. Ah, the circle of life!