For many women, music played a big role in our young lives. It was a defining cultural force and every decade brought unique bands – from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and all those wonderful British bands in the 1960s to the divine divas like Whitney Houston and Donna Summer in the Disco “80s”.

Music trends gave us something to identify with and our clothing, dance routines and lifestyle were all influenced by the latest trends. Radio was the channel of distribution and we had it on all the time.

Since I lived in Detroit as a teenager, I was exposed to amazing Motown groups like the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Four Tops and Gladys Knight & the Pips. Personally, I loved the Pips and their beautifully choreographed “doo waps.”

Our teens and twenties came at a time of experimentation and social upheaval.

Music created a point of reference, a “comfort blanket”, so to speak, for a generation growing in the midst of an insecure world.

For most of our young lives, dancing was almost a tribal activity and learning the latest moves was essential to fitting in. To this day, I can sing “Midnight Train to Georgia” without missing a beat. What song from the 1960s or 70s can you still sing from heart?

For a while, radio reigned supreme. Then music invaded our TVs. Does any remember American Bandstand? I used to rush home from school so that I could watch it on our tiny TV and practice the line dances in my living room. The power of music is primitive and strong.

Did you have a favourite band in your teens or 20s? What was the first record that you purchased? Do you remember where you were and why you made that decision? Please share your thoughts in the comments and “like” and share this article to keep the conversation going!

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