It’s a girl! (A musical surprise)

When I do random scrolls through YouTube, I find things I’ve been mistaken about for … let’s see … I was born in the ’50s … this came out in the mid-’60s … it’s 2012 … carry the 1 … yeah, pretty much all my life.

Like this song.

It was released in 1965, and until yesterday, I didn’t know that the lead singer was a woman. Her name is Beverly Bivens. The band is We Five and the song is “You Were on My Mind.”

Oh, and it’s a great song! But how was I to know it wasn’t an all-guy group?? It was the ’60s. We had to go through a British invasion and a Motown beat and Jersey Boys and the San Francisco sound and Dylan going electric and, tell me again, who was the Walrus?

It was all so confusing.

And they kept saying things like “You can’t tell the boys from the girls.” Plus, we didn’t have MTV! We didn’t know what anybody looked like. Stick a photo of most of the bands of the ’60s in front of me, and I couldn’t tell you who they were. But play three seconds of a song and I can tell you what it is and who sang it.

But I loved this song. I feel like an idiot.

Nick Ashford, songwriter, dies at 70

Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson died Monday. He and his wife, Valerie Simpson wrote tons of hits for Motown, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand,” sung by Diana Ross and “You’re All I Need To Get By” sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

And they wrote this hit for themselves:

Nick Ashford was 70 and had been suffering from throat cancer.