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It's Friday! And that means its time to do some finger popping and head swaying as we go way back with some real old school music. I'm excited about this one, cause I've been wanting to post this one by Jan Bradley for a real long time. This is one of the "Six Degrees of Separation"-things that allows me to say that I kinda knew her way back in the day.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I know! Many of y'all ain't never heard this cut before or heard of Jan Bradley. That's because, unfortunately, this was Jan's only record to hit the charts. But got her on American Bandstand with Dick Clark. She just couldn't compete with the likes of Mary Wells. So y'all sit back and enjoy some real old school - like I usually do. LOL!

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and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...

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21 sojourners hollin' back

Happy OSF! It is great to learn about artists that we wouldn't otherwise know about...

I invite your blog readers to check out 'Ready for the World' if they have time or inclinaton. I'm proud to say that I never wore a jheri curl back in the day ... how about you?

peace, Villager

October 24, 2008 at 8:32 AM

I know the song! I haven't heard it in many years, but it was actually a moderate hit in the early early 60's where I grew up (Michigan). I think she might have been able to compete if Smokey Robinson had been writing her songs (like Mary Wells). Good pick!

October 24, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Good pick and you stumped me on this one. Happy OSF!

October 24, 2008 at 10:27 AM

See that's what I love about your picks. They stump even the most ardent music lovers. LOL!

Happy OSF sis!

October 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Oh, you got me with that one! I don't believe I ever heard it! Nice pick!

October 24, 2008 at 10:56 AM

ive never heard of this, but thanks for sharing

happy osf and have a gr8 weekend

October 24, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Oh MAN.Now that's the Old School's Old School. Talk about the way back machine!

Don't never let nobody tell you you don't know how to do your researach, Sojourner!

Great choice.

October 24, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Much obliged to you all for stopping by on this Old School Friday!

@ Villager, no jheri curl...ahh man!!! How'd you avoid the drip-drip-drip!

@ Pjazzpar, yes it was the early 60s when I was about 2...yeah right! LOL!

@ Revvy Rev, glad you liked my pick. As I hope you will see from future visits - I always try to surprise folks in one way or another. LOL!

@ Vivrant, You mean I got YOU! Oh my! Will wonders never cease. And a pinkies up back at you!

@ Regina, yeah - this was the jam back in my day and in my hood!

@ F&F, you too!

@ Keith, now you history for some was current events for others! LOL!

October 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Happy OSF..your blog keeps getting better and better. I never heard of JAN but love the song. THanks for sharing. Have a blessed and wonderful weekend

October 24, 2008 at 3:04 PM

I've never heard of this singer before. Nice song - sweet and mellow.

This layout is really nice. Enjoy your weekend.

October 24, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Love the new look of your blog. Have not stopped in to fellowship with you in a while!

October 24, 2008 at 4:23 PM

I've never heard this track, but she's got a great voice. :)

October 24, 2008 at 7:18 PM

I don't remember ever hearing this song...but I like it...

October 24, 2008 at 9:12 PM

I use to sing this in my bedroom when I was growing up.

As soon as I heard the first note I started singing along.

Good choice SjP!

October 24, 2008 at 10:12 PM

@ Iriegal, you are too kind. Much obliged for your warm words. Happy to "introduce" you to Jan Bradley!

@ Hagar's Daughter, glad you liked this one hit wonder from a real cool person.

@ LennieG, pinkies up to you! Long time "no see". So glad you stopped by. Yeah, had to do some redecorating here at SjP's. Glad you like it. You have a good one, too!

@ Shae' & Marva, happy to "introduce" you to a real old school friday hit.

@ Ms Lady D, I knew you'd appreciate this OSF jam. LOL!

October 24, 2008 at 11:27 PM

yeah.... mama didn't lie...

I guess knowing this one makes me an official ole

ok... my aunt and older cousins listened to this and I hung out with them...(that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)


October 25, 2008 at 12:02 AM

@ Monie, @ Monie, yeah - my older cousins use to listen to it and I use to hang out with them, too! I got your back with this excuse if you got mine. LOL

October 25, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Excellent choice and props for not going for the obvious. I've enjoyed this song ever since I first heard it while listening to oldies radio as a kid in the early 80s. The fact that many people have commented that they never heard of "Mama Didn't Lie" is a testament to the decline of oldies radio over the years. This is a great tune that deserves more airplay.

Since I knew that Curtis Mayfield wrote "Mama Didn't Lie", I was wondering why he didn't pen more songs for Jan which might have led to more hits. After looking it up in this book I have (The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders), it turns out that Mayfield and Jan's record label (Chess) parted ways over a dispute concerning publishing rights. :-(

Again, nice selection on your part.

October 26, 2008 at 1:17 AM

@ Malcolm, I always try to do a little something different and outside the box here at SjP's on OSF. And what you say about the rif is correct.

October 28, 2008 at 11:12 PM


October 29, 2008 at 12:14 AM

@ Malcolm, You said: "it turns out that Mayfield and Jan's record label (Chess) parted ways over a dispute concerning publishing rights." I said: "rif is correct". Forgive the misspelling. LOL

October 29, 2008 at 12:29 AM
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