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Um,Um,Um,Um,Um,Um-Major Lance

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The follow-up to "The Monkey Time" was this song with the unusual title of "Um,Um,Um,Um,Um,Um", a song written by Curtis Mayfield.

"Out of sight, Dynamite ...Groovy and digging this! 
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+KojiRecords it's a copy of Major Lance's album under his arm!   Why can why not reply back to people?   Anyhoo cool trivia +KojiRecords 
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中村泰三 Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
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Howard Rose Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago (edited)
# 2990 is by Major Lance and the name of this song is "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um,". The horns at the break do resemble the Curtis Mayfield sound and there is little doubt why as the introduction to the song on the video indicates that he is the songwriter. 
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very      nice^^ play    dancing     twist    and   jitterbug!!
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I have been looking for this FOREVER!!! My sister just told me how to spell it.I have always loved it.Thank you.
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great Shag song, we love this kind down here in North Carolina, beach style.
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this guy was very underrated. major was a bad mother. i think that mayfield has written for everyone.
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"And now I'm fartin', to-to-to-to-to-toot...." Sorry, Blowfly brought me here. :-P
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this reminds me of the rockacha club in barnet in 64/65
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when i heard this on the commercial i thought it was Sam Cooke
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Check out the documentary footage of "Dusty Springfield-Sixties Superstar" here on YouTube: The Beatles get off a plane to a slew of screaming girls; typical, huh? Not quite: freeze at 2:00 and look very closely at what Paul McCartney has under arm, holla back at me if you can tell what this has to do with Major Lance!!!
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I first heard this recording in 1964 and after all these years it still remains one of my all-time favorites. I'll bet I've danced to this at least a million-billion times in my life, it was indeed a happy song and they were indeed sweet times.
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Me gusta el gogo, me encantaaaaa
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Yep, it makes no sense at all, yet it is absolutely beautiful. It's magic, comes from the heart, and that's all that can be said.
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One of the greatest oldies ever, writin by Curtis Mayfield, nuff said
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WOW!! You really know mky favorite songs!!!
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@choirfreak26 I notice this is in a Kraft commercial recently?
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Thanks for all the info of one of Northern Soul legendary charismatic artiste....im so regretful i didnt make the effort to see him live having seen so many other Soul Icons....Jackie Wilson being my favourite....however this guy is up there on the top tier....superlative post thanks
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@blkshepherd thats a great compliment to Major Lance though.. everytime I hear this song it reminds me of the first lyrics..." walking through the park, it wasent quite dark, " LOL when i was a child in the 60s I spent many a day..walking through the park...and it wasent dark.. lol..back in nyc. in the 60s.you didnt want to be walking through Any park! and NOT today either..when I lived in NC for 23yrs..they called this type of Music..Beach Music..never a beach addict but love the concept.
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great tune I was only 10 years old and I loved it such a happy song...
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This one was used in a Kraft commercial around Super Bowl time....
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I owed the 45 RPM of this song in 1964. Major Lance was one of my favorites at that time and certainly without the song writing skills of Curtis Mayfield the Major would not been so successful. This was a terrific song to dance to and my senior year at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, California was made all the better because the musical talents of these men. Thank you Major Lance & Curtis Mayfield. A great time to be young & alive!
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monster records i like very much are in my collection
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Thank you Kraft with Philly cream cheese for turning me on to this song.
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@heine71 Yes, it's on the new commercial for Kraft shredded cheese with Philly cream cheese.
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@CyndiBlue1 You can rest assured that they are getting well paid thru ASCAP or BMI !
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I randomly typed this because I didn't know what to search lol
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I love to hear those guitar riffs ....so cool
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Major Lance was the real goods. And those horns....you gotta love it! Man I miss the 60's.
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am still trying to find out who played on this record. LOVE LOVE the bass then drums. Johnny Rivers has a good copy of this tune
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Great !!classic....Thank you
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I have spanish and italian covers of this song. Simply Awesome! Thanks.
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Summer 63 San Francisco vacation....miss all of ya
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Thanks!!...happy memories and smiles :-)
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@jojodot Actually 'Swayin' to the music' was written by Jack Tempchin I worked for Johnny in '77 He did this song also
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this is 1964 at its finest. kinda makes you think of swap meets and summer nights. and the good ole days. the cars and the lights and all of it/ if we could bring back any year i truly think it would be 1964 right about when this fine beautiful soul song came out/
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@blkshepherd oh you're definitely right he was AMAZING, but i haven't been listening to him for very long and i just heard this song on a commercial and i wasn't familiar enough with Sam's voice to know it was not him lol
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@smashinatesweetinate your kidding right? Sam Cooke would blow this dude out of the water. NO one sounds like Sam. not then. not today
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@FPJYT I saw your response. I live in Norfolk, Va. Curtis Mayfield also had a wonderful voice as well as being a great song writer
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First heard this song at a Huey Lewis concert 2 years ago & when looked it up online, saw this original version. No offense to Huey but Major Lance's version is way better. It doesn't seem like it would be hard to write a song like this but the music nowadays just doesn't get it. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um is such genius in its simplicity. Another great oldies song that is shunned by the Philadelphia/Allentown Oldies stations. I'd like if I could at least hear it at the supermarket sometime.
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Happy song...sweet times.....thank you!
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When it came to music, Curtis Mayfield could walk on water!
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Thank you bankman58. We had these we I was a child back in the 60's 71st Cottage Grove across from Oakwook Cemetary. I did not know it was a cemetary. i asked my mom why we did not go into the park. she explained it to me.
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I was born with a curious mind.
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@kathydaly1 I was about 7 or 8 years old when I last heard this song.I am now 54.This song is a truly classic.Wished the songs made today was this great.
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"With music this good he shoulda been a General." Skin, Cal City, IL -1963
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This is the most "real sounding" 45 recording that ive heard so far, and I should know, Ive got over 1200 albums and 200 45s ( which aint sayin much )
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On this day in 1964 {January 18th} Major Lance performed "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" on the late Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand' Two weeks earlier on January 4th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #5 and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100 It reached #1 on the Cashbox Magazine R&B Music chart {Billboard Magazine did not publish a R&B chart in 1964} Sadly Major Lance passed away at the young age of 55 on Sept. 3rd, 1994 {heart disease} RIP Mr. Lance & Mr. Clark {1929-2012}
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REAL music, Um, Um ,Um, Um, Um, Um good as hell. Listen to the RHYTHM and the fabulous intrumentation, especially the muted trumpet! It don't get no better! LyricLove101
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I liked this one WAY better than Monkey Time. Played it endlessly. Had a really great tribal beat to it.
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I have been trying to remember who sang and find this song since hearing it recently on a "kraft shredded cheese with a touch of philly" commercial. Every search came up with some "crash test dummies" band stupid crap (the band's name saids it all). Anyway, thanks for adding this, it bring brought back long ago, very young childhood memories, when music was fun and not as X-rated...
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It's the overall vibe of a song that hooks you in. Not so much the lyrics, just the feel. This has it. It's a bit mysterious but very real. This is soul, not blues or rhythm and blues. I can't explain, just know it when I hear it. Like coming home.
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Curtis Mayfield was a genious. Lyrics make little sense, but it doesn't matter, vibe takes you away.
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um, um, um, um, um, um. The memories!
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Wow, I thought bankman58 would jump to be the first of many to answer this trivia question about Major Lance & The Beatles: go to youtube.com/watch?v=6BtVpPfbyQo and freeze at 2:00; do you see what Paul McCartney is holding in his arm at bottom, left? Sir Paul is actually holding the album “Um Um Um Um Um Um-The Best of Major Lance.” How cool is that? It is a well-known fact that The Beatles were very hip to and influenced by R & B. I bet Major Lance himself never saw this footage.
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This song is being used on TV commercials. Hope Major or Curtis' family is being compensated.
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David Lee Roth of Van Halen credits this song for starting his love of music.
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What was great about Curtis Mayfield was that he could take a nonsensical title like this...and make it work!
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Wonderful song from a wonderful singer . A song that we regally called the six um's back in the day and like most of his songs they have stood the test of time . There is a decent UK cover version by Wayne Fontana also. Great upload.
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REAL MUSIC YALL! That's really sad I'm only 25 saying that, and this song is way before my time. Sad! :(
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You can hear Curtis, all over this. STYLE. Not to take anything away from Major Lance...
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they used to play this one at the beach in the 1960's.
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I was fifteen, in the Tenth Grade at Langston Hughes High in Danville, Virginia, just did'nt know how good it was, or, at least 'it' seems so now....I'm sixty four, a vegetarian in good health and the world is in a constant killing mode, everywhere
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@quarqill im 54 , i love it , imissed most of the northern scene, goin to away matches with mufc, and i was abt 2 years too young !
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It doesn't get any better than this type of music. Always did like his 1964 recording of THE MATADOR. Larry N. Boyington, aka Larry Neal, former curator of the Wax Museum on the big 1520 KOMA
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If I had never heard this song in that commercial, I would think that the talking about this song was kidding. But, here it is in all it's awesomeness! Can't help but love this:)
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Curtis + Impressions-on background.
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swayin to the music...johnny rivers, i assume this is where the song originally came from
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I found this while looking for electro house songs by Major Lazer.
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a great song that always kicks ass!!!
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What a GREAT song, by Major Lance and Curtis Mayfield! And some GREAT ad executive, saw fit to use it for their commercial! ABSOLUTELY fantastic! I am a retired Radio Personality, that had forgotten about this song, until I heard it on a National commercial! THEN I had to figure out, the name of the song! That took some time! LOL Much love to you, GREAT Ad Exect! Barry Pope, (former Radio Nationwide Personality)! Google my name, Barry Pope!
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This song came out during my senior year of high school. Boy, do I miss those days. Prior to Vietnam and pain that era caused
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thanks for posting this...takes me back to brooklyn and now that i'm a man i definitely understand um um um um um um
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Considering I'm 14 and I love this, it must be amazing -3 60's for the win.
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I prefer the band Lamb of God to this, but it's pretty neat!
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and phone booths were abundant...and also a dime. um um um um um um
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Ah the good times, when talent actually existed in singers (Don't get me wrong though, there might be some talent in singers now a days. Elton John's still around). Boo, auto tune!
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Dance music and music that stayed with you ... doesn't ever lose it's appeal!!
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@HUMBLPI3 Im sorry bro but you cant blow away this no way. This is the jam.
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I began my Senior year at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA. in the Fall of 1964 when this song was being played on L.A. radio stations KRLA/AM and KFWB/AM. The sound was the best, the beat was the best and the music is the vehicle I ride back into my past on. I am so thankful that I was of my youth in the middle 60's because it was the best. I would not trade a single moment from that time in my life for all the tomorrows you could offer. Thank you Major Lance & Curtis Mayfield.
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This is such a great jamm Major Lance!!
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I saw a video recently with comments from Johnny Pate who arranged many of the early 60's Impressions and Major Lance hits. Curtis basically wrote out the lyrics and notes, while the heavy brass and unique sounds of this, the Monkey, and Hey little girl are coming from Pate who had a jazz music background. What a combination!
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