Monday, April 4, 2016

Music Monday - "Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson (1977)

Do you remember "Strawberry Letter 23"?   This is one of those "turn the radio up" songs for me.  It always reminds me of spring and summer.  I think it's the lyrics, with lines like:

"All through the morning rain
I gaze - the sun doesn't shine -
Rainbows and waterfalls run through my mind."

This song was originally by Shuggie Otis, who wrote and recorded it in 1971.  His version was a softer soul ballad.  Later, "Strawberry Letter 23" was recorded by The Brothers Johnson.  Their version, produced by Quincy Jones, was more of an uptempo dance tune.  It went to number 5 on the Billboard chart.

Fun trivia:  the 12" single was on red, strawberry scented vinyl.

For your listening pleasure: