Listen to Bobbie Gentry Singing her Ode to Billie Joe

Listen to Bobbie Gentry Singing her Ode to Billie Joe

Bobbie Gentry wrote and recorded the wonderful song, Ode to Billie Joe, in 1967. We, at Mimi Berlin, can’t get enough of this 1960s not-your-average-country-&-western song. It’s about how daily life goes (on) in a little community in the south part of the USA. The way Bobbie Gentry performs is breathtaking.
Hope you like it too! xoxo

Listen to Bobbie Gentry Singing her Ode to Billie Joe
(Bobbie Gentry in 1967 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images via rollingstone.com)

(clip shared from FromTheBasement at youtube.com)
Read all about Bobby Gentry HERE at Rolling Stone Magazine online.

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay. And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat. And Mama hollered out the back door “y’all remember to wipe your feet”. Continue reading

Purple Project

Purple Project

Purple Project is an art project, a collaboration between UK based illustrator/artist Petra Lunenburg and designer/photographer Baukje Bies, who is based in The Netherlands.

These two women found each other in the exceptional love they share for the artist formerly known as Prince (may he rest in peace). With this purple royalty in mind they created illustrations, photo’s and digital photo collages: “an ode to the musical legacy and style of the greatest artist of all time in this genre”. The first outing of the Purple Project collaboration is captured in 17 artworks on paper. (as seen above) You can follow the Purple Project on Instagram: @purpleproject_art, to see all the images they created. You can order the set of 17 cards, sized A5, by sending a message to: purple_project_art@outlook.com for only €39,99

The Shangri Las

The Shangri Las

The Shangri Las are a girl pop group from the 1960s, They were a bit different from other Girl Groups back then. (groups which name starts with The, similar dressed trio’s with two background singers etc.) because they came from Queens, New York which also was part of the ‘though’ image they had. The Shangri Las recorded songs about alienation, loneliness, abandonment and death, well all the stuff a teenager finds interesting…. Our personal favorites are ‘The leader of the pack’, ‘Sophisticated Boom Boom’ and ‘I Can Never Go Home Anymore’. We could only find one of our favorite songs on video, but never mind that; the girls are a feast to the eye in action, with their tight boots, big hair and shrilly voices. Have a nive day! xoxo Mimi



Yes! the ‘background’ singers are twins! Continue reading

The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The 1960s are the golden age of American girl pop groups. (the ones that sing) They came in three to four girls, wearing similar outfits, and sometimes even similair hairdo’s. The names of these groups started with The. The Marvelletes, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Velvelettes, The Cookies, The Blossoms, The Exiters, The Shangri Las, The Dixie cups, The Sweet Inspirations, The Sensations, The Angels, The Orions, The Carefrees,The Jewels, The Chantels, and much much more (we’ve read that there were about 750 girl groups at one point)


Phil Spector was a big time producer of girl groups (The Ronettes, The Blossoms,The Crystals…) so was Motown (The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Velvettes….) 60% of the top 100 singles released by girl groups during the sixties came from Hitsville, U.S.A., as Motown was called.

Songs were written by professionals (such as Carole King, Nicolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Neil Sedaka) who could custom fit the music and lyrics to the needs of te teenagers. Music was made (written, produced, sold, recorded, auditoned etc etc) in The Brill Building, it was the most prestigious address in New York for the music business

“Every day we squeezed into our respective cubby holes with just enough room for a piano, a bench, and maybe a chair for the lyricist if you were lucky. You’d sit there and write and you could hear someone in the next cubby hole composing a song exactly like yours. The pressure in the Brill Building was really terrific”
-Carole King Quoted in The Sociology of Rock by Simon Frith
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How to Remember the Lyrics to ‘My Favorite Things’

How to Remember the Lyrics to ‘My Favorite Things’

Mimi Berlin feels it’s important to know the lyrics from the classic ‘The Sound of Music’ song; My Favorite Things, so we gathered images to make it more easy to remember the words by.

You’re Welcome! xoxo Mimi Berlin

My Favorite Things is written by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers for the musical The Sound of Music (1959)

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings

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Eulogy to Gianni Versace

Eulogy to Gianni Versace.

A heartfelt tribute by Edwyn Collins

Quelqu’un peut-il jouer?
Eulogy to Gianni Versace.

Taken from ARENA HOMMES PLUS AW 1997 by Mimi Berlin