In 1970, the Beatles broke up. George C. Scott won an Oscar for Patton. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl. The Grammy award winning album of the year was the self-titled offering from Blood, Sweat and Tears. Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin both died from drug-related causes at the age of 27. The war in Viet Nam dragged on. Anti-war protesters were killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University.
In Greenville, SC, in a community known as Sans Souci, a boy turned twelve on April 29th. He had a paper route, a nuclear family of two parents and an older sister. His aunt and uncle and cousin lived across the street. His grandmother and another uncle lived behind them. Two more sets of aunts and uncles and cousins lived up the street and around the street respectively. The boy loved basketball. He went to church twice on Sunday and every Wednesday. His life was insulated from all the world’s complications.
Music was changing his world.
This is an account of the musical milestones that marked the journey of that boy from the age of twelve until his last year of being single in 1986. It is a story of highs and lows, of discoveries and transitions. It is in many ways everyone’s story, for even though the details are different, we all have a musical timeline that accompanies our growing-up years running through our heads.