The first time I heard today’s song, it was in the morning. It was one of those mornings that I woke up early—too early in fact. Either I turned on the radio next to the bed, or more likely, it was still playing from the night before. The overnight DJ was about to sign off and he played this song. From the moment I heard the opening lines, it stuck with me.
I’m gonna open up my heart
To the world this morning
See if I can help a friend
Over the years, every now and then I would hear this song and would instantly resolve to play it to start my day. Yet, all these years later, I still don’t do it. It’s similar to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s “Golden Time Of Day” that I always say I should play when the sun goes down each day. No, I don’t play that one either.
But now that I have a blog, and I feature a song most every day, I get to play this song at least this morning. Today’s song is “Open Up My Heart” by the Dells.
The Dells may be the only group to have R&B hits in five different decades (the 1950s through the 1990s), and were together for sixty years. This song was written and produced by Bobby Miller and arranged by Charles Stepney, who would later work with Earth, Wind & Fire. The group was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame the same year. This song made it to #5 in 1970 on the R&B chart, one of their top ten hits from their most productive and successful period. Sadly, lead singer Marvin Junior (it’s his booming baritone voice that you hear throughout) and Johnny Carter (the falsetto who also was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Flamingos) have passed away. But their dual-voiced attack powered many of the Dells signature songs, including this one.
Best of all, the song has a message that we all should heed—we all should try to be a friend to somebody, each and every day. Maybe things would be very different if we all lived up to that statement. I hope you enjoy this old, old song that I still love. Yeah, I should play it every morning.
As always, thanks for reading and listening.