Friday, July 15, 2011

30 Songs in 30 Days, Day 29: A Song from Your Childhood

Song: "It's Alright to Cry"
Writer: Carol Hall
Performer: Rosey Grier
Album: Free to Be... You and Me

My sister and I had a Fisher-Price record player when we were kids and this was the LP that wore out the needle. I remember bringing it in to share at pre-school, too. This song was my favorite at the time. I was a sensitive child...

Rosey Grier is an extraordinary man. Famous first as an NFL defensive tackle, he later served as a bodyguard for Robert Kennedy. Grier was guarding Kennedy's wife at the time of the senator's assassination. He and decathlete Rafer Johnson subdued shooter Sirhan Sirhan. In the late '60s and early '70s, Grier became an important symbolic figure amidst the changing sexual politics of the era: an undeniably masculine man unafraid to express his enthusiasm for perceived non-masculine pursuits. In addition to singing, Grier published a book called Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men.


I hope you'll join us for the "30 Songs in 30 Days" challenge, inspired by the tumblr list. Our 30 Songs roster:

Stay on target...
Marc Whitman's Blog
Haley says "Hello" To You

It's never too late to post your own. Tomorrow is...

Day 30: Your Favorite Song at This Time Last Year


  1. His name comes up often during MST3K. I have always had a vague knowledge of who he was....thanks for the bio tidbits...

  2. I really like this post.

    Also, I'm a big, fat faker. I remember the 'Only You' post and plus I nosed around on some of these when I first, first was getting to know you over a year ago. Kermit's in here somewhere, if I recall correctly.

    1. To be honest, Suze, at this point I'd have been surprised if you hadn't. Poke away - that's why it's there. There's a lot more of ME in the 30 Songs project than just about anything else on here.

  3. Well...(this is said in a Kentucky drawl, which kind of sounds like waeaeaeh-uhl), be prepared for a 20+ more comments on this series. I thought I was coming home from work and crashing. I can't possibly go to sleep now. I LOVE this post. I vaguely remember Rosey Grier but I have never seen this video and thank you so much!

    1. I am well familiar with that drawl. I knew quite a few Kentuckians in college.