Remembering the First Record Ever Heard News & Notes producer Roy Hurst relives his childhood with the Nancy Wilson song, "How Glad I Am," the first record he ever remembers hearing.
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News & Notes producer Roy Hurst relives his childhood with the Nancy Wilson song, "How Glad I Am," the first record he ever remembers hearing.

FARAI CHIDEYA, host:

And it's time now for our Staff Song Pick of the Week. This week, our producer Roy Hurst has control of the CD players.

So Roy, what do you got for us?

ROY HURST: Farai, this must be the first record I was ever conscious of. It's called "How Glad I Am" by Nancy Wilson, recorded in 1965.

(Soundbite of song, "How Glad I Am")

Ms. NANCY WILSON (Singer): (Singing) My love has no beginning, my love has no end. No front or back and my love won't bend. I'm in the middle, lost in a spin loving you.

CHIDEYA: So how do you remember that song?

HURST: Well, I must've been - I don't know, 2 or 3 years old when I heard it. I remember lying on my back under the windowsill and there's this radio on the windowsill and this song is playing. And now I grew up knowing about Nancy Wilson because I grew up around musicians and besides that, I always said that I would marry a combination of Diahann Carroll, Lola Falana and Nancy Wilson. I think that translates to Beyonce.

(Soundbite of song, "How Glad I Am")

Ms. WILSON: (Singing) My love won't rise and my love won't drop.

CHIDEYA: So how come you realized that this song is from your childhood?

HURST: Well, about five years ago, I'm riding in my car, and this song comes on and I immediately flashback to that moment when I was a baby and I first heard it. And I'm thinking of myself, this song makes me happy.

(Soundbite of song, "How Glad I Am")

Ms. WILSON: (Singing) And you don't know, you don't know, you don't know, you don't know how glad I am. I wish I were a poet so I could express.

HURST: The story doesn't stop there because later I'm spending the summer with friends in Chicago, and I'm sharing the space with a popular alternative band, the band of Neko Case. And this band was going to be performing at a music festival there.

So now I'm sifting through the record collection in this house. And one of the singers - Kelly(ph) is her name. She and I were going on and on about our love for Nancy Wilson, and in particular, this song. And at that festival, she actually stopped the set and sang this song to me. She dedicated this song to me. It was the first and last time I ever had a song dedicated to me.

CHIDEYA: Well there's still time in your life yet, Roy. But I also know that Nancy Wilson has come to NPR West a few times. Did you ever get to meet here?

HURST: Yes. And not when the, you know, be all over celebrities, but I was very excited to meet her and I'm chatting her up in the lobby and just when I'm about to tell her about the impact she's had on me, somebody comes and whisks her away. And I'm still wondering if she would've sung a few bars to me of this song, "How Glad I Am."

CHIDEYA: Roy, that's beautiful. Thank you.

HURST: Thank you.

(Soundbite of song, "How Glad I Am")

Ms. WILSON: (Singing) And you don't know, you don't know, you don't know, you don't know how glad I am, how glad I am.

CHIDEYA: NEWS & NOTES producer Roy Hurst with our Staff Song Pick of the Week, Nancy Wilson's "How Glad I Am."

(Soundbite of song, "How Glad I Am")

Ms. WILSON: (Singing) My love has no beginning. My love has no end. No front or backā€¦

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(Soundbite of song, "How Glad I Am")

Ms. WILSON: (Singing) My love won't rise and my love won't drop. I'm in the middle.

CHIDEYA: I'm Farai Chideya, this is NEWS & NOTES.

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