Love & Peace, a message by the Smooth Operators

Cari Ann Wayman
The Smooth Operators give you a message of hope in these dark and troubled times with a selection of protest songs that emphasize love and peace.

In general, a protest song is a song that is associated with a movement for social change. It was especially popular during the Vietnam war. Monumental protest songs are ‘What’s going on’ by Marvin Gaye and ‘War’ by Edwin Starr. Around the mid-sixties protest songs were very popular on the American West Coast, most notably in the Summer of Love (1967). When the Vietnam war ended, the protest song lost its popularity fast and it never became as widespread as it was between 1965-1975. The Smooth Operators hope it will make a strong return soon! We need it now more than ever.


Chambers Brothers - What The World Needs Now Is Love (1967)
The Love Committee - One Day Of Peace (1974)
Omar - Stop War, Make Love (2013)
Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On (1971)
The Jones Girls – At Peace With Woman (1980)
HD – Nothing But Love (2016)
TCB Band – Children Of The Future (1980?)
Billy Jones & The Twinkle Stars – We Want Peace (1973)
The O’Jays – When The World’s At Peace (1972)
The Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth (1967)
Reuben Howell – Help The People (1975)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody (1975)
MFSB – Love Is The Message [A Tom Moulton Mix] (1976)
Al Wilson – La La Peace Song (1974)
Minnie Riperton – Love And Its Glory (1975)
Ryan Shaw – People Get Ready (2010)
Kenny Rankin – Peaceful (1967)
Barbara Mason – World In A Crisis (1974)
Billy Paul – Let ‘Em In (1976)
Razzy Bailey - I Hate Hate (1974)
Aloe Blacc - Love Is The Answer (2013)
Gil Scott-Heron - Save The Children (1971)
Curtis Mayfield - We Got To Have Peace (1971)
Edwin Starr - War (1970)
Myles Sanko - This Ain’t Living (2017)
Johnny King & The Fatback Band - Peace, Love Not War (1969)
Father’s Children - Who’s Gonna Save The World (1979)
The Undisputed Truth - Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World) / Friendship Train (1972)


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