An incredible musical performance from 1969, ‘Melting Pot,’ written by Blue Mink’s lead singer, Roger Cook, and long-time songwriter partner, Roger Greenaway. The song is a statement against racial intolerance, a prevalent issue in America at the time.
The song was an instant success, ranking #2 on the New Zealand charts, #3 on the UK Singles Chart, #4 in Norway, #8 on the Irish Charts, and #10 on the Australian Charts. Blue Mink had six top-20 hits in the UK Singles Chart between 1969 and 1974. Their debut single, ‘Melting Pot,’ spent 15 weeks in the Top Ten.
During that time, this song was seen as a beacon of hope during great social upheaval. It was a message of hope that we could all come together and celebrate our differences. The song talks about ‘coffee-colored people’ and a ‘Red Indian boy’ as well as ‘yellow Chinkees’ and ‘curly Latin kinkies.’ While the lyrics were certainly blunt, the song was not meant to offend but to promote racial harmony.
It’s unfortunate that today, some people still find the lyrics of this song offensive. Ofcom received one complaint about using offensive language after ‘Melting Pot’ was played on Gold. The song has since been permanently removed from Gold’s playlist and other mainstream radio stations that have faced criticism for playing inappropriate music.
Despite this, I think this song is still incredibly relevant today. As we continue to work towards creating a more just and equitable society, ‘Melting Pot’ reminds us that we are all in this together. It’s a message of unity that is just as important now as in 1969.
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching the incredible performance of ‘Melting Pot’ from 1969. The audience’s positive reactions and applause are a testament to the power of this song. Share this video with your friends and family because it’s a message we all need to hear.