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This week …………. I love the 1960’s!

Series 1 – 1960’s E5#

The music of the 1960’s signalled a change in the way people thought about a lot of things – fashion, politics, society, industry, war and of course the music especially. The music from the 50’s was still ever present till around the early to the mid 60’s. Artists who had attained incredible popularity in the years previous were still big names BUT with the arrival of new groups and artists and vibes and grooves to boot, this changed the influence and style of culture.

The death of President Kennedy and an increased awareness both in the Vietnam war and the Civil Rights Movement made people stop and think and take the time to reflect how the world about them was shifting and people’s attitude towards music would start to evolve greatly.

There were many musical styles available to the listener from British music like that of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Animals playing R&B and Rock, to the likes of Motown coming from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Marvelettes and Stevie Wonder to the soft and psycheldelic rockers such as The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.

From the mid 60’s, variables of rock [from surf to psychedelic to hard to folk to protest] was becoming a huge emergence from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Gordon Lightfoot, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkle, Steppenwolf, Creedence Clearwater revival, The Who, Roy Orbinson, Cat Stevens and The Mamas and Papas.

Protesters and their music wasn’t just rock oriented but covered many genres and sub genres alike and was created in defiance to the war in Vietnam, social injustice, world news and so on. This was a genre that the younger generation could easily bite into and support.

The 60’s was about change and upheaval to culture and society … the 60’s brought us also TV shows like Lost in Space, Batman,The Prisioner, The Munsters, The Outer Limits, Stingray, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, Star Trek, Thunderbirds, Columbo, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flintstones, Top Cat, Yogi Bear, Gomer Pyle … the list is endless … and also the following films were very popular during this period …James Bond, Cleopatra, The Graduate, Once Upon a Time in the West, Mary Poppins, The Birds, The Great Escape, Night of the Living Dead, To Kill a Mockingbird… which was also a very popular novel written by Harper Lee.

Other noteworthy books of that time were … Catch 22, The Andromeda Strain, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Clockwork Orange, Valley of the Dolls and The Autobiography of Malcolm X to name but a few.

Events of this period changed the world forever, the assassination of President Kennedy, protests concerning the Vietnam war like the massive protest in 65 attended by well over thirty five thousand people, the arrival of Barbie’s partner – Ken! The death of Norma Jean aka Marilyn Monroe, Alcatraz closes, Medgar Evers is assassinated, Martin Luther King makes his “I Have a Dream” speech, The Beatles make their debut on American television on the Ed Sullivan show … Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton marry [for the first time], Walt Disney dies, the arrival of Mary Quant’s miniskirts, the Cuban Missile Crisis … and the sad death also of Martin Luther King in 1968. But a man landed on the moon in 1969 – the world goes on always…

The 60’s was about a world waking up ….
The most popular music of the 1960’s was rock and roll [till mid-60’s], funk, soul, R&B, gospel, pop rock, beat, Cuban, Latin American, bubble gum pop, folk rock, psychedelic rock…

Today’s Top Ten most popular songs from the 1960’s were ….

Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown (1960)
Cathy’s Clown” is a popular song, written by Don Everly and recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. The lyrics describe a man who has been wronged and publicly humiliated by his lover: “Here he comes / That’s Cathy’s clown”. The choruses are sung by brothers Don and Phil in their trademark close harmony style, while Don sings the bridges solo.
The Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown.wmv – YouTube
Patsy Cline – I Fall To Pieces [1961]
I Fall to Pieces” is a song written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard that was originally recorded by Patsy Cline. Released as a single in 1961 via Decca Records, it topped the country charts, crossed over onto the pop charts and became among Cline’s biggest hits. Cline was initially reluctant to record “I Fall to Pieces” and believed its production (produced by Owen Bradley) lacked enough country instrumentation for her liking. Eventually, Cline recorded the song upon the encouragement of her producer.
Patsy Cline — I Fall To Pieces – YouTube
Little Eva – The Loco-motion [1962]
The Loco-Motion” is a 1962 pop song written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King. “The Loco-Motion” was originally written for Dee Dee Sharp, but Sharp turned the song down. The song is notable for appearing in the American Top 3 thrice, each time in a different decade: in 1962 by the American pop singer Little Eva (U.S. No. 1); in 1974 by the American band Grand Funk Railroad (also U.S. No. 1); and finally in 1988 by the Australian singer Kylie Minogue
Little Eva – Loco-motion(1962) – YouTube
Beach Boys – Surfin Usa [1963]
Surfin’ U.S.A.” is a song by the American rock band the Beach Boys credited to Chuck Berry and Brian Wilson. It is a rewritten version of Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” set to new lyrics penned by Wilson and an uncredited Mike Love. The song was released as a single on March 4, 1963, backed with “Shut Down”. It was then placed as the opening track on their album of the same name.
Surfin USA Beach Boys STEREO H – YouTube
Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman [1964]
Oh, Pretty Woman” or simply “Pretty Woman” is a song recorded by Roy Orbison, written by Orbison and Bill Dees. It was released as a single in August, 1964 on Monument Records and spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 from September 26, 1964, the second and final single by Orbison to top the US charts. It was also Orbison’s third single to top the UK Singles Chart (for a total of three weeks)
Oh, Pretty Woman – YouTube
Sam The Sham & Pharaohs – Woolly Bully [1965]
Wooly Bully” is a song originally recorded by novelty rock and roll band Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1964. Based on a standard 12-bar blues progression, it was written by the band’s frontman, Domingo “Sam” Samudio. It was released as a single on the small Memphis-based XL label (#906) in 1964 and was picked up in 1965 by MGM. The song was recorded at Sam C. Phillips Recording Studio at 639 Madison Avenue in Memphis, the successor to Phillips’ original Sun Studio. It proved to be the only recording made at the studio to achieve national success.
Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Wooly Bully (1965) – YouTube
Rolling Stones – Paint It Black [1966]
Paint It Black“is a song recorded by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. A product of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ songwriting partnership, it is an uptempo song with Indian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European influences and features lyrics about grief and loss. London Records released the song as a single on 7 May 1966 in the United States; Decca Records released it on 13 May in the United Kingdom. London Records included it as the opening track on the American version of the band’s 1966 studio album Aftermath.
Rolling Stones – Paint It Black LIVE (1966) – YouTube
The Doors – Light My Fire [1967]
Light My Fire” is a song by the American rock band the Doors. It was recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967 on their eponymous debut album. Released as an edited single on April 24, 1967, it spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (in July 29, August 5 and August 12, 1967), and one week on the Cash Box Top 100, nearly a year after its recording.
The Doors – Light My Fire – Ed Sullivan Show 1967 – YouTube
Otis Redding – Sitting AT The Dock Of The Bay [1968]
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just three days before his death in a plane crash. The song was released on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1968, becoming the first ever posthumous single to top the charts in the US. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (Official Music Video) – YouTube
Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue [1969]
A Boy Named Sue” is a song written by humorist, children’s author, and poet Shel Silverstein and made popular by Johnny Cash. Cash recorded the song live in concert on February 24, 1969 at California’s San Quentin State Prison for his At San Quentin album. Cash also performed the song (with comical variations on the original performance) in December 1969 at Madison Square Garden. The live San Quentin version of the song became Cash’s biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his only top ten single there, spending three weeks at No. 2 in 1969, held out of the top spot by “Honky Tonk Women” by The Rolling Stones. The track also topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Easy Listening charts that same year and was certified Gold on August 14, 1969, by the RIAA.
Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue (Live at San Quentin, 1969) – YouTube

So folks, there we go, some of the most popular songs from the 1960’s – hope you enjoyed the line up for this episode of Down Memory Lane – Series 1 – 1960’s E5#

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13 thoughts on “Down Memory Lane

  1. Thank you so much for the birthday good wishes! I like the performers even if these might not be my favorite songs of theirs. I was a teen at the start of the 60’s – so a very definitive decade for me.

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