Thursday, July 30, 2009

(You're My) Soul and Inspiration

"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" was a number one hit for the Righteous Brothers in 1966. The Righteous Brothers were a popular "blue-eyed soul" vocal duo, who had many hits in the 60's including, "Unchained Melody", "Just Once in My Life", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Ebb Tide". I just learned they also had a religious song titled "He", that went to #18 in 1966. I am trying to locate a video of that one. Has anyone ever heard of it?

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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Four Tops

The Four Tops from Detroit, Michigan had several top hits during the 60's and into the 70's. Their passionate love songs were some of my favorites..."Bernadette"('67), "Reach Out I'll Be There"('66), "Baby I Need Your Lovin'('64), "Can't Help Myself"('65). The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

"Good Day Sunshine"

"Good Day Sunshine" is a song by The Beatles on the 1966 album 'Revolver'. It was written by Paul McCartney, though like all Beatles songs written by either of them, it is credited as Lennon/McCartney. Leonard Bernstein praised the song for its construction in a 1967 CBS News documentary.

McCartney said that he was influenced by The Lovin' Spoonful in writing this song, whose bouncy harmonies and upbeat lyrics recall the Spoonful's "good-time music".


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Classical Gas"

One of the great instrumental hits of the 60's was "Classical Gas", by Mason Williams. Mason Williams, a folk guitarist, was also a comedy writer for 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (1967-69). "Classical Gas" reached #2 on the Billboard Top 40 Hits in the summer of 1968 and it was Mason Williams' only hit.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

"Someday We'll Be Together"

Today is the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. If you are a baby-boomer you probably remember exactly where you were on that day. The whole country could be found in front of their televisions watching the 6:00pm news. It was a day when all of America came together.

Do you remember where you were on July 20, 1969?

One of the top hits of the year of 1969 was "Someday We'll Be Together" by Diana Ross and the Supremes, one of the most popuar Motown groups from Detroit. The hit reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 40 chart.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

"You Didn't Have To Be So Nice"

From the popular teen tv show Hullabaloo (1965), The Lovin Spoonful performing their hit:
"You Didn't Have To Be So Nice".

A fun look at an excellent band from the 60's.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

"Tell Me Baby"

Herman's Hermits was one of the groups I saw perform live in Detroit, in the 60's.

All the young teenage girls loved Peter Noonan and his silly smile.

This is the Herman's Hermits song, "Tell Me Baby". It is from the original 1965 LP album, "Herman's Hermits On Tour".

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

"I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite"

Here is "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite" by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. In 1968 it climbed to #8 on the Charts and stayed on the Top 40 for 9 weeks. It was their biggest hit.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"One" ~ Three Dog Night

"One" is a song by Harry Nilsson, famous for its opening line "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do."

In 1969, rock band Three Dog Night covered the song on their debut album Three Dog Night. The song was released as a single and became a hit, reaching number 5 in the Billboard Hot 100.

In the Billboard 1969 Year-End Hot 100, "One" came in at #11.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

"Good Vibrations"

The Beach Boys began in the early '60's with their hit "Surfin' Safari" and had several surfing music hits. They continued recording into the '80's and their last big hit was "Kokomo" in 1988. This clip is of a live performance of "Good Vibrations" from 1966. This hit reached #1 and was on the top 40 hits chart for 12 weeks.

In the '60's, I had almost all of The Beach Boys surfing albums and dreamed of visiting the Pacific Ocean, but had to settle for the surf of Lake Michigan!

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Donovan had several hits during the '60's, but my favorites are some of his songs that aren't so well known. Donovan did the soundtrack for the early '70's movie, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon", the story of the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

The movie and the music are life changing. If you haven't seen the film or listened to the soundtrack, you are in for a treat! Here is a small taste. It is 'delicious'.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Age of Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In

This medley from the off-Broadway rock musical "Hair", was #1 on the charts in 1969 for several weeks. It is by the group "The 5th Dimension". In the Billboard list
of top hits of the entire 60's decade, this song came in at #7.

It came out just after I turned 18 and I remember it as a song of independence, freedom, love and happiness. It still brings up those feelings everytime I hear it.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Four Favorites from the 'Fab Four'

Here's a few of my favorite Beatle songs, from live performances in the 60's.

Enjoy "This Boy", "Til There Was You", "If I Fell", and "You're Gonna Lose That Girl".

Do you have a favorite Beatle song? Who was your favorite of the 'Fab Four'? My favorite was always the "spiritual one", George.
But I liked them all.

I can hardly believe two are gone already!
Rock 'n Roll Heaven is filling up way too fast.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"Let's Live for Today"

"Let's Live for Today" by the Grass Roots was a big hit in the 60's and the lyrics seemed to make total sense at age 18.

In this clip, the group is introduced by the late comedian Jimmie Durante, who makes a corny joke saying, "This group, 'The Grass Roots' don't have a manager.... they have a gardener." Innocent 60's humor. :)

Enjoy "The Grass Roots" once again.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

"Jersey Boys"

Gosh, I really must be 'stuck in the sixties'! I just heard about the Broadway show "Jersey Boys", which is the story of and a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and it's been around for years!

At the Washington,D.C. fireworks musical show, Saturday night on PBS, the 'Jersey Boys' performed. I had never heard of this show, and it's been around for about four years now! And won lots of awards.

I see on their website they are touring now. I would love to see it!!!

Has anyone here seen it? I'd love to hear your review of the show.

Jersey Boys Official website

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Top Patriotic Song of the 60's

Happy 4th of July!!!

Probably the most patriotic song during the decade of the 60's was "The Ballad of the Green Berets". This song was #1 on the charts for five weeks, during the year of 1966. It was written and sung by Staff Sergeant Barry Sandler, who served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army Special Forces. SSgt. Sadler died of heart failure at age 49, in 1989.

In 1968, John Wayne starred in a movie of the same name, "The Green Berets", and the popular ballad from 1966 was featured on the soundtrack.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

More 60's Summer Songs

Celebrate summer with memories of great oldies from the 60's....

Wonderful Summer
Robin Ward
# 14 in 1963-64

Remember (Walkin' In the Sand)
#5 in 1964

Summer Wine
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows
Lesley Gore

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Just Like Romeo and Juliet

This video is of a concert reunion of The Reflections doing their hit "Just Like Romeo and Juliet." In 1964, this song rose quickly to the top ten on the pop charts. The group still has good harmony and continues to do reunion concerts around the country.

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