Monday, August 24, 2009

"Secret Agent Man"

Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was versatile enough to do folk songs, blues, and revivals of old-time rock 'n' roll music songs and some original material. Rivers's greatest success came in the mid and late 1960s with a series of successful songs (including "Seventh Son", "Poor Side of Town", "Summer Rain", and "Secret Agent Man"), but he has continued to record and perform to the present.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Reliving the '60's

Lots of great links today for those of us who loved the delicious decade of the '60's and wonder where we can relive it. With the up-coming 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, baby-boomers will enjoy these fun articles from "US News and World Report" online.

10 Places to Relive the '60's

Slide Show of 10 Great Places to Relive the '60's

And if you haven't visited this site yet, you are in for a real treat, it's one of my favorites:

The 60's Official Site

Finally, from MSNBC, today's kids are discovering the 60's:

They Love the '60's

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

"I'm A Believer"

"The Monkees were a pop rock quartet assembled in Los Angeles in 1966 for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The members were Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones, who were supervised and popularized by Don Kirshner.

At the time of the band's formation, its producers saw The Monkees as a Beatles-like band. At the start, the band members provided vocals, and were given some performing and production opportunities, but they eventually fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. The group undertook several concert tours, allowing an opportunity to perform as a live band as well as on the TV series. Although the show was canceled in 1968, the band continued releasing records until 1970. In the 1980s, the television show and music experienced a revival, which led to a series of reunion tours, and new records featuring various incarnations of the band's lineup." (

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Monday, August 10, 2009

"Let's Get Together

In 1967, The Youngbloods released their version of the song under the title "Get Together". It became a minor Hot 100 hit for them, peaking at number sixty-two. However, renewed interest in the Youngbloods version came when it was used in a television public service announcement as a call for brotherhood by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Re-released as a single in 1969, it became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number five. This version remains the most-remembered today. The Youngbloods version of the song has been featured in several films, including Purple Haze, Forrest Gump, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (from

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"My Cup Runneth Over"

A great 60's love song by Ed Ames. It reached # 8 on the billboard charts in 1967. Ed Ames was not only a great singer, but an actor as well. He played in the hit series "Daniel Boone", as the native american friend, "Mingo", to Daniel Boone.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009


Roy Orbison had several mega-hits during the 60's including "Pretty Woman", "Only the Lonely", and my favorite, "Crying".

"Crying" was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and went to No. 2 on the Billboard pop music charts.

The song contains "a vivid combination of hurtful romantic longing combined with near operatic vocals".

In 2002, "Crying" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #69 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

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