Articles on 1960s Music

1960s Rhythm and Blues
R&B came of age during the 1960's, when such popular sounds coming from Motown, Stax/Volt Atlantic Records and various points all across the United States dominated AM Radio and inspired generations of musicians and music-lovers alike...
TEEN MAGAZINES: (And The People Who Read Them)
Teen magazines were (and still are) aimed at teenage readers and usually consisted of gossip, news, fashion tips, interviews, and may include stickers and posters...
AM Radio Instant Winner Jackpot Contest
Back in 1965 Milwaukee, the radio stations were mostly AM pop stations, certainly before FM became the norm, and these AM stations all had their own variation of a radio instant jackpot contest...
Answer Songs, Parodies, and Death Tunes
The early to mid-1960s was probably the heyday of Answer or Response songs, those tunes that referred directly or indirectly to another song, or is meant as a reply to another song...
Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
Her music career has span almost 40 years. Although she is known for her soul/R&B music, she has contributed and sang gospel, jazz, rock, blues, pop, and even opera music...
Beatlemania!
Within nine days during the Beatles' first visit, Americans had bought more than 2 million Beatles records and more than $2.5 million worth of Beatle-related merchandise...
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is one of the most prolific songwriters in history. He has been credited as a poet and deservedly so. His songs are not only poetic but he displays a unique insightfulness into the many social ills in the world, in particular, those of the 1960's...
Bobby Rydell
At a very young age Bobby often watched and impersonated musicians he saw on television and like many parents, his father noticed this talent and encouraged Bobby to pursue a musical career...
Bossa Nova, Baby!
The Bossa Nova (means "the new beat" or "new way") is a style of Brazilian music that was first heard in the late 1950s (starting around 1958) within the small clubs and cafes along the Copacabana and Ipanema beachfront districts of Rio de Janeiro...
Boyce and Hart
Nearly everyone remembers The Monkees from the '60s- the TV show, Monkeemania, Davy Jones and all, but few understand the genius behind the group, the songwriters who toiled to give The Monkees the hits with which to be successful...
Bubblegum Music
Bubblegum music as a subset of pop came to light in the mid to late 1960s...
Chubby Checker – King of the Rock and Roll Dances
Chubby Checker will forever be associated with the popular song and dance "The Twist"...
Classic Guitars of the 50s and 60s
The 1950's was the decade that saw the birth of rock'n'roll, transistor radios and stereo recordings. It was the combination of these events that led to the incredible upsurge in the popularity of the electric guitar...
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
This group is one of the more popular folk rock groups of the 1960's and early 1970's, mixing social consensus issues with the sounds of folk and rock music...
The Hurdy Gurdy Man of the Psychedelic Sixties – Donovan Leitch
Back then, his songs made me feel good. They were positive. They were sweet. They were mellow – Mellow Yellow, even. They were psychedelic...
Early 60s Album Covers
Early '60s album covers were pretty much a straightforward thing; you either had the singer or group in a nice pose, or sometimes dancing...
Early Motown, Part 1
The enduring legacy of Motown started with the vision of ex-boxer, assembly line worker, and jazz store owner Berry Gordy...
Early Motown, Part 2
In late 1960, The Primettes were signed. (Also after persistent pestering!) The group had previously sang at various local sock hops and won first prize at the Detroit/Windsor Freedom Festival that same year...
Easy Listening, MOR, or "Grown-Up Music" (Zzzzz....)
"Rock and roll music was (and still is, to some degree) basically considered for kids and teens," recalled Pamela Foster. "And I think to the over-30 crowd, rock and roll was still looked down upon, although there was SOME acceptance in small circles...
Always Sunny – Gale Zoe Garnett
Few singers pick up a Grammy and later go on to find success in the fields of writing and acting. Gale Garnett truly deserves the star on her door...
Going to a Go-Go
Sometimes they wore short fringed, tasseled dresses or mini-skirts, sometimes bikinis or other scanty clothing. Some were considered erotic dancers; others were not, depending on the locale and environment...
The Good and Bad of Motown Records
Motown was a very popular music recording company that helped many young black music artists start their music careers. Motown was very beneficial to the world of Rock and Roll music...
Hair - The American Tribal Love Rock Musical
Though rock music had been around for decades, it was just a matter of time that it would become an element in Broadway musicals...
Jan and Dean
Jan and Dean were part of the surf craze in the early 1960's and second only to the Beach Boys as one of the most successful surf groups...
Janis Joplin: A Pearl
With her gritty, rough voice blowing out blues tunes, Janis was an instant success and her stage performances were electrifying and full of emotion...
Jazz Rock
The early '60s were very much like the 1950s, when jazz still garnered a sizable segment of the American public...
Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane was a 1960's band that embraced the whole "hippie" or flower child concept of the late 1960's. The band originated in San Francisco, California, which was where the "hippie" generation formed, developed, and grew...
Jimi Hendrix: Master of the Stratocaster
Hendrix didn't just simply create a new way of performing the blues, but expanded the way in which the guitar took centerpiece in all contemporary American music...
Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell is a very talented artist with a folk background mixed with classical and jazz influences. She was also known to engage in many social issues with her songs...
Learning American Music from the British Invasion
Everybody who was listening to music in the early '60's remembers what a totally different sound the "Merseybeat" or "British Invasion" was...
Livingston and Evans and the Sound Track of the 50's and 60's
As a small child, one of my earliest and fondest memories was finally being able to play the family record player and my sister's cherished '45's. Of course she had had all of Elvis' latest hits -- but my number-one favorite song in her collection was the Doris Day classic "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)"...
Marvin Gaye – Silky Soul Singer
Marvin Gaye has been rightfully given the nickname of "Silky Soul Singer." His voice was silky smooth full of passion, emotion, and plenty of soul...
BEFORE MONKEEMANIA – MICKY DOLENZ AS THE CIRCUS BOY
Many people remember Micky Dolenz as the drum playing lead singing fun maker from the late sixties teen sensation, the Monkees...
The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967
The Monterey Pop Festival was, in many ways, a precursor to the psychedelic, flower child generation for many of the young adults during the 1960's...
Moog Synthesizer
The Moog synthesizer was one of the first widely used electronic musical instruments, and was invented by Dr. Robert Moog (the correct pronunciation of the last name rhymes with "vogue")...
Music Styles in the 1960s
The 1960's was a trying and constant time of change in America. Race, women, and social issues all rose to the forefront of our society's consensus...
Otis Redding: Pure Soul
Otis Redding provided some great soul music in his brief music career and life. He influenced many artists, white and black, and was noted as one of the most popular soul singers of the 1960's...
Peter Green – Man of the World
When someone mentions Fleetwood Mac, most people will automatically think of Mick Fleetwood or John McVie – after all, the name of the band comes from these two founder members...
Pirate Radio
The burst of pop music that exploded in England in the early sixties revealed the scarcity of radio stations catering for the youth culture of the time. The government owned British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had very little appeal to the young population hungry to hear the latest 'hits.'...
Popular Bands of the British Invasion
It has been said that the British invasion of musical artists began February 7th, 1964 when the Beatles touched down in New York on that day...
Psychedelic Moods: A Psychedelic Classic Courtesy of The Deep
"Take A Trip – Freak Out – Blow Your Mind – You're On Your Way to the Psychedelic Mood – A Way of Life – A State of Mind."...
Record Condition – My Less than Perfect Collection
Over the years, we have managed to replace our old record collections with copies on CD, so we have an incredible collection...
Regional Sounds
You could say that Detroit's Motown Sound (The city also had a thriving rock sound that included Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes...
Singing in the Background
Have you ever wondered who the female chorus was that backed up Mary Wells on "My Guy" ("what you'd say?"... "tell me more") or the great almost-operatic crescendo of voices on The Four Tops' records?...
Independent Record Labels
In conjunction with regional sounds, many "indie" record labels came to prominence during this decade. Some achieved lasting fame, becoming legendary...
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder was known as a wonder child when he hit it big in the music industry. Not only was this child a musical prodigy at Motown Records and full of talent, he was also blind...
Sixties Package Tours
The concept of a concert featuring just one group or artist was a rare phenomenon in the early sixties in England. It was much more common for a promoter to put together a "package" of artists and send them out around the countryside to perform one or two shows each day in towns and cities...
the 1960s, Psychedlia, and Jimi Hendrix
Music evolved in the 1960s. It began losing that prim-and-proper presence associated with earlier musical sounds...
The American Breed
Out of the 1960s Chicago sound that spawned The Buckinghams, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, and The Cryan' Shames, came The American Breed, a very popular band on the Chicago club scene...
The Beach Boys – Surfin' USA
The Beach Boys were not only the most successful and popular surf music group in the early 1960's, but also one of the most popular groups of all time...
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
In an era of rock'n'roll excesses, anything goes attitudes and pure insanity no collection of human beings could top the Bonzos...
The Critters
Some careers of 1960s rock and roll artists were cut short or stifled by the draft and the Vietnam War. Many famous examples litter the rock landscape- Gary Lewis and Archie Bell come to mind...
The Cyrkle
"I should have known you'd bid me farewell..." The opening line of The Cyrkle's #2 hit, "Red Rubber Ball" was prophetic for the rock and roll band...
The Doors
The Doors formed in 1965 in Los Angeles when two UCLA film students, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek became friends...
The Feel Good Music
ould there possibly be any better music than that of the 50's and 60's?...
The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons were probably the most successful white Doo Wop group during the early sixties...
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead were a 1960's psychedelic band that were famous for their live performances, in fact, the band was more of an improvising and live performance band than an studio band...
The Holy Ghost Reception Committee #9
Christianity expressed through popular music is nothing new - early blues both called on the Lord and reviled the church in equal measures, while Christian rock has established itself as a genre all of its own...
The Instrumentals
Many rock critics and historians have viewed this genre as a novelty, but I and many others disagree...
The Kinks
The Kinks have always considered themselves outsiders but have maintained a strong cult following here in America...
The Left Banke
The Left Banke has its origins in a classically trained violinist named Harry Lookofsky who ran a small recording studio in New York City...
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC – THE MUSICAL LEGACY OF THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
As the summer began to turn into fall during the year of 1965, a fresh sound was playing on just about every Top 40 radio station...
The Mamas and the Papas
The Mamas and The Papas were a California singing group in the 1960's that focused on harmony with a pop-folk style...
The Rolling Stones: The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band
The Rolling Stones got their name from Muddy Waters' song, "Rollin' Stone", which they have truly lived up to. They are the longest running band, with most of the original members, in Rock and Roll history...
The Shangri-Las: Leaders of the Pack
In the summer of 1964, in the middle of Beatlemania, a new "girl group" hit the airwaves with "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)."...
The Sixties – What Sixties?
Much has been written of the swingin' sixties, the decade that time will never forget and yes, I agree that it was a turbulent time, a time when the establishment was challenged, when new frontiers were created in society and music...
The Spotnicks
While youngsters in England and America in 1959 were listening to hits such as Forty Miles of Bad Road by Duane Eddy and Guitar Boogie Shuffle by Bert Weedon, over in Scandinavia two young Swedes were busy forming their own guitar based group...
The Supremes: The Top Girl Group of the 1960's
The Supremes were just that - Supreme. Other than the Beatles, the Supremes reigned as the top group and the most popular and successful girl group of the 1960's...
The Walker Brothers – American Hitmakers in England
While the United States was enjoying the influx of England's finest during the British Invasion of the early 1960's three American boys were coming together in Los Angeles to form their own beat group...
The Who
The Who were considered to be one of the original punk and hard rock bands alongside the Kinks, and one of the greatest rock and roll bands...
The Zombies
The Zombies were one of those 60s groups that never fulfilled its potential. Darlings of the critics and even flirting with hit status, the Zombies suffered from a lack of dynamic management and a tried and true ally in their record company...
Keeping up with your Faves - The Rise of TIGER BEAT and The Laufer Company Magazines in the 1960'S
Ever since Elvis Presley first strutted his stuff across a stage, savvy businesspeople have known that a great way to make a mint is to publish magazines and other goodies that cause the hearts of young fans to flip flop...
West Coast Jazz, Its Own Sound
It was, in the 50's and 60's…and still is, to those who choose to dig out old records or modern reissues on compact disc…the music of palm trees, sand, sun and surf...
Woodstock: The Concert of all Concerts
With more than 500,000 people attending the event, the three-day concert that took place in nearby Woodstock, New York in a town called Wallkill on Sam Yasgur's farm for three days in August 1969, prove to be the climax of the 1960's spirit...
A Summary of 1960s Music
esides Brenda Lee, notable debuts were: Ike and Tina Turner, Etta James, Joan Baez, Jimmy Jones, Brian Hyland, Bobby Vee...
Meet The Beatles
...my first distinct rock memory was watching The Beatles make their first American appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964...
The Music of the 60s
Aah! The Glorious 60's – at least that's the way I see it when I hear some of the music that the radio stations play now....
Spotlight On... 1960
Chubby Checker - He's the singer who I feel made the greatest impact of 1960. "The Twist" was THE dance to do as it became a nationwide sensation...

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