A History of Popular Music - The 1960s

A History of Popular Music – The 1960s

Indulgent and dreamlike, the sixties were a paradox of narcissistic abandonment and heightened social consciousness. Dark shadows cast by escalating wars, racial strife, and political assassinations were dispersed by the light of a generation who became empowered by their aspirations for a more promising future. This confluence of weariness and hope was reflected in the music, which was fighting a struggle for its own liberation.
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      1960s on the Radio

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The Mamas & the Papas – Dedicated to the One I Love
The Shangri Las –I Can Never Go Home Anymore
OS Mutantes – Baby
The Association – Never My Love (Single Version)
Nico – I’ll Keep It With Mine
The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes
Van Morrison – Slim Slow Slider
The Troggs – Cousin Jane
The Zombies – The Way I Feel Inside
Charles Mingus – Haitian Fight Song (Live)
The Staple Singers – New Home
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (1967 Rehearsal)
The Beach Boys – Radio Promo
Beatles – In My Life
Simon & Garfunkel – April Comes She Will
Bob Dylan – One Too Many Mornings
Van Morrison – Slim Slow Slider
The Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
Procul Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale
Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is
Aretha Franklin – Do Right Woman
The Originals – Baby I’m For Real
Donald Byrd – Cristo Redentor
Stanley Turrentine – Since I Fell For You
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – In a Sentimental Mood
Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples of the Moon
Sarah Vaughan – If I Had You
Caetano Veloso – Nenhuma Dor
Vashti Bunyan – Rose Hip November
Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
Karlheinz Stockhausen – II Berstend (Krachend)
Grateful Dead – What’s Become of the Baby
White Noise – The Visitation
Jack Kerouac – Charlie Parker
Yusef Lateef – Blue Rocky
Rod Freeman & the Blue Men – I Hear a New World
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Struktur III
Christian Wolff – Paris 1968
Sam Cooke – Medley – It’s All Right/ For Sentimental Reasons

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By the 1960s, a societal smoke-screen that masked the tumult behind a nation beset by war, greed, and social injustice was blown away by a forceful gale of artistic experimentalism, one which blew well past American shores. With musical ambassadors like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones sending shockwaves across the pond, with the emergence of reggae from Jamaican communities, and with a new avant-garde pop scene flourishing in France, the rest of the world seemed unwilling to appreciate American music merely as a spectator, and dance music became a global phenomenon.
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      1960s on the Dancefloor

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The Mothers Of Invention – Are You Hung Up?
Terry Riley – A Rainbow In Curved Air
The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
The Temptations – Cloud Nine
James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose
The Turtles – Buzzsaw
The Meters – Cissy Strut
Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing
Diana Ross & The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
Brenda Holloway – When I’m Gone
Bridget Bardot – Contact
Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby
Ray Charles – Night Time Is the Right Time
The Ronettes – Be My Baby
The Chiffons – He’s So Fine
Nina Simone – Sinnerman
Big Brothers & the Holding Company – All Is Loneliness
Silver Apples – Oscillations
The Monks – Monk Time
MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
The Stooges – No Fun
The Sonics – Have Love, Will Travel
July – The Way
Jaggerz – The Rapper
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band – Raise Your Hand
Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour
Bobby Marchan – There’s Something On Your Mind (Part 2)
Desmond Dekker & the Aces – Israelites
Toots & the Maytels – Pressure Drop
Question Mark and the Mysterions – You’re Telling Me Lies
Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About a Mover
Cream – I Feel Free
Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
Creation – Making Time
Love – My Little Red Book
Small Faces – Tin Soldier
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Where There’s Woman
Jimi Hendrix Experience – If Six Was Nine
Led Zeppelin – What Is and What Should Never Be (Live)
Animals – Don’t Bring Me Down
The Millennium – To Claudia On Thursday
David Bowie – Memory of a Free Festival (Part 1)
Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness
Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh, Happy Days

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With the continued success of music television mainstays like American Bandstand, the 1960s saw Britain respond with the creation of Top of The Pops, a BBC variety show to showcase the country’s increasingly influential music scene. The relationship between these two musical superpowers was personified in the Beatles appearance on Ed Sullivan, which instigated an enduring connection between television and popular music.

The Beatles – First Appearance on Ed Sullivan
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
Commercial Break
The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud (Live 1967)
The Hollies – Bus Stop
Movie Trailer – Teenage Gang Debs
Movie Clip – Teenage Gang Debs
Movie Trailer – Blow Up
BBC News Insert – The Mod Generation
The Who – I Can’t Explain
The Ronettes – Be My Baby
Question Mark and the Mysterions – 96 Tears
Booker T and the MGs – Green Onions
Commercial Break
News Bulletin – Announcement of JFK Assassination
The Four Tops – Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
CBS News Break – Reporting Murder of Sharon Tate
Procol Harem – Whiter Shade of Pale
Radio Report w Photographs – Woodstock Festival
Canned Heat – Goin’ Up To Country w Woodstock Footage
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit – Live at Woodstock
Janis Joplin – Work Me, Lord – Live at Woodstock
Medley of Vietnam Footage
James Brown – It’s a Man’s World – Live
Sam and Dave – When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
Dave Brubeck – Take Five – Live on Jazz Casual
Woody Allen – CBC News Feature
News Report – Martin Luther King Assassination
Excerpt of Martin Luther King Jr. Speech
News Report – Stanley Kubrick at Premiere of 2001
Movie Trailer – 2001: A Space Odyssey
News Footage – Neil Armstrong Lands on the Moon
The Beatles – Marlboro Commercial
The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down – Live Rooftop Performance

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