Category Archives: ’60s Music

Bubble Puppy fills the airwaves with hot smoke and sassafras

On April 12, 1969, “Hot Smoke & Sassafras” by Bubble Puppy peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, after spending nine weeks on the singles chart. Bubble Puppy is often categorized as a one-hit wonder, but this little ol’ … Continue reading

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… on a cloudy day (The Temptations top the singles charts)

On March 6, 1965, “My Girl” became the Temptations’ first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 — the first of four chart-topping singles for the Motown supergroup. I have written about the Temptations before. Their songs transcended pop music. … Continue reading

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Remembering Joe Light, a KOIL Good Guy

Normally I post about specific songs and the details that led to production, distribution and popularity, but today I want to write about my upbringing—specifically, the influence of a certain AM radio station on my understanding, awareness and love for … Continue reading

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How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? (The Beatles in ’67)

On May 11, 1967, The Beatles recorded “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” in 12 takes at Olympic Sound Studios in London. It was the group’s first song that was not recorded and mixed at Abbey Road. The song was added … Continue reading

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Blood, Sweat & Tears (BS&T) — a fusion first, an American classic

On April 12, 1969, after 11 weeks on the Billboard Top LP’s chart, Blood Sweat & Tears had the #1 album in the US. Their album knocked Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman to the #2 position. The band would hold on … Continue reading

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“The sooner it ends the better” (record execs’ lament of the Beatles’ invasion of America)

The headline for the Feb. 29, 1964, edition of Billboard (The International Music-Record Newsweekly) was:  Beatles Business Booms But Blessings Mixed. On the left column of the front page was an article about the band grossing more than $17 million … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Times — Petula Clark (1966)

On Feb. 27, 1966, British singing-sensation Petula Clark introduced “A Sign of the Times” on the CBS Television Network’s  The Ed Sullivan Show. The song would enter the Billboard Hot 100 in March and go to #11. The song also … Continue reading

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