Category Archives: ’60s Music

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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What a beautiful feeling … Crimson and Clover (over and over) Tommy James and the Shondells

On Feb. 1, 1969, Tommy James and the Shondells had the #1 song in the US with “Crimson and Clover.” It was the band’s second #1 single — “Hanky Panky” had topped the charts in 1966. The band had had … Continue reading

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On Jan. 29, two songs enter the singles charts at #75 (Beck and the Bobby Fuller Four)

On January 29, two singles entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #75—but they were 28 years apart. So which one do I write about? The 1994 song “Loser” by Beck, or the 1966 song “I Fought the Law” by the … Continue reading

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