1963

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    Apr 04
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  • Sun
    Apr 07
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50 years ago today

50 years ago heard the wave of surf music, the early brian wilsonvoices of soul, and the schmaltzification of most music on the radio. i'll finish my sample of the former, and go easy on the latter.

but i can't ignore the wonderfully sexist advice of jack jones' "wives and lovers" (one of burt bacharach's brilliant embarrassments), kyu sakamoto's campy "sukiyaki," and brian wilson's [yes, that's him in the photo on the right] "surfer girl" and "surf city."

those were cute, but here's some of what you'll be feeling well after my show: freddy scott's (original) "hey girl," smokey robinson and the miracles' "you really got a hold on me," and marvin gaye's "can i get a witness."

the music of 1963 was on the cusp of radical changes (remember, great britain was already rocking out, but the beatles hadn't yet hit the states).

  • Thu
    Mar 14
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    Mar 17
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music 50 years ago

bob dylan

50 years ago, not many people appreciated the fact that bob dylan broke major musical and creative ground with his second album, "the freewheelin' bob dylan" (he never liked that title). based on the raw folk traditions of woody guthrie and ramblin jack elliot, dylan's lyrics were like no one else recording in 1963.

for contrast, i'll alternate songs from that album with other enduring songs that were released in the same year: the drifters' "on broadway," otis redding's "pain in my heart," sam cooke's "smoke rings," and peter, paul & mary's fantasy about puffing on the shores of hanalei, kauai, hawaii...

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    Feb 21
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  • Sun
    Feb 24
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50 years ago

what was the music like 50 years ago? remember, in america at least, this was bob & earlpost-rock-n-roll and pre-beatles music (at least in the us).

some of it was over-the-top wacky ("yackety sax," "poppa oom mow mow"), some was tastefully if not syrupy sweet ("our day will come," "blue velvet"), and some was a vision of the future ("watermelon man," "it's all right").

then there were the heavy hitters: bob & earl's "harlem shuffle," and johnny cash's "ring of fire."

all 24 songs are listed here.