Instrumentals

“If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren’t really there,” Paul Kantner has said.

While that’s funny, it’s not exactly true. Not everyone tuned in, turned on, and dropped out, of course, like those in the counterculture. Plenty of us just watched The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and did our High School math homework. Some were fighting for us in Vietnam. The blogs talk about the music as well as the pop culture happening at the time. Peace out, amigo.

March 27, 2018
Grazing in the Grass by Hugh Mas

Grazing in the Grass by Hugh Masekela

This week’s pick for Instrumentals Tuesday is “Grazing in the Grass” by Hugh Masekela. It was composed by actor and singer Philemon Hou. South African trumpeter […]
January 23, 2018
Washington Square by The Village Stompers

Washington Square by The Village Stompers

The selection for this week’s Instrumentals Tuesday is  “Washington Square” by The Village Stompers. The tune was written by songwriter, artists Bobb Goldsteinn and composer David […]
January 2, 2018
The In Crowd by The Ramsey Lewis Trio

The In Crowd by The Ramsey Lewis Trio

The song was written by Billy Page and arranged by his brother Gene Page for singer, songwriter, and record producer Dobie Gray. It was first recorded […]
August 8, 2017
A Taste of Honey by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass

A Taste of Honey by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass

The selection for this week’s Instrumentals Tuesday is “A Taste of Honey” by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass.  The composition “A Taste of Honey” was […]
August 1, 2017
Green Onions by Booker T. & The M.G.s

Green Onions by Booker T and The MGs

The selection for this week’s Instrumental Tuesdays is “Green Onions” by Booker T. and the M.G.s. This funky and bluesy instrumental always sounds hot. Maybe that’s […]
July 25, 2017
Wipe Out by The Surfaris

Wipe Out by The Surfaris

Almost everyone knew someone who would play the drum part to “Wipe Out” with pencils on their school desk — if you didn’t do it yourself. […]
July 18, 2017
Stranger on the Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk

Stranger on the Shore by Mr Acker Bilk

The selection for this week’s Instrumentals Tuesday is “Stranger on the Shore” by Mr. Acker Bilk. It has been one of the biggest-selling instrumentals on the […]
July 11, 2017
Green Hornet Theme by Al Hirt

Green Hornet Theme by Al Hirt

The selection for this week’s Instrumentals Tuesday is the “Green Hornet Theme” by Al Hirt. It was released on his 1966 album The Horn Meets “The […]
July 4, 2017
Telstar by The Tornados

Telstar by The Tornados

The composition “Telstar” honors the first Telstar communications satellite that was launched on July 10, 1962. Telstar was operated by NASA as part of a multi-national […]
June 20, 2017
T Bones No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)

No Matter What Shape by The T-Bones

When art imitates TV: The instrumental “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)” was inspired by an Alka-Seltzer TV commercial. In 1965, saxophonist and bandleader Dave […]
June 13, 2017
Classical Gas by Mason Williams

Classical Gas by Mason Williams

Today’s selection for Instrumentals Tuesday is “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. The instrumental was written and performed by Mason Williams, with backing from the Los Angeles […]