The Songs

“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.

August 30, 2017
Len Barry 1 2 3

Len Barry 1 2 3

August 28, 2017
the beatles hello goodbye

The Beatles Hello Goodbye

August 22, 2017
Peter and Gordon Knight in Rusty Armour

Peter and Gordon Knight in Rusty Armour

August 17, 2017
Every Mother's Son Come on Down to My Boat

Every Mother’s Son Come on Down to My Boat

August 13, 2017
The Rolling Stones Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones Satisfaction

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 25, 2017
Bob Dylab Maggie's Farm

Bob Dylan Maggie’s Farm

July 22, 2017
Tim Hardin If I Were a Carpenter

Tim Hardin If I Were a Carpenter

July 21, 2017
Peter and Gordon Lady Godiva

Peter and Gordon Lady Godiva

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 14, 2017
Because by The Dave Clark Five

Because by The Dave Clark Five

The selection for this week’s Flip Side Friday is “Because” by The Dave Clark Five. First it was a B-Side, and then it was an A-Side. […]
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 26, 2017
Pass the Paisley Psychedelic Songs Playlist

Pass the Paisley Psychedelic Songs Playlist

Psychedelic music comes in a wide variety of styles and genres.   In the 1960s, this included psychedelic rock, acid rock, and psychedelic pop. As it moved […]
June 24, 2017
Zager and Evans In the Yeaer 2525

Zager and Evans In the Year 2525

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 […]
June 11, 2017
The Temptations Papa Was a Rolling' Stone

The Temptations Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone

May 19, 2017
Friday Night Long Songs List 1

Friday Night Long Songs 1

May 16, 2017
The Spencer Davis Group I'm a Man

The Spencer Davis Group I’m a Man

May 1, 2017
The Jelly Beans I Wanna Love Him So Bad

The Jelly Beans I Wanna Love Him So Bad

March 22, 2017
The Monkees Daydream Believer

The Monkees Daydream Believer

March 12, 2017
The Temptations Ball of Confusion

The Temptations Ball of Confusion

March 8, 2017
The Left Banke Pretty Ballerina

Pretty Ballerina by The Left Banke

The song for this week’s Flip Side Friday is “Pretty Ballerina.” This song and “Walk Away Renée” are both about a ballerina named Renée Fladen. The […]
March 1, 2017
Jeannie C Riley Harper Valley PTA

Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C Riley

December 28, 2016
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan 1964

Pass the Paisley British Invasion Playlist Vol 1

So much great music came across the pond from the U.K. to America in the 1960s. In some respects, the U.K. musicians heard American blues, R&B, […]