Friday, April 28, 2006

My music faves 1960 to 1964



Continuing with my list of rock and pop music from my youth...today we'll deal with 1960 to 1964.

1960 to 1963 saw Elvis back from the Army, more country crossover songs, the emergence of the "girl groups," and surf music. The pop music world got a jolt in 1964 with the Beatles and the British invasion that followed. Naturally, I liked all of the above, plus more.

My four favorites by year are:

1960:
* Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? - Shirelles
* It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
* Wild One - bobby Rydell
* El Paso - Marty Robbins

1961:
* I Love How You Love Me - Paris sisters
* Runaway - Del Shannon
* This Is Dedicated to the One I Love - Shirelles
* Blue Moon - Marcels

1962:
* Do You Love Me? -- Contours
* Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
* Sherry - Four Seasons
* The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens

1963:
* Heat Wave - Martha and Vandellas
* Surf City - Jan and Dean
* Surfin' USA - Beach Boys
* If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul

1964:
* She Loves You - Beatles
* Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
* You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
* Where Did Our Love Go? - Supremes

I'll do 1965 to 1969 sometime next week, and maybe even my own Top 20 of all time.

As you can see, I pretty much like high energy pop and mellow dreamy ballads.

What songs did you like from these years? Does anyone have links to the songs themselves - to play them, not download them?

1 comment:

doug tucker said...

I, for one, will be deeply disappointed if Randy's all-time top 20 does not include the late Beatles hit ``The long and winding road.'' Close your eyes late at night and lay back and listen to that song and you realize it speaks of reincarnation. ``...you left me standing here a long, long time ago....''
Isn't it possible that at least once in a while when researching an ancestor, that we are looking back at ourselves?
``...I've seen that road before...''