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Music In The 1960s

'Ballad Of The Green Berets' Singer Barry Sadler's Rise...

June 3, 2019

Left: Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler in 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images). Right: Sadler's mug shot from 1979. Courtesy Nashville Metropolitan Po...

Who Was In The Rat Pack? Sinatra's Vegas Crew, Explaine...

February 15, 2019

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop - posed outside Sands Casino, Las Vegas, 1960 at "Summit At Sands" (Photo by GAB Archive...

100 Top Male Singers Of The '50s, '60s, And '70s Who Ch...

February 13, 2019

Musical tastes change, but influence lasts forever. A list of the top 100 male singers of the '50s, '60s and '70s that shaped music history pulls in artists ...

Johnny Cash: True Stories Of The Wildman In Black

February 1, 2019

Johnny Cash at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1966. (Getty/Photo by Jan Olofsson/Redferns) Even among rough-and-tumble country singers, few lived a life as eventful...

How Laurel Canyon Became Rock Star Central In The 1960s...

January 30, 2019

'The Hollywood Vampires' (L-R -- John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper and Micky Dolenz) and Anne Murray celebrate an early Thanksgiving at the Troubadour...

'Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch?' Why The Four Tops Didn't Like...

December 4, 2018

Released on June 19, 1965, "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" thrust The Four Tops into the mainstream with their first chart-topping hit. The qu...

Young Buffy Sainte-Marie In The '60s: A Native American...

November 8, 2018

Buffy Sainte-Marie in a studio portrait from 1969; Buffy Sainte-Marie in concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1968. Source: Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Imag...

The Yummy, Gummy And Sugar-Sugary Story Of Bubblegum Po...

October 12, 2018

Who remembers bubblegum pop? Chart hits like the Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine," the Music Explosion's "Little Bit O' Soul," and the Archies' "Sugar Sugar"...

“Where The Boys Are”: The Novel, The Movie, And The Son...

October 2, 2018

Prior to 1960, few college students used their week off from school in the springtime, typically around Easter, to travel to warm, sunny beaches to party...

Frank Zappa: Rock's Greatest Genius, Joker, Or Both?

September 24, 2018

Frank Zappa photographed in Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 17 1972 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns) Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention band was one of th...

Mrs. Elvis: Priscilla Presley's Life With And Without T...

September 22, 2018

Elvis Presley sits cheek to cheek wit his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967; Priscilla photographed at her home i...

Can You Still Do These 10 Dances From The 1960s?

August 7, 2018

So many great songs of the 1960s inspired their own dances. Teeny-boppers were quick to adopt the dances moves that they observed on television dance shows, like Ameri...

CCR's 'Bad Moon Rising' And The 1941 Movie That Inspire...

July 6, 2018

In March 1969, John Fogerty had just written a song he wasn't too sure about -- nevertheless, he went into the studio to record it with his band, Creedence C...

Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson:' Where Did You Go, ...

March 20, 2018

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Mrs. Robinson" is almost inseparable from the 1967 film The Graduate, in which it appears. Mrs. Robinson is one of the main charact...

'The House of the Rising Sun:' The Animals' Hit Predate...

March 2, 2018

Single cover for an EMI/Columbia issue of The Animals' 'House Of The Rising Sun.' Source: Amazon "The House of the Rising Sun," was a hit for the British rock...

Top 100 Female Singers Of The '50s, '60s, And '70s

January 30, 2018

Circa 1955: American singer and actor Rosemary Clooney (1928 - 2002) sings and dances in a ballroom or on a stage, accompanied by a pianist and a band. (Photo by Hulton...

We Still Don't Know What Happened In Bobbie Gentry's 'O...

January 16, 2018

Album cover art for 'Ode To Billie Joe,' and a publicity portrait of Bobbie Gentry. Source: Amazon; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To...

How Jeannie C. Riley's 'Harper Valley P.T.A.' Socked It...

January 2, 2018

In August 1968, country singer Jeannie C. Riley scored a number-one hit with "Harper Valley P.T.A.," a song on an unlikely subject: the parent-teacher associ...

Dusty Springfield: 'Son Of A Preacher Man's Singer's Bl...

November 6, 2017

Dusty Springfield in an undated photo. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Singer Dusty Springfield, whose "Son Of A Preacher Man" was a highlight of the Que...

The Meaning Of 'Puff, the Magic Dragon:' Was It All Abo...

November 2, 2017

There has long been a debate about the true meaning of the words to “Puff, the Magic Dragon:" is it a marijuana song or not? The dragon's name is "Puff," and...

Bobby Sherman Was A Teen Idol Then. Now, He's A Life Sa...

October 5, 2017

Bobby Sherman in 1971, and on the cover of 'Fave!' magazine in 1969. Source: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images; Amazon.com Way before there was a Justin...

Girl Groups Of The '60s: Pre-Beatles Queens Of The Pop ...

October 4, 2017

Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes, circa 1964. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns) Girl groups of the 1960s were responsible for some of the catchiest hits of the ...

'I Got You Babe' Was Sonny & Cher's Biggest Song, And A...

September 26, 2017

Sonny Bono & Cher pose for a portrait session in October 1964. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Some pop-music success stories are really stories...

1960s One-Hit Wonders: They Had #1 Singles, Then Poof! ...

September 13, 2017

Left: Jeannie C Riley (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns). Right: Single jacket art for Zager and Evans' 'In The Year 2525.' Source: discogs.com Remember "Alley-O...