1966 … a very good year!

1966 really was an amazing year of music for me. The Seekers made a huge impact, as did The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Simon & Garfunkel. I have to also mention The Mamas & Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful, and Marianne Faithful …. where does it end? Well of course it doesn’t end, because there were so many other amazing recordings in 1966.

In 1966 I had started going to a local folk club so, as much as I loved the typical heavy rock sounds, I also loved a simple acoustic performance, hence my initial choice was Joni Mitchell’s “Circle Game”. However, theĀ  more I thought about it, the more 1966 has to be given to Judith Durham and The Seekers.

A musical message from 1965

This was such an easy choice, and it was not because of the selection (lack of) available from my 1965 memories. In fact there were so many really good songs released in 1965, all of which made some impact on 19 year old Colin however, evidence of WWII was still prevalent in England which, coupled with the apparent “stand-off” between the USA and (then) USSR ….. made this a very hard hitting song for an impressionable teen!

1963

1963 was a prolific year of sounds for me. It was probably no different from previous years, but I was now 17 and more receptive to the popular songs. Special mention goes to Richard Anthony “Too Late To Worry”; Brenda Lee “All Alone Am I”; The Shadows – various!; Cliff Richard “Summer Holiday”; The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron”; Tornados “Telstar”, but the one that “hit me” more than the others was probably “Wipe Out”. 

And so to 1961!

I am now 15 but, at 15, I was still a young boy who loved trains. The opposite sex was of no interest. I tolerated my two sisters and the occasional female train-spotter (but they were a rarity anyway!), so most of the UK hits in 1961 did little for me … until I heard this one. I had not been exposed to traditional jazz at that point, but really liked the “foot-tapping” beat throughout. I now added traditional jazz to my likes, and so my music interests expanded beyond classical, comedy, skiffle and close harmonies!

1960 was challenging!

For all the popular songs in the UK in 1960, there was not one that made a huge impact on me at 14! This is not intended to take anything away from The Everly Brothers, The Shadows, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Lonnie Donegan … and so the list goes on with artists releasing some really nice sounds. So what will I link to for this 1960 Post?

This was different and catchy to me back then!

1959 was …

… an interesting year for me. While I never took to Elvis Presley, and my interest in Buddy Holly was quite a few years ahead, the Everly Brothers were a different story! Even though my older sister (now 16) really liked them, and as much as I (now 13) refused to like them …. “Crying in the Rain” really got my attention. I do not recall any reaction to the lyrics until many years later …. but the harmonies? This song was my introduction to close harmonies, and I loved them!

And to 1958

Still in the Lonnie Donegan era, “Jack of Diamonds” was apparently released in 1957, but it was some time after “Cumberland Gap” before I heard it. If I recall correctly, “Jack of Diamonds” was the first 45rpm record I owned! As with “Cumberland Gap”, the lyrics are not particularly meaningful, but then … wasn’t skiffle all about rhythm?