An era when girls traded in their poodle skirts for minis and guys let their hair grow long.
You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones
Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Save the Last Dance for Me- The Drifters
Running Bear - Johnny Preston
Sweet Nothin’s - Brenda Lee
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
Walk, Don’t Run - The Ventures
Alley-Oop - The Hollywood Argyles
Stay - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
The song that won Song of the Year at The Grammys was Theme From Exodus. Ray Charles took two honors, Best Pop Single Artist and Best Pop Male Vocal for his hit Georgia on My Mind. Ella Fitzgerald won the Best Pop Female Artist with Mack the Knife. The Best Pop Duo or Group went to We Got Us by Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence.
The top grossing movie of 1960 was the cult classic Psycho. This film’s music did its job better then most, with its eerie and suspenseful background compositions.
Elvis Presley returned to the music scene at the beginning of this decade after serving in the US Army.
Tossin’ And Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
Runaway - Del Shannon
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Runaround Sue - Dion
Quarter To Three - Gary “US” Bonds
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
I Like It Like That (Part 1) - Chris Kenner
Daddy's Home - Shep & The Limelites
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
At the Grammy Awards, Moon River by Henry Mancini won Song of the Year, Lollipops and Roses by Jack Jones won Best Pop Male Vocal and Chubby Checker took the Best Rock and Roll Recording with Let’s Twist Again.
Disney’s 101 Dalmatians was the top-grossing movie of the year. Judy Garland recorded a live album at Carnegie Hall on April 23, for which she won Best Pop Female Vocal and the Grammys’ prestigious Album of the Year award.
Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs
Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
Sheila - Tommy Roe
Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
The Wanderer - Dion
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka
Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
What Kind of Fool Am I from the musical Stop the World I Want to Get Off won Song Of The Year at the Grammys. The other award winners were If I Had a Hammer by Peter, Paul and Mary for Best Pop Duo or Group, Bent Fabric Alley Cat for Best Rock and Roll Recording and I Left My Heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett for Best Pop Male Vocal
Jimi Hendrix joined one of the first mixed-raced bands in history, Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers.
Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs
Surf City - Jan And Dean
He’s So Fine - The Chiffons
It's My Party - Leslie Gore
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
Easier Said Than Done - The Essex
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
My Boyfriend’s Back - The Angels
Surfin’ USA - The Beach Boys
One of the anthems of the 1960s generation, Blowin’ in the Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary, won Best Pop Duo or Group at the Grammy Awards. Jack Jones took Best Pop Male Vocal for Wives and Lovers. The Best Rock and Roll Recording went to Deep Purple by Nino Tempo and April Stevens. Henry Mancini won Record Of The Year and the prestigious Song of the Year with The Days of Wine and Roses.
John F Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22, and his assassination was just over three months after Dr Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was given on August 28.
Bread And Butter - The Newbeats
Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan & Dean
Out of Limits - The Marketts
Suspicion - Terry Stafford
Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
She’s Not There - The Zombies
Last Kiss - J Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers
Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-las
At the Grammy Awards Louis Armstrong picked up Song Of The Year and Best Pop Male Vocal for Hello, Dolly! The Best Rock and Roll Recording went to Downtown by Petula Clark, and Barbra Streisand won Best Pop Female Vocal for People.
The family favorite Mary Poppins was the top grossing movie, with such hits as Julie Andrews singing A Spoonful of Sugar (Makes the Medicine Go Down), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds. Dick Van Dyke performed Chim Chim Cheree. The movie also featured their duet Jolly Holiday.
The Beatles arrived in America on February 7, kicking off "Beatlemania".
The Name Game - Shirley Ellis
A Lover’s Concerto - The Toys
This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis and The Playboys
Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys
You’ve Lost That Lovin‘ Feeling - The Righteous Brothers
Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs
1-2-3 - Len Barry
Treat Her Right - Roy Head and The Traits
I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire
The Shadow of Your Smile (Theme from The Sandpiper) took home the Grammy award for Song Of The Year. Other winners were It Was a Very Good Year by Frank Sinatra for Best Pop Male Vocal and the Statler Brothers took home Best Pop Duo or Group for their hit Flowers on the Wall.
The Sound of Music was the top-grossing movie; along with the opening where Julie Andrews, “Maria”, sings the theme song, along with such timeless songs such as I Have Confidence and My Favorite Things. The comical “Maria” was performed by the nuns and Climb Ev’ry Mountain sung by Mother Abbess. Maria also has sing-alongs with the children featuring Sixteen Going on Seventeen with “Liesl” and Do-Re-Mi with all the children. Captain Von Trapp performs a tear-jerking rendition of Edelweiss, and toward the end of the film they do a duet of Something Good.
The legendary Nat “King” Cole died of lung cancer on February 16. The Doors were formed in Los Angeles.
I’m A Believer - The Monkees
Summer In The City - Lovin’ Spoonful
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Hanky Panky - Tommy James and The Shondells
When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
Soul And Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
Monday, Monday - The Mamas and The Papas
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Devil With A Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
Good Lovin’ -The Young Rascals
Michelle by John Lennon and Paul McCartney Song Of The Year at the Grammys. Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra won Best Pop Male Vocal and Record Of The Year, while If He Walked Into My Life by Eydie Gormé won Best Pop Female Vocal, and A Man and a Woman by the Anita Kerr Singers took home Best Pop Duo or Group.
Janis Joplin joined Big Brother and The Holding Company in 1966, and Walt Disney died on December 19.
Little Bit O’ Soul - The Music Explosion
The Letter - The Box Tops
Happy Together - The Turtles
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Windy - The Association
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
I Think We’re Alone Now - Tommy James And The Shondells
Groovin - The Young Rascals
Gimme Some Lovin’ - The Spencer Davis Group
Up, Up and Away by The 5th Dimension won three honors in 1967: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo or Group. Glen Campbell’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix won Best Pop Male Vocal and Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe won Best Female Pop Vocal.
The Jungle Book was the top grossing movie of the year and included such children’s hits as The Bare Necessities; I Wanna Be Like You and Trust In Me.
“The Summer of Love”, 1967, spawned the Monterey International Pop Festival, where Janis Joplin performed and The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first American concert.
Tighten Up - Archie Bell and The Drells
Judy In Disguise - John Fred and His Playboy Band
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
People Got To Be Free - The Rascals
Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers
Cry Like A Baby - The Box Tops
Mony Mony - Tommy James and The Shondells
Yummy Yummy Yummy - The Ohio Express
The Horse - Cliff Nobles and Company
Little Green Apples won Song Of The Year, and other Grammy winnders included Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel for Best Pop Duo or Group and Record Of The Year, José Feliciano's Light My Fire took Best Pop Male Vocal and Dionne Warwick received the honor of Best Pop Female Vocal for Do You Know the Way to San Jose.
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In -- The 5th Dimensionion
Dizzy - Tommy Roe
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Crimson and Clover - Tommy James and Shondells
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James and The Shondells
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Take A Letter Maria - by RB Greaves
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Time Of The Season - The Zombies
Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
Games People Play by Andi Deris won Song of the Year at the Grammys; Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension won Best Pop Duo or Group, Peggy Lee took home Best Pop Female Vocal for her hit Is That All There Is" and Harry Nilsson won Best Pop Male Vocal for Everybody's Talkin‘.
People associate 1969 with the most well-known concert of the millennium. Woodstock was held on August 15-17 in Bethel, NY, and the hippie was officially recognized as a class of society. More than 500,000 people showed up for the biggest rock concert in history. There were two births and two deaths. Every legend that the Top 10 forgot performed at this festival, from Janis Joplin and Santana to Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead.
Judy Garland, born Frances “Baby” Gumm on June 10, 1922, died on June 22 at the age of 47.
As we moved from the 1960s to the 1970s, generational heroes passed away as new ones made themselves known, and the Flower Power swingers of the ’60s don‘t fully realize the glitter that‘s about to rain down upon them, whether they do the dance for it or not.