What the World Needs Now is Love – Jackie DeShannon (1965)
Hal David started a songwriting partnership with Burt Bachrach in 1957 which produced some of the most enduring popular songs of the 20th century. The most frequent and visible benefactor of David’s lyrics and Bachrach’s music was Dionne Warwick, but they also worked with a wide variety of other top vocalists, as demonstrated by this track. David was recognized with an Oscar, multiple Grammys, Johnny Mercer Award, Ivor Novello Award (the first non-Briton to do so), and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Earlier this year, he & Bachrach were the first collaborative team to earn the Gershwin Prize. Mr. David passed away Saturday at the age of 91.
Posted in 1960's, Folk pop, Liner Notes, Pop folk
Tagged 1965, Burt Bachrach, Dionne Warwick, George & Ira Gershwin Award, Grammy Award, Hal David, Ivor Novello Award, Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Mercer Award, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Songwriters' Hall of Fame
Stand by Me – Ben E. King (1986)
Born Benjamin E. Nelson, King originally recorded and released this hit in 1961. It resurfaced 25 years later when it became the theme song for a film of the same name. With the re-release, King was discovered by a new generation, and his career experienced a resurgence. He delivered some original material in the early 90’s, but has since largely relied on his back catalog of hits, plus those of his contemporaries, to fuel his recordings and performances. King’s latest album came out in 2010, and he toured extensively in Europe throughout 2011.
I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone (1965)
Genre: Jazz / Blues / Gospel / Folk
Origin: Tryon > North Carolina > US
Tidbit: Born Eunice Waymon, Simone was a classically-trained pianist who begrudgingly performed popular music, so she could afford her music studies. In the 60’s, she became an active participant in the US civil rights movement.
Valleri – The Monkees (1968)
Micky Dolenz (1945-present), Michael Nesmith (1942-present), Peter Tork (1942-present), & Davy Jones (1945-2012)
Genre: Pop-rock / Bubblegum pop
Origin: Los Angeles > California > US
Tidbit: Cast and launched for a television series, most of the Monkees were musicians…but none of them was a drummer. Davy Jones, the only non-musician, was too short and got lost behind the drums, so Micky Dolenz won the job. And then learned how to play drums.
Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin (1964)
Genre: Big band / Traditional pop
Origin: Steubenville > Ohio > US
Tidbit: Born Dino Crocetti, Martin had a career that spanned music, film, and television. This single, recorded during his years in the “Rat Pack,” bucked the onslaught of rock & roll and the British Invasion at the time by knocking the Beatles out of the #1 spot on the US charts.
Little Wing – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
Genre: Blues / Psychedelic / Hard rock
Origin: Seattle > Washington > US
Tidbit: Born Johnny Allen Hendrix (and later renamed James Marshall Hendrix), Hendrix has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top guitarists of all time. He was posthumously awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.
Posted in 1960's, Blues rock, Hard rock, Old School, Psychedelic rock
Tagged 1968, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, James Marshall Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Johnny Allen Hendrix, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, UK Music Hall of Fame
Down on the Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
This American band were together less than five years, but *what* a five years it was: Seven studio albums, 13 singles, and 30 million records sold in the US alone. Following their split in 1972, vocalist and lead guitarist John Fogerty released a couple solo albums later in the 70’s with limited commercial success. But he came back in both the 80’s and 90’s with commercially and critically successful releases. He’s reportedly currently in the studio working on a new album. Bassist Stu Cook & drummer Doug Clifford continued to work together as session musicians and in another band. In 1995, they launched Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which has toured internationally. Rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty (John’s brother) pursued a moderately successful solo career during the 70’s and 80’s. He died in 1990 of complications from AIDS.
Posted in 1960's, Rock, Swamp rock, Whatever Happened To?
Tagged 1969, CCR, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Doug Clifford, John Fogerty, Stu Cook, Tom Fogerty
Moon River – Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (1961)
Genre: Film & television scores (Big band, classical & traditional pop)
Origin: Cleveland > Ohio > US
Tidbit: Born Enrico Mancini, Henry attended Juilliard School of Music before being drafted to serve in World War II. His work was recognized with 20 Grammy Awards and four Oscars.
Indian Lake – The Cowsills (1968)
Bill (1948-2006), Richard (1949-present), Bob (1949-present), Paul (1951-present), Barry (1954-2005), John (1956-present), Susan (1959-present), & Barbara (1928-1985)
Genre: Pop-rock / Bubblegum pop
Origin: Newport > Rhode Island > US
Career: 1965–1972, 1978–1980, 1990–present
Tidbit: This musical family was the inspiration for the television sitcom The Partridge Family (1970-1974).
Posted in 1960's, Bubblegum pop, Old School, Pop rock
Tagged 1968, Barbara Cowsill, Barry Cowsill, Bill Cowsill, Bob Cowsill, Cowsills, John Cowsill, Paul Cowsill, Richard Cowsill, Susan Cowsill
Georgia on my Mind – Ray Charles (1960)
Genre: Blues / Jazz / Country
Origin: Albany > Georgia > US
Tidbit: Born Ray Robinson, Charles attended the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind, where he developed his musical talent. He’s one of the most recognized artists of all-time:
- 17 Grammy Awards
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
- Grammy President’s Merit Award
- Polar Music Prize
- Georgia State Music Hall of Fame
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- Kennedy Center Honors
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Jazz Hall of Fame
- National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame
- George & Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement
- National Medal of Arts
- Hit Parade Hall of Fame
Posted in 1960's, Blues, Old School
Tagged 1960, George & Ira Gershwin Award, Georgia State Music Hall of Fame, Grammy Award, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy President's Merit Award, Hit Parade Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jazz Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center Honors, National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame, National Medal of Arts, Polar Music Prize, Ray Charles, Ray Robinson, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame