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Favorite Golden Oldies--Part Two

  • Sep 23, 2010
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My first list consisted primarily of solo acts from the 1950s and early 60s. This list seems to be more concerned with groups from the late 50s stretching into the late 60s--although there are a couple of duos included, and one solo act. Why is she here? Beats me.

And Then He Kissed Me
This song and the following (by other artists) are iconic representations of what the best girl roups were turning out in their golden age. The lyrics are sociologically revealing too.
Everybody's Somebody's Fool
Connie Francis was the darling of the 50s and even managed to keep her career going into the 60s, but like almost everyone else, she couldn't survive the British Invasion. This is the only song of her's that I ever really liked.
What'd I Say
You can't make any kind of list like this without including Ray Charles. My daughter saw him in concert once and met him backstage where she asked for his autograph. He replied, "Honey, I don't sign anything I can't read."
Working My Way Back to You
Love this ong even though I was never a Four Seasons Fan. It's the kind of song nobody can screw up.
Little Latin Lupe Lu
If I play this Righteous Brothers song once then I'm going to play it over and over and over and over and over. I had the CD in my car and nearly drove my daughter's twins nuts with it. Ah, revenge is sweet!
Saturday Night At the Movies
A special favorite for the movie fan in me. It took me a long time to find a copy of it, and then it was damaged in the move up north. Figures.
Thanks to Quentin Tarantino EVERYONE knows this piece now!
You Don't Own Me
TV star Leslit Gore came along way from crying at her own birthday party when her boyfriend made out with another girl to this song of female empowerment. But thank God she did! I was getting tired of all that whinning.
You'll notice that there's a fair number of Spoonful songs here. I'm lovin' me some Spoonful. I never get tired of seeing John Sebastian in concert. Sebastian IS the Spoonful in exactly the same way that John Fogarty is Creedence Clearwater Revival. Accept no substitutes.
Along Comes Mary
The Association had a unique sound that no one else on the radio had at that time.
Can't Get Next to You
If I only had to pick one of their songs it would be easy--this is it.
Soul Man
Sam and Dave. Whenever I hear them I think about the clubs we used to to back in the day. sigh.
Mais Que Nada
We really had a mix back on the radio in the 60s. You never knew what you were going to hear next--and that included Sergio Mendes and some great Brazilian stuff. I feel sorry for kids these days. They're so limited in what they are exposed to. We got everything from folk music to acid rok and show tunes all on the same channel.
Windmills of Your Mind
Sergio and Brazil 66's cover of this song was my absolute favorite.
It Ain't Me Babe
Time for a little Dylan.
Paul Simon was one of the great song writer poets of that age, and boy could he turn out some wonderful sounds with Art Garfunkel.

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September 27, 2010
Fun list of some great music selections! I'm totally digging them. :)
September 27, 2010
Rock on.
September 27, 2010
September 23, 2010
Great list. Lots of Spoonful tunes as expected. You are right about the music mix on '60's Top 40 radio. SO many great sounds!
September 24, 2010
An aural buffet.
September 23, 2010
If I would buy these albums, I would be broke! These are classics for sure! ;)
September 24, 2010
Thank God for Greatest Hits compilations!
September 23, 2010
Nice, I'm glad you added some Simon & Garfunkel to top it all off (even though they're at the bottom, LOL!)
September 24, 2010
You forget--these are NOT in order of preference. If anything they are more or less in chronological order-ish. (Although I gave up on that since so many of them had lengthy careers.)
September 24, 2010
No, I know. I was just commenting on my odd phrasing.
September 24, 2010
Oh. I get it. "Topping it off at the bottom".
September 24, 2010
Wow, a very delayed reaction.
September 24, 2010
I had a lot of responses to answer, plus I was reading some reviews by a new guy.
September 24, 2010
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