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01-14-2011, 12:14 PM
As some of you may know I am a huge fan of 1960's music, especially British Invasion, Bubble Gum and California groups. I'd like to see some of the favorite songs from fellow board members who love the same music.

I will give 10 in no particular order:

Del Shannon - Stranger in Town
The Turtles - Guide for The Married Man
Dave Clark Five - Anyway You Want It
The Grass Roots - Midnight Confessions
Rolling Stones - Get Off of My Cloud
The Beatles - There's A Place
The Buckinghams - Kind of a Drag
Elvis - Marie's the Name of His Latest Flame
Lou Christie - Rhapsody in the Rain
The Yardbirds - Heart Full of Souls

There are hundreds more I love, but those just came to mind.


01-14-2011, 12:39 PM
I will give a bunch too:

Beatles-Too many to choose from, but I'll pick a few: Things We Said Today; Norwegian Wood; A Day in the Life
Rolling Stones: The Spider and the Fly; Little Red Rooster
Doors- Light My Fire
Buffalo Springfield: Bluebird
Bob Dylan- It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Zombies- She's Not There
Yardbirds- Shapes of Things
Grateful Dead- That's It for the Other One
Jimi Hendrix- Voodoo Chile
Jefferson Airplane- Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil

There's a thousand others, but I'll quit now

01-14-2011, 12:45 PM
Every time we get into the car I push the 60's-70's rock stations and my wife and daughter hate it and roll their eyes. I continually let them know that my music at least has a good beat...and their hip hop mombo jombo sounds like crap to me.....They usually get their way and I suffer through it....There are so many songs I love from the 60s to 70s I don't know where to start....Hey Jude, Stairway to Heaven almost anything Beatles and the list goes on and on....BTW, I like 50's quite a bit too.....

If you guys haven't heard of BR-549 you need to go to YouTube and listen to them....they are a great throwback to Buddy Holly type music, with their own twang.....really good stuff imo.....

01-14-2011, 01:42 PM
Barry - Some real good ones in there. Shapes of Things and She's Not There could easily be on my list too.

Leon - I will definitely check them out on YouTube when I get home. I am a huge Buddy Holly fan, and I like some other 50's music as well. I feel Buddy Holly is fairly underrated in regards to his place in Rock N Roll history.

01-14-2011, 02:00 PM
Rob- all the Yardbirds songs were great. They are among the most underappreciated groups from the 60's. They are virtually never played, not even on the classic rock station in NY Q1043. I tried to get them to play a set a couple of years back but they never did.

Beatles Guy
01-14-2011, 02:03 PM

The Beatles - I'll let my handle speak for my love of the Beatles :)
Zeppelin - Anything off of Zeppelin I is great
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
The Who - Can't Explain
The Beach Boys - Anything from Pet Sounds
Hendrix - Pretty much anything
The Doors - L.A. Woman

The list goes on...

01-14-2011, 02:05 PM
I agree, 104.3 should absolutely play some Yardbirds tunes. I think it would be more fitting then hearing a 90's group like Pearl Jam (who I like) on a "classic" rock station.

The Yardbirds seem to garner more fame because of Clapton, Beck and Page, but they were a great group.

01-14-2011, 02:05 PM
No time to list the thousands of favorites from one of the most productive decades in the history of music, but here's one from each of my favorite categories.




01-14-2011, 02:14 PM
Because the Yardbirds had those three legendary guitarists, it shocks me that they are never played.

And I added The Doors Light My Fire to my list. That's just about my favorite song.

Jason- Pet Sounds is a truly amazing album. It was # 2 on Rolling Stone Magazine's All-Time list.

Beatles Guy
01-14-2011, 02:19 PM
Jason- Pet Sounds is a truly amazing album. It was # 2 on Rolling Stone Magazine's All-Time list.

I loved the results of the competition between The Beatles and The Beach Boys in that era. "Sgt. Pepper" may not have been what it is without "Pet Sounds".

01-14-2011, 02:23 PM
One of my favorite groups is The Byrds who definitely have some Beatles and Beach Boys in their sound. What a great time for music....

White Borders
01-14-2011, 02:24 PM
Because the Yardbirds had those three legendary guitarists, it shocks me that they are never played.

Here's my favorite from that group Jimmy Page was in before Led Zeppelin. :D

Over Under Sideways Down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLv7viCMGo8)

01-14-2011, 02:26 PM
Blurring the line between '60s and '70s a little, my faves include:

R. Dean Taylor: "Indiana Wants Me"
The Buoys: "Timothy"
Zager & Evans: "In the Year 2525"
Paul Revere & The Raiders: "Kicks"
BeeGees: "Gotta Get a Message to You"
Beatles: "Paperback Writer" & "Back in the USSR"
Rolling Stones: "Paint It Black" & "19th Nervous Breakdown"
Theme song from "Tennessee Tuxedo & His Tales"

01-14-2011, 02:30 PM
Murr The Blur: R. Dean Taylor!!!! I have that song as well as "Taos, New Mexico" on my Ipod! In fact almost every song you listed is on my Ipod. I saw Mark Lindsay perform a few years back with a couple of other 60's acts...great stuff.

01-14-2011, 02:31 PM
Bob Dylan-"Like A Rolling Stone"
Bob Dylan-"Don't Think Twice"
Bob Dylan- "Positively 4th Street"
Kinks- "Well Respected Man"
Tommy James and the Shondelles- "Crimson and Clover"
Rolling Stones- "Brown Sugar"
Doors- "LA Woman"
CCR- "Run Thru the Jungle"
Leonard Cohen- "Suzanne"
Beatles- "Taxman"
Troggs- "Love is All Around"
Donovan- "Atlantis"
And I still haven't mentioned Motown, and the great Funk Brothers.

Hard to make out a proper list. The sixties musta been something else!

01-14-2011, 02:34 PM
Tsaiko- also check out on youtube the 1959 version of Miles doing So What. It's with John Coltrane.

And thanks for that Wooly Bully clip- never saw it before.

01-14-2011, 02:36 PM
I loved the results of the competition between The Beatles and The Beach Boys in that era. "Sgt. Pepper" may not have been what it is without "Pet Sounds".

Agreed, and I'm certain Pet Sounds had an influence on John and Paul, and on the songs of Sgt. Pepper.

Big Six
01-14-2011, 02:42 PM
Though born in the 70's (1972 to be exact) I'm a big fan of British invasion stuff, especially the Beatles. For that reason I'm also a big fan of some of the derivative music coming out of England and elsewhere today. If you guys are interested in listening to something new that sounds like something old I recommend the following:

Ocean Colour Scene (sounds like classic Who)
Kula Shaker (Beatles with world influences...GREAT stuff)
Charlatans (sounds like the Beates but very heavy on 60's organ)
Kasabian ( a bit harder and contemporary but incorporate a lot of British invasion elements)
Primal Scream (great band)
The Village Green (defunct band that owes it's sound to the Kinks amongst others)

Give em a listen and let me know what you think! Enjoy...

01-14-2011, 02:49 PM
Hey Matt,

I know a couple of those groups and you are right...they do incorporate a 60's sound into their music.

I would also add to the list of "modern vintage":

Olivia Tremor Control
The Shins
The Thrills
Apples in Stereo

01-14-2011, 09:57 PM
Tsaiko- also check out on youtube the 1959 version of Miles doing So What. It's with John Coltrane.

And thanks for that Wooly Bully clip- never saw it before.

Yea man, that '59 clip is great! I'd seen it before at some film fest way back, but had to see it all the way thru again.

One thing about the Wooly Bully clip; when every other band of that era had dancing girls, the girls here are just standing there which, to me, makes them more provocative.
Sharing in with the Yardbirds love, here's what most girls were doing on stage during that decade.
Speaking about the Yardbirds and the guitar players that played in that band, they all played with John Mayall first.

I don't want to derail this interesting thread, but here's the most embarrassed band to ever do a lip sync in the 60's. Poor guys!
Harmonica is the main instrument, which John whips out for last few seconds :eek: Mick Taylor, another up and coming guitarist to "study" with Mayall, doing his best to take it seriously.

01-15-2011, 06:43 AM
John Mayall's Blues Breakers was a real spawning ground for the early British guitarists. But they all wanted to leave and do their own thing. They apparently felt stifled playing with him. And that was a great Yardbirds clip. There are some very good ones with Jimmy Page, particularly with the band playing Shapes of Things and Over, Under, Sideways, Down. There's even one with Clapton but it's a little hard to hear him play.

01-15-2011, 10:15 AM

Barry asked me what I do if I forget a song for my top 1,230 songs of all time and I said by now I include them all as I have gone over every Billboard chart in the past 55 years and all my records, cds, 8 tracks etc. but I was wrong.

A Guide for the Married Man by the Turtles never hit the Top 100 but WABC in New York played the song for a short time and I liked it. I wonder if its on You Tube.

Another song I rediscovered that peaked at #98 on the Top 100 in April 1966 was Stop by the Moody Blues--a band that is a favorite of mine but which sounded a lot different in the 60s. WABC had this in its rotation for a while.

I also have to say how much I like Indiana Wants Me by R Dean Taylor who followed up his 1970 Indiana Wants Me smash with three songs that peaked #66-#83. The only one I knew of these was "Gotta See Jane".

Writehooks--great collection. Almost all of thos sngs are on my Top 1230

I will be posting later today my next 25 songs in my top 1230 songs of all time.


01-15-2011, 10:22 AM
Jim- the Moody Blues first early hit was Go Now, which does indeed sound a whole lot different than Nights in White Satin.

01-15-2011, 11:06 AM
Absolutely right Barry...which reminds me of the song Absolutely Right--the 1971 hit from The Five Man Electrical Band.

If you look on You Tube there is a clip from what appears to be The Smothers Brothers where the Turtles "perform" A Guide for the Married Man. Its a classic.

01-15-2011, 11:29 AM
Jim- your musical reach goes a little further than mine. Some of these songs I've never heard of. Back then I was mostly listening to the FM stations that were playing songs that didn't make the hit parade. But the Turtles were cool...although I don't recognize that one.

01-15-2011, 01:31 PM
I can list many, but have to go to work- so, here are a few of my faves:

(in no certain order)

Song- "Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock

Albums- "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn"- Pink Floyd

" Are You Experienced"- Jimi Hendrix

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"- Iron Butterfly

Maybe there will be a thread for the 70's, but just in case there isn't- I LOVE the song "Lay Down Sally" by Eric Clapton ( I know, it's a 70's song ;))

Sincerely, Clayton

01-15-2011, 02:59 PM
Hendrix - Little Wing
Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People
Allman Brothers - Dreams
Rolling Stones - Monkey Man
Zeppelin - Thank You
Zeppelin - Your Time is Gonna Come

01-15-2011, 03:36 PM
A very underrated Led Zeppelin song is How Many More Times. I think it should be considered one of their classics, but it isn't.

Beatles Guy
01-15-2011, 03:49 PM
A very underrated Led Zeppelin song is How Many More Times. I think it should be considered one of their classics, but it isn't.

Awesome groove to that song and it is one of my top 10 Zep favorites.

01-15-2011, 05:39 PM
Was "Go Now" the only Moody Blues hit featuring Denny Laine of Wings fame? Another great group, love the songs Tuesday Afternoon and Ride My See-Saw along with others.

01-15-2011, 07:02 PM
Not only the best song of the 1960s, but also IMO the greatest rock and roll song EVER.
The Stones -Gimme Shelter

- Some of my favorites -
Dick Dale -Miserlou

The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird

Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints

The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

CSN - Wooden Ships

Buffalo Springfield -For What It's Worth

The Byrds -Eight Miles High

Scott McKenzie -San Francisco

The Kinks - You Really Got Me

Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson And Clover (Long version)

Loretta Lynn - Honky Tonk Girl

01-15-2011, 07:35 PM
Dan, you have great taste. All amazing songs!

01-15-2011, 08:23 PM

With Denny Laine as the front man the Moody Blues had Go Now and two minor hits--Stop and From the Bottom of My Heart. He left the Moody Blues in late 1966 setting the stage for Justin Hayward's and John Lodge's arrival. Hayward was hired on the recommendation of the one and only Eric Burdon, one of the greatest rock voices of all time.


01-15-2011, 08:37 PM
Any Joe South fans?

01-15-2011, 08:51 PM
It would be a toss up btw "Like a Rolling Stone" and "I Can See For Miles' for my favorite 60's song. Dan is right tho, I could listen to Gimme Shelter/Midnight Rambler/Monkey Man all day.

01-15-2011, 09:01 PM

With Denny Laine as the front man the Moody Blues had Go Now and two minor hits--Stop and From the Bottom of My Heart. He left the Moody Blues in late 1966 setting the stage for Justin Hayward's and John Lodge's arrival. Hayward was hired on the recommendation of the one and only Eric Burdon, one of the greatest rock voices of all time.


Wow, didn't know that Jim!! Great stuff!

01-16-2011, 07:51 PM
I hate to go all non pop (song) on this thread, which is the original intention, but the 60's was a great decade for film music too.

Bernard Herrmann was one of the main contributors to this decade, as well as one of it's biggest influences on other composers.

There were so many, but here's two:


Cape Fear:

I hope this isn't too far OT.
(I do not qualify these as songs, but I could make the argument that they are, if I had to :-)

steve B
01-17-2011, 10:55 PM
The blue cheer version of summertime blues
Hendrix - if six was nine

Plus a bunch that have already been mentioned like inna gadda da vida and paint it black.

Steve B

01-18-2011, 05:47 PM
Dan nailed it-- Gimme Shelter is my favorite Stones song and is my cell phone ringtone. I also concur with For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield.

Others on my top ten are probably no surprise.

Born to be Wild--Steppenwolf
House of the Rising Sun-- the Animals (also done well by Frijid Pink)
Dear Mr. Fantasy--Traffic
Summer in the City-- Lovin' Spoonful
Positively 4th Street-- coldest line ever-- "Yeah I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes--you'd know what a drag it is to see you"
Cross-town Traffic--Jimi
The Weight-- The Band
Whipping Post--Allman Bros. Band

I also think nearly anything Beatles qualifies-- I personally think Beatles for Hire (Beatles '65) doesn't get enough love, with I'll Follow the Sun and No Reply.

I also like virtually all types of music from that era, even Wichita Lineman and Desmond Dekker's Isrealites. I liked Ma Belle Amie by the Tee Set, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Monday. Monday and You Keep Me Hangin On by Vanilla Fudge.

I was lucky enough to be growing up in the five-year period 1969-1973, when some of the best albums were released: Pink Floyd-Dark Side, Traffic-Low Spark, Santana-Abraxas, Allman Bros.-Fillmore East, Jethro Tull-Aqualung, ELP-Brain Salad Surgery. Yes--Fragile, Guess Who-American Woman, The Who--Who's Next, CSNY-Deja Vu, CCR-Willy and the Poor Boys, and Grateful Dead--Workingman's Dead. I'm sure I'm leaving out others, like Moody Blues Seventh Sojourn, Eagles-Eagles, Little Feat and Poco, for example. Man those were good times.

steve B
01-22-2011, 11:03 PM
What amazes me about the mid 60's-early 70's music is how much of it has aged well. I was pretty young, so I wasn't really into it then but got interested in the mid-late 70's Jr high-high school. And hearing much of it now It still sounds good.

But the stuff I should like based on age - the late 70's - mid 80's stuff? Most of it falls into the "what the _ was I thinking" category.

Steve B

01-26-2011, 11:47 AM
I just heard on Sirius 60's Bobby Fuller Four "I Fought The Law"...what a great song!

How about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death!?!?! Crazy

01-26-2011, 11:57 AM
Todd's list is terrific- my favorites would be House of the Rising Sun, and unquestionably Dear Mr. Fantasy (one of the best songs of the era).

And I agree with Steve B.- the music from 1964-70 has aged well and remains resonant. Much of the music of the 70's and 80's, however, already sounds dated.

01-26-2011, 03:14 PM
There are so many that you all have already thrown out - let me add:

Quinn the Eskimo (Manfred Mann's version)
Circle of Friends - Phil Ochs (and most of his other songs, as well)
Peace Frog - Doors
Free Four - Pink Floyd
Victoria - Kinks
Concrete & Clay - Unit 4 + 2

01-26-2011, 05:23 PM
Concrete & Clay - Unit 4 + 2

That's a great song. I made myself a compilation CD of one hit wonder British Invasion songs and that song is on it. Also on it are The Honeycombs - Have I the Right? and Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

01-26-2011, 08:09 PM
Concrete and Clay is one of the best songs for a group that never had another hit.

01-27-2011, 06:52 AM
Unit Four Plus Two not really a one hit wonder. Concrete and Clay peaked at #28 in 1965 but this was because there were two competing versions of the song(the other by Eddie Rombeau). I hit #12 in Cash Box. Interestingly, it was a #1 hit in England.

Unit Four Plus Two followed this up with You've Never Been in Love Like This Before which peaked at #95--so technically band not a one hit wonder.

The Honeycombs followed up their#5 hit Have I the Right? with I Can't Stop which peaked at #48.

The Walker Brothers other hit was Make It Easy on Yourself which peaked at #16 with 10 weeks on the chart. They also scored with My Ship is Comin' In which peaked at #63.

01-27-2011, 11:20 AM
I wasn't born until 1972 but classic rock is a passion of mine. Some songs are post 1960 but these are my favorite artists from that era and my favorite songs by them:

1. The Beatles:Everything they've done(except Revolution #9)
2: Grateful Dead: Eyes of the World, Box Of Rain, Terrapin Station, Blues For Allah, China Cat, Dark Star
3. Allman Brothers Band: Mountain Jam, Liz Reed, Melissa, Blue Sky, Dreams, Whipping Post, Soulshine
4. Jimi Hendrix: Axis Bold As Love, Isabella,Hey joe, Wind Cries mary, Purple haze
5.Bob Dylan: hurricane, tangled Up In Blue, Like A Rolling Stone, Sad Eyed Lady of the lowlands, Positively 4th Street
6.The Rolling Stones: Sympathy For the Devil,Gimme Shelter,you cant Always get what you want, Winter
7. Love:7 and 7 is, Revelation,Alone Again Or, The Everlasting First
8. nick Drake; Pink Moon,Northern Sky,Poor boy,Bryter later
9. Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit, Somebody To Love, Volunteers, you me and Poonelli
10. The Velvet Underground: Candy Says, Rock N Roll, White Light White heat, Sweet jane, All Tomorrow's Parties

01-27-2011, 11:50 AM
Glyn- so you know Love's Revelation. That's cool, very few people do. It's about 18 minutes long, and takes up the whole second side of Da Capo.

01-27-2011, 11:55 AM
I tend to like long songs. Guess it's the Dead Head in me.

01-27-2011, 12:08 PM
Me too. One of my favorite long songs is the Rolling Stones' Going Home.
Also Dylan's Desolation Row. And of course The Doors' The End.

Jim C.- you are a walking encyclopedia of pop songs. Did They're Coming to Take Me Away by Napoleon XIV make your top 1000? Also, did the Troggs have any hits other than Wild Thing?

01-27-2011, 01:35 PM

It did not make my Top 1,000. I remember listening to Dan Ingram's countdown in 1966 on WABC. The song had been #3 the previous week and was rocketing up the charts. When he got to #4 Big Dan said that they could no longer play the song due to protests by a group representing the mentally retarded. It fell quickly after that. Now there is a true one-hit wonder although the exact same song was re-released in 1973 and peaked at #87.

Here's a trivia question

What was on the B-Side of They're Comin' to Take Me Away Ha Ha??

The Troggs charted three more times following their #1 smash Wild Thing. Their biggest hit was Love is All Around which peaked at #7 and was widely played on AM rasdio in NYC in 1968.


01-27-2011, 01:55 PM
As I recall the B-side was the same song played backwards. Am I correct?

It was indeed a very strange song and really more of a novelty than a catchy tune.

And I used to listen to Dan Ingram on ABC. I think we are probably the same age (I'm 58).

01-27-2011, 02:37 PM

You are a lot older than me :).

I'll be 58 in May.

You are absolutely correct that the B-side was the same song backwards.

01-27-2011, 02:39 PM
59 in August.:(

01-27-2011, 03:44 PM
Another group I like is the Beau Brummels. Laugh, Laugh and Cry a Little are two of my fav 60's songs. Also The Vogues - You're The One was a great 60's song.

01-27-2011, 03:58 PM

I like both groups as well. Wasn't the Beau Brummels song called Just a Little?

My favorite Vogues song is 5 O'Clock World. Last time I checked there were still two different versions of the Vogues touring.

01-27-2011, 04:21 PM
I tend to like long songs. Guess it's the Dead Head in me.

I always enjoy Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving. I think it's about 16-18 minutes long. Great song.

01-27-2011, 06:03 PM

I like both groups as well. Wasn't the Beau Brummels song called Just a Little?

My favorite Vogues song is 5 O'Clock World. Last time I checked there were still two different versions of the Vogues touring.

You are absolutely correct, it is "Just a Little". And that is another excellent Vogues song.

01-27-2011, 08:15 PM
Alice's Restaurant Is always a thanksgiving Must listen. See you when you come to the new philly show.

Barry- i love all those songs too.

01-30-2011, 01:49 PM
Artists from the 1960's all songs may not be.

NEil Young: Down By The river, Cowgirl in the Sand, Powderfinger,Cortez the killer, Needle and the damage done
Creedence: Someday never Comes, Ramble Tamble, Willy and the Poor Boys, Fortunate Son, Proud mary, Green River, I heard it throught he grapevine
The Who: Baba O'Reilly, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue eyes,Love reign O'er Me, Sparks,Eyesight To the Blind
Sly and the family stone: Stand, Sex machine, Dance To the Music,Everyday People, Hot Fun In The Summertime,Thank You
Doors; Peace Frog, Light My Fire, Riders On the Storm,the Unknown Soldier, Blue Sunday, Break On Through

01-30-2011, 02:05 PM
I think Glyn is "dead on"--the grateful dead had some great albums/songs from the late 60s thru mid 70s. many folks have the misconception that their songs are not accessible are too drug induced but that's simply not the case. their first album is awesome (simply titled "grateful dead").

01-30-2011, 02:26 PM
The Dead's second album, Anthem of the Sun, is my favorite. And it's the music they played at the acid parties of 1968.

01-30-2011, 10:02 PM
Anybody that is a fan of the grateful Dead i highly Recommend Boby and Phil's new Band Furthur. I feel it is easily the best of all the post grateful Dead bands that these guys have formed with or without each other. If you like the dead do yourself a favor and check out a furthur concert.

01-30-2011, 10:57 PM
Here is a trivia question for 60s music fans.

Who was Cash Box magazine's male vocalist of the year in 1965. If anyone gets this without looking it up I will be amazed.

01-31-2011, 06:22 AM
I'll take a wild guess: Barry McGuire (Eve of Destruction)?

01-31-2011, 05:07 PM
Good guess Barry but not right. Barry McGuire of New Christy Minstrels fame(Green Green) hit #1 with Eve of Destruction and I believe is now retired and lives in New Zealand.

Here is a hint, he was front man and lead singer for a group that did not actually play their instruments on recordings and faked playing them on tv. He and his bands first seven songs all charted on the top ten--the only other bad to do this in the 1960s was the Lovin' Spoonful.

01-31-2011, 05:12 PM
So im out.

01-31-2011, 05:24 PM
Was it actually Davy Jones?

01-31-2011, 07:36 PM
One last hint--his father was very famous and he spent a year in VietNam and came back and found that there was no market for his music. He tried to package himself as an oldies act but that failed as well. He is still around today and does an occasional show.

01-31-2011, 07:51 PM
Is it that Partridge family guy (I can't think of his name)?

01-31-2011, 11:14 PM
David Cassidy? No--

Their 7 top 10 hits were

This Diamond Ring
Count Me In
She's Just My Style
Sure Gonna Miss Her
Everybody Loves a Clown
Gereen Grass
Save Your Heart for Me

02-01-2011, 12:12 AM
I saw Gary Lewis and the Playboys in concert a few years back in Long Island. Such a great show, I didn't realize how many hits they actually had.

02-01-2011, 06:30 AM
I remember Gary Lewis was pretty famous for one year, but you're telling me he won out over Paul McCartney? I mean, Paul sang Yesterday in 1965. Not a bad song, don't you think?

02-01-2011, 06:38 AM
In 1965 they had 5 songs hit the top 4.

Beatles had a huge year in 1965 with Yesterday, Help, Eight Days a Week, Ticket to Ride and We Can Work It Out. Perhaps harder to single out one of the Beatles?

How was Gary Lewis in concert? What else does he do besides his seven big hits? You Don't Have to Pant Me a Picture? My Heart's Symphony?

02-01-2011, 07:21 AM
I remember he did cover of Sealed With a Kiss. I am pretty sure he did My Heart's Symphony and Paint Me a Picture as well.

Opening for him was Billy J Kramer and then Mark Lindsey. It was neat...

02-01-2011, 10:50 AM
That does sound neat. How much of Mark Lindseys material was Raiders stuff?

02-01-2011, 11:49 AM
I love Billy J. Kramer's Bad to Me...written by the Beatles, of course.

02-01-2011, 12:10 PM
Jim- let's see if you remember this (and I hope my info is correct):

Back in 1965, there was a soap opera on TV geared to teenagers, called Never Too Young. It took place on the southern California beaches and starred Tony Dow (a.k.a. Wally Cleaver). But what I remember is Paul Revere and the Raiders were regular guests, and they played their hits right on the beach (I never understand how they plugged in their instruments without any outlets).

Does that ring a bell?

02-01-2011, 12:50 PM
I love Billy J. Kramer's Bad to Me...written by the Beatles, of course.

If I am not mistaken I think a couple more of his hits were written by Lennon/McCartney.

And not for nothing, but Del Shannon does a great cover of "From Me To You".

02-01-2011, 01:24 PM

I believe the show that featured Paul Revere and the Raiders was Where the Action Is which was set on a beach in southern California. They were regulars on the show.


02-01-2011, 02:25 PM
You're absolutely right Jim. Because both shows were filmed on the beach, I mixed them up. Thanks.

Rob- Billy J. Kramer, as well as other bands such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, were all under contract with Brian Epstein. So the Beatles and the Dakotas were pretty close. Lennon and McCartney wrote so many songs that many of them they considered throwaways. And they were happy to share them with friends.

02-01-2011, 03:14 PM
How about Freddie & The Dreamers??? :)

02-01-2011, 06:05 PM
Freddie and the Dreamers had a few good hits but they were mostly a novelty band. They are probably best known for the dance The Freddie.

02-01-2011, 07:10 PM
I actually like the songs "You Were Made For Me" and "I'm Telling You Now".

02-01-2011, 07:16 PM
Freddie Garrity was one of the great showman of his era and invented the dance "THe Freddie". As Barry points out he is well known for this. He is even better known in my opinion for the #1 smash I'm Telling You Now. Another great song of Freddie and the Dreamers was You Were Made For Me.

I have the Freddie and the Dreamers 66-card set put out by Donruss in 1965. One I have not had graded.

Sadly Freddie passed away in 2006.