Baby Boomer Chronicles (BBC): 1965
So for those of you that were around and conscious in 1965, what were you doing? Think hard and without going to Wikipedia, try to recall what events you remember.
I saw the inauguration of Lyndon Baines Johnson in January, 1965. It was all the more exciting as we watched this on our first color television set. It was a used model, 5 years old at the time and by today’s standards the color quality was atrocious. Green faces and purple shadows, constant adjusting of the fine tuning and “rabbit ears” that was ever so delicate. I did not have a great deal to say at the time about the event. I knew that my parents did not care for Barry Goldwater and I was pleased that things worked out the way that they wanted. I was vividly aware of the February, 1965 assassination of Malcolm X. My Mom kept copies of the ethnic Ebony and Jet magazines on the coffee table. Because of these magazines, I learned about the death of Nat King Cole early that year. Then there was the “walk in space” of Gemini Program astronaut, Ed White, that year, which mesmerized us all and stirred my interest in space travel. Motown was on the move and the British Invasion was taking hold on the music scene. We were crazy enough to buy one of those snap on screens that claimed that it would take a monochrome television set and make it show colors. The siblings and I would always argue about who was going to watch their programs on the color set rather than the black and white table model. When father settled it for us, he always said, when referring to the monochrome set, you still have two colors, black and white. Well there is my recap, what do you remember?
Here a couple of songs that got my attention, there were of course many more. The videos get my attention; hopefully you will enjoy them as well.
The video below from the Four Tops got my attention because of the superb quality of this that was obviously done so long ago. If you can look carefully you can see what the best dressed teens were wearing in about 1966, when this was recorded. The song was still one from 1965.
It's the Same Old Song by The Four Tops
This video, while the quality leaves much to be desired, was of a great song with so much energy. This snippet came from the ancient popular music variety show “Hullabaloo”. Check out that crazy girl in the cage above