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Great Movie Soundtracks from 1960s

Updated on October 25, 2016

Introduction

I consider myself very lucky to grow up in America in the 1960s. The combination of the period, the events, the history, the music and the arts contributed to that end. I like to share some of my favorite movies and their corresponding soundtracks. It seems to me that it's a lost art in today's film making industry. I wish it would come back in the future.

-July 2015

Growing Up in the 1960s...

I was just about 10 years old when the 60's rolled around. Life was much simpler and without cell phones and ipods and the internet. Our one primary form of entertainment was going to the movies. Not watching it on tape or DVD or Netflix or TV but actually going to a theater and seeing it on the big screen. A portable transister radio was the latest and greatest gadget. The movies and the corresponding music was our entertainment but also our connection to the world. We learned about life and how the world works through the movies. The music and lyrics and melodies came together to support the telling of the story. This hub is a sample of some of that magic for me. I hope you will get the chance to experience them.

The 1960s was both an exciting and trying times for America. There was the election of JFK and then his assassination in 1963. There was the Cuban missile crisis and the escalation of the Vietnam war. There was Woodstock and culminating in the landing of a man on the moon in 1969. Growing up during that period was difficult but I was always optimistic that we will come out of it stronger and better. We are Americans and nothing is impossible. The movies and soundtracks inspire and reinforces that feeling.

My List of Movies by Year

I will list the movies by Year and include the Title, the Song, the artist, and the talent behind the music and lyrics. Please check the link below for the actual lyrics.

1961

1963

1964

  • Mary Poppins - "Feed the Birds" - Julie Andrews, "Fiduciary Fidelity Bank" - David Tomlinson

1965

1966

  • Alfie - "What's It All About Alfie" - Dionne Warwick
  • The Sand Pebbles - "And We Were Lovers" - Theme Jerry Goldsmith

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

Summary

I cheated a little and included the last two from the early 1970s.These songs meant so much to me.I hope the movie industry will learn from our past and make new movies that are inspirational. Our new generation needs some guidance and Hollywood is doing the opposite by corrupting our youth and attacking traditional values. Morality seems to take a back seat to violence and special effects. My recommendation to the movie industry is to make films that are meaningful and when appropriate, add music and great lyrics to enhance the experience.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      billybuc - I was inspired to write this hub when I discussed the state of movies today with my son who is 23. I wanted him to get a flavor of what the old movies were about. Thanks for your comments.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was twelve when the 60s were ushered in. Great decade. Very meaningful for me. Great soundtracks you listed here. Brought back great memories.