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Great Movie Soundtracks from 1960s
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.
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.
- Blue Hawaii - "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis
- Flower Drum Song - "I Enjoy Being a Girl" - Nancy Kwan
- Breakfast at Tiffany's - "Moon River" - Audrey Hepburn
- West Side Story - "Somewhere" - Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer
- From Russia with Love - "Theme Song" - Matt Monro
- Mary Poppins - "Feed the Birds" - Julie Andrews, "Fiduciary Fidelity Bank" - David Tomlinson
- The Sound of Music - "Edelweiss" - Christopher Plummer, "Sound of Music" - Julie Andrews
- Dr. Zhivago - "Lara's Theme" -
- Alfie - "What's It All About Alfie" - Dionne Warwick
- The Sand Pebbles - "And We Were Lovers" - Theme Jerry Goldsmith
- The Graduate - "The Sound of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel
- To Sir With Love - "To Sir With Love" - Lulu
- 2001 A Space Odyssey - "Also sprach Zarathustra" - Strauss
- Romeo and Juliet - "A Time for Us" - Theme Song
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" - BJ Thomas
- Sterile Cuckoo - "Come Saturday Morning" - The Sandpipers
- Love Story - "Love Story" - Andy Williams
- Fiddler on the Roof - "Sunrise Sunset" - Topol and Norma Crane
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.
Links to the Lyrics
- Elvis Presley – Can't Help Falling In Love Lyrics | Genius
Get the lyrics and meaning of “Can't Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii.
- I Enjoy Being a Girl [From Flower Drum Song] Lyrics
Lyrics to I Enjoy Being a Girl [From Flower Drum Song] by Doris Day from the 36 All-Time Greatest Hits album on Lyrics.net - including song video, artist biography, translations and more!
- Lyrics to Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) at Reel Classics
- The Official West Side Story Site -- Lyrics -- Somewhere
- From Russia With Love Lyrics by Matt Monro
From Russia With Love Lyrics by Matt Monro at the Lyrics Depot
- MARY POPPINS - FEED THE BIRDS (TUPPENCE A BAG) LYRICS
Mary Poppins - Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag) Lyrics. Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's The little old bird woman comes In her own special way to the people She calls,
- MARY POPPINS - FIDELITY FIDUCIARY BANK LYRICS
Mary Poppins - Fidelity Fiduciary Bank Lyrics. If you invest your tuppence wisely in the bank Safe and sound Soon that tuppence safely invested in the bank Will compound And you'll achie
- Rodgers And Hammerstein - Edelweiss lyrics | LyricsMode.com
6 explanations, 8 meanings to Edelweiss lyrics by Rodgers And Hammerstein: CAPTAIN: / Edelweiss, Edelweiss / Every morning you greet me
- The Sound of Music Lyrics by Maria - The Sound of Music Soundtrack Lyrics
Lyrics to The Sound Of Music by The Sound Of Music:
- Some Where My Love (Lara's Theme-Dr. Zhivago) Lyrics - Ray Conniff
Lyrics to Some Where My Love (Lara's Theme-Dr. Zhivago) by Ray Conniff: Somewhere, My Love / From the Movie "Doctor Zivago"
- Burt Bacharach - Alfie Lyrics | SongMeanings
Lyrics to Alfie by Burt Bacharach:
- MATT MONRO - AND WE WERE LOVERS LYRICS
Matt Monro - And We Were Lovers Lyrics from The Sand Pebbles.
- Simon And Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Lyrics to 'Sounds Of Silence' by Simon And Garfunkel.
- Lulu - To Sir With Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Lyrics to 'To Sir With Love' by Lulu.
- Lyrics from the Theme from the 1968 romeo & Juliet - A Time for Us.
- Bj Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Lyrics to 'Raindrops keep falling on my head' by Bj Thomas.
- The Sandpipers - Come Saturday Morning Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Lyrics to 'Come Saturday Morning' by The Sandpipers.
- Love Story Lyrics - Andy Williams
Lyrics to Love Story by Andy Williams.
- Fiddler On The Roof - Sunrise, Sunset lyrics | LyricsMode.com
3 explanations, 2 meanings to Sunrise, Sunset lyrics by Fiddler On The Roof.