The Music Of 1965
The Music Of 1965 Is Very Impressionable
The Music of 1965 has had an amazing impact on our culture. This is very evident when you pay attention to how many of these tunes end up in contemporary media, such as commercials and movies.
Maybe the reason is that advertisers and writers know that a vintage tune like (I can't get no) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones will capture the attention of the "Boomer" generation. And these Boomers are people who are well established in their lifestyle and finances and are able and willing to part with some of their money.
Personally, I went on a search of some of my favorite songs. These are songs that, whenever I heard one I would start humming or singing along. I had not ever noticed this before, but every song I picked out as a favorite was from either 1965 or 1966. I was totally surprised by this discovery.
It turns out that I was very impressionable during those two years. I graduated from high school in June of 1965 and went off to my first year of college. There were so many new experiences in my life during those two years that made deep impressions on my life. And, apparently, the music was part of the emotional changes that were happening.
Here are a few of the songs that make me stop, listen, and sing.
I Got You Babe
There was a little greasy spoon restaurant in the basement of the dorm I was assigned to at college. I had a 7 o'clock class 5 days a week (no wonder I never learned calculus), but before that class, I went to this restaurant for breakfast. I cost less than a buck for eggs, grits, and toast... those were the days.
And every morning, without fail, someone would play "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher. Every time I hear it, I am back at college. What an impression this song had on my life.
Cher's look has changed just a tad since this video was shot.
I Got You Babe
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My wife and I met when I was a senior in high school. I'm guessing that is one of the reasons for all this obsession with music of the middle '60s. Every time "Woolly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs comes on the radio, we both start singing at the top of our lungs. It's quite ridiculous, and our kids (now 40 and 36) have no idea what's happening, but they are extremely amused by this activity.
Woolly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharohs
Petula Clark was one of the British singers who came on the American pop music scene in the middle 60s. Her song "Downtown" was at the top of the charts during my formative period. This one brings back memories of surfing and smoking (experimenting with a pipe and getting sick enough to lose my lunch) on a beach in southern Florida. There must be some psychologist who can tell me why this memory is so vivid.
Watch the video and pay attention to the male dancers.. hilarious!
Downtown by Petula Clark
The second Beatles movie came out in 1965. Of course it was Help. My buddies and I went downtown to the little movie theater in the college town where we saw the movie along with an episode of "The Shadow". After that, we went back each time a new movie came out just to see the next "Shadow" episode. They were so much fun. The Beatles movie was less than memorable, though. I remember years later watching part of it, and it was absolutely horrible. However, the song is still fantastic.
In this version, there is a bit of a mumble as John doesn't quite get the words out at about the one minute mark.
Help by The Beatles
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Unchained Melody is arguably their greatest hit, but You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' has a special place for my wife and I. It was on the pop charts during 1965. This song was bound to play when were out on a date, and, of course, the Righteous Brothers have a very mellow, kind of romantic sound. This comes through very strongly in the movie "Ghost" when their song, Unchained Melody, is playing during the most emotional part of the movie. The music is what makes it so emotional. This emotion almost always was a part of our dates and it is what makes the song so special, still.
This video was done prior to the advent of music video choreography... obviously.
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
I Can't Get No Satisfaction
No list of the Music of 1965 would be complete without (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. The Stones have had many, many hits over the years, but none had the impact that Satisfaction did. This was the first song that lasted more than three minutes. This, in itself, was a music breakthrough. This was one of only a few songs that I knew all the words to. I would never be successful on a music trivia TV show unless it was limited to music of 1965 and 1966.
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
The Music of 1965 Lives On
The Music of 1965 holds lots of memories. As I compiled this extremely short list of songs that impacted (and continue to impact) my life, I realize that there are so many songs that have gone unmentioned. During this era, the British had a strong influence on American music as Herman's Hermits and The Dave Clark 5, but so did the likes of Bob Dylan, the Supremes, The Beach Boys, and many more.
It seems that the music of this great time period will continue to have influence on society and financial markets at least until the Boomers have past. But what really surprises me is how many young people are so familiar with the older songs, even to the point of knowing lyrics and artists.
Maybe the music will continue until... ?