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Music I Remember From The 60's Onwards

Updated on August 23, 2017

If There's One Thing the Majority Of Us Love - It's Music

Music makes an impression on us from a very young age, possibly from the time we are in our mothers tummies. Pregnant women are encouraged these days to listen to soothing or classical music so that it has a positive effect on the developing baby they carry.

I started to develop an appreciation for songs and instruments as a young boy, taking piano lessons at junior school and then starting to listen to my parents mostly classical music; then vinyl albums that my siblings and I played on our record player. That's what devices to play music on were called back then.

This was in the 1960s when things were starting to change somewhat, pop and rock began to become popular, perhaps you were around at this time and remember songs from this era too.

Music has an uplifting effect on us, it's food for the soul. We become absorbed in sound and often forget about our cares and worries; it's a great way just to relax and let go.

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It Had To Be The Beatles


The photo here is one that many readers I'm sure will know: the cover for the Beatles Abbey Road Album. This wasn't the first album of theirs that I listened to but it's one that I really like. The first album of theirs I encountered was 'A Hard Days Night'. We had the record at home and played it over and over, never tiring of listening to it. Perhaps you listened to this album too and have happy memories of it. A few tunes from this one are: "A Hard Days Night", "And I Love Her", "Can't Buy Me Love". Some real catchy tunes on this LP.

My father, a man whom I admired, liked Jim Reeves and, although I can appreciate his voice and the songs he sang, his music didn't really grab me like other sounds of that era. I respect my dad for what he liked; a lot of it was classical.

I'm relying on my memory to write this part of the article and I recall listening to a Rolling Stones LP around this time; they were popular then. They weren't my favourite group but I did like some of their stuff. Most of what is written in this article is about the musicians I remember more than the different genres of music; if you remember the bands you should know the type of sounds they produced.

Other bands and solo artists I remember from this time and which I liked were: The Hollies, The Troggs, Donovan, The Kinks, Elivis Presley, The Shadows, Cliff Richard, The Temptations. One of my favourites was The Bee Gees; I liked more of their earlier work - their songs such as "Massachusetts", "Words", "To Love Somebody" and "I Started a Joke", to name but a few.

Other musicians that come to mind and that I was fond of were: The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simon & Garfunkel, Roy Orbison and Otis Redding. Do I recall Johnny Cash? His name, yes, his music, not that well.

There are many musicians from this time that I heard, but only got to like, later in the 70's. Woodstock happened in 1969, I saw the movie probably in the early 70's; there are a number of artists who played there that I want to mention further along.

I'm hoping there are some readers here who recall the music from the 1960s; feel free to comment and let me know of bands I haven't included which you may like.


Moving On to the Way-Out 1970s

Of all the decades of music I'm reviewing here the 1970s had the most impact on me. I turned 15 in 1971 and started senior school in this year - approaching my teenage years it started to influence my life in many ways. I learnt to play the guitar at school; friends and I were starting to buy new albums.

I became interested in folk music, there was a folk club that hosted live musicians in a small room adjoining a house on a smallholding a little way out of the city. Then the club moved to a place just near to where we lived.

Fairport Convention, a British Folk group was one I liked - well, they weren't here in South Africa where I live but I had an album of theirs. Amazingly, they're still performing, though I haven't heard them for years; I must give them a listen.

I got to hear a lot of Woodstock musicians; groups and individuals such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & the Fish, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, wow - the list goes on!

Some of the others who played there deserve a mention; they're the ones I recall: Ravi Shankar, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Santana, John B. Sebastian (wearing colourful clothing), The Incredible String Band, Mountain, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ten Years After, The Band, Blood Sweat & Tears and Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Does anyone remember Arlo Guthrie's amazing song, "Alice's Restaurant"? It is an 18 minute war protest song and is a spoken monologue. The restaurant he refers to is an actual building, a former church where the owner, Alice and her husband used to hold Thanksgiving Dinners. There is a whole story behind this song.

Bob Dylan's music had quite an influence on me in the 70's; I attempted to play and sing some of his songs, he has a way with words too. As far as I know he writes most of his own songs. For some time he was accompanied by 'The Hawks' who became known as 'The Band' - Dylan produced a numbers of albums and continues to do so. "Knocking on Heavens Door", "Hard Rain" and "Blowin in The Wind", are a few tunes that come to mind.

It seems I need to make a list of all the musicians that I know from this decade, there are so many: here goes...

In no particular order - Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Golden Earing, Stevie Wonder, The Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, Canned Heat, Eric Clapton, Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Leonard Cohen, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Temptations, The Eagles, Bread, Procul Harem, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Simon & Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, Abba, Blondie, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Nazareth, America, Journey, Deep Purple, Frank Zappa, Foreigner, Supertramp, The Byrds, The Eagles, Jackson Five, Queen, Tom Jones, The Carpenters, Engelbert Humperdinck, Cher, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Chicago, Jim Croce, Carole King, Barbara Streisand, John Denver, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Yes, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music (Bryan Ferry), David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, T. Rex (Mark Bolan), Slade and Budgie.

We need a break here, this is an extensive list.

There was an unusual album at the time called "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" which I thought was the name of the band, however I have since discovered it was a concept Album produced by the group 'The Small Faces'. One of the songs was "Lazy Sunday". The cover was round in shape and had a picture of a tobacco tin on the front. Parts of the LP are in a narrative form; some quite weird stuff here.

Now to continue with the list of musicians I remember from the 1970s...

Van Morrison, Steve Winwood, Traffic, Niel Young, Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Alman Brothers, Average White Band, Bad Company, Grand Funk, Iron Butterfly, Rick Wakeman, Reo Speedwagon, Kiss, Bonnie Tyler, Bread, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Don Mclean, Leo Sayer, Melanie, Tom Jones, The Carpenters, Moody Blues, Mott the Hoople, Pat Benatar, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Frampton, Seals & Crofts, Johnny Clegg & his band Jaluka, The Steve Miller Band, Uriah Heep, Three Dog Night, J J Cale, Chris Rea, Rickie Lee Jones, John Mayall, Dire Straits, Shawn Phillips and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

Locally we had Finch & Henson and The Silvercreek Mountain Band.

That's a lot of music and bands, it certainly was a time of change back then.

Some of my favourites are: Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Niel Young, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Dire Straits, J.J. Cale, Roxy Music, Bread and The Eagles.

80' Sounds


There seemed to be a shift in the music world in the 1980s to a more synthesized, computer generated sound (if I can put it like that). Disco, New Wave and Indie Rock (Alternative Rock) became popular. I know of quite a number of musicians from this era but I'm sure there are many others I've never heard of.

Groups and singers popular at the time were: Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Journey, Michael Jackson and Madonna.

One group who played alternative rock and emerged at this time was REM, I still like to listen to them.

Grunge was another style that was around for a while, Nirvana was the band of this genre that I remember.

On the softer side there were others around such as Suzanne Vega (remember "Luka"), Tracy Chapman, Lionel Richie, Steely Dan, Whitney Houston and Cyndi Lauper ("True Colors").

There were the country musicians Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

The Irish band U2 were popular in the 1980s, they and many others from this era are still rocking and producing new sounds. Not forgetting Boy George and Annie Lennox - then the emergence of New Wave groups such as Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls.

Other memorable groups were Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Enya.

Synthetic Pop was a vibey genre I liked with groups such as: Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, OMD, Ultravox, The Human League, A-Ha, Erasure, Eurythmics, Bananarama, Modern Talking, Talking Heads and Talk Talk.

Some other artists of note from the 80's: Julio Iglesias, INXS (from Australia), Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, Men at Work, Phil Collins, Crowded House, Madness, Chris DeBurgh, Rick Astley, Peter Gabriel, Electric Light Ochestra, Billy Joel, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Survivor, Gerry Rafferty, Tears For Fears, UB40, Van Halen, Wham and Kim Wilde.

Hairstyles changed in this decade, men, especially muso's didn't just grow their hair like in the 70's, different styles started emerging which evolved over the years into some more unusual ones nowadays. Women's hairstyles were 'big' in the 80's.

Pure 80's
Pure 80's

Great music from this era


From the 90's Until the Present Time


I lost it in the 1990s; I mean I lost track of what music was popular at the time until the present. Naturally I know of some musicians but the impact on me of previous decades wasn't the same.

Here are some that I've kind of heard: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit.

Ones I remember better would be: Oasis, Brandy, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Dave Mathews, Spice Girls, Destinys Child, Britney Spears, Bryan Adams, Mariah Carey, Boyz 11 Men and Usher. Norah Jones and Alanis Morissette stand out as the two female artist I admire the most.

Boy bands such as The Backstreet Boys were popular. Hip Hop and Electronic Music came about but I never really cottoned on to these genres. I've watched Paul Van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren's dance tracks on TV.

Some others are: The Corrs (a cool Irish band), Right Said Fred, Roxette, Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams (who doesn't know him?) and Shakira.

Two Christian acts I liked from this era were Hillsong and The Prayer Chain.

In the 2000s Hip Hop, Rap, Electropop, Dance Pop, House, Trance, Electrohouse and Indie Rock were popular.

Some of the outfits I know of are: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Ice-T, N Sync, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland, Radiohead, Sugababes, Jamie Foxx, Boyzone, Chris Brown and The Jesus & Mary Chain.

One's I know better are: The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dog, Nickelback, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Pussycat Dolls, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce', Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Amy Winehouse, Dido, James Blunt, Adele, Fergie, Akon, Enrique Iglesias and Coldplay.

Christian artists I can appreciate are Bethel Music and Joe Niemand, a local singer.

A lot of the well known artists from the 2000s are still going strong in the current decade. Electronic music has become more popular as well as Europop and Eurodance. Indie Rock is still doing well too.

Here are some who are making waves around the world: One Direction, New Kids On The Block, Kesha, Rush, Pitbull, The Black Keys, Drake, Bruno Mars and Cheryl Cole.

Country singer Scott McCreedy won the 2011 American Idols contest and touched many hearts with his deep voice. Philip Phillips won the 2012 American Idols and sang the National Anthem at the opening game of the 2012 World Series.

There's probably a lot of less mainstream music around that I would probably like if I hear of it. It's something I need to look into. Where the industry is heading in this era remains to be seen.


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What Music Stands Out For You from the 70's & 80's?

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for your comments MartieCoetser, I too lost track of what music was popular and worth listening to in the 90's but I still listen to some of the music of today.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, you have pulled all those beautiful songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's from my memory. Somehow I have lost track in the 90's.

      I was quite fond of Jim Reeves, but outgrown him somewhere in my 20's. CCR was my favourite band, and until today Neil Diamond warms my heart.

      Thanks for a trip down memory lane, Dave Lynch :)

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @David Stone1: Thanks for your comment on 70's & 80' music

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      A lot of different stuff, from classical to rock to jazz, made up that soundtrack.