Yesterday Once More - It's Sixties Music And Seventies Music
The Sixties And The Seventies - A Great Era For Music
Would you like to go back to the past just for the sake of music ... to get back to yesterday once more and re-live those moments when you hear a particular track for the very first time?
You can, if you really want to! All you need to do is switch it on just once more by the kind courtesy of technology which has made all the music that has ever been recorded available to just about everybody at the flick of a switch or at the click of a mouse.
It was the sixties and the early seventies that produced some really great and fascinating music. The musicians of that era certainly possessed extraordinary talent compared to the present day musicians.
Listening to these tracks certain would bring back to mind events of yesterday, events associated with the period of time during which you first heard a particular song. It would re-instate many childhood memories too. Once more it's yesterday!
Just Once More Get Back to The Past - To Yesterday!
The music of yesteryear is considered by a whole lot of people as the golden era in music. It's the golden oldies that provide transport ... to a bye-gone era ... and before long, it's yesterday once more!
The radio was one source of music. The other source was vinyl records. Tape recorders were also available to those who could afford to buy them, but could not be considered a source of music as one needed to actually record music from a direct source like the radio or a record player.
What it does is to simply replay a collection of music that has been recorded from a source.
Vinyl records contained recorded music and basically were of two kinds. They were known as 45 rpm and 33 rpm discs. The latter had a larger diameter and naturally contained more music. The figures 45 and 33 represents the numbers of "spins" per minute on the turntable.
That was indeed the technology of yesterday. Nevertheless it brought great entertainment, thanks to those great stars of the past.
The Record Player - The Technology Of Yesterday!
The 33 rpm discs contained six or more tracks per side. These were known as LPs or long playing albums.
Sometimes the entire soundtrack of a movie could be found on one single 33 rpm long playing album.
My brother, who was fourteen years older, owned a large collection of records. The record player we had at that time was "PYE," a brand which is not heard of these days.
Although it had a built in amplifier, my brother preferred to make use of the amplifier of our radio.
Our Telefunken radio had provision to connect an external devise like a microphone or a record player.
The output of the record player was linked to the radio's amplifier and the volume control of the radio was used to control the degree of loudness.
The transistor had not been invented at that time. Radios and amplifiers used something known as the grid valve to amplify electrical signals.
They resembled a light bulb and emitted heat as well as small amounts of light. Each of them was the size of a human finger.
Our Telefunken radio contained twelve valves, whereas the amplifier of the record player had only four.
Golden Oldies - Yesterday Once More!
Looking back at the sixties and the seventies from where we are right now, those who were first exposed to music during that era would feel a great sense of delight when hearing the music that had been fed to them in their childhood.
Restoring memories and visions of events that occurred during that particular period of time, one begins to wonder why music changed to what it is today.
Many changes have taken place from that period of time up to the point when rap music began to enter the scene. Everything evolves it is said, and music cannot be excluded. It had to, and it did.
Some Of My Favorite Tracks From The Music Of The Sixties
Check out these tracks. They were some of the more popular hits of yesteryear.
- Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
- Living Doll - Cliff Richards
- Dynamite - Cliff Richards
- Diana - Paul Anka
- Come Prima - Mario Lanza
- Raunchy - Billy Vaughn
- Wont You Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley
- Blue Boy - Jim Reeves
- Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn
- On An Evening In Roma - Dean Martin
- Lonesome Cowboy - Presley
- Islands Of Hawaii - Marty Robbins
Do you remember any of these tracks? If you are one such person who had had your first taste of English music in the late sixties and early seventies I am certain you would be familiar with all these tracks.
Most of them were in the top ten in many of the countries in which the radio stations aired English music. Fittingly enough there was a demand for vinyl discs that contained these songs. These tracks were popular in many parts of the world as well at that time.
How About Elvis Presley Once More? - Sure!
Elvis Presley was a very popular singer in this era and his extreme good looks were highly supportive in popularizing his great music.
Blessed with enormous talent, the variety in the music that Elvis Presley presented is indeed one of the reasons for the large number of fans he had coming from all age groups.
From tracks like "Jailhouse Rock," "Wont You Wear My Ring," and others in similar tempo, the slowing down to an attractive beat in tracks like "Wooden Heart," and "Cant Help Falling In Love" cannot be compared to anything at all. Elvis Presley, the star of the sixties entered the seventies in style, and still is the undisputed king.
Theme For A Dream - Cliff Richards
You Can't Get Away At All! Once More It's The Music And The Musicians Of Yesterday
Alongside Elvis Presley came another by the name of Cliff Richards. He too produced some remarkable music in the sixties and seventies, some of which are still favorites to this day.
The songs of Ricky Nelson and Pat Boone were more or less the same style as that of Cliff Richards.
Country singers like Hank Snow and Hank Locklin were popular by virtue of the enormous number of requests made by music fans to radio stations to give their songs a spin.
Jim Reeves was another popular blues singer with a voice that propelled him to fame and he had many hits in the late sixties as well as in the early seventies.
The Drifters, the Brothers Four, and the Platters were musical outfits that specialized in harmonizing.
Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw
Golden Oldies - The Music Of The Sixties
The Blue Diamonds were a singing duo from the east who are well known for their great hits like Sukiaki and Isle Of Capri.
Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, and Earl Grant had a style of their own. Earl Grant is often mistaken for Nat King Cole as their voices sounded almost the same.
Marty Robbins was definitely unique. His style had not much variation, but his powerful and unfailing voice created a definition.
Apart from his many sentimental hits, Marty Robbins recorded two albums containing music dedcated to the islands of Hawaii. The tracks in these two albums are of top quality.
In the sixties, instrumentals were much sought after as well. There were some music fans who liked or preferred only instrumental music.
Ready to supply to their demands were bands like the Shadows, Billy Vaughn's Orchestra, Bill Black's Combo, and Perez Prado's outfit.
Ken Griffin at the hammond organ released a wonderful piece of music entitled "In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room."
Out of the singers mentioned above it was only Elvis Presley and Cliff Richards who were capable of handling slow ballads, blues, as well as rock and roll.
In the latter part of the sixties, and the early seventies, gradually entering the scene and rapidly getting noticed or better still, drawing more attention than the artists mentioned above, were the the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Chicago, Bee Gees, Bob Dylan, Three Dog Nite, Mungo Jerry, T-Rex, Deep Purple ...
The Music Of The Seventies? Had Enough? Never!
These artists too, with their mastery, made a permanent impression on the music scene of the world. Especially the Rolling Stones with their unique brand of music.
So, in conclusion, I would say that many of the musicians and bands of the sixties and the seventies were unique and they produced a quality of interesting and delightful music.
Be it rock and roll, rhythm and blues, sentimental stuff, pop, or even instrumentals, a vast number of music fans all over the world who got their first dose of music in the late sixties as little kids, would join forces and echo the confirmation that the sixties and seventies were the greatest era for music.
So get on board that time machine and hit the back button ... go back to that era of great music ... live that yesterday once more!
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Some Very Useful Links
- Internet Radio Station With The Music Of The Sixties And Seventies
Click for the offshore music radio, and check out this very interesting site, with links to top 500 hits. A very popular site indeed.
- A Brief History Of Music In The Sixties - Mostly Pop And Rock
Pop and Rock Music of the sixties - Here is a brief history of the roots of rock and roll, commencing from the end of 1945, the discussion goes on about the evolution and revolution of music. Ideally suited for those interested in the sequence.
- Elvis Presley Official Web Site - Graceland Mansion - Memphis, Tennessee
Official Elvis Presley Web Site. Home of the King of Rock 'n' Roll and his beloved Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Psychedelic Sixties - Rock Music
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