Ah The Sixties, those were the days. Rock n’ Roll was shiny and new, minimum wage was $1.00 and skateboards became the hottest thing, allowing kids to surf on asphalt. Not only that; but we got Star Trek, The Addams Family, The Jestsons, The Flinstones, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and so much more! The decade brought us JFK, Martin Luther King, and Barbie (technically 1959). AND HIPPIES!!! This is the decade that brought us Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll folks!
This week our mix tape is deadicated to the 60’s the year that also brought us The Grateful Dead, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. And dances like the Mashed Potato, The Swim, The Monkey and The Jerk. This is also the decade where Frank Sinatra was still going strong, Marvin Gaye took us by storm and on the Latin front Antonio Carlos Jobim was blowing people away. Jazz was making a real name in pop culture on the one end, and psychedelia was on the other. I wish I could cover it all. Maybe someday I’ll get to a history of Music in the 60’s. In my spare time. All 115 volumes.
I realized the scope of the 60’s was just way to big to put it all in one list; so instead, as we move through the decades, we will get a part 1 and a part 2. So don’t fret, forgot it on this week’s list? There’s always next week!
For each mix in the decades we are operating under the assumption that:
You Have Been Transported Back to 1969 9 9 9 9……
You Are Making This List for Someone. You are alive at this time so you have no knowledge of the music to come, however you are fully aware of the music in your past and can make full use of it if you like. (this also means that come the 70’s you can still include the 60’s if you like)
I Have Been Transported Back to 1969, And I Think Music is Dreamy
This is the best movie ever, Sidney Poitier is tough with a heart. He’s going to turn around these young hoodlums no matter what it takes. Although the critics laughed it off, we loved it. This song won The Grammy for Best Soundtrack in 1968.
To Sir With Love – Lulu
I was just a kid when this song came out in 1954, but I remember how much my parents loved it. Mostly because it sounded like it was the story of a naughty lady who was driving the whole town crazy, but it was really about… You’ll have to listen to find out!
The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane
I remember when this song came out, it was so hot! This South African trumpeter blew a mean horn. Wow, this song, with no words, made it to #1 on the Billboard Chart!
Grazing in the Grass by Hugh Masekela
Speaking of Instrumentals, this crazy dude had some mad music going on! Every single one of his songs could be on my favorite playlist. But since that would “break some chick’s rules from the future” I’ll pick one.
Whipped Cream by Herb Alpert (If you can wait patiently through Herb Alpert’s little talk, it’s short, you will really get a treat)
My Dad brought this album home with him from Brazil. In Brazil they call him Tom, here we know him as Antonio Carlos Jobim. This guy was such a musical genius, he also had three albums with Frank Sinatra. Cause they were both that good. Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto recorded this version in 1964. Can you believe she had never sung professionally before singing this song?? WOW! So smoooooth.
The Girl From Ipanema
I wish I had Patsy Cline’s voice, it’s not just how she sounds, it’s how she sings. No one thought she could sing a song better than “I Fall to Pieces” but then came “Crazy”. When she performed at the Grand Ole Opry she said “All my recent hits have come true in my life. I had a hit out called Tra-La-La Triangle and people thought about me and Gerald and Charlie. I had another hit out called ‘I Fall to Pieces’ and I was in a car wreck. Now I’m really worried because I have a new hit single out and its called ‘Crazy’.” Most people don’t know this, but a fella named Willie Nelson wrote this song. Nobody really knows who he is, but he’s written a ton of hits. I hear this one’s his favorite.
Crazy by Patsy Cline
OK folks. Now I want to hear what you’ve got! The rules of Twisted Mix Tape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix; based on this week’s theme. Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you’re going to link-up there must be a song in your post. Go and visit my co-host this week and most others Kristi from Finding Ninee for her own special brand of crazy. Mostly just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.
If you need to own any of the songs on my list, and you know you do. Click here to go directly to iTunes:
To Sir With Love – Greatest Hits
The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane – Greatest Hits
Grazing In the Grass – 60’s Gold
Whipped Cream – Whipped Cream & Other Delights
The Girl from Ipanema – The Very Best of Stan Getz
Crazy (Single Version) – Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits (Remastered)