If you’re a fan of 60s pop or rock music, then this blog post is for you! Join me as I take a trip down memory lane and share some of my favourite tunes from this era.
Most people think of the Beatles when they think of 60s pop, rock, and roll. The Beatles were a British rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They are widely considered to be the most influential band of all time. The Beatles rose to fame in the UK with their first single, “Love Me Do,” in October 1962. In 1963, they released their debut album, Please Please Me. The album included their second single, “From Me to You,” which was a number one hit in the UK.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic rocks bands of all time. Formed in England in 1962, they rose to prominence in the 1960s with their edgy style and rebellious attitude. The Rolling Stones are known for their hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Paint It Black,” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” They’re also legendary for their live performances, which are still going strong today. If you’re a fan of classic rock, then you’re definitely a fan of the Rolling Stones!
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Alan Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The band drew on the music of earlier west coast acts such as Dick Dale and Gary Usher as well as show tunes, jazz standards, and material by artists such as Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Dion and the Belmonts, and Phil Spector. All of these influences would eventually find their way into the Beach Boys’ sound.
The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat and were part of the British Invasion of the United States.
The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time. They were one of the first British Invasion bands to achieve mainstream success in the US, with their 1964 single “You Really Got Me” becoming a Top 10 hit. They had a series of UK chart hits throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, including “All Day and All of the Night”, “Tired of Waiting for You”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Lola”, and “Apeman”.
The band’s debut album, 1964’s Kinks, is ranked among the greatest debut albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Their 1968 hit song “Waterloo Sunset” is included on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list, as well as numerous other “best-of” lists. In 1990, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, followed by the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Who is an English rock band that was formed in 1964. The band currently consists of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and Zak Starkey. The Who is considered to be one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have won multiple awards, including six Grammy Awards and five Brit Awards.
The Who’s debut album, My Generation, was released in 1965. The album was a commercial success, reaching #2 on the UK charts and #74 on the US Billboard 200. The album includes the singles “I Can’t Explain” and “My Generation”, which are both considered to be among the band’s most iconic songs.
The following year, The Who released their second album, A Quick One. The album featured the 1966 hit single “I Can See for Miles”. In 1968, The Who released their third album, Sell Out. The album includes the singles “Mary-Anne with the Shaky Hand” and “I Can See for Miles”, which were both commercial successes.
The Who’s fourth album, Tommy, was released in 1969. Tommy is a rock opera that tells the story of a “deaf, dumb, and blind” boy who becomes a pinball champion. The album was a commercial and critical success, reaching #4 on the UK charts and #2 on the US Billboard 200. Tommy was later adapted into a film in 1975 starring Roger Daltrey as Tommy.
The Who’s fifth album, Who’s Next, was released in 1971. The album includes the singles “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Baba O’Riley”. Who’s Next is considered to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time. In 1973, The Who released their sixth studio album, Quadrophenia. Quadrophenia is a concept album that tells the story of a young man named Jimmy who is struggling to deal with his life in 1960s England. The album was a commercial success, reaching #2 on the UK charts and #5 on the US Billboard 200. Quadrophenia was later adapted into a film in 1979 starring Phil Daniels as Jimmy.
The 1980s saw Pete Townshend becoming increasingly involved in solo projects while Roger Daltrey concentrated on his acting career; however, they did reunite for two new albums: 1982’s It’s Hard and 1989’s Face Dances. Since then there have been sporadic tours and one-off performances by surviving members Townshend & Daltrey as well as periodic reunions with drummer Kenney Jones & bassist John Entwistle (who died shortly before their first planned reunion concert tour in 2002).
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. The band got its name, at Morrison’s suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a quote by William Blake.
Jimi Hendrix was an American musician who was active in the 1960s. He is considered to be one of the most influential electric guitarists in history, and his style of playing blues rock and psychedelic rock have inspired many other musicians.
Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who became one of the most successful and well-known rock stars of her era. Joplin rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. She was known for her powerful, mezzo-soprano vocals and her bluesy, soulful style.
While many bands and artists emerged during the 60s, Led Zeppelin remains one of the most iconic and influential groups of that era. Formed in 1968, the band members – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones – quickly rose to fame with their heavy, blues-influenced sound. Although they were only active for about 10 years, Led Zeppelin released a string of hits that have stood the test of time, cementing their place in music history.
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock. They are considered one of the most important bands of the 20th century and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.