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1960s (Taster)


 01 Tell Laura I Love Her - Ricky Valance 1960

 02 Runaway - Del Shannon 1961

 03 I Remember You - Frank Ifield 1962

 04 Please Please Me - The Beatles 1963

 05 I Get Around - The Beach Boys 1964

 06 Getting Mighty Crowded - Betty Everett 1965

 07 Hold Tight - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 1966

 08 Let’s Go To San Francisco - The Flowerpot Men 1967

 09 Baby, Come Back - The Equals 1968

 10 Sugar, Sugar - The Archies 1969

The decline of Rock’n’Roll and the emergence of teen ballads at the end of the 50s marked a significant change in popular music. Teenagers were finding there own identity and through music and fashion were leaving behind the constraints of the previous eras.

 What can we say about the 1960s? After the early years which saw very little change in musical tastes, mainly American teen pop and easy listening numbers, Britain was taking the first steps to global recognition. Also known as ‘The Swinging Sixties’, this era saw a rapid growth and confidence in the youth of the day. Established artists were giving way to a new breed of performer, coming from all corners of the country.

Rock’n’Roll was fading away to be replaced by the Liverpool sound, Mod, Tamla Motown, Psychedelia, Soul, Blues, Ska, Reggae, Prog Rock, Folk, Trad, Jazz, Country etc, Other genres were making their mark during this decade.  Pirate Radio stations broadcast a regular stream of eagerly awaited new music which helped to change the course of broadcasting popular music.  Live Festivals were bringing a diverse range of music and artists to venues around the world. Fans could see many of their idols live over a few days, sometimes in the worst of weathers.


More to follow in later programs including genre reviews and biographies, accompanied by fabulous music and insights.

There was such a plethora of new music and artists being recorded that many acts did not make the charts but were still influential in the way they were helping to broaden peoples’ tastes. For example, the London club scene was highlighting new sounds and genres and many of the groups’ personnel moved on to bigger and better things. Click to hear  60s Club Scene, 60s Blues UK &  60s Soul .

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