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Songs of the Sixties Trivia By John William Tuohy



Elenore by The Turtles. The groups record label, White Whale, who had been pressing them for another hit like Happy Together from1967. The group tossed out this cliché ridden song as a dig at the company and figured the tune would die. Howard Kaylan of The Turtles explained “Elenore was a parody of 'Happy Together.' It was never intended to be a straight-forward song. It was meant as an anti-love letter to White Whale (their record company), who were constantly on our backs to bring them another 'Happy Together.' So I gave them a very skewed version. Not only with the chords changed, but with all these bizarre words. It was my feeling that they would listen to how strange and stupid the song was and leave us alone. But they didn't get the joke. They thought it sounded good. Truthfully, though, the production on 'Elenore' WAS so damn good. Lyrically or not, the sound of the thing was so positive that it worked. It certainly surprised me. “

Connie Francis, whose brother was killed in a Mafia hit, had her own hit with Everybody's Somebody's Fool in 1960 with the intention of making it a sort of polka style number that would sell well in the West German mark.

Everybody's Talkin' was a 1969 song by Harry Nilsson. This song was featured in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, but the film's actual title song is Midnight Cowboy Theme, a haunting instrumental written by John Barry.

Everybody's Talkin' was a 1969 song by Harry Nilsson. This song was featured in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, but the film's actual title song is Midnight Cowboy Theme, a haunting instrumental written by John Barry.

Early Morning Rain" was composed and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in 1964, supposedly inspired by seeing off a friend at the Los Angeles airport some years previous. It was a hit for Peter, Paul and Mary.  The lyrics suggest someone down on his luck, standing by an airport fence and observing the thunderous takeoff of a Boeing 707 jetliner. The general narrative of the song can be taken as a sort of jet-age musical allegory to a hobo of yesteryear lurking around a railroad yard, attempting to surreptitiously board and ride a freight train.

Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby is a song written in the mid-1930s by Alabama-born country songwriter Rex Griffin. After 1964, the song became well-known as a Beatles tune.

Evil Ways by Santana from their 1969 album. "Evil Ways" is about a girl who is spiteful. "You've got to change your evil ways, baby/Before I stop lovin' you." She tries to make her boyfriend jealous by associating with her friends. "You hangin' 'round, baby/With Jean and Joan and-a who-knows-who."

Eight Miles High by The Byrds.  The song was subject to a U.S. radio ban shortly after its release, following allegations of drug connotations in its lyrics. The band strenuously denied these allegations at the time, but in later years both Clark and Crosby admitted that the song was at least partly inspired by their own drug use. The song's obscure lyrics are, for the most part, about the group's flight to London in August 1965 and their accompanying English tour, as illustrated by the opening couplet: "Eight miles high and when you touch down, you'll find that it's stranger than known." Although commercial airliners fly at an altitude of six to seven miles, it was felt that "eight miles high" sounded more poetic than six and also recalled The Beatles' song "Eight Days a Week".

For Your Love was a 1965 single written by Graham Gouldman and performed by The Yardbirds.  Gouldman wrote the song at the age of 19 while working by day in a men’s store   "I was sleeping most of the time” he said “because I'd been gigging with the Mockingbirds the night before, and then during the day when I'd got any spare time I'd write in the shop. I used to shut up the shop at lunch time and sit in the back writing. We went down to Denmark Street and went round all the publishers trying to find a song . . . we didn’t get any songs that we liked or we weren’t given any songs period and the Beatles had started and I thought ‘well, I’m gonna really have a crack at song-writing.’ I had dabbled a bit, but they were really my inspiration and gave me and I think a lot of other people the courage to actually do it. We all wanted to be like the Beatles. I wrote two songs and the record company we were with turned down one of the songs. The song they turned down was 'For Your Love', which eventually found its way to the Yardbirds." Actually, Gouldman’s manager was so impressed by the song he told Gouldman they should offer it to the Beatles and gave a demo to publisher Ronnie Beck of Feldman's, who took it to the Hammersmith Odeon, where the Beatles were performing. By coincidence the Yardbirds were also performing on a Christmas show at the venue and Beck played the song to their manager and the band, who leaped on it.

Funky Broadway was written by Arlester "Dyke" Christian and recorded by his band, Dyke & the Blazers, in 1967, and was made into a hit by Wilson Pickett that same year. The "Broadway" referred to in the title in the original Dyke and the Blazers song is Broadway Road, an African-American neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona, not the Broadway in New York City

Fire was a 1968 hit by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. "Fire" sold over one million copies with the songs other memorable line is "You're Gonna Burn!" (The song ends with the sound of a wind from hell.) During live performances and in the black and white promotional television clip, Brown performed the song wearing a burning helmet. The helmet was improvised with a leather skull cap onto which was bolted a metal dish that held lighter fluid or petrol. As the cap was not insulated, the heat from the burning fuel quickly conducted through the fixing bolt to the top of Brown's head, causing him considerable pain.

For Once in My Life was originally recorded by Jean DuShon, but the most familiar and successful version was the upbeat version sung by Stevie Wonder in late 1968 and early 1969.

Games People Play is a 1968 song written, composed and performed by singer/song-writer Joe South.  The lyrics and title are thought to be a direct reference to Dr. Eric Berne's work on transactional analysis of the same name. The book, which was released in 1964, deals with the "games" human beings play in interacting with one another. The song closely resembles an older song, the traditional Cajun "'Tit Galop Pour Mamou", which was played by the Balfa Brothers among others, and is on the Balfas' Play Traditional Cajun Music.

Goodbye Cruel World was written by Gloria Shayne Baker, who also wrote the Christmas carol, Do You Hear What I Hear? As well as several songs for singer Lesley Gore. James Darren (Born James William Ercolani) released  Goodbye as a single in 1961 and scored his first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when the song peaked at number three.  Darren, playing pop idol Kip Dennis, performed the song on a late 1961 episode of The Donna Reed Show.  Gloria Shayne Baker wrote  Do You Hear What I Hear? in October 1962 during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis  as a plea for peace.  The song has since been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists including Pat Boone, Kenny G, Mahalia Jackson, Glen Campbell, Perry Como and Johnny Mathis

Groovin' was a single by The Young Rascals that was released on April 10, 1967, that became a number-one hit and one of the group's signature songs. The song grew out of group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati newfound interest in Afro-Cuban music.

Get Ready was sung by The Temptations and written by Smokey Robinson. It was less than two minutes long. Rare Earth recorded a version that was over 21 minutes. The song also did well on R&B stations, even though some DJs refused to play it when they found out the group wasn't black - they were the first white group signed to Motown. Robinson also wrote My Girl for the Temps, the lyrics were inspired by his wife, Claudette. Robinson said that he wrote this with David Ruffin's voice in mind. It was the first Temptations single to feature Ruffin on lead vocals (Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams sang lead on previous Temptation's singles), and it led to a greater role for Ruffin, as he became their primary lead singer.

Go Away Little Girl was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The song is notable for making the American Top 20 three times: for Steve Lawrence in 1962 (US #1), for The Happenings in 1966 (US #12), and for Donny Osmond in 1971 (US #1). It is also the first song, and one of only nine songs, to reach US #1 by two different artists.

Got My Mind Set on You is a song written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. It is best known for the cover version released by George Harrison in 1987. Of Harrison's three number one singles in the U.S., it was the only song not written by Harrison and the only one without religious overtones.

Gentle on My Mind was written by John Hartford. Glen Campbell's version has received over 5 million plays on the radio. Leon Russell played piano on the song. "I went to see the movie Doctor Zhivago the night I wrote it.” Hartford said “Everyone's made a whole lot out of that. I know it gave me a feeling that caused me to start writing, but as far as saying it came from that, I don't know. It just came from experience. While I was writing it, if I had any idea that was going to be a hit, it probably would have come out differently and it wouldn't have been a hit. That just came real fast, a blaze, a blur."

Green Tambourine was a hit by the Ohio-based rock group The Lemon Pipers towards the end of 1967. It peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for one week at the start of February, 1968 and earned the group a gold record for over a million copies sold. The record remained on the chart for three months. The Lemon Pipers would never repeat this success, although "Rice Is Nice" and "Jelly Jungle" did make it onto the charts in 1968. The Lemon Pipers were a 1960s psychedelic pop band from Oxford, Ohio, known chiefly for their song "Green Tambourine", which reached No. 1 in the United States in 1968. The song has been credited as being the first bubblegum pop chart-topper. The band dissolved in 1969. Drummer Bill Albaugh died on January 20, 1999, at the age of 53.

Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got was originally recorded by Jimmy Ruffin, and in 1968 by the Temptations as part of the album "The Temptations Wish It Would Rain," the song was a modest hit when Marvin Gaye released it again in early 1970.

Grazing in the Grass is an instrumental composed by Philemon Hou and first recorded by the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Released in the United States as a single in 1968, it hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Grazing in the Grass" was inspired by an earlier Masekela recording, "Mr. Bull No. 5". Hou, an actor and singer, came up with the melody while the backing track was already being recorded.

Going Up the Country was a small hit for Canned Heat and reached #11 on the charts. The group performed the song during their set at the Woodstock music festival in August 1969, and it has been described as the "unofficial anthem" of the festival.

Galveston was written by Jimmy Webb and popularized by Glen Campbell. The song was widely perceived as a protest song, which is also underlined in the original promo video as Campbell is dressed up in a military outfit. However, Webb said that he didn't have the Vietnam War in mind when he wrote the song, as he had imagined it taking place during a battle of the Spanish-American War, the time period when the City of Galveston reached its civic peak.

Gloria is a rock song classic written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison's band Them in 1964 as the B-side of "Baby, Please Don't Go".


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