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Songs of the Sixties Trivia By John William Tuohy


Hang on Sloopy, which is actually…I’m not joking here…. the official rock song of the state of Ohio, was number 1 on the charts in October of 1965.  Back then most of us were kids and most of us assumed the group, the McCoy’s, were singing Hang on Snoopy, that annoying dog from the cartoon.  (See Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron). They were actually singing about a jazz performer named Dorothy Sloop AKA Sloppy. The song entered the charts on August 14, 1965, and went on to hit number one on October 2 of that same year.  It was originally titled My Girl Sloopy…which makes more sense to me… and first recorded by The Vibrations in 1964 on Atlantic Records. It reached the top thirty and then died.  Other groups who recorded the song include The Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Ventures, The Supremes, The Kingsmen and the The Yardbirds. The McCoys (Originally known as Rick and the Raiders, they changed their name so not to be confused with Paul Revere and the Raiders) included a guitarist named Richard Zehringer, then 16 years old, who later changed his name to Rick Derringer and had a hit with something or other in the 1970s, I don’t know because I don’t listen to music past 1969. Derringers brother was also in the group. Other group member Bobby Peterson died at age 47 in 1993 and Randy Jo Hobbs died of drug-related heart failure on 5 August 1993. He was reported to be broke and living in a hotel when he died.


Happy Jack by The Who was written by Pete Townshend and  based on retarded adults who played with children along the beach when Townsend was young. The song was first dubbed A Quick One but the record company forced it to be changed to Happy Jack because it feared that the original title was a reference to sex. At the tail end of the song, you can hear Townshend yelling the phrase I saw you! to Who drummer Keith Moon. Apparently, Moon had been banished from the studio and was trying to sneak back in.

Happy Together by The Turtles is an interesting tune in that the song is about unrequited love. The singer wants his mate to imagine how the world could be so very fine, proposing what would happen If I should call you up. The line in the fadeout “How is the weather?” refers to the real level of their relationship being nothing more but passing acquaintances with small talk.

Harper Valley P.T.A. by Jeannie C. Riley came about when the country singer Margie Singleton asked Tom T. Hall to write her a song similar to Ode To Billie Joe, which she had covered the previous year. After driving past a school called Harpeth Valley Elementary School in Bellevue, Tennessee, he noted the name and wrote Harper Valley P.T.A. about a fictional confrontation between a young widow Stella Johnson and a local PTA group who objected to her manner of dress, social drinking, and friendliness with town's men folk. Jeannie C. Riley, who was working as a secretary in Nashville for Jerry Chesnut, got to hear the song and recorded it herself and it became a massive hit for her. Tom T. Hall said “I chose the story to make a statement but I changed the names to protect the innocent. There were 10 kids in our family. We'd get up in the morning and my mother and father would get bored with us running around and we'd go terrorize the neighbors up and down this little road we lived on. After we had done our chores, of course. I was just hanging around downtown when I was about nine years old and heard the story and got to know this lady. I was fascinated by her grit. To see this very insignificant, socially disenfranchised lady - a single mother - who was willing to march down to the local aristocracy and read them the riot act so to speak, was fascinating.”

Heart Full of Soul by The Yardbirds was written by Graham Gouldman who also wrote for The Hollies, Cher, The Shadows, and Herman's Hermits. Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty said in our 2010 interview: 'Heart Full of Soul,' which was very moody, gave us the ability to play the riff in sort of an Eastern way, give it an Oriental touch. Another very good song.

Hello I Love You by The Doors (Drummer John Densmore above in 1968) was written by Jim Morrison in 1965 after seeing a beautiful woman walking on the beach. He wrote the song in one night but it wasn’t recorded until 3 years later. The Doors were formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, the title of which was a reference to a William Blake quotation: "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."

He's So Fine by The Chiffons (Carole King played piano on this.) was written by a songwriter named Ronald Mack, who died of cancer shortly after it was released. This was produced by The Tokens, who didn't get a recording contract after they hit #1 with The Lion Sleeps Tonight, but did get a production contract. This was the first record under their contract. This was rejected by twelve record companies, including all the majors, before the bosses at Laurie Records said yes. George Harrison lost a lawsuit in 1976 when a judge said he subconsciously plagiarized this on My Sweet Lord, his first single as a solo artist. He was ordered to pay Bright Tunes Music, who owned the copyright, $587,000.

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by the Hollies in 1969. The title came from the motto for Boys Town, a for troubled boys community formed in 1917 in Omaha, Nebraska  by a Catholic priest named Father Edward Flanagan. In 1941, Father Flanagan was looking at a magazine called The Messenger when he came across a drawing of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, with the caption, He ain't heavy Mister, and he’s my brother. Father Flanagan thought the image and phrase captured the spirit of Boys Town and it became its official motto. The song was written by veteran songwriters Bobby Scott (A Taste of Honey) and Bobby Russell (Little Green Apples). Russel, was married to Vicki Lawrence and wrote her #1 hit The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. Both Scott and Russell have since died. Hollies guitarist Tony Hicks said  “In the 1960s when we were short of songs I used to root around publishers in Denmark Street. One afternoon, I'd been there ages and wanted to get going but this bloke said: 'Well there's one more song. It's probably not for you.' He played me the demo by the writers Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. It sounded like a 45rpm record played at 33rpm, the singer was slurring, like he was drunk. But it had something about it. There were frowns when I took it to the band but we speeded it up and added an orchestra. The only things left recognizable were the lyrics. There'd been this old film called Boys Town about a children's home in America, and the statue outside showed a child being carried aloft and the motto He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. Bob Russell had been dying of cancer while writing. We never got, or asked for, royalties. Elton John - who was still called Reg - played piano on it and got paid 12 pounds. It was a worldwide hit twice.”   Singer Joe Cocker was offered this song before The Hollies but turned it down

Help Me, Rhonda by The Beach Boys was the first Beach Boys single where their guitarist Al Jardine sang lead. Brian Wilson said “We did two versions of 'Help Me Rhonda.' We did one with the ukulele and we did one with guitars. We chose to use the guitar version. I heard myself singing lead on it originally and then I turned it over to Al. I produced the Beach Boys so I decided who would sing lead. I just had a sixth sense about who should sing what songs. Some of the songs I wrote specifically for Mike, Al and Carl to sing.”  Daryl Dragon, The Captain from The Captain & Tennille, played organ on the tune.

Here Comes The Night by Them who were from Belfast, Ireland but still considered part of the British Invasion. Van Morrison was the groups lead singer. The writer was Bert Berns (a.k.a. Bert Russell) whose life was tragically cut short in 1967 at the age of 38 by a fatal heart attack. Among his writing credits are Twist And Shout (Isley Brothers, The Beatles), Hang On Sloopy (The McCoys), Piece Of My Heart (Erma Franklin, Janis Joplin), and Tell Him (the Exciters). His production credits include Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl and Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters.

Honey by Bobby Goldsboro was written by Bobby Russell, who got the idea for the song when he noticed how much a tree in his front yard had grown in 4 years. Russell was a Nashville songwriter who was briefly married to actress/singer Vicki Lawrence, and wrote her 1973 hit The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. He also wrote Little Green Apples for W.C. Smith. Russell died of a heart attack in 1992.

Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel was released on the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station in the town of Widnes, in the north-west of England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train.

Hello Stranger by Barbara Lewis (Above) with back up by a group that would become The Dells, was released in 1963 and immediately went nowhere at all. The song sat on the shelf for a year and was about to be relegated to the Adult easy listening graveyard when it took off and landed on the number three spot.

The Tremeloes were founded in England in Dagenham, Essex, in 1958. (Brian Poole and the Tremoloes) The group has never disbanded. On New Year’s Day, 1962, The Decca Record label, looking for a Beat group, auditioned the Tremeloes and The Beatles. Decca chose the Tremeloes. Strangely enough they didn’t chart well until the switched to CBS Records and had a hit with Here Comes My Baby

Hey Paula landed on the number one spot on the charts in 1962.  The thing I hate more than this song is when I find myself singing this song. It was penned and performed by Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson, who were students together at Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas. They have yet to apologize for writing the song much less singing it. The couple cooed their way through the song on a local radio show, got a great response and a record deal….you know, only in America. Anyway, this was the first of a flood of Boy/girl songs of the mid-'60s  a category that included I Got You Babe

Holly Holy by Neil Diamond came out in 1969.  Like everyone else, I sang along and like everyone I had no idea what I was singing about.  In an interview Diamond said What I tried to do was create a religious experience between a man and a woman, as opposed to a man and a god.   I don’t know what that means and I’ll bet you that if you asked him, Neil Diamond doesn’t know what that means either.

How Can I Be Sure by The Young Rascals peaked at #4 in 1957. And came out of an experience with transcendental meditation that the Rascals were involved in. The French singer Nicoletta sold two million copies of the song.

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by Marvin Gaye was inspired by the trademark line of Jackie Gleason, How sweet it is! as it was said on The Jackie Gleason Show.
Hey Joe  by famous by Jimmy Hendrix, was registered for copyright in the U.S. in 1962 by Billy Roberts although Scottish folk singer Len Partridge has claimed that he helped write the song with Roberts when they both performed in clubs in Edinburgh in 1956. Other sources claim that Roberts assigned the rights to the song to his friend Valenti while Valenti was in jail, in order to give him some income upon release.

He's a Rebel was written by singer by Gene Pitney and produced by Phil Spector for The Crystals. Pitney had originally written.  Their follow-up single was "Then He Kissed Me".
Hurdy Gurdy Man" is a song by Donovan. It was written and recorded in early 1968. The song was written for Donovan's old friend and guitar mentor Mac MacLeod. MacLeod was in a Danish band at the time called Hurdy Gurdy. Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch; 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. Emerging from the British folk scene, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music.  His hits included "Catch the Wind" and "Colors" in 1965 and "Sunshine Superman"  Donovan left the music industry in 1969.


I'm into Something Good was composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and made famous by Herman's Hermits. The song had been recorded by a group called The Cookies in 1964 and reached number 38 on the US pop singles chart and then disappeared.  Herman's Hermits took it to number one in the UK Singles Chart on September 14, 1964 where it stayed for two weeks. It reached number 13 in the US.

I Call Your Name by The Mamas & The Papas was mostly written by John Lennon, although it was credited to the team of Lennon/McCartney. Lennon wrote the song before the Beatles were a group. Lennon originally gave the song to the Dakotas, another Liverpool act whom Beatles producer George Martin was working with but Lennon didn’t like their version his music. He performed it himself with the Beatles and released it in 1964. This cover by The Mamas & The Papas gave the song an upbeat honky-tonk sound which Lennon liked.

I Saw Her Again by The Mamas & The Papas was written by John Phillips, the groups songwriter  about the affair between his wife, Michelle Phillips (a Mamas And Papas member), and Denny Doherty (also a Mamas And Papas member).

The Ray Charles hit, I Can't Stop Loving You was written and originally recorded by a Country singer named Don Gibson in 1958. His version was released as the B-side of his #7 hit Oh Lonesome Me, which he wrote the same day. Kitty Wells, a country singer, recorded that same year and also had a hit with the song. (And was on the carts at the same time as Gibson's version.) Ray Charles was known as a Gospel and R&B singer, but decided to record an album of Country and Western songs. He released it on an album, not released as a single, but a lot of DJs played it from the album and it started getting popular. ABC Records edited the tune down to two minutes (From four minutes on the album) and the song hit #1 on the US Pop, R&B and Easy Listening charts.

I Wish It Would Rain, a Temptations song was written by Motown staff writer Roger Penzabene when he learned that his wife was cheating on him. He also the wrote the songs follow up  I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You). Penzabene committed suicide barely a week after the single's release.


I Will Follow Him is a song recorded by Little Peggy March (above, She was 4 ft. 9 inches tall) from a tune translated from French called Chariot (The song was recorded in 1961 by Franck Pourcel as an instrumental.) which had been recorded already by Petula Clark which was a number one hit in France, #8 in Belgium, #4 in Italy #6 in Germany. Her English version, in the UK and in the USA went nowhere but it went there quickly. The English version by March hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 27, 1963, making 15-year-old March the youngest female artist to have a U.S. chart-topping single. Her version also made it to #1 on the soul singles chart.  March  was a minor and the Coogan Law prevented her parents from managing her money. The responsibility was placed on her manager, Russell Smith. It was discovered in 1966 that he had squandered the fortune away.

I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline was released: 1961 and was written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, this was arguably the first pure Country single to cross over to the Pop charts. Cline was reluctant to record this ballad, which had been turned down by Brenda Lee, until producer Owen Bradley coaxed her into it.

I Get Around by The Beach Boys was the group’s first #1 in their own country (Surfin' Safari went to #1 in Sweden 2 years earlier). It is considered one of the best ever single releases along with Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles and Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog by Elvis Presley. It was rated fifth biggest seller of 1964 by both Billboard and Cash Box - indicating close to 2 million US units sold - though it was another 18 years before Capitol submitted it to the RIAA for auditing (the only other Beach Boys single the label did this for was Good Vibrations).

I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher was written when Sonny Bono was an up-and-coming record producer and he got Cher a job with Phil Spector as a session singer. They started dating and moved in to their manager's house. Bono would write songs on a piano in the garage. He came up with this tune and wrote the lyrics on a piece of cardboard. Cher didn't like it at first, but Sonny changed the key in the bridge to fit her voice and she loved it.  Ahmet Ertegun was their boss at Atco Records. He didn't think much of this song, so he put it on the B-side of It's Gonna Rain. Los Angeles radio station KHJ started playing I Got You Babe after Bono brought them a copy and it became a huge hit.

I Hear a Symphony by The Supremes was the follow-up to their previous hit Nothing But Heartaches, which failed to make the Top 10.

I Fall to Pieces was a hot for the wonderful Patsy Cline in 1961.  The song was turned down by Brenda Lee, who found it too country and Roy Drusky who said it was not a man's song.  Cline, overheard Drusky's remarks asked if she could record it. By August 1961, I Fall to Pieces peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Chart  and reached number twelve on the Billboard Pop Chart.

In the Ghetto was a 1969 hit for Elvis Presley. The song was written by Mac Davis, who said “It's a simple matter of growing up with a little boy whose father worked with my father. He lived in a part of town that was a dirt-street ghetto. I grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and it was a ghetto in every sense of the word, but we didn't use that word back then. I was trying to come up with a song called 'The Vicious Circle,' how a child is born, he has no father, and the same thing happens. The word 'Ghetto' became popular in the late '60s to describe the poor parts of town. A friend of mine, Freddy Weller, who used to play guitar for Paul Revere And The Raiders, showed me lick on the guitar one day. I went home and fiddled around with it, I wrote the song and called him up at 4 in the morning and sang it to him. He knew I'd written a hit with his lick, but that's the way it goes.”  If Elvis turned this down, the song would have gone to Rosie Grier, a minister and former football player.

Petula Clark’s I Know a Place came out in 1965 and was said to be about the Cavern Club or The 100 Club in London. Clark sang the line a cellar full of noise which was the title of the biography of the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. Clark stuck the line in as a nod to Epstein who was Gay which motivated John Lennon to refer to the book as “A Celler full of boys”  

Lesley Gore AKA The Teen Queen, was 16 when she recorded It's My Party, which was released in 1963 and went straight to number 1. The song is the story of a relationship challenged girl dating a boy named Johnny who leaves a party with a girl named Judy. But not to worry, in her follow up song, the unnamed girl declares that now  Judy's Turn to Cry so take that Judy.

The 1964 song It's All Over Now by the Rolling Stones was originally recorded by The Valentinos but was widely overlooked by white audiences. The overbearing disc jockey Murray the K gave The Stones a copy of The Valentinos' version  and the Stones recorded it during their first US tour at Chess Studios in Chicago, where Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters also recorded. During these sessions, they also recorded Time Is On My Side. Keith Richards said “We cut that in Chess Studios the first time in Chicago. The year before we were playing bars in England, you know. And then we're walking into Chess Studios which was where all of these records that had been made that were so important to us. Now and again in life you get this feeling that you've died and gone to heaven. Luckily, neither was true.    American studios at that time were so much more together than in England. I mean, they had some good stuff in England but they didn't have knowledge of how to record it. We were lucky. There were a couple of guys like Glyn Johns in England who had a rough idea of recording. But the way you'd get a sound in an American studio in those days was the difference between day and night, compared to working in England or Europe. I mean these cats, in America, they'd done it already. So to work in Chess was our first taste of American record.

In 1965 Frank Sinatra released It Was a Very Good Year which topped out on the charts at number 65. The song was written by New Yorker Ervin Drake in 1961 (Drake published his first song at age 12) for The Kingston Trio, (above) who recorded it but with an annoying whistling interlude.  Sinatra dropped the whistling, thank God, and added lush instrumentation and dramatic vocals and won himself a Grammy in 1966 for Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

I'm Sorry was a 1960 hit for Brenda Lee (Above) who was only 15 years old at the time. The label, Decca Records, held it from release for several months out of concern that a 15-year-old girl was not mature enough to sing about unrequited love. They were wrong. She went on to have 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, a number surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis. Lee, who was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in a charity ward, also record the American standard Rock’n around the Christmas Tree

It Ain't Me Babe by The Turtles was written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan, who released the song on his 1964 album Another Side Of Bob Dylan. This was the first hit for The Turtles, who had several more hits in the '60s, including the #1 Happy Together. Howard Kaylan of The Turtles said “I found Dylan's 'It Ain't Me Babe' on an album and, being blissfully unaware that anyone else had ever recorded it, thought that it would make a great rock song. So I literally 'lifted' the Zombies' approach to pop - a soft Colin Blunstone-like minor verse bursting into a four-four major chorus a-la 'She's Not There.'
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland. It hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 two months on August 8, 1960.  The song's co-writer Paul Vance once described the song as a money machine.

 The song I Want Candy, became a hit in mid-1965 and was credited to a group called The Strangeloves. The backstory on the group was made up by the writer/producer team of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer who had a previous hit with My Boyfriend's Back by The Angels. Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer……a great name for a law firm by the way……were all from New York but spread a story that they were three brothers named Giles, Miles and Niles Strange who had grown up on an Australian sheep farm and that they had made a fortune with the invention of a new form of sheep crossbreeding. The result was, not surprisingly, no one cared.  The song was good, people liked it and the tune and its driving Bo Diddley beat went to number 11 on the charts.  Their other song The Happy Organ Shake failed to chart, although I can’t imagine why. Gottehrer went on to produce Blondie and Goldstein helped to form Eric Burdon and War.  As for Feldman….I don’t really know what happened to Feldman. The Angels were a girl group, best-known for their 1963 million selling #1 hit single, "My Boyfriend's Back". The original lineup of sisters, Barbara and Phyllis Allbut, and lead singer Linda Jansen (born Linda Jankowski) had their first hit with "Til" released by Gerry Granahan's Caprice label in 1961. The song was followed up with a less-successful single, "Cry Baby Cry." Jansen left the group in 1962 and was replaced by Peggy Santiglia, formerly of The Delicates (Denise Ferri and Arleen Lanzotti). In 1963, the trio signed to Mercury Records' subsidiary label Smash Records and began working with the Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer songwriting team, who wrote "My Boyfriend's Back". The Angels' performance was originally intended as a demo for The Shirelles' consideration, but the music publishers chose instead to release it as it stood. The song was a major hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but no follow-up of comparable success was released. "My Boyfriend's Back" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The inspiration for the song was when co-writer Bob Feldman overheard a conversation between a high school girl and the boy she was rebuffing

It's My Party was a hit for Lesley Gore in 1963. This song hit #1 on the pop charts. Lesley Gore recalled that "It's My Party" was among some two hundred demos producer Quincy Jones brought to review with her in the den of her family home in February 1963. On hearing "It's My Party" Gore told Jones: "That's not half bad. I like it. Good melody. Let's put it on the maybe pile." The song proved to be the only demo Gore and Jones found agreeable.

It Was a Very Good Year was composed in 1961 for The Kingston Trio and subsequently made famous by Frank Sinatra who won a Grammy with it for Best Vocal Performance, Male in 1966

I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am (also "I'm Henery the VIII, I Am" or "I'm Henry VIII, I Am"; spelled "Henery" owing to the Cockney pronunciation normally used to sing it) is a 1910 British music hall song  and was a signature song of English music hall star Harry Champion. It became the fastest-selling song in history to that point when it was revived in 1965 by Herman's Hermits, becoming the group's second number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  In later versions "Willie" is changed to "William" because the former is a slang term for the penis in Britain.

In My Room is a song by The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1963 and peaked at number six in the U.S. Brian Wilson wrote "I had a room, and I thought of it as my kingdom. And I wrote that song, very definitely, that you're not afraid when you're in your room. It's absolutely true.  I also enjoyed producing 'In My Room'. There is a story behind this song. When Dennis, Carl and I lived in Hawthorne as kids, we all slept in the same room. One night I sang the song 'Ivory Tower' to them and they liked it. Then a couple of weeks later, I proceeded to teach them both how to sing the harmony parts to it. It took them a little while, but they finally learned it. We then sang this song night after night. It brought peace to us. When we recorded 'In My Room', there was just Dennis, Carl and me on the first verse...and we sounded just like we did in our bedroom all those nights. This story has more meaning than ever since Dennis' death."

I Can See for Miles remains The Who's biggest hit single in the US and their only one to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song may have inspired The Beatles' "Helter Skelter". Paul McCartney recalls writing "Helter Skelter" after reading a review of The Who Sell Out in which the critic claimed that "I Can See for Miles" was the "heaviest" song he'd ever heard. McCartney had not heard the song, but wrote "Helter Skelter" in an attempt to make an even "heavier" song than the one praised in the review. The Who were an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass) and Keith Moon (drums). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.

I Second That Emotion is a 1967 hit single released originally by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Motown label. Robinson got the idea for the song from his friend and Motown colleague Al Cleveland, who mispronounced the phrase "I second that motion" as "I second that emotion" while the pair were Christmas shopping in late 1966.
Is That All There Is? was a hit for Peggy Lee in November of 1969. The orchestral arrangement on the song were composed by Randy Newman, who also conducted the orchestra. The song was inspired by the 1896 story Disillusionment (Enttäuschung) by Thomas Mann.

I Ain't Marching Anymore is an anti-war song by Phil Ochs, a U.S. protest singer. Ochs wrote "I Ain't Marching Anymore" as American involvement in the Vietnam War was beginning to grow.  Ochs said of the song that it "borders between pacifism and treason, combining the best qualities of both." He also wrote "the fact that you won't be hearing this song on the radio is more than enough justification for the writing of it."
It Ain't Me Babe is the title of a 1964 song by Bob Dylan. The song's opening line ("Go away from my window...") is allegedly influenced by musicologist/folk-singer John Jacob Niles' composition "Go 'Way from My Window."

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is a song by Iron Butterfly, released in 1968.  The lyrics are simple, and heard only at the beginning and the end.  A commonly related story says that the song's title was originally "In the Garden of Eden" but at one point in the course of rehearsing and recording, singer Doug Ingle became intoxicated and slurred the words, creating the mondegreen that stuck as the title.


Itchycoo Park by the “mod” band The Small Faces in August, 1967. The song was first thought of, and largely written, by Ronnie Lane, who had been reading a leaflet on the virtues of Oxford which mentioned its dreaming spires. A number of sources claim the song's name is derived from the nickname of Little Ilford Park, on Church Road in the London suburb of Manor Park, where Small Faces' singer and song-writer Steve Marriott grew up. The "itchycoo" nickname is, in turn, attributed to the stinging nettles which grew there. Other sources cite nearby Wanstead Flats (Manor Park end) as the inspiration 

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".


Songs of the Sixties Trivia By John William Tuohy


If you're looking for youth, you're looking for longevity, just take a dose of rock 'n' roll—it keeps you going. Just like the caffeine in your coffee, rock 'n' roll is good for the soul, for the well-being, for the psyche, for your everything. I love it. I can't even picture being without rock 'n'roll. — Hank Ballard, musician who wrote, among other things, The Twist.



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A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals was the first of the group's singles to be credited to The Rascals, the original name of the group, rather than The Young Rascals which their producer had them take in order to avoid confusion from listeners with another group The Harmonica Rascals.
A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash was written by Shel Silverstein and recorded the song live at California's San Quentin State Prison at a concert on 24 February 1969. The song became Cash's biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his only Top 10 single there, spending three weeks at #2 in 1969. It also topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts that same year. The title might also have been inspired by the male attorney Sue K. Hicks of Madisonville, Tennessee, a friend of John Scopes who agreed to be a prosecutor in what was to become known as the Scopes Trial. Sue was named after his mother who died after giving birth
A Groovy Kind of Love is a pop song written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager for the Screen Gems music publishing company. The song title was an early use of the then-new slang word groovy. Wine, who was 17 years old when she wrote the song, said, “Carole came up with Groovy kinda… groovy kinda… groovy… and we're all just saying, 'Kinda groovy, kinda groovy, kinda…' and I don't exactly know who came up with Love, but it was 'Groovy kind of love'. And we did it. We wrote it in 20 minutes. It was amazing. Just flew out of our mouths, and at the piano, it was a real quick and easy song to write.”

Alvin for President was record by Alvin and the Chipmunks. And I’m glad it was. It’s a happy song in a generally unhappy decade. Released in 1960 it was a smash hit. Upon hearing the song, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy commented I'm glad to know that I have at least one worthy opponent. Bitchy Bitch Bitchy.
All I Could Do Was Cry was recorded in 1960 by the magnificent Etta James and was written by Berry Gordy and his sister Gwen. The song was said to be inspired by James' former boyfriend Harvey Fuqua. (Who was dating Gwen at the time or used to date Gwen or whatever, the guy got around) This is one of the great songs of rock and roll and R&B.

 Alley Oop, an annoying little ditty, was recorded by the Hollywood Argyles, probably as a means to inflict pain on an unsuspecting world. Of course, the song hit number one on the Billboard Top One Hundred.  The lead vocalist on song was Norm Davis who was paid a one-time fee of $25 for his work.  He is currently a poet and poetry teacher in Rochester, New York.  Of the Hollywood Argyles he said: There were NO Hollywood Argyles at the very beginning. I Paxton was the only lead singer. Kim Fowley helped me produce it, because we were partners in Maverick Music International/BMI at the time... The drummer was Ronnie Silico (Lloyd Price's road drummer). The piano player was Gaynel Hodge of the Penguins. The bass player was Harper Cosby; a jazz bassist in L.A. Sandy Nelson (of Teenbeat fame) played the garbage can and screamed on the record. The background singers were: Dallas Frazier...Buddy Mize, Scotty Turner, Diane A friend I knew, and myself. It was recorded at American Recorders, next door to Lawrence Welk's Palladium, and across from the Moulin Rouge on Sunset Blvd. near Sunset and Vine Street. A little bitty street (Argyle Street) was next door to the studio, so I said, 'Let's call ourselves The Hollywood Argyles'

The instrumental Apache came out in June of 1961 and was a big hit for a jazz guitarist from Denmark named Jørgen Ingmann although it had actually been released a year early by a British group The Shadows and became a UK hit in its own right. (They also charted with the song in Australia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, and South Africa)  It turned out the Shadows had been touring with a British guitarist named Jerry Lordan who played the song on a ukulele before the group reworked the sound and took it on as their own. Ingmann’s version of the song stopped the Shadows from having a hit with it in the US.

Are You Lonesome Tonight?  Hit the scene in 1926 and was a hit for Elvis in 196o (Elvis also misspelled the title to Are You Lonesome To-night?) Before that Jaye P. Morgan (The one from The Gong Show) had a small Billboard hit with the song as well. Elvis was said to have recorded the song because his unethical manager, Colonel Parker (An illegal alien from Denmark) said it was his wives favorite tune. The song went on to be one of the biggest-selling singles of 1960 and peaked at number one on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks.

As Tears Go By by The Rolling Stones was one of the first songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Stones manager, Andrew Oldham, gave it Marianne Faithfull, who released it in 1964. It was going to be the B-side of her first single, but the record company decided to make it the A-side and it became her first hit. The Stones recorded it a year later. The original title was As Time Goes By. It was changed to avoid confusion with the song from Casablanca. Jagger said I wrote the lyrics, and Keith wrote the melody. It's a very melancholy song for a 21-year-old to write: The evening of the day, watching children play - it's very dumb and naive, but it's got a very sad sort of thing about it, almost like an older person might write. You know, it's like a metaphor for being old: You're watching children playing and realizing you're not a child. It's a relatively mature song considering the rest of the output at the time. And we didn't think of doing it, because the Rolling Stones were a butch Blues group. But Marianne Faithfull's version was already a big, proven hit song... It was one of the first things I ever wrote.”


A Well Respected Man was a song by The Kinks, written by the group's lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ray Davies in 1965. Davies wrote the song after a slight argument with upper class guests at a luxury resort in England. The song is intended to mock what he perceived as their condescension and self-satisfaction.


A World without Love by the pop group Peter and Gordon hit the charts in 1964. The song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It is the biggest hit they wrote that was not released by The Beatles.  Peter and Gordon were Peter Asher and Gordon Waller. Paul McCartney was dating Asher's sister, actor Jane Asher. Pete Asher recalled “Paul had played Gordon and me that song at some point, just in passing. It was really just half a song. It didn't yet have a bridge. Gordon and I were working at clubs in London at that time, and we got offered a record deal by EMI, who saw us as an English version of The Kingston Trio, or a Peter, Paul and Mary type of thing. We did the American folk song '500 Miles,' and that was the song they were thinking would be our first single. Anyway, we signed the record deal with EMI, and set the date for our first recording session. At that point I went to Paul and asked him if that orphaned song was still up for grabs, since we needed three or four songs to record on that first day in the studio. Paul said we could have it, so I asked him to finish the bridge. And he did. As I recall, the bridge came in the nick of time for us to record; World without Love' at that first session.”
Alfie was sung by Dionne Warwick and written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1966 movie Alfie.  Bacharach said “With a song like Alfie, I had it all in the initial week. But I had 3 weeks before I had to turn it in and I kept fussing with it. A note here, a push there. You've got 3 and a half, 4 minutes, so there is no room for waste. Once it's there, you just try to make sure it's there. 'Alfie' could be as close to the best song Hal and I ever wrote. It was a hard one to write because most of it had to be said lyrically at first. I had to set it musically and it was challenging but it turned out great. We went in and recorded it quickly with Dionne because the original record was with Cher. Sonny (Bono) made the record with Cher and that was different than how I had envisioned it.”
A Taste of Honey was written originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey. Both the original and a cover by Herb Alpert in 1965 earned the song Grammy Awards.
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In were medleys from the musical Hair, and released as a single in 1969 by The 5th Dimension. It hit the number one position, becoming the first medley to ever achieve this feat and was eventually certified Platinum. The lyrics of this song were based on the astrological belief that the world would soon be entering the "Age of Aquarius", an age of love, light, and humanity, unlike the then current "Age of Pisces". This change was presumed to occur at the end of the 20th century; however, major astrologers differ extremely widely as to when.


Act Naturally is a song written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, originally recorded by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. Russell, originally from Mississippi, was based in Fresno, California in the early 1960s. One night, some of his friends from Oklahoma planned to do a recording session in Los Angeles and asked him to join them. In order to do so, Russell had to break a date with his then-girlfriend. "When she asked me why I was going to L.A., I answered, 'They are going to put me in the movies and make a big star out of me.' We both laughed." The Beatles' version is sung by Ringo Starr. The Beatles performed the song during an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, on August 14, 1965.
A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke was written and first recorded in 1963 and released under the RCA Victor label shortly after his death in late 1964. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, the song came to exemplify the sixties' Civil Rights Movement. The song has gained in popularity and critical acclaim in the decades since its release, and is #12 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Upon hearing Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" in 1963, Cooke was greatly moved that such a poignant song about racism in America could come from someone who was not black. While on tour in May 1963, and after speaking with sit-in demonstrators in Durham, North Carolina following a concert, Cooke returned to his tour bus and wrote the first draft of what would become "A Change Is Gonna Come". The song also reflected much of Cooke's own inner turmoil. Known for his polished image and light-hearted songs such as "You Send Me" and "Twistin' the Night Away", he had long felt the need to address the situation of discrimination and racism in America, especially the southern states. However, his image and fears of losing his largely white fan base prevented him from doing so.



Ain't No Mountain High Enough was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by Diana Ross. In the original 1967 version Terrell was e nervous and intimidated during recording because she hadn't rehearsed the lyrics.  She recorded her vocals alone and Marvin Gaye's vocal was added later.

Atlantis was written and recorded by Scottish singer Donovan in 1968 and became a worldwide hit. Many believe that the background vocals belong to Paul McCartney.


Big Bad John was sung by Jimmy Dean. In 1961 Columbia Records was considering dropping Dean before the release of this million-selling single, as he hadn't had a hit in years. Dean wrote the song on a flight from New York to Nashville because he realized he needed a fourth song for his recording session. The supposed inspiration for the character of Big John was said to have been an actor Dean met in a summer stock play, John Minto. There are two different versions of the inscription on the marble stand in front of the mine. In the original song the line read, At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man---Big John, but the “Hell” word was  deemed too controversial, so in the version that was most often heard on the radio, one could hear At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man---Big John instead.


Boys was a hit for The Shirelles (Although it was released as the B-side of their Will You Love Me Tomorrow) in November of 1960. The Beatles also covered the song on their first album released in England. (They altered the words ‘My boy says when I kiss his lips...). Paul McCartney said “Any one of us could hold the audience. Ringo would do 'Boys', which was a fan favorite with the crowd. And it was great — though if you think about it, here's us doing a song and it was really a girls' song. 'I talk about boys now!' Or it was a gay song. But we never even listened. It's just a great song. I think that's one of the things about youth — you just don't give a shit. I love the innocence of those days. The Shirelles were an American girl group in the early 1960s, and the first to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.  The quartet formed in New Jersey in 1958, and went on to release a string of hits including "Baby It's You" (written by Burt Bacharach), "Mama Said", "Foolish Little Girl", and the US #1 Pop hits "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) and "Soldier Boy". Their "Sha La La" became an international hit when covered by the British group Manfred Mann, giving them a Top 5 hit in 1965, and the song "Boys" was covered by The Beatles. The Beatles also covered "Baby It's you" on their album Please, Please Me in 1963.


Born to Be Wild" is a rock song written by Mars Bonfire and made famous by the Canadian-American band Steppenwolf.


Baby I Need Your Loving was a 1964 hit for The Four Tops.  The song was the group's first Motown single and their first pop Top 20 hit, and was also their first million-selling hit single. The song was also recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1967and became a number-three hit on the Billboard pop chart. The Four Tops were founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims with lead singer Levi Stubbs. The group remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel. The group began their careers together while they were high school students in Detroit. They scored with "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", "It's the Same Old Song", "Something About You" "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)",  "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Bernadette" "7-Rooms of Gloom", "If I Were A Carpenter" and the Left Banke's "Walk Away Renée" in early 1968.

Bend Me, Shape Me was first recorded by The Outsiders in 1966. However the best known version of the song is the 1967 single by The American Breed (Above) that peaked at #5 in the US in early 1968.

Big Spender was written for the musical Sweet Charity, set to the beat of a striptease".
Brown Eyed Girl is by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and was released in 1967 and is Van Morrison's signature song. Originally titled "Brown-Skinned Girl", Morrison changed it to "Brown Eyed Girl" when he recorded it. Morrison remarked on the original title: "That was just a mistake. It was a kind of Jamaican song. Calypso. It just slipped my mind. I changed the title. After we'd recorded it, I looked at the tape box and didn't even notice that I'd changed the title. I looked at the box where I'd lain it down with my guitar and it said 'Brown Eyed Girl' on the tape box. It's just one of those things that happen."

By the Time I Get to Phoenix was written by Jim Webb and originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965, but was made famous by Glen Campbell.   Webb said of the song 'This song is impossible.' And so it is. It's a kind of fantasy about something I wish I would have done, and it sort of takes place in a twilight zone of reality. It's more of a song about something I wish I had done than something I really did, in that I did not get in my car and drive back to Oklahoma to punish this young woman for not reciprocating my love and affection. 

Born on the Bayou by Credence Clearwater Revival was released as the B-side of the single "Proud Mary" and reached #2 on the Billboard Charts. Songwriter and singer John Fogerty said “Born on the Bayou" was vaguely like "Porterville," about a mythical childhood and a heat-filled time, the Fourth of July. I put it in the swamp where, of course, I had never lived. It was late as I was writing. I was trying to be a pure writer, no guitar in hand, visualizing and looking at the bare walls of my apartment. Tiny apartments have wonderful bare walls, especially when you can't afford to put anything on them. "Chasing down a hoodoo." Hoodoo is a magical, mystical, spiritual, non-defined apparition, like a ghost or a shadow, not necessarily evil, but certainly other-worldly. I was getting some of that imagery from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.

Bridge over troubled water. The song originally had two verses and different lyrics. Simon specifically wrote it for Garfunkel and knew it would be a piano song. The chorus lyrics were partly inspired by Claude Jeter's line "I'll be your bridge over deep water if you trust in me," which Jeter sang with his group, the Swan Silvertones, in the 1958 song "Mary Don't You Weep."

Baby Elephant Walk was composed by Henry Mancini, for the 1962 release of the movie Hatari!  The cheerful tone, like that of Mancini's "The Pink Panther Theme", presents a stark contrast to more melancholy Mancini standards such as "Moon River".
Barbara Ann was written by Fred Fassert and performed by The Regents in 1961. The recording reached a peak position of #13. The most famous cover version is by The Beach Boys, who released in December of 1965.

Bus Stop was the Hollies' first US top ten hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard charts in September 1966. The writer, Graham Gouldman said the idea for the song had come while he was riding home from work on a bus. The opening lines were written by his father, playwright Hyme Gouldman. Graham continued with the rest of the song in his bedroom, apart from the middle-eight, which he finished while riding a bus to work at a men's clothing store.   "'Bus Stop'” he said “I had the title and I came home one day and he said 'I've started something on that Bus Stop idea you had, and I'm going to play it for you. He'd written Bus stop, wet day, she's there, I say please share my umbrella and it's like when you get a really great part of a lyric or, I also had this nice riff as well, and when you have such a great start to a song it's kind of like the rest is easy. It's like finding your way onto a road and when you get onto the right route, you just follow it. My late father was a writer. He was great to have around. I would write something and always show him the lyric and he would fix it for me. You know, he'd say 'There's a better word than this' – he was kind of like a walking thesaurus as well and quite often, sometimes, he came up with titles for songs as well. 'No Milk Today' is one of his titles, and also the 10cc song 'Art for Art's Sake'."


California Dreamin was released in 1965 by The Mamas & the Papas. According to John Phillips, the song was written in 1963 while he was living in New York and he dreamed the song, waking up to write it down. By early 1966, the song peaked at #4 and stayed on the charts for 17 weeks.

Chain Gang is a great song by Sam Cooke that was released in 1960and was an international hit.  The song was inspired after a chance meeting with an actual chain-gang of prisoners on a highway, while the brothers were on tour with Cooke in the Deep South. According to legend, Cooke and his brother Charles felt sorry for the men and gave them several cartons of cigarettes.  Sam Cooke, a perfectionist where his music was concerned took three months to record and rerecord the song until he was happy with it.  Banging sound in the song is Cooke friend and manager JD Alexander hitting water pipe in the studio with a fork. 
Creeque Alley is the story of how the Mamas and the Papas met and formed. The group spent time in the Virgin Islands staying in a club on a road called Creeque Alley, which provided the name of this song. The song mentions other artists who were getting their starts at the same time like Sebastian, John Sebastian, who formed the Lovin' Spoonful.  The line “McGuinn and McGuire couldn't get no higher” was written for Jim Roger McGuinn was the lead singer for the Byrds and Barry McGuire who had a #1 in 1965 with the anti-war song Eve Of Destruction.  With number one songs, they Couldn't get no higher. The line, Zallie said 'Denny, you know there aren't many who can sing a song the way that you do,' Zallie is The Lovin' Spoonful's Zal Yanovsky, and he's talking about Papa Denny Doherty, who sang the male lead on California Dreamin'. (Doherty, a Canadian, died of kidney failure on January 19, 2007 at age 66.)

Call Me Irresponsible is a 1962 song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics written by Sammy Cahn. Van Heusen originally wrote the song for Garland to sing at a CBS dinner. At that time, Garland had just signed to do The Judy Garland Show on CBS, and the intent of the song was to parody her well-known problems. Garland later sang the song on the seventh episode of the show. However, in 1988, Sammy Cahn said during an interview with freelance writer Harlan Conti, in San Francisco, that the song was originally written for Fred Astaire to sing in the film Papa's Delicate Condition in which Astaire was to star. Cahn personally auditioned the song for Astaire's approval which was given. However, Astaire's contractual obligations prevented him from making the film and the role went to Jackie Gleason, who introduced the song. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 36th Academy Awards held in 1964.
Catch a Wave is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for The Beach Boys. This song is notable for the use of a harp played by Mike Love's sister, Maureen. The lead vocal was originally thought to be Dennis Wilson's, but in actuality, it is that of Mike Love with a heavy cold.

Carrie Anne was recorded by The Hollies on 1 May 1967 and was written mainly by Graham Nash (Crosby Stills &Nash above in photo) about Marianne Faithfull. The Hollies formed in Manchester in England in the early 1960s although they did not achieve major US chart success until 1966. Along with The Rolling Stones and The Searchers, they are one of the few British pop groups of the early 1960s that have never officially broken up and that continue to record and perform. The original lineup included Allan Clarke as lead vocalist, Graham Nash as guitarist and vocalist, Vic Steele on guitar, with Eric Haydock on bass guitar and Don Rathbone on drums.  Graham Nash said that the group decided just prior to a performance to call themselves the "Hollies" because of their admiration for Buddy Holly “We called ourselves The Hollies, after Buddy, and Christmas."

C'mon Marianne was a hit for The Four Seasons in 1967.  The record was the last Four Seasons single to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the 1960s, and their last Top Ten hit until "Who Loves You" in 1975.

Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin is a rewrite of the gospel song "Pains Of Life", released earlier in 1967 by Elijah Fair & The Sensational Gladys Davis Trio. (The chorus was "Pain Pain Pain", but is changed to Chain Chain Chain" in the Franklin recording.)
Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells was intended as a change in direction of the group's sound and composition.  Following the release of "Mony Mony", Tommy James wanted to change direction of the group's sound, and began producing his own material. At the time, James said this was out of "necessity and ambition", wanting to move from singles into albums. . The title, "Crimson and Clover", was decided before a song had been written for it. The combination of unknown meaning came to James as he was waking up, comprising his favorite color - crimson - and his favorite flower - clover. The single has sold at least 5 and a half million copies.
Come and Get It was composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film The Magic Christian, and a hit for the group Badfinger. The Magic Christian, stared Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr.

Crystal Blue Persuasion is a 1969 tune by Tommy James and the Shondells. The title of the song came to James while he was reading The Bible's Book of Revelation; according to James “I took the title from the Book of Revelation in the Bible, reading about the New Jerusalem. The words jumped out at me, and they're not together; they're spread out over three or four verses. But it seemed to go together; it's my favorite of all my songs and one of our most requested.” However, according to James's manager, James was actually inspired by his reading of the Book of Ezekiel where it speaks of the Blue Shekinah Light which represented the presence of the Almighty God and the Books of Isaiah and Revelation where it speaks of a bright future of a brotherhood of mankind living in peace and harmony.  Tommy James and the Shondells greatest success came in the late 1960s. They had two No. 1 singles in the U.S. — "Hanky Panky" (1966) and the most annoying mind numbing song I’ve ever heard, "Crimson and Clover" (1969) — and also charted 12 other Top 40 hits, including five in the top ten: "I Think We're Alone Now", "Mony Mony", "Crystal Blue Persuasion", "Mirage", and "Sweet Cherry Wine". The band formed in 1959 in Niles, Michigan, first as the Echoes, then under the name Tom and the Tornadoes, with Tommy James, then only 12, as lead singer. In 1964 James re-named the band The Shondells because the name "sounded good."
Carolina in My Mind by James Taylor, first appeared on his 1968 debut album, James Taylor. Taylor wrote it while overseas recording for The Beatles' label Apple Records, he was home sick at the time. . He started writing the song at producer Peter Asher's London apartment.


The Dangling Conversation is a song written by Paul Simon and released in September 1966 as a Simon and Garfunkel single .  The songs theme is failed communication between lovers who are as different as the poets mentioned in the song, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost.
In 1968, Dream A Little Dream of Me was introduced by The Mamas & The Papas and hit the US charts at number 12. The song was actually written in 1931 and was a popular standard in depression-era America.  When Michelle Phillips, a singer in the The Mamas & The Papas was 15 years old she met Fabian Andre, who co-wrote  the music for the song. Years later, when Phillips heard that Andre died (In a fall in an elevator shaft in Mexico City in 1960) she remembered meeting him and this song came up. They decided to record it with Mama Cass Elliot on lead vocals.
Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas came out in 1964 and landed at Number 2 on the charts. The song was written by Motown songwriters Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter, and William Mickey Stevenson. The idea for the song came around when the writers were riding with Marvin Gaye through Detroit. It was summer and someone had opened fire hydrants and let the water out in the streets so the children could play and relax. To the Gaye and the others it looked like they were dancing, dancing in the Street. Mary Wells was offered this song, but she turned it down. Martha Reeves, the lead singer, was a secretary at Motown Records. One of her duties was singing lyrics to new songs onto tapes so backup singers could learn the words. This led to fill-in work as a backup singer, where she impressed Motown executives with her voice.
Dang Me was a 1964 novelty hit for Roger Miller. The song was written in four minutes in a Phoenix, Arizona hotel room. The song spent 25 weeks on the Billboard country-music chart, reaching number one,  and peaked at number seven on the magazine's pop chart. Miller’s other hit that years was King of the Road, this was one written in a hotel in Boise, Idaho.

Don't Sleep in the Subway was a 1967 hit for Petula Clark and is said to be her favorite and was her last hit in the US. The entire song is actually a combination of three different songs which Tony Hatch had written but did not complete. The segments of the unfinished songs were molded into one to create one song.  The subway in the song doesn’t mean the transport system but rather it the underground passages found throughout London that enable pedestrians to cross busy intersections with heavy traffic flow.  Gordon McLendon, known as The Old Scotchman, was an ultra-conservative owner of radio stations in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and San Antonio in the 1960s -'70s. He refused to play this on his stations because he believed the words were: ...take off your clothes and close the door. (I though that’s what it said as well, it doesn’t, it reads take off your cloak, my love, and close the door)

Downtown by Petula Clark (better known in her native England as Pet Clark) was released in 1964 and hit the number one spot. The song is said to be about New York City and was initially written for the Drifters.

Don't Let Me Down by The Beatles with Billy Preston.  An anguished love song John Lennon wrote to Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney interpreted it as a "genuine plea", with Lennon saying to Ono, "I'm really stepping out of line on this one. I'm really just letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down."
Darlin is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the Beach Boys. It was a re-write of a song that they had written years earlier called "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby" which was first recorded and released as a single in April 1964 by Sharon Marie - an unrecorded teenager who had informally auditioned for Brian and Mike (by singing opera standards) after a Sacramento concert.

Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) by Loretta Lynn became her first number-one hit in 1967.  The song was the first of 16 No. 1 Country hits Lynn would have over the course of her career.

Down On Me is a traditional song from 1930s that became popular following its remake by Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1967.

Don't Think Twice, it's All Right by Bob Dylan, released in 1963. Dylan once introduced "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" as "a statement that maybe you can say to make yourself feel better... as if you were talking to yourself." Several lines were taken from Clayton's "Who's Goin' to Buy You Ribbons When I'm Gone?" which was recorded in 1960, two years before Dylan wrote "Don't Think Twice."
Danke Schön is a 1962 song first recorded by Bert Kaempfert; however, it gained its fame in 1963 when Wayne Newton recorded his version of it. The song was originally intended for singer Bobby Darin as a follow-up to his hit single Mack the Knife, but after seeing Newton perform at the Copacabana, Darin decided to give the song to Newton and changed the tempo of the recording to fit Newton's voice. Newton's high tenor is sometimes mistaken for that of a female singer by those unfamiliar with the song.
Dandy was released in 1966 by The Kinks. The song was probably reference to the swinging lifestyle of Kinks guitarist Dave Davies. The song became a hit in the US for Herman’s Hermits.

Do It Again is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for The Beach Boys. The lyrics to the song, originally entitled "Rendezvous", were inspired after a day Mike had spent at the beach in which he had gone surfing with an old friend named Bill Jackson. Mike then showed the lyrics to Brian, who proceeded to write the music to Mike's lyrics of nostalgia.


D-I-V-O-R-C-E"D-I-V-O-R-C-E was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, and made famous by Tammy Wynette as a number one country hit in 1968.Recorded in 1968, "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" is a woman's perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage. The lyrics begin with an old parenting trick of spelling out words mothers and fathers hope their young children will not understand, they (the children) being not yet able to spell or comprehend the word's meaning.