1960s: Motown & Revolution. Day 20: Introduction & Civil Rights Movement. Conservative society of the 1950s gave way to open social and political upheaval in the 1960s Musically, the decade was marked by the Beatles (British Invasion).
Producer at the lead of the “girl group” phenomenon
Controlled every aspect of the production process
Righteous Brothers: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
Signed to Motown in 1964
Turned out five #1 singles in a row
Had a sleek, elegant image
Stop in the Name of Love
Openly challenged authentic vs. commercial
Born Robert Zimmerman, son of a Jewish middle-class family
Grew up in Hibbing, Michigan listening to a 1950s mixture of r&b, c&w, R&R, and pop
Signed to Columbia Records in 1962
Leader in the civil rights movement
Only a Pawn in Their Game
Performed at ‘March on Washington’
Transformed the lyric content of popular music
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Charted 30 songs and released 6 best-selling albums in 1964 alone.
From 1963-1968, they sold an estimated $154 million worth of records worldwide!
Obscured all other talent.
Covered many AA hits, but did so to pay tribute to those who influenced them.
Brian Epstein – Manager of the Beatles
“Fab Four” arrived in NYC on Feb. 7, 1964.
I Want to Hold Your Hand
A Hard Day’s Night
Can’t Buy Me Love
The Rolling Stones
Lead to debate over white people singing the blues.
Only Motown acts survived the British Invasion.
Was called “Soul Brother No. 1”
His music was the ideal first sound of “funk” and significant for black pride
(I Got You) I Feel Good
the hippie movement
The Grateful Dead
Never registered a Top 10 album or single until 1987
Represented the counterculture to the rest of America
Jerry Garcia (band leader)
Lived with their fans in the heart of the hippie scene
Performed more free concerts than any band in the history of music
One of the first Supergroups(groups that were comprised of top musicians from previously existing groups)
Eric Clapton – guitar
Sunshine of Your Love
Prominent as one of the few white female blues singers in San Francisco
Lived for the moment
A symbol of rebellion for millions of white middle-class teens
Died of a heroine overdose in 1970
Me and Bobby McGee
Left-handed African American virtuoso guitar player from Seattle
Made it big in England first, then came over with his trio (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
After performing at Monterey Pop Festival, he toured as the opening act for The Monkees
Died unexpectedly in 1970
Songwriter and pioneered adding distortion and feedback into popular music
His version of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower
Avatars of the darker side (exact opposite of the Beatles)
Signed to Elektra in 1967
First hit single was Break on Through (To the Other Side)
Became the #1 teenybopper band in the country with Light My Fire
Performed on the Ed Sullivan Show
Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971, most probably from a drug-induced heart attack
Riders on the Storm
Supergroup who started in 1968
Members had freedom to work on solo projects