People Got to Be Free – The Rascals

Transistor Days: The Summer of '68

Episode 54

Episode date - January 15, 2021

How Music Changed

    The Summer of ’68 was distinctly different for the Summer of ’67 (often referred to as the “Summer of Love”). By 1968, an unease had set in that started to affect the zeitgeist in profoundly negative ways.

    The inspiration and elation that an entire generation experienced when discovering mind-altering substances suddenly grew dark, moody and threatening. The escalation in Vietnam only heightened the paranoia, as did race riots and the assassinations of beloved heroes.

    With so much going wrong, it’s difficult to recollect how radio managed to support pop music with such a breezy air of indifference, but almost every pop song from this tumultuous season seems to portray the same sense of optimism as the previous year, or perhaps it was simply escapism.

    Featured songs include:

    Angel of the Morning – Merrilee Rush

    Reach Out of the Darkness – Friend and Lover

    Pictures of Matchstick Men – Status Quo

    Sky Pilot – Eric Burden & the Animals

    Tiptoe Through the Tulips – Tiny Tim

    Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

    People Got to Be Free – The Rascals

    Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

    Stay in My Corner – The Dells


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