To my ear, these songs are a lot older than they sound. For perspective, John Kennedy was president when these songs were charting! American culture was a lot more innocent then.
Rock and roll music appeared to be on its way out, with ‘Soul’ music and girl groups filling the void. Of course, that would change significantly once the Beatles’ music reached our shores, but this is what American sounded like ‘before the invasion’.
We’ll have more of this next week, so here is part one of a few choice hits from the summer of ’63;
He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
Can’t Get Used to Losing You – Andy Williams
Hitch Hike – Marvin Gaye
If You Wanna Be Happy – Jimmy Soul
Pipeline – The Chantays
On Broadway – The Drifters
Watermelon Man – Mongo Santamaria
It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
Hello Stranger – Barbara Lewis
Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke
Prisoner of Love – James Brown
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