This is just a fun and quirky song from 60′s pop band The Turtles. You may not know this track of theirs, but I’m sure you know their biggest hit “Happy Together“. Anyhow, check out this classic oldie, “Eleanor”, and enjoy!
Also, please take time to appreciate the hair of the band members
Most everyone knows some piece of the tragically short story which was Amy Winehouse’s life. This cover is one of my favorites because it both brings out the simple power of her voice and places her in the musical era that so inspired her own life. Here is Ms. Winehouse covering the 1960 classic by The Shirelles entitled “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”.
Well Im headed to SF today so I had to pick the most obvious song to commemorate the journey. Im totally gonna cheat on this one because Wikipedia has a description that sums up this song best, so here it is:
“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. It was written and released in June 1967 to promote the Monterey Pop Festival.
McKenzie’s song became an instant hit. The lyrics tell the listeners, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”. Due to the difference between the lyrics and the actual title, the title is often quoted as “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)”. “San Francisco” reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was number one in the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The single is purported to have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The song is credited with bringing thousands of young people to San Francisco, California during the late 1960s.
In Central Europe, young people adopted “San Francisco” as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia’s 1968 Prague Spring uprising against Soviet rule.
The song has been featured in several films, including Frantic, The Rock and Forrest Gump.”
This 1966 classic from the Rolling Stones entitled “Paint It Black” became a favorite of mine growing up as the theme song to the short lived (but amazing) TV series “Tour of Duty.” Mick Jagger of The Stones said the track was written about a girls funeral. Newer generations of folks have gotten hip to this song from it being covered by Vanessa Carlton on her 2002 debut album. While part of me feels like its sacrilegious to even pose this question…who does it better???
This classic from Simon and Garfunkel was first released in 1968, but it wasnt until a few years later that this song became a bit more popular. To me this song reflects what I imagine to be the music from this era. Interestingly enough, S&G “Bookends” album that this song was on was actually one of the first to have unrhymed lyrics which is pretty revolutionary.
I love the story this song tells as well, of two lovers journeying across America to discover its true essence. Again, very reflective of the sentiment of the day which is why I think the song is so iconic. Do you have any songs that you think really represent that tumultuous time of the late 60s? If so, let me know!
I must say, this song may not be for everyone, but I remember copying this song on to a mix tape in high school off of my mom’s record. Its Harry Chapin singing “Mr. Tanner” and I think this is true art, true storytelling. Not only does he masterfully craft this song, but in doing so he tells the story of an singer who’s career started off much like his own, much like many artists. He also delicately weaves into the song the haunting, under-appreciated sound of Mr Tanner thus giving the listener a connection to the focus of this story and making you cheer for this underdog we only meet for a few minutes.
Growing up I remember listening to albums like Harry Chapin both at home and at my grandmothers house. Music was very much a part of my upbringing and Im happy to say that my mom’s appreciation for songwriters and storytelling through music is a trait that Ive inherited as well.