Groove along to Beat Media's breakdown of the bands, artists, songs and culture that defined the 60s.
10 Underrated Beatles Songs
Note: this list is based on an original post from my personal website, the9thpath.com. You may accuse me of laziness, but please, do not accuse me of plagiarism.
The Jazzy Blues
These tunes will definitely wash your blues away... I turned on Pandora’s Sam Cooke Radio and it saved my day. “Darling You Send Me”
Jimi Hendrix Came Right Off the Bat
Jimi Hendrix is considered to be one of the best ever to play the electric guitar. He is at least top ten in every list that exists around the world involving the revolutionary instrument. He is a guitar god, and he bolted into the Rock scene right off the bat.
The Rare And Splendid Soul Music Of Wendy Rene
I first heard Wendy Rene's voice, like many others of my age, sampled by Wu-Tang Clan, on a track from their first album, 36 Chambers. I was 12 years old, and I remember being extremely curious what a group of Asian singers who claim to be ninjas will sound like. I listened to the cassette in my walkman on the walk home, and as I was approaching the doorstep, "Tearz" came on. As a hip hop track, it wasn't the strongest in Wu-Tang Clan's repertoire, but the organ and vocal samples from "After The Laughter (Comes Tears)" were absolutely haunting. The overall menagerie of samples left me deeply impressed, but not none of them affected me as much as that one track.
a song to remember
As a white girl that grew up in a middle-class family, I was so far removed from understanding what it meant to be anything but that. I had always understood the sexism in life, the fact that I would be the one that stepped out of a man’s way or that a man wanting to touch the small of my back or arm was just a formality. I had known it, I had seen it, I had known that women’s rights were still very new to this nation, and I was lucky enough to get to go to school. I was lucky enough to even have a chance that even fifty years ago, women didn’t have. I knew all of this and more at a young age as I cried to my dad when I heard about Malala being shot by the Taliban for going to school, “daddy why can’t other girls go to school?”. I was seven. It was then I was exposed to racism. An idea that I couldn’t even fathom.
The Never-Ending Story of the Women of Motown
As a child, one of the first CDs I ever owned was a Motown's Greatest Hits CD that I got for my eleventh birthday. Being that I turned eleven in 2009, decades after Motown's golden era under founder Berry Gordy, Jr. had already ended, my music taste led people to believe that I was an old soul. But the truth is that Motown's music is timeless and has remained in people's hearts and minds since its inception in the late 50s.
Inspirational Woman of music
Whether you realize it or not, we are all authors of our own stories. Each and every day when we wake up, we are deciding what type of character we are going to be. The gift you were born with can come in any shape, size, or form. However, what you choose to do with that gift, is what matters the most. Not all heroes wear capes . The essence and contributions of Black women are evident in the music industry.Whenever I think of a black women there’s two words that comes to mind: strength and resilience.
The Phenomenal Monkees
The four very talented young gentlemen who came together to form The Monkees were put together just to create a TV show. What resulted was a strong friendship between the guys and they showed that they were very talented not only musically but also with creative acting. The four guys were Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith. They showed everyone that they could sing and wound up creating a musical style that became known as their very own. When you heard one of their songs there was no doubt that the group playing was The Monkees.
Nina Cried Power.
I came across Nina Simone's music one lazy April evening two years ago, as if destined from above. A newly born Jeff Buckley fan, his cover (unbeknownst to me at the time) of Nina's 'Lilac Wine' was a song I quickly grew to love. After falling in love with Hozier's album, 'Wasteland Baby' that same month, in particular the opening track 'Nina Cried Power', I grew curious of who this 'Nina' was.
“Alabama's gotten me so upset Tennessee made me lose my rest And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam” With the blistering, searing anger of this song, Nina Simone left her mainstream-friendly, light-hearted jazz days behind and catapulted herself to the front of the civil rights movement. Nina became a prominent, outspoken figure of the movement, using her musical power and prowess to fight in her own unique way for the rights of African-Americans and to try to effect change in the United States. This dedication to the cause came at great personal cost. Nina would later tell Jet magazine that Mississippi Goddam ruined her career. The song was banned in southern states. Her records were smashed and the pieces sent to her record label. Nina believed she was boycotted by the music industry. She left America in the early 70s, and although she would return for concerts, she never lived there again.
The way this band came together has everything to do with the saying – if something is meant to happen it will happen. The group members were Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips and Jill Gibson.
The Steve Derry Decade
THE STEVE DERRY DECADE London-July 1963 There is something in the air here this summer. With Cuba, Profumo and Cliff Richard safely behind them, Londoners have a bounce in their step that had been missing since Britannia ruled the waves.