The sixties were a magical time for music, so with the advent of YouTube, I thought, why not put something together to make it easier to remember 1965. Motown in Detroit and Stax in Memphis were hotbeds of soul and R&B, think of the Supremes, Wilson Pickett, Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops, Little Anthony, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and James Brown. The British invasion was still in full force – creativity where ever you looked, the Beatles, Stones, Yardbirds, Kinks, Animals, Moody Blues, and Donovan. The Beach Boys and the 4 Seasons had survived the invasion and new American groups were emerging: The Byrds, The Righteous Brothers, Sir Douglas Quintet, Beau Brummels, and the Mama & Papas. Finally, Bob Dylan went electric with the monster LP Highway 61 Revisited.
Beatles, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away. Interestingly, just as Dylan went electric, perhaps inspired by the Beatles, John Lennon wrote this song inspired by Dylan and done with acoustic guitars.
Animals, We Gotta Get Out of This Place.
“We Gotta Get out of This Place”, occasionally written “We’ve Gotta Get out of This Place”, is a rock song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and recorded as a 1965 hit single by The Animals. It has become an iconic song of its type and was immensely popular among United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.
In 2004 it was ranked number 233 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list; it is also in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. Wikipedia
Howlin’ Wolf, performing How Many More Years on Shindig (at the insistence of the Stones) in 1965
Dionne Warwick, “Here I am.” This was a beautiful Burt Bacharach song written for the movie “What’s New Pussycat.” The best it did in the charts was #54, but what a song and what a vocal!
Len Barry’s old school style managed to break through the British Invasion with his hit: “1,2,3”
“1-2-3” is a hit 1965 song written and recorded by Len Barry. The song is actually a rework of “Ask Any Girl” released by The Supremes as the b-side to their single “Baby Love”, and written by Holland-Dozier-Holland. It reached #2 in the U.S. Billboard charts. Wikipedia
Marvin Gaye, Ain’t That Paculiar
“Ain’t That Peculiar” is a 1965 song recorded by American soul musician Marvin Gaye for the Tamla (Motown) label. The single was produced by Smokey Robinson, and written by Robinson, and fellow Miracles members Ronald White, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin. “Ain’t That Peculiar” features Gaye, with The Andantes on backing vocals, singing about the torment of a painful relationship.
The single was Gaye’s second U.S. million seller successfully duplicating its predecessor “I’ll Be Doggone”, from earlier in 1965 by topping Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in the fall of 1965, peaking at number-eight on the US Pop Singles chart becoming one of Gaye’s signature 1960s recordings. Wikipedia
Kinks, All Day and All of the Night (This was the first record I ever bought.)
“All Day and All of the Night” is a song by the British band The Kinks from 1964. It reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #7 on the United States Charts. Like their previous hit “You Really Got Me”, the song relies on a simple sliding power chord riff, although this song’s riff is slightly more complicated, incorporating a B Flat after the chords F and G. Wikipedia
Jr. Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun
“Shotgun”, written by Junior Walker and produced by Berry Gordy. “Shotgun” reached #4 on the Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart in 1965
Donovan – Catch The Wind
“Catch the Wind” marks the first release by Donovan. The single reached #4 in the United Kingdom and #23 in the United States. The single version featured Donovan’s vocals with echo and a string section. The song was recorded again for Donovan’s first album What’s Bin Did and What’s Bin Hid without the vocal echo and strings. Wikipedia
Sonny & Cher, Baby Don’t Go
Their first gold record, reaching #8 in the US and #1 in Canada.
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe in Magic+You Didn’t Have to be so Nice
The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band’s name was inspired by some lines in a song of Mississippi John Hurt called the “Coffee Blues”…The band had its roots in a bohemian folk group called The Mugwumps, who played coffee houses and small clubs, some members of which split to form the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Mamas and the Papas.
“Do You Believe in Magic” is the name of a song written by John Sebastian. In 1965, Sebastian’s group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, released the song as the first single from their debut album Do You Believe in Magic. The song was well-received by the public and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” reached #10. Wikipedia
The Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is a song written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus for the singer/pianist Nina Simone, who first recorded it in 1964. The Animals’ lead singer Eric Burdon would later say of the song, “It was never considered pop material, but it somehow got passed on to us and we fell in love with it immediately.” The Animals gave it one of their trademark R&B-unto-rock workups, speeding up the tempo and starting off with a memorable electric guitar-and-organ doubled riff from Hilton Valentine and Alan Price, that was picked out and expanded from an element that originally appeared in the Simone recording’s outro. Wikipedia
“Everyone’s Gone to the Moon” – Jonathan King
Jonathan King (born Kenneth George King, 6 December 1944, London, England) is a British singer, songwriter, TV personality, impresario, and pop music producer.
He first came to prominence when he wrote and sang the global hit “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon” in 1965, going on to become an executive and media entrepreneur. He recorded many more songs as well as becoming a writer and producer for various other musical artists. In total he has amassed career sales as a performer in the region of 40 million. wikipedia
“Ferry Cross The Mersey” – Gerry and the Pacemakers
Ferry Cross the Mersey is the name of a 1964 song, film, and soundtrack album, all related to Liverpool and the Mersey Sound, as well as the Mersey Ferry, which still runs from Liverpool to Birkenhead and Seacombe on the Wirral.
The song was recorded by Gerry & the Pacemakers and released in late 1964 in the UK and in 1965 in the US. It was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching #6 in the US and charting twice in the UK. wikipedia
“Five O’Clock World” -The Vogues
“Five O’Clock World” was used in the soundtrack to the 1987 movie Good Morning Vietnam., also in the soundtrack to the 2003 movie Big Fish, and was heavily featured on the The Drew Carey Show as its opening theme song during the second season. wikipedia
“Get Off of My Cloud” – The Rolling Stones
“Get off of My Cloud” is a song by the British rock band The Rolling Stones. It was written as a follow-up single to the successful “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. The song topped the charts in the U.S. and the U.K. in the weeks following its release in the autumn of 1965.
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in early September of 1965. The song is noted for its drum intro by Charlie Watts and twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards. The lyrics are defiant and rebellious, which was common practice for the Rolling Stones around that time; they were beginning to cultivate their infamous “bad boy” image. The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of “Satisfaction”. The song deals with their aversion to people’s expectations of them.“ I was sick and tired, fed up with this and decided to take a drive downtown; It was so very quiet and peaceful, there was nobody, not a soul around; I laid myself out, I was so tired and I started to dream; In the morning the parking tickets were just like a flag stuck on my windscreen ”
On the song, Richards said in 1971, “I never dug it as a record. The chorus was a nice idea, but we rushed it as the follow-up. We were in L.A., and it was time for another single. But how do you follow-up “Satisfaction”? Actually, what I wanted was to do it slow like a Lee Dorsey thing. We rocked it up. I thought it was one of Andrew Loog Oldham’s worse productions.” wikipedia
“Go Now” – The Moody Blues
Go Now” is a song composed by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett. Bessie Banks originally performed this song, but it was made popular internationally in 1964 when a group from Birmingham named The Moody Blues recorded it, with Denny Laine on guitar and lead vocals. The song reached #1 in the UK and #10 in the US. Laine continued to perform the song in concert during his years in Wings, and it is included in the group’s Wings over America live album. The Moody Blues had little success with later singles after “Go Now”, which led to Denny Laine’s departure from the band, later being replaced by Justin Hayward. Hayward only sang the song during his first year with the band, up until they began to write their own material. Bassist Clint Warwick had also departed the band, and he was replaced by John Lodge. The next successes for the Moody Blues would be 1967’s “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” Wikipedia
Little Anthony and the Imperials, Hurt so Bad
The Yardbirds – Heart Full Of Soul
“Heart Full of Soul” is a 1965 single by the British Invasion band The Yardbirds. It was written by Graham Gouldman, who later had a lengthy career as a member of 10cc. It charted in the U.S. at #9 and at #2 in the UK. The song makes an early use of the fuzz box by guitarist Jeff Beck during the guitar solo. Originally, a sitar was going to be used, in keeping with the “Eastern-exotic” atmosphere of the song, but the sound was too thin, and eventually Beck produced a sitar-like effect on the guitar. An outtake exists, with the sitar part intact.
In one way or another, all three of The Yardbirds’ key guitarists were involved with “Heart Full Of Soul”. Although it is Beck that plays on the song, the U.S. single was released with a picture sleeve erroneously showing the Eric Clapton lineup. A March 1968 appearance on the music show Upbeat featured the final lineup with Jimmy Page guitar-synching to the record. Wikipedia
THE ROLLING STONES – ” HEART OF STONE ”
Recording began on November 2, 1964 at Los Angeles’ RCA Studios. Each of the Stones plays their respective instruments, with Jagger on vocals, Richards and Brian Jones on guitars, Bill Wyman on bass, and Charlie Watts on drums. Jack Nitzsche performs both tambourine and piano.
“Heart of Stone” was released in December 1964, and became their second Top 20 hit in the US, reaching #19. The song was released the following February on the US-only album The Rolling Stones, Now!, but was not given a UK release until September 1965 release of Out of Our Heads. Wikipedia
The Beatles, Help!
“Help!” is a song by The Beatles that served as the title song for both the album Help! and the film Help!. It was also released as a single, and was #1 for three weeks in both the UK and USA. “Help!” was written primarily by John Lennon, but credited (as all Beatles song written by either person) to Lennon/McCartney. Paul McCartney reports that he had a hand in writing the song as well, being called in “to complete it” in a two-hour joint writing session on 4 April 1965 at Lennon’s house in Weybridge. He later said that the title was “out of desperation”. In 2004, “Help!” was ranked number 29 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Wikipedia
Marvin Gaye How Sweet it is
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” is a 1965 hit song written and produced by the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. It was originally recorded by American soul singer Marvin Gaye and became one of his most popular songs.
It has been covered on many occasions, includng by fellow Motown artist Jr. Walker & the All Stars. It was a #5 pop and #1 adult contemporary hit for James Taylor in the summer of 1975. Other notable versions include those by Jerry Garcia Band who recorded and included the song in their rotation for twenty years, Cissy Houston who cut a gospelised version on her Grammy winning album Face To Face in 1996 and Michael Bublé who released the song on his album It’s Time
Gaye’s original peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart in January 1965, and #3 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, making it Gaye’s most successful single to that point with record sales well over 900,000 copies. The song features Gaye mixing both his effortlessly elegant falsetto and tenor singing, a rarity in soul music. wikipedia
Rolling Stones, Satisfaction (performed in Feb. 1966)
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is a hit riff-driven rock song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as number 2 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, while VH1 placed it at number 1 on its “100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll” list. In 2006 it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
The song was first released as a single in the United States in June 1965 and was also featured on the American version of the Rolling Stones album Out of Our Heads, released in July of the same year. “Satisfaction” was a smash hit, giving the Stones their first number one in the United States. In Europe, the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive. In Britain the single was released in August 1965, and shot to number one in the United Kingdom; it was the Rolling Stones’ fourth UK number one. (The British version of Out of Our Heads, released in September 1965, did not feature “Satisfaction”; it was not standard practice in the United Kingdom at that time to include previously-released singles on albums.) wikipedia
The Beatles, I Feel Fine
The intro to “I Feel Fine” starts with a single, percussive (yet pure-sounding) note (a high “A” harmonic) played on Paul’s Hofner bass guitar that sustains, perhaps beyond any song previously recorded. It is then (famously) transformed and distorted via feedback. “John had a semi-acoustic Gibson guitar. It had a pick-up on it so it could be amplified… We were just about to walk away to listen to a take when John leaned his guitar against the amp. I can still see him doing it… and it went, ‘Nnnnnnwahhhhh!” And we went, ‘What’s that? Voodoo!’ ‘No, it’s feedback.’ Wow, it’s a great sound!’ George Martin was there so we said, ‘Can we have that on the record?’ ‘Well, I suppose we could, we could edit it on the front.’ It was a found object– an accident caused by leaning the guitar against the amp.” – Paul McCartney. While sounding very much like an Electric guitar, John played it on an acoustic (a Gibson model J-160E), employing 1960s sound effect devices to make the acoustic guitar sound more electronic. The intro riff around a Dmaj chord progresses to a C, then a G, where the G major vocals begin. Just before the coda, Lennon’s intro riff (or ostinato), is repeated with a bright sound by George Harrison on electric guitar (a Gretsch Tennessean), followed by the surprisingly more electric sound of John on amped acoustic. wikipedia
Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour
“In the Midnight Hour” is a song originally performed by Wilson Pickett in 1965 and released on the 1966 album The Exciting Wilson Pickett. It was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be murdered in April of 1968. Pickett’s first hit on Atlantic Records, it reached #1 on the R&B charts and peaked at #20 on the pop charts.
The song has become a ’60s soul standard, and placed at #134 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time, Wilson Pickett’s first of two entries on the list (the other being “Mustang Sally” at #434). It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, Pickett’s only such entry. Wikipedia
The Animals – It’s My Life
D’Errico, who wrote the music, and Atkins, who wrote the lyrics, were professional songwriters associated with the greater Brill Building scene in New York City. By 1965 they were working for Screen Gems Music.
“It’s My Life” was written specifically for The Animals as their producer Mickie Most was soliciting material for the group’s next recording sessions. (Other Animals hits to come out of this Brill Building call were “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” and “Don’t Bring Me Down”.) wikipedia
Tom Jones – It’s not unusual
The song was written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills. It was the second Decca-single Jones released, and reached number one in the UK charts in 1965. It was also the first hit for Jones in the US, peaking at #10 in May of that year. The single was released in the US on the Parrot label and also reached #3 on Billboard’s easy listening chart.
Backing musicians were The Ivy League with Clem Cattini on drums. Arranger was Les Reed. Guitar was provided by Jimmy Page. wikipedia
Rolling Stones – The Last Time
“The Last Time” is a song by the British rock ‘n roll band The Rolling Stones. This was the first Rolling Stones single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to reach # 1 in the UK.
“The Last Time” was recorded in Los Angeles in early 1965 with the assistance of Phil Spector, whose producing style can be heard throughout the track. Released in early 1965, “The Last Time” reached # 1 in the U.K. and # 9 in the U.S. It is rumored that Brian Jones invented the main guitar riff of the song (which repeats throughout the song – one of the first pop songs to do this.) A performance of this song by the Stones is one of the few recordings from the early years of the popular British music television show Top of the Pops to still exist, and is therefore often shown on nostalgia shows in the UK (most early TOTP performances have long been wiped).
Although the song is credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is thought to be heavily based on a traditional gospel song called “This May Be The Last Time” first recorded by the Staple Singers in 1955. wikipedia
Beau Brummels – Laugh, Laugh
The band took its name from a 19th century English dandy, Beau Brummell, as a way of identifying with the British music scene. Additionally, band members figured that since everyone was looking for and at Beatles records, having a name that naturally followed Beatles alphabetically would be a shrewd move. In addition, the band took to wearing British-influenced mod clothes. As a result of their sound and look, they were often mistaken for an English band, especially in their first few years. However, as their music progressed, they mixed the British sound with American folk and country music and created a distinctly American sound.
The Beau Brummels had three Top 40 hit singles: “Laugh Laugh”, “Just A Little” and “You Tell Me Why” Wikipedia
The Castaways – Liar, Liar
The Castaways were an American garage rock band from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Their first and only hit single, “Liar Liar”, written by band leader James Donna and Denny Craswell and produced by Timothy D. Kehr, it reached number 12 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965. “Liar Liar” is featured in the films Good Morning Vietnam and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The Castaways may be seen performing “Liar, Liar” in the 1967 beach movie It’s a Bikini World.
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
“Like a Rolling Stone” is a song by American songwriter Bob Dylan. One of his best-known and most influential works, it had its origin as a short story Dylan had written before developing it as a song and recording it in 1965.
The track was released as a single in July 1965, and also appeared on Dylan’s album Highway 61 Revisited. At over six minutes in length, it was only tentatively played in its entirety on the radio, yet it managed to reach #2 on the charts. It received criticism by Dylan fans for its harder rock sound, a noticeable difference from the artist’s earlier folk music. This dramatic change in style was particularly apparent when the song was performed live; it was at one of these events that “Judas” was yelled by a crowd member.
The song dramatically affected the music world and popular culture, as well as Dylan’s image and iconic status. It has been covered by a number of artists, including a notable version by Jimi Hendrix. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the greatest song of all time. In his 1988 speech inducting Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bruce Springsteen recalled, “The first time I heard Bob Dylan, I was in the car with my mother listening to WMCA, and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody had kicked open the door to your mind”. Wikipedia
Trade Winds – New York’s A Lonely Town
The Trade Winds was an American pop group formed in Providence, Rhode Island. The group’s members were Peter Andreoli (aka Peter Anders) and Vincent Poncia, Jr., and had previously had a hit single together (with a third member, Norman Marzano) under the name The Videls with a song called “Mr. Lonely”, which hit #73 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1960.
After a few further single releases, The Videls folded, and Anders and Poncia began writing tunes with Phil Spector for groups such as The Ronettes and The Crystals. Recording under the name The Trade Winds in 1965, they released several singles and scored two more U.S. hits, “New York’s a Lonely Town” (#32, 1965) and “Mind Excursion” (#51, 1966). In 1966 they changed their name to The Innocence, recorded a full-length eponymous album, and had two further hit singles, “There’s Got to Be a Word!” (U.S. #34, 1966) and “Mairzy Doats” (U.S. #75, 1967). Following the LP release the duo released another album under the name Anders & Poncia on Warner Bros. Records in 1969, and shortly after broke up.
Poncia later went on to produce material for artists such as Ringo Starr, Melissa Manchester and Kiss. Wikipedia
James Brown, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
1965, it was Brown’s first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten, peaking at number seven. It was also a number-one R&B hit, topping the charts for eight weeks.
“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” is widely considered the first recording to showcase what later became Brown’s signature musical style, and marks the beginning of the development of the musical genre of funk. As Brown sings the praises of an old man brave enough to get out on the dance floor of a nightclub, Brown’s band provides a horn-heavy backdrop with a prominent rhythm and an electric guitar riff for a hook. It is considered one of Brown’s signature songs, and has been covered by many artists, both within the R&B genre and outside of it.
In 2004, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” was ranked number 72 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Wikipedia
Sir Douglas Quintet, “She’s About A Mover”
Sir Douglas Quintet was a rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Despite their British sounding name, they came out of San Antonio, Texas and are perhaps best known for their 1965 hit single written by Doug Sahm, the 12-bar blues “She’s About A Mover,” named the number one “Texas” song by Texas Monthly. With a pulsating Vox Continental organ riff provided by Augie Meyers and soulful vocals from lead singer and guitarist Doug Sahm, the track features a Tex-Mex sound. Other influences came in from blues, jazz, and contemporary rock. The band soon joined the late-’60s explorations of expanded rock-music potentials.
In addition to “She’s About a Mover,” the band is known for its songs “Mendocino,” “Dynamite Woman” and “Can You Dig My Vibrations?” Wikipedia
The Beatles, She’s a Woman
“She’s a Woman” is a song by The Beatles. It was released as the B-side to “I Feel Fine” in 1964, their last single release that year. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 from frequent airplay. Wikipedia
The Beatles Ticket to Ride
“Ticket to Ride” is a song by The Beatles from their 1965 album, Help!. It was recorded 15 February 1965 at Abbey Road Studios and released two months later. In 2004, this song was ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Wikipedia
The Righteous Brothers, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 64/65
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” is a 1964 number-one hit single in the US and the UK by The Righteous Brothers. The song was chosen as one of the Songs of the Century by RIAA.
Written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, the song is one of the foremost examples of producer Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” technique. Among the background singers in the song’s crescendo is a young Cher.
Bobby Hatfield reportedly expressed his annoyance to Spector upon learning that he would have to wait until the chorus before joining Bill Medley’s vocals. He asked Spector just what he was supposed to do during Medley’s solo. Spector’s reply: “You can take the money to the bank.” Upon hearing the finished record, Mann reacted to Medley’s deep baritone by telling Spector, “You’re playing it at the wrong speed.”
The song was #34 on the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.
According to BMI, the song was the most played song on US radio in the 20th century. Wikipedia
“Yesterday” is a pop song originally recorded by The Beatles for their 1965 album Help!. According to the Guinness Book of Records, “Yesterday” has the most cover versions of any song ever written. The song remains popular today with more than 3,000 recorded cover versions, the first hitting the United Kingdom top 10 three months after the release of Help!. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) asserts that it was performed over seven million times in the 20th century alone. Despite never being a UK number one single, “Yesterday” was voted the best song of the 20th century in a 1999 BBC Radio 2 poll of music experts and listeners. Wikipedia