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Old 30-01-2013, 13:02
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well..it was my fav year ever for music, so this week ill go through my favs, please feel free to add your own!

all time favs

1. Spencer Davis Group - Keep on running , - love everything about this track, i remember liking it at the time too. for me its the perfect pop song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6LVI1gDswg

2. Yardbirds - Shapes of things, - a very close second place, a classy protest song way ahead of its time as was the b side 'mr youre a better man then i'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTO7WVxjz3A (live)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc17DqcA6Qc (record)

3. Cream - I feel free. - one of the greatest original rock acts of all time, influencial, ground breaking, and this is yet another class track that charted in our singles chart.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fLn9Z1G_LE

4. Dusty Springfield - goin back, - a goffin and king composed classic. many have recorded this but dustys original version is the definitive one imho. its gotta be one of the most beautifully tracks of all time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJknm_MQ2s0

5. Neil Diamond - Solitary man, - how weird, a brass break! this was a radio hit, played alot, thats how i know it! but it failed to chart here. love it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ool7259xNQ

6. Animals - Inside looking out, - how this ever made the singles chart is rather hard to understand, its not a commercial track, i reckon it belongs as an album track...nevertheless it charted and i love it! british rhythm and blues at its best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8M1MpkozJQ

7. Sandie Shaw - Run, - what a dark track, stalkerville, but its another of my all time favs. my fav sandie track, her at her best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9DMY_RLX8w

8. Overlanders - Michelle, - who said covers arent as good as the originals? this is better imho!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--2Yk8oEyo8

9. Dusty Springfield - Little by little, - another classic track from our white queen of soul, and here you can hear motowns influence on her.. love it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBRhh1wehN4

10. Walker Brothers - My ship is coming in, - what a friggin voice! fantastic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u96SurBlgbM

11. Stevie Wonder - Uptight (everythings alright), - does motown get any better? i dont think so!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14hskyBXkPo

12. Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers - Gotta get you into my life, - another beatles cover, love the brass in this which imho elevates it about the beatles orig.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPRyaefR4n0

very good

13. Neil Diamond - Cherry Cherry
14. Cilla Black - Loves just a broken heart... wonderfull ott 60's production!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjucN9dMFjQ
15. Kinks - Sunny afternoon
16. Ike and Tina Turner - River deep, mountain high.. phil spectors finest moment imho
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0wPrN_Y_4
17. Kinks - Dead end street
18. easybeats - friday on my mind
19. Sonny and Cher - Little man
20. Small Faces - All or nothing
21. Beatles - Elenore rigby
22. Rolling Stones - Paint it black
23. Stevie Wonder - A place in the sun
24. Wayne Fontana - Come on home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE-OlgmEOCE
25. Neil Christian - Thats nice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiOnfq1hewk
26. Manfred Mann - Pretty flamingo
27. Walker Brothers - The sun aint gonna shine anymore
28. Pinkertons Assorted Colours - Mirror mirror
29. Mindbenders - a groovy kinda love
30. Kinks - Dedicated follower of fashion
31. Norma Tenega - Walking my cat named dog
32. Georgie Fame - Get away
33. Cat Stevens - I love my dog
34. Supremes - You keep me hanging on
35. Loving Spoonful - Summer in the city
36. Animals - Dont bring me down
37. Small Faces - Hey girl
38. Cher - Bang bang
39. Yardbirds - Over under sideways down

good

40. Dave dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich - Hideaway
41. Hollies - Bus stop
42. Eric Burdon and the Animals - Help me girl
43. Mamas and Papas - I saw her again
44. Yardbirds - Happenings ten years time ago
45. Spencer Davis Group - Gimmie some lovin
46. Beatles - Paperback writer
47. Mamas and the Papas - Monday monday
48. Statler brothers - Flowers on the wall
49. Supremes - I hear a symphony
50. Rolling Stones - 19th nervous breakdown
51. Petula Clark - My love
52. Hollies - I cant let go
53. Who - Im a boy
54. Val Doonican - What would i be
55. Beach Boys - Good vibrations
56. Manfred Mann - Semi detatched suburban mr james
57. Supremes - You cant hurry love
58. Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich - Hold tight
59. Beach Boys - Sloop john b
60. Lovin Spoonful - Daydream
61. Simon and Garfunkel - Homeward bound
62. Swinging Blue Jeans - Dont make me over
63. Crispian st Peters - You were on my mind
64. St Louis Union - Girl
65. Who - substitute
66. Spencer Davis Group - Somebody help me
67. Merseys - Sorrow
68. Mamas and the Papas - California dreaming
69. Hermans Hermits - No milk today
70. Bobby Hebb - Sunny
71. Beach Boys - God only knows
72. Troggs - Wild thing
73. Crispian st Peters - Pied piper
74. Lou Christie - Lightening strikes
75. Twice as Nice - Sitting on a fence
76. Hollies - Stop stop stop
77. Rolling Stones - Have you seen your mother baby standing in the shadows
78. Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich - Bend it
79. Chris Montez - The more i see you
80. Four Seasons - Ive got you under my skin
81. Sandie Shaw - Tomorrow
82. Cliff Richard - Blue turns to grey
83. Alan Price Set - I put a spell on you
84. Graham Bonney - Supergirl
85. Small Faces - Sha la la la le
86. Nancy Sinatra - These boots are made for walking
87. Petula Clarke - I couldnt live without your love
88. Four Tops - Reach out ill be there
89. Troggs - I cant control myself
90. sandpipers - Guantanemera
91. David garrick - Lady Jane
92. Wilson Picket - Land of a thousand dances
93. Beatles - Yellow submarine
94. Byrds - Eight miles high
95. Chris Farlowe - Out of time
96. Los Bravos - Black is black
97. Alan Price Set - Hi lili hi lo
98. Napolian xiv - Theyre coming to take me away ha ha
99. David Garrick - Dear mrs applebee
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Old 30-01-2013, 13:06
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now then... since i compiled my listings a few years ago, i have since rediscovered several tracks that dont feature in my list (guess it needs updating...lol)

the most greatest omission is this

the creation - making time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NanaVb77plI

it should be in the 'very good' catagory, c #17.
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Old 30-01-2013, 13:20
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My favourite year also.

Apart from all the classic pop that the OP has mentioned, it was a brilliant year for Soul (Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, James Brown, Sam and Dave all at the top of their game), the Beach Boys gave us one of greatest albums of all time in "Pet Sounds" and one of the greatest singles of all time in "Good Vibrations" and the Beatles gave us what many consider to be their greatest ever album, "Revolver".

It was also the the year that U.S. Garage Rock peaked and Psychedelia began.
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Old 30-01-2013, 13:36
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Great Year.

Albums had become just become important, rather than a couple of singles and a bunch of covers and fillers.
Revolver, Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds all came out this year for Godsake!!!
Bands like The Who, The Kinks, The Stones and Simon & Garthfunkel were tentativaly priming themselves to be legends.

Oh yeah and The Monkees!!
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Old 03-02-2013, 20:33
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It's shocking that in the period when I was little more than a toddler the music is still more memorable than the music from the past 2 weeks .
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Old 03-02-2013, 21:50
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Although you have started threads in praise of 1966, 1986 and 1996, I doubt you will start one on 1976, and probably not 2006 either. A sign of how good music was then was that I have got to know many of the songs you mention just as oldies.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:22
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Although you have started threads in praise of 1966, 1986 and 1996, I doubt you will start one on 1976, and probably not 2006 either. A sign of how good music was then was that I have got to know many of the songs you mention just as oldies.
ha ha.... id find it hard to praise 76 or 06 as i didnt like those years, both being near the bottom of my all time years. i did 66 because some people said they prefered that year as opposed to 86, 96.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:26
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And England won the World Cup. Great times, and some great music.
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Old 04-02-2013, 18:13
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And England won the World Cup. Great times, and some great music.
Well yes but this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn1ocjcD-ZE
wasn't Lonnie Donegan's best effort
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Old 04-02-2013, 18:44
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Some great tunes - I'd stick 'Sunny' by Bobby Hebb and 'Pamela Pamela' by Wayne Fontana on the list too.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:05
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Some great tunes - I'd stick 'Sunny' by Bobby Hebb and 'Pamela Pamela' by Wayne Fontana on the list too.
great songs!
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:09
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:10
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My top 10 albums from that year

1.Pet Sounds-The Beach Boys
2.Revolver-The Beatles
3.Blonde On Blonde-Bob Dylan
4.Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme-Simon and Garfunkel
5.Sounds of Silence-Simon and Garfunkel
6.Love-Love
7.Face To Face-The Kinks
8.Buffalo Springfield-Buffalo Springfield
9.If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears- The Mamas and Papas
10.Small Faces-Small Faces
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Old 09-02-2013, 13:05
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The singles chart from this week in 1966 is currently being played on BBC Radio 2.
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Old 09-02-2013, 13:20
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The singles chart from this week in 1966 is currently being played on BBC Radio 2.
Small Faces, Kinks, Sandie Shaw, Walker Brothers, Four Seasons, Rolling Stones. This chart is sounding good so far.
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Old 09-02-2013, 13:33
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Small Faces, Kinks, Sandie Shaw, Walker Brothers, Four Seasons, Rolling Stones. This chart is sounding good so far.
caught pet clarke and small faces.. would like to hear dusty (little by little) stevie wonder (uptight) and spencer davis... but im not listening now!
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Old 09-02-2013, 13:35
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caught pet clarke and small faces.. would like to hear dusty (little by little) stevie wonder (uptight) and spencer davis... but im not listening now!
I'm sure it'll be available on I-Player when you do find the time to listen.
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Old 09-02-2013, 14:06
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The singles chart from this week in 1966 is currently being played on BBC Radio 2.
I enjoyed that. The tracks in the top ten were not as much to my liking as those in lower positions, but it was still a fantastic chart.

It's hard to believe that just one year later the singles charts were choc-a-bloc with cheesy ballads by the likes of Engelbert Humperdinck, Vince Hill, Des O'Connor and Val Doonican. What went wrong?
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:43
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I enjoyed that. The tracks in the top ten were not as much to my liking as those in lower positions, but it was still a fantastic chart.

It's hard to believe that just one year later the singles charts were choc-a-bloc with cheesy ballads by the likes of Engelbert Humperdinck, Vince Hill, Des O'Connor and Val Doonican. What went wrong?
... but the chart i posted for dec 65 was full of cheesy ballads too... ken dodd had 2!

i guess these 'mums' artists were the forerunners of todays boybands, only with individual talent!
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:18
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A very BIG thankyou for those wonderful lists

I'm now going to have a lovely time looking at them all and reminiscing
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:49
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A very BIG thankyou for those wonderful lists

I'm now going to have a lovely time looking at them all and reminiscing
youre welcome

have you checked out the 'rare 60's classics ' thread? its never far away from page 1.
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Old 10-02-2013, 14:53
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No one's mentioned Donovan? His "Sunshine Superman" album...love it!
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Old 10-02-2013, 15:15
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No one's mentioned Donovan? His "Sunshine Superman" album...love it!
maybe because it was from 67! july 67 according to the guiness book.

the single entered the charts in december 66 but spent most of its chart run including its peak in 67, so it counts as 67 in my listings and is highly placed
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Old 10-02-2013, 15:23
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youre welcome

have you checked out the 'rare 60's classics ' thread? its never far away from page 1.

Thankyou, I will definitely check that out
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Old 10-02-2013, 20:40
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The singles chart from this week in 1966 is currently being played on BBC Radio 2.
Yeh I listened to it. When I did my top 100 from the 60s last year I included the following songs from 1966:

Beach Boys:- Good Vibrations
Spencer Davis Group:- Gimme Some Loving
Easybeats:- Friday on My Mind
Georgie Fame:- Get Away
Four Tops:- Reach Out Iíll Be There
Hollies:- Stop Stop Stop
Kinks:- Sunny Afternoon
Kinks:- Dead-End Street
Loving Spoonful:- Daydream
Loving Spoonful:- Summer in the City

Robert Parker:- Barefooting
Jimmy Ruffin:- What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?
Nancy Sinatra:- These Boots Are Made for Walking
Troggs:- Wild Thing
Troggs:- I Canít Control Myself
Yardbirds:- Over Under Sideways Down

One day I must go all the way and commit to a top 20! My no 1 would be either Good Vibrations or Friday on my Mind.
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