Music Of The 60's

Many of us started our dance careers early on in 7th - 8th grade at Los Altos School.  We had many dances at Pleasant Valley School in the auditorium. Many times the group called the Corvair's would play at our dances.  We would buy 45 records from Al's House of Music or the Record & TV Hospital on Ventura Blvd.  We would go to Salzer's in Oxnard where you could pick out a 45 record, take it into their glass recording booths and make your own 4 track tape.  We later graduated to 8 track tapes which many of us had 8 track players in our cars.

Jim Salzar's Store in the Carriage Square Shopping Center

Vinyl records: 45's and 33's -- aka LP's for "long playing". Diamond needles. Scratched and warped records. The record changer where you could stack up to 6 records, but when on the 6th record it would play slower. If a record was scratchy you'd put a penny on top of the diamond head to give it weight and play through the scratches.

This is a great site if you ever went to the Earl Warren Showgrounds in the 60's.  There were so many great groups from the 60's who played there on a regular basis. Jim Salzer was a big time promoter who brought many of these groups to Ventua County.  Click on the link below and you will see a timeline for these groups, how many of us attended and how little money these groups actually got......ENJOY

Ventura And Santa Barbara Physcedelic Music Scene 1960-1975

Here is another great music site from the 60's.  The GOLD COAST of California which represented the TRI-COUNTIES which included, Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo. This site was put together by our own classmate Kaye Waller.  Thanks Kaye as you did an awesome job.  Click on the link below.

As we evolved becoming more mature in High we had garage parties at our classmates homes. We often had to convince our parents we were just going to, listen to music....45 records,  dance and have some snacks then we were on. 

We put the music on and had a great time talking and dancing.  It wasn't long before Surfer Girl, In My Room by the Beach Boys was playing.  The lights went down, we all got closer and soon the make-out party was on.  This was until our parents came out and turned the lights back Many of these parties were held at Sue Meredith's, Sean Webb's, and John Spohn's home to name a few.

I remember having tickets to see the Beatles.  They cost  $5 and then I didn't get to go as I didn't have a ride to the Hollywood Bowl.
We all remember the great music and 60's teen dance shows.  I think David Morris danced on just about every dance show.
Do you remember all of these great dance shows which featured several 60's artists.

American Bandstand From 1963 to 1987 Bandstand was on only once a week, on Saturday. In Sept. 1964, ”The Lloyd Thaxton Show” became nationally syndicated. In January 1965, ”Hullabaloo” debuted on NBC. A few months later, the syndicated ”Hollywood A Go-Go” and ”Shivaree” also debuted. In July 1965, . And there were countless local variations. Shindig premiered on ABC and ran from September 16 (Weds.), 1964 to Jan. 8, 1966. ”Where The Action Is” was created and produced by Dick Clark and aired on ABC, debuting on June 28, 1965 through March 31, 1967. From June 28 through September 24, “Action” aired Monday-Friday from 2 pm.-2:30 pm. From Sept. 27, 1965 through Mar. 31, 1967, the show aired from Mon.-Fri. from 4:30 pm.-5:00 pm. Malibu U Premiered: July 21, 1967. Mar 24, 1965 - Shebang, Teen Dance Show, Shuffles In. Local television disgorged another daily teenage dance festival this week, subtly titled Shebang!

Ready Steady Go

Mel McCartney Attended SHEBANG

Bubblegum music as a subset of pop came to light in the mid to late 1960s. Spawned by the infectious, bouncy melodies of pop precursors like The Lovin' Spoonful, Tommy Roe, and Paul Revere and the Raiders, the genre came into its own with the biggest bubblegum groups of all - The Ohio Express and The 1910 Fruitgum Company. 

Two Long Island record producers, Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz (K&K) worked for Neil Bogart's record label, Buddah Records

The legend goes that they chewed bubblegum all the time and, while recording some songs they felt would be perfect for the teen and pre-teen set, supposedly one turned to the other one day and said, "This is like bubblegum music." 

The connection made a lot of sense and Neil Bogart jumped on this new label. Soon, "bubblegum" became shorthand for the sweet, up-tempo numbers K&K were targeting, rife with nursery rhymes and other childlike associations. 

However, one unfortunate association with that term was that music eventually became synonymous with manufactured groups. Despite the negativity of this idea, popular music had a long history of using session singers and made-up bands to market songs.

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The twist, the pony, the frug, mash potato, hully gully, the stroll, the chicken & the swim just to name a few.

The Chicken

1. Stand with feet together and put right heel out.

2. Jump back into place with right foot, landing with left toe on ground, left heel raised.

3. Put heel of left foot out to left side.

4. Jump back in place with left foot, landing with right toe on ground, right heel raised. Repeat over and over in place. The body moves easily from side to side by dropping the opposite shoulder each time the foot goes out.

The counts are 1-2-3-4. Repeat it over and over
Note: The hands are raised, the fingers snapping on the beat.

    The 1960s British Music Invasion 

The 60s, A Decade of Great Music 

A musical movement of the mid-1960s, the British Invasion was composed of British rock-and-roll and beat groups whose popularity spread rapidly to the rest of the English-speaking world, especially the United States which, from the beginnings of rock-and-roll music in the early 1950s, had nearly a monopoly on the genre.

Though generally not credited with starting the "Invasion", Dusty Springfield was one of the first British artist to have significant success in the U.S., with her hit single "I Only Want to Be with You", released in November 1963. She appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in early 1964 singing the popular hit, and continued to have several U.S. hits through the rest of the decade. For a list of songs by British artists which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, click here.

However, The Beatles' triumphant arrival in New York on February 7, 1964, is widely credited with truly throwing open America's doors to a wealth of British musical talent, and officially beginning what would come to be called—with historical condescension by the willingly reconquered colony—the second British Invasion. Like their transatlantic counterparts in the 1950s, British youth heard their future in the frantic beats and suggestive lyrics of American rock and roll, but initial attempts to replicate it failed. Lacking the indigenous basic ingredients of rock and roll, rhythm and blues and country music, enthusiasts could bring only crippling British decorum and diffidence. The only sign of life was in the skiffle craze of the 1950s, spearheaded by Scottish-born Lonnie Donegan. Skiffle groups (like The Quarrymen, first forerunner of the Beatles) were mainly drummerless, acousticguitar and banjo ensembles, similar to jugbands, who most often sang traditional American folk songs, frequently with more spirit than instrumental polish, although early British skiffle was played by highly skilled Tradd jazz musicians.

By 1962, encouraged by the anyone-can-play populism of skiffle and self-schooled in the music of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, James Brown, and Muddy Waters, some British teens developed a real feel for the rock-and-roll and American blues idioms. Blending that with such local traditions as music hall, pop, and Celtic folk, they formulated original music they could claim, play, and sing with conviction. Young groups with electric guitars began performing and writing up-tempo melodic pop, fiery rock and roll, and Chicago-style electric blues. The rebellious tone and image of American rock and roll and blues musicians also deeply resonated with British youth in the late 1950s, influencing all the British Invasion artists.

Liverpool became the first hotbed of the so-called "beat boom." As Britain's major Atlantic seaport, Liverpool merchant seamen often sailed to the U.S. and returned with the latest American rock-and-roll hits, often before they were made widely available in Britain. With The Beatles, other exuberant male quartets such as The Searchers, The Fourmost, and Gerry and the Pacemakers, plus the quintet Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas launched Mersybeat, so named for the estuary of the River Mersey that runs alongside Liverpool. The Beatles first reached the British record charts in late 1962 (shortly after The Tornados' "Telstar", an instrumental smash that sent word of what was in store by becoming the first British record by a group to top the American singles chart); the rest joined the hit parade in 1963. Not all acts prominent in Britain by the early 1960s necessarily managed to develop a profile in the U.S. Cliff Richard, who remains popular in Britain and active today, has only rarely had chart successes in America.

Rock swept Britain. By 1964, Greater London could claim the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who, the Kinks, the Pretty Things, Dusty Springfield, the Dave Clark Five, Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and Manfred Mann. Manchester had the Hollies, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Freddie and the Dreamers, Davy Jones of The Monkees, and Herman's Hermits; Newcastle was home to the Animals; and Birmingham had the Spencer Davis Group(featuring Steve Winwood) and the Moody Blues. Bands sprang up from Belfast (Them, with frontman Van Morrison) to St Albans (the Zombies), with more inventive artists arriving to keep the syles moving forward, including the Small Faces, the Move, the Creation, the Troggs, Donovan, and John's Children. While the beat boom provided Britons relief from the postimperial humiliation of hand-me-down rock, the Beatles and their ilk brought the United States more than credible simulations. They arrived as foreign ambassadors, with distinctive accents (in conversation only; American and British singers sounded generally similar), slang, fashions, and personalities. The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night (1964), further painted England as the center of the (rock) universe. American media took the bait and made Carnaby Street, London's trendy fashion center in the mid-1960s, a household name.

From 1964 to 1966 the United Kingdom sent a stream of hits across the Atlantic. Behind the conquering Beatles, Peter and Gordon ("A World Without Love"), the Animals ("House of the Rising Sun"), Manfred Mann ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"), Petula Clark ("Downtown"), Freddie and the Dreamers ("I'm Telling You Now"), Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders ("Game of Love"), Herman's Hermits ("Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter"), the Rolling Stones ("I Can't Get No Satisfaction" and others), the Troggs ("Wild Thing"), and Donovan's ("Sunshine Superman") all topped Billboard's singles chart.


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Check out this cool video of the Chantays doing their great surf song PIPELINE

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This video shows you the opening and the closing of this dance show which so many of us watched.  You have to love the Gazzarri dancers who were the best dancers on any dance show.  Check out the clothes styles on the teenagers. 

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