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1966 - Is Rock and Roll Defined Yet?



Beatlemania was in full swing by 1966, although Beatle John Lennon had caused the first set-back for his band when he made comments that were offensive to Christians.  The fan who shot Lennon in 1980 cited his comments made in 1966 as part of the reason for his fatal actions.  Many different musicians topped the charts in 1966 including The Monkees (aided by a popular TV show) The Mamas and The Papas, and The Rascals.  The Beach Boys released their "Pet Sounds" (pop orchestra) album in May of 1966, and they could do no wrong with "Good Vibrations", "Caroline, No" and many other hits.  Easy listening also sold millions of albums with names such as Frank Sinatra hitting it big.  Motown remained huge with hits from Diana Ross, Percy Sledge, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Otis Redding, and many others.    A huge hit in 1966 has often been credited with the formation of a "nostalgia craze" in America.  "Winchester Cathedral" (New Vaudeville Band) combined megaphone singing with Swingin' 60's to create a brand new sound for this generation of music lovers.  The intrigue over vintage music had begun!  Hard Rock or "Acid Rock" clearly had a place in America too with music by Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, The Who, and the Yardbirds.


The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time.  31 songs made the cut in 1966! 

211          Caroline, No - The Beach Boys

271          Sloop John B - The Beach Boys

25            God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

6              Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

137          Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

463          Rain - The Beatles

175          I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

123          It's A Man's, Man's, World - James Brown

72            Papa's Got a Brand New Bag Pt. 1 - James Brown

150          Eight Miles High - The Byrds

404          Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan

230          Just Like a Woman - Bob Dylan

206          Reach Out I'll Be There - The Four Tops

464          Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops

198          Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix

220          Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke

393          Summer in the City - The Loving Spoonful

428          Devil With The Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

381          Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville

400          Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders

434          Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett

339          You Keep Me Hanging On - Diana Ross

54            When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge

244          Gimme Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group

491          You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield

210          96 Tears - ? And the Mysterians

257          Wild Thing - The Troggs

33            River Deep, Mountain High - Tina Turner


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