the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1965

Byrds Hullabaloo 1965 1500 crop 1

THIS IS THE SIXTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Let’s Hang On To Our Ticket To Ride” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on June 2, 2019. [Continue reading]

when was “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” released? (gene clark part 2)

GeneClark Gosdin 1500 UK

GENE CLARK’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM came al­most a year after his final record with the Byrds. For a long time, GENE CLARK WITH THE GOSDIN BROTHERS was con­sid­ered rather light­weight, es­pe­cially from the man who wrote songs like She Don’t Care About Time, Set You Free This Time, and Eight Miles High while with the Byrds. [Continue reading]

the echoes in your head continue showing (gene clark part 1)

GeneClark Gosdin 1500 orange

THE BYRDS’ FLIGHT TO ENGLAND in Au­gust 1965 began a dis­as­trous tour for the group. For­tu­nately, it wasn’t an en­tirely wasted trip, as it in­spired Gene Clark to pen some psychedelically-enhanced po­etry. Set to a loose melody strummed on an acoustic guitar, this be­came the basis for Eight Miles High. [Continue reading]

a requiem for those timeless good good good vibrations

Byrds 1965 airport copy

THE MAJOR RECORD COMPANIES usu­ally re­leased new ti­tles on Monday, or at least they did in the ’60s. On April 12, 1965, I rushed home from school and ran up­stairs to my room and tossed my books on my bed and pulled my money out of my drawer and ran downstairs to the garage and picked up my bike and zoomed off to Joe Nar­done’s record shop and bought Mr. [Continue reading]

surfing guitars and instrumental surf bands of the early ’60s

Dalley BigWaveSurfer 1600

ARGUING THE ‘BEST’ ROCK GUITAR PLAYERS of the ’60 is prob­ably a pretty dumb way to waste time—and “Surfing Gui­tars” will not be doing that! Con­sid­er­ably more con­struc­tive and in­ter­esting would be an ar­gu­ment as to who were—and that’s in­ten­tion­ally plural—the most ‘cre­ative’ players. [Continue reading]