the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1965

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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. READ MORE

why the hell isn’t gene clark in the hall of fame? (gene clark part 4)

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ONCE UPON A TIME, it looked like the Byrds had a long, suc­cessful, pro­duc­tive ca­reer in front of them. In 1965, they had two #1 hits, Mr. Tam­bourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn!, that ef­fec­tively de­fined the re­cently coined term folk-rock. Their two al­bums were piv­otal in the tran­si­tion of rock mu­si­cians from being pri­marily singles-oriented to being pri­marily album-oriented. READ MORE

reissues of “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” (gene clark part 3)

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IN JULY 1966, COLUMBIA RECORDS an­nounced that Gene Clark had left the Byrds. A month later, Clark was in the studio recording as a newly signed Co­lumbia solo artist. In No­vember 1966, his first single, Echoes, was is­sued with great fan­fare and con­sid­er­able ex­pense. Nonethe­less, it bombed. In Feb­ruary 1967, his album was is­sued with con­sid­er­ably less en­thu­siasm from and a no­tice­ably smaller pro­mo­tion cam­paign by Co­lumbia. READ MORE

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

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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. READ MORE

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

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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. With as­sis­tance from fellow Byrds David Crosby on the lyrics and Jim McGuinn on the com­plex vocal and in­stru­mental arrange­ments, it was re­leased as a single in March 1966. READ MORE

the day I uncovered the secret of the universe (and then forgot it)

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I CAN TRULY SAY that I knew it all—The Se­cret of the Uni­verse. Once. Briefly. I can also say that this essay has little to do with record col­lecting, but it does touch on psy­che­delic music of the ’60s, so here it is (in­stead of on my other, epony­mous blog). I wanted to pro­vide this memory about doing acid for the first time in the Fall of 1970. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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

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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. Of course, to reach any kind of con­sensus there would re­quire that we first agree on a de­f­i­n­i­tion of ‘cre­ative’ in that con­text! READ MORE

dick campbell sings where it’s at for complete unknowns

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IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY—give or take a few hun­dred days one way or the other—that I fi­nally found a stereo copy of DICK CAMPBELL SINGS WHERE IT’S AT (Mer­cury SR-61060). I was at a record show in New York, and hap­pily paid $100 for it! I had been looking for a copy for years and may have been the only person there that day willing to pay the sell­er’s asking price. READ MORE