Sunday, December 04, 2011

Ten Great Songs From One Great Year


The War in Vietnam dominated the American media this year, as television brought the war to living rooms throughout the country. American college campuses become the domestic battlegrounds of the anti-war movement. As US troops fight Communists in southeast Asia, China and the Soviet Union begin aggression on their borders. War breaks out between Israel and her Arab neighbors, in June. The war lasts 6 days, as Israel demolishes the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

This was the year boxer Muhammed Ali refused military service and Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu. In music, the Beatles release the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the Monterrey Pop Festival, featuring Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Janis Joplin (among others), takes place in California. Race riots take place in Washington, Tampa, Detroit and Plainfield, NJ (near Newark).

President Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, creating the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. In November, NASA launches Apollo 4, the first Saturn V rocket.

The Letter -- The Box Tops

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You -- Frankie Valli

Windy -- The Association

How Can I Be Sure? -- The Young Rascals

I Was Made to Love Her -- Stevie Wonder

The Rain, the Park and Other Things -- The Cowsills

Music To Watch Girls Go By -- The Bob Crewe Generation

There's a Kind of Hush -- Herman's Hermits

Conquistador -- Procol Harem

Up, Up and Away -- The 5th Dimension

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