This week I’m reviving a feature I used to do on Tunes du Jour – Throwback Thursday, with each week focusing on a different year in the rock and roll era. This week we’ll listen to the music of 1966. Some notable events:
- The Mamas & the Papas had their first hit with “California Dreamin’.” Perhaps you’ve heard it.
- Simon & Garfunkel had their first top 40/top 10/#1 single in the US with “The Sounds of Silence.” The duo had actually broken up already and were unaware that their record label released a version of their 1964 acoustic recording on which electric guitar and drums were added.
- Bob Dylan released his game-changing album Blonde On Blonde, a staple of greatest albums of all-time lists since.
- ? and the Mysterians released their debut single, “96 Tears.” Perhaps you’ve heard it.
- Producer Phil Spector released what he considered to be his best work – Ike & Tina’s Turner “River Deep – Mountain High.” In actuality, Ike had nothing to do with the recording. Though a hit in the UK and several European countries, the single stalled at #88 in the US, leading Spector to retire for two years and produce far less frequently following that.
- Percy Sledge released his debut single, “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Perhaps you’ve heard it.
- The Beatles performed their last official concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
- The Supremes scored two more #1 pop singles plus another two that went top ten. During their career the group would have 12 #1s and 20 top tens. Many more hits followed for the trio’s usual lead singer, Diana Ross. Perhaps you’ve heard of her.
- New York City’s WOR became the first FM radio station in the US with a rock format.
- “Good Vibrations.” Where do I start?
Here are thirty of the year’s best:
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