Tunes Du Jour Presents 1964

In 1964, the musical landscape was undergoing a seismic shift. From the electrifying British Invasion to the soulful sounds of Motown, 1964 was a year that truly had something for everyone.

One cannot discuss the music of 1964 without acknowledging the unparalleled influence of The Beatles. With their chart-topping hit “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” the Fab Four ignited a phenomenon that would forever alter the course of popular music. Their harmonious blend of catchy melodies and innovative arrangements captivated audiences worldwide, laying the groundwork for the British Invasion that would dominate the airwaves in the years to come.

The UK also brought us The Animals, whose “House Of The Rising Sun” captivated audiences with its electrifying intensity, while The Kinks offered a more garage-band, raw sound with “You Really Got Me.”

But 1964 was not just about the British Invasion; it was also a time of soulful sounds and Motown magic. Artists like Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, and The Four Tops delivered soul-stirring performances on classic hits.

The surf rock craze was in full swing, with The Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” capturing the carefree California lifestyle. And for those who preferred a more melancholic sound, there were ballads like Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By.”

Beyond the well-known names associated with 1964, this playlist unearths other soundtracks of the year, like “My Boy Lollipop” by Millie Small, a ska track that became a surprise summer hit, and “The Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, a bossa nova masterpiece that brought a touch of Brazilian cool to the airwaves.

This playlist is just a taste of the incredible music that 1964 had to offer, though even a brief exploration of 1964’s music reveals a year brimming with creativity and cultural impact. From the infectious melodies of pop anthems to the raw energy of rock and roll, these songs continue to resonate with listeners today, reminding us of the enduring power of music to capture a moment in time and transport us back. It was a year that changed the landscape of popular music forever, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and entertain generations of listeners.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-2-23

Though Shirley Owens usually sang lead on recordings by The Shirelles, on the group’s cover of The 5 Royales’ “Dedicated to the One I Love,” member Doris Coley sings the lead vocals. Though Cass Elliot is the Mama that usually sang lead on recordings by The Mamas and the Papas, on the group’s cover of The Shirelles’ cover of The 5 Royales’ “Dedicated to the One I Love,” member Michelle Phillips sings the lead vocals. Something about this song….

The late Doris Coley was born on this date in 1941. On today’s playlist are several hits from The Shirelles that feature Coley’s lead vocals.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 12-15-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the December 15 birthdays of The Drifters’ Johnny Moore, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Supremes’ Cindy Birdsong, HAIM’s Alana Haim, The Pharcyde’s Imani, Dave Clark, Jesse Belvin, George Kranz, and Rammellzee; and the December 16 birthdays of ABBA’s Benny Andersson, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison, Zara Larsson, Ying Yang Twins’ Kaine, Flo Rida, Glenda Collins, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 11-14-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the November 14 birthdays of Run-D.M.C.’s Run, Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon, Stephen Bishop, and The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams; and the November 15 birthdays of Petula Clark, ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad, The Drifters’ Clyde McPhatter, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Little Willie John, The Trammps’ Jimmy Ellis, The Soul Survivors’ Richie Ingui, Alexander O’Neal, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, E-40, C.W. McCall, B.o.B, Beverly D’Angelo, and Jack Ingram.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 9-28-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the September 28 birthdays of St. Vincent, The Drifters’ Ben E. King, Jeezy, Koko Taylor, The Farm’s Peter Hooten, Cigarettes After Sex’s Greg Gonzalez, Moon Zappa, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, and Keni Burke; and the September 29 birthdays of Jerry Lee Lewis, The London Suede’s Brett Anderson, Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner, Booka Shade’s Walter Merziger, The Posies’ Jon Auer, Blues Image’s Mike Pinera, Bros’s Matt and Luke Goss, Mr. Vegas, Halsey, Mike Post, Debelah Morgan, and Madeline Kahn.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-23-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the August 23 birthdays of Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder, The Who’s Keith Moon, The Strokes/The Voidz’ Julian Casablancas, The Drifters’ Rudy Lewis, Linda Thompson, IDLES’ Joe Talbot, Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo, Orange Juice’s Edwyn Collins, Gene Kelly, Tex Williams, The Reflections’ Tony Micale, Rick Springfield, and Andrew Rannells.

Throwback Thursday: 1960

Look at some of the names who had hits in 1960: Elvis Presley, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Ella Fitzgerald, The Everly Bros., Roy Orbison, Fats Domino, The Drifters, Ike & Tina Turner, Dion, Jackie Wilson, Bobby Darin, Chubby Checker, Brenda Lee. It’s like the radio only played superstars. Here are 30 of that year’s best:

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Throwback Thursday: 1956

Though it was 65 years ago, the names of many of the hitmakers of 1956 remain well-known to today’s public: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, The Platters, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, James Brown, Bill Haley and His Comets, Frank Sinatra, Bo Diddley, Ella Fitzgerald, The Drifters. What a year! Check out some highlights below.

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