1966

The rarest of rare grooves, T’Ain’t No Big Thing was the only single by The Jovialetts. Who were they? A vocal girl group of the mid-1960s. Beyond that… who knows.

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Everyone surely loves this song. And everyone probably remembers it by Andy Williams, who took it into the UK charts, not once but twice.

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The Capitols – Cool Jerk

23rd September 2022 · 1960s, 1966, Music, Soul

A bit of a soul classic featuring the Funk Brothers, Motown’ peerless house band, Cool Jerk reached No.7 for one-hit wonders The Capitols in 1966.

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Soul music comes in many guises but I think the one I love best is slow-burning deep soul from the Deep South. This is a prime example by Mable John, who died on 25 August at the ripe old age of 91. (more…)

Jim Sohns, who died this week, was only 16 when he became the singer in a new Chicago band, The Shadows Of Knight. (more…)

The first time I heard this was in the musical car chase movie Baby Driver, which I love.
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I always thought this song was by Devo until I read Quentin Tarantino’s novel Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, where it makes an appearance. (more…)

Aaron Neville, a legendary figure in his native city of New Orleans,  showcased his tremulous vibrato on his debut hit single, Tell It Like It Is, in 1966.
 

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band created the template for Acid Rock with the sprawling title track of their second album East West in 1966. (more…)

Joe Cuba – Bang Bang

12th July 2021 · 1960s, 1966, Music

Back in 1966, while England were winning the World Cup at Wembley, the boogaloo came out of every window in Brooklyn and the Bronx. (more…)