60s Rock Bands
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60s Rock Bands On The Acoustic Guitar

Welcome to these 60s rock bands music on the acoustic section. This section is just of bands, duos and trio groups from the the 1960s. I had to create a separate section as the one page for 60s music was getting too large. 


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1. Blind Faith

Can't Find My Way Home was written by Steve Winwood back in 1969 and released by his group Blind Faith, which Eric Clapton was also a part of that band. Over the years the song has been covered by many artists.

It can be found on the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up shuffle
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, G6, C/A#, D, F, G, A7, Em

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2. Boyce & Hart

I Wonder What She's Doin Tonight was recorded in 1967 and became a top 10 in the US the following year.

The song hails from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: downstrokes and down up down up quick shuffle strum
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, G, D

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3. Chad & Jeremy 

A Summer Song was released in the summer of 1964 with low expectations that the song would have much impact. Even Ringo Starr judged the song as a flop. But the US market loved the song to put it a #7 and #2 on two different charts. The song also reached #7 in Canada and has appeared in several films over the years. The song went on to be covered by different artists and even in different languages.

The duo were on again and off again with several reunions and finally packed it in in 2016. In 2020, Chad Stewart passed away from pneumonia.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat - a few chops in here also - you could use a quick shuffle pattern as well 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Bm, C, D, A#, Bm, B7, Am, D7
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4. Deep Purple

Hush was written by Joe South and first recorded by Billy Joe Royal in 1967. Deep Purple covered the song a year later and had a #5 hit with their version.

The song can be found on their "Shades Of Deep Purple" album from 1968.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up shuffle
  • Picking: a fre riffs
  • Chords: G, F, D, E, A, A7
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5. Every Mothers Son

Come On Down To My Boat was a single released by Every Mothers Son back in 1967 and it peaked at #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song can be found on the album "Every Mothers Son".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, D, C, F, D7
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6. Freddie & The Dreamers

I'm Telling You Now became a #1 hit back in 1965. The song was released in the UK a few years earlier and reached #2.

You can find the track on the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C, Am7, F, D, Em, G6, Am
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7. Friend & Lover

Reach Out Of The Darkness is a song released back in 1960 and was a one hit wonder for the duo, reaching #10 on Billboard. Joe South produced the song and Ray Stevens played keyboard on the track.

The song hails from their only album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: a quick shuffle and a root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, D, Am7, F, G, C
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8. Gerry & The Pacemakers

I Like It reached #1 in the UK in the summer of 1963 and peaked at #17 in the US. t was also used in an Australia mini-series called "Peter Alien: Not The Boy Next Door".

This track can be forun on their 1964 album "Gerry And The Pacemakers 2nd Album".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: no just a quick riff 
  • Chords: C, D, G, Bm, Am, Em, D7

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 9. Jefferson Airplane

Somebody To Love ... A San Francisco group called The Great Society were the first to record this song in 1965 but never had much impact. The writer, Darby Slick, has a sister-in-law in that group known as Grace Slick.

When these cats disbanded only after one year, Grace took this song with her to Jefferson Airplane. The song went on to reach #1 in Canada and #5 in the US and has become a 60s classic.

  • Drop D Tuning = No   
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat - down strokes in some places
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Dm, G, C, F
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10. Keith Locke & The Quest

Don't Play That Song was co-written by the wife of Ben E King, Betty Nelson, and Ahmet Ertegun. King recorded the song in 1962 and had a #2 hit on the R&B singles chart.

Keith Locke And The Quests recorded the song on their 1969 album "Keith Locke And The Quests".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: yes a little within the rhythm
  • Chords: C, Am, F, G
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11. Los Bravos

Black Is Black was released in 1966 by the Spanish group Los Bravos. They were the first Spanish rock band to have an International single with a #1 in Canada, #2 in the UK and a #4 in the USA.

The song is from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down strokes with some riffs blended in
  • Picking = Just riffs blended into the rhythm
  • Chords = Em, D, A, Gbm, G, Gb, F, E7, B7, G
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12. Procol Harum

Whiter Shade Of Pale was released back in 1967 and has been covered more than 1000 times up through the years. It peaked at #1 in the UK and #5 in the US. The song had four verses but many times only two are heard.

I've put in three verses in my version here. The song was in the can in two takes and can be found on their debut album 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up, root up down up and repeat - but you'll be playing the organ riffs in the break 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G6, Am, Am/G, F, Em, Dm, Dm/C, Dm/A, G 
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13. Ray Columbus & The Invaders

Til We Kissed was from Ray Columbus And The Invaders who were a rock back from New Zealand from 1964 to 1966.

Til We Kissed was released in 1965 but surprisingly never charted in either Australia or New Zealand.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down strokes in the beginning and then root down up  root up down up
  • Picking = a few riffs
  • Chords = A, Gbm, D, E 
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14. Ronnie & The Daytona's

GTO was the first single by Ronnie And The Daytona's back in Sep of 1964 and the group had a #4 hit on Billboard.

The song hails from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: downstrokes will work here
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: D, A, G, A7
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15. Shocking Blue

Venus was a monster hit for the Dutch group Shocking blue in the summer of 1969. The song recached #1 in nine countries, including the US.

The song appeared on their 2nd album "At Home" released in 1969.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up  and repeat
  • Picking: Yes a little
  • Chords: Bsus, Em, A, D, Am, C, B
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Other 60s Rock Bands

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Gary Lewis And The Playboys

Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

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Peter And Gordon | Peter Paul & Mary

The Animals

The Beach Boys | The Beatles | The Byrds

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