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Because is a track from the 1964 album "American Tour". The song was a B-side in the UK release but an A-side in the US.
The song peaked at #3 in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Julian Lennon covered the song in 1855.
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.
Build Me Up Buttercup featured the bands new lead singer Colin Young and with it, their first big hit with this song. The song reached #3 in the US and # 2 in the UK.
The track is from the album of the same name which was released back in 1968.
California Dreaming written by both members of The Mama's and The Papa's Michelle and John Phillips. Barry McGuire recorded the song first but the group decided to record it and released it in 1965.
This song is on the album "If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears". The song was played by a Boston DJ and picked up steam, eventually peaking at #4 in 1966.
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.
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".
Creeque Alley was a single from The Mama's and The Papa's back in 1967 from the album Deliver.
The song peaked at #4 in Australia, #5 in the US and #9 in the UK.
Don't You Care reached #1 in the Philippines, #4 in Canada and #6 in the US in 1967.
The track can be found on their "Time & Charges" album.
For Your Love was a departure from the blues sound of this band when they recorded and released this song in 1965. It became a top 10 in both the UK and the US. But in spite of that, guitarist Eric Clapton left the band because the band took this direction.
The song is from their 1965 studio album of the same name.
Free As The Wind ... info soon
Friday On My Mind come from the down under group The Easybeats and hit the airwaves in 1966. This song was a popular worldwide hit.
The track is from the album "Good Friday".
Go All The Way ... info soon
Good Lovin was a single release by The Young Rascals in 1966. The song had been recorded twice before the Rascals did their version.
The song hit #1 in the US in the spring of 1966 and can be found on their album "The Young Rascals".
Greenfields was a hit song in 1960 reaching #2 on the Pop Charts.
It can be found on their debut album "The Brothers Four".
Happy Together was released as a single by The Turtles back in 1967 and reached #1 in the US market although they did have a few top 10 hits.
This one hails from the album "Happy Together".
Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again was co-written by three writers of The Fortunes and was a top 40 hit for the group back in 1971.
The song hails from the album of the same name.
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.
Itchycoo Park" is one of the most well-known songs by Small Faces. Released in 1967, it became a major hit in the UK, reaching the number three spot on the UK Singles Chart. The song has since become a classic and is often associated with the psychedelic rock era.
"Itchycoo Park" is notable for its catchy and whimsical melody, infectious chorus, and its use of psychedelic effects. The lyrics evoke a dreamlike, utopian place where people can escape from the pressures of everyday life. The term "Itchycoo Park" was inspired by the band members' experiences in Little Ilford Park in London, where nettles ("itchy coos") were prevalent. The song's lyrics and imagery convey a sense of nostalgia, freedom, and an escape into a blissful, idyllic setting.
Musically, "Itchycoo Park" features prominent use of phasing and flanging effects, which were popular during the psychedelic era. These effects give the song a trippy, swirling sound. The band's tight harmonies, Steve Marriott's soulful vocals, and the driving rhythm section all contribute to the song's appeal.
The track was released as a single and later was included on their 1967 album "There Are But Four Small Faces".
Laugh Laugh was the first hit out of the San Francisco music scene to take on the British invasion and scored a #15 hit in the US. Guitarist Ron Elliott said the harmonies in the song were inspired by The Four Seasons and not The Beatles.
The song is from their "Introducing The Beau Brummels" from 1964.
Let The Feeling Begin is a song by The Steam Machine but it's difficult to find any info on this song.
I'm not sure but this may be a song from 1971 and the band may be based out of Germany. I'll leave it here for the time being.
Love Potion No. 9 is one of the most well-known songs by The Searchers. It was originally written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was first recorded by The Clovers in 1959. However, The Searchers' cover version, released in 1963, became the most popular and enduring rendition of the song.
"Love Potion No. 9" tells the story of a man who is seeking love and decides to visit a gypsy to obtain a love potion. After consuming the potion, he experiences a series of humorous and unexpected romantic encounters. The lyrics describe his encounters with various women who become infatuated with him, leading to comical situations.
The Searchers' version of "Love Potion No. 9" features their signature jangly guitar sound and tight vocal harmonies. It became a significant hit for the band, reaching number three on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song's success further solidified The Searchers' popularity during the British Invasion era. The track only appears on compilation albums by The Searchers.
Monday Monday is also a song from the same album "If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears", but this track went to #1 in the US and was a huge top 10 in several other countries, reaching #2 in several countries.
This was the first song of a mixed gender of male and female, to reach #1 in the US. The song also won a Grammy Award. John Phillips said he wrote the song in 20 minutes.
Needles And Pins was co-written with Sonny Bono of Sonny & Cher fame. Lots of artists took a swing at this song including Jackie DeShannon who recorded it in 1963, Smokie in 1977.
The Searchers version came out in 1964 and was a #1 in Ireland, the UK and South Africa and hit #13 In the US. The ong appeared on their album "It's The Searchers".
Never My Love was released in 1967 was the 2nd most played song on radio and television during the 20th century in the US. Many artists recorded this song thru the years.
The song can be found on their album "Inside Out".
Reflections Of My Life was released in 1969 and was a huge top 10 hit in several countries worldwide. It never made it to #1 but got close in Ireland at #2.
The track hails from the album Reflections Of The Marmalade.
She's Not There was written by keyboardist Rod Argent and was the bands debut single back in 1964. It reached #12 in the UK and #2 in both Canada and the US.
The track can be found on the album Begin Here
Should I Wait is actually not a 60s song but a 1973 song from the bands album "Side 3".
The song was never released as a single.
Smile A Little Smile For Me was a debut single from The Flying machine off their album "The Flying Machine" from 1969.
The song was a #6 hit in the US and a #4 in Canada.
Somebody To Love was first recorded by a San Francisco group called The Great Society 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.
Spooky was first recorded as an instrumental in 1967 but lyrics were added for The classics IV version which was released in 1968 and reached #3 in the US.
The track is from the album of the same name.
Tell Her No was from the bands debut album from 1965 called "The Zombies.
The song peaked at #6 in the US.
That Thing You Do, is a song from "The Wonders", a fictional band featured in the 1996 film "That Thing You Do!" written and directed by Tom Hanks. The movie tells the story of a one-hit wonder band from Erie, Pennsylvania, in the 1960s.
In the film, The Wonders consist of four members: Jimmy Mattingly (played by Johnathon Schaech) as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) as the guitarist, Guy Patterson (played by Tom Everett Scott) as the drummer, and Ethan Embry as the bassist, named T.B. Player. They start as a small-time local band but achieve unexpected success when their catchy pop rock song, "That Thing You Do!," becomes a national hit.
The song, written by Adam Schlesinger, was actually recorded by a real band called Fountains of Wayne. While The Wonders were created for the film and do not exist as an actual band, their story and music serve as an homage to the 1960s pop rock era and the experiences of real-life bands during that time. The film offers an entertaining and nostalgic look at the music industry and the fleeting nature of fame.
The Greenleaves Of Summer .... info soon
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore was recorded by Frankie Valli and written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio back in 1965, but the Walker Brothers had more success with their version in 1966 reaching #1 in the UK.
The song was also a top 10 in several countries and a #13 in the USA.
The Way You Look Tonight song dates back to 1936 when Fred Astaire sang the song in a film called Swing Time.
Up through the years other artists recorded the song including Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Bing Crosby and in 1961, The Lettermen had a #13 in the US and a #36 in the UK with their version.
The Wine Song was never released as a single by the group.
It can be found on their 1967 album "Earth Music".
Time Of The Season was a 1968 release from the Odessey and Oracle album. It took over a year of airplay before this song made any traction.
But traction it did by reaching # 3 on Billboard and #1 on the US Cashbox chart.
Time Won't Let Me is from 1966 by The Outsiders, a band based out of Cleveland Ohio.
They managed a #5 hit in the USA and Canada. This song is from the album of the same name.
Traces became the Classics IV highest charting song peaking at #2 in both Canada and the US back in 1969.
The groups other bit song was "Stormy" which reached #5 on the charts.
Turn Around was recorded in 1968 in Nashville using some Nashville musicians including Jerry Reed. The Everly Brothers also covered the song in 1968.
The song is from their album entitled "Bradley's Barn".
Unchained Melody was a song in a 1955 film of the same name. The Righteous Brothers recorded their version in 1965. Of course these two lads were not actually brothers at all. Bobby Hatfield won a coin toss with his duet partner Bill Medley and took the lead vocals on this song as both wanted to sing the lead.
Phil Spector put this "throw away" song on a B-side assuming it would not get played but the DJ's proved him wrong and the song went to #4. It can be found on the album "Just One In My life.
Venus was a monster hit for the Dutch group Shocking blue in the summer of 1969. The song reached #1 in nine countries, including the US.
The song appeared on their 2nd album "At Home" released in 1969.
Walk Away Renee was a 1966 hit for The Left Banke, reaching #5 on the US and New Zealand and #3 in Canada.
The track is from the album of the same name.
Walk Right In is an old blues tune from 1929 that was revived in 1963 by a group called Rooftop Singers who had a huge #1 in several countries with their re-make.
The song is on their album of the same name.
When You Walk in the Room is another notable song by The Searchers. It was written by Jackie DeShannon, an American singer-songwriter, and was originally released by her in 1963. The Searchers' cover version of the song, released in 1964, became a major hit for the band.
The song is an up-tempo pop rock track with catchy melodies and infectious energy. It revolves around the theme of love and the profound impact someone can have when they enter a room. The lyrics convey the feelings of excitement and joy that arise when the person being sung about is present.
The single achieved significant success, reaching number three on the UK Singles Chart and number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
It's worth noting that The Searchers primarily gained fame through their singles rather than full-length albums. However, they released several studio albums throughout their career, such as "Meet The Searchers" (1963), "Sugar and Spice" (1963), and "Sounds Like Searchers" (1964), among others. While "When You Walk in the Room" may not be present on these original albums, it has been widely included on subsequent compilations due to its popularity.
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.
Whiter Shade Of Pale is of course an old 60's number from Procol Harum. Dave Matthews played an acoustic version on Howard Stern's radio show, but was never released as a single.
In fact it isn't on any Dave Matthews album I could find.
Windy was actually written about a man according to Ruthann Freidman and in 1967 the song was a #1 hit for The Association. Later on she changed the story and said the song was written about herself.
it can be found on their "Inside Out" album as well.
You Baby is a song by The Turtles that was released in 1966. It was written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who were renowned songwriters and producers during the 1960s. The song became one of The Turtles' notable hits, reaching number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"You Baby" showcases the band's signature harmonies and catchy pop rock sound. It features a bouncy and upbeat melody with a touch of folk rock influence. The lyrics of the song express affection and admiration for a love interest, conveying a sense of joy and infatuation.
The Turtles' rendition of "You Baby" became a radio favorite and contributed to their growing popularity during the mid-1960s. The song exemplifies the band's ability to deliver melodic, feel-good pop songs with their distinct vocal harmonies and catchy arrangements.
It's worth noting that "You Baby" has also been recorded by other artists, including The Lovin' Spoonful and Cher, further showcasing its appeal and versatility as a well-loved song from the era.
You Were On My Mind was a folk song originally by Canadian artists Ian and Sylvia Tyson. We Five turned it into a pop hit in 1965, scoring a #1 on the US charts.
The track can be found on the album of the same name.
You've Got Your Troubles" is a song by The Fortunes that was released in 1965 as a single by The Fortunes, a British pop rock band.
"You've Got Your Troubles" was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, who were a prolific songwriting duo known for their contributions to the British pop music scene. The song became a major hit for The Fortunes, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
The song's lyrics revolve around the theme of heartbreak and consolation. It expresses empathy for someone going through difficulties in life and offers words of encouragement and support. The melody is catchy, and the song is characterized by its gentle harmonies and sentimental tone.
The Fortunes' version of the song remains the most well-known and successful rendition. The Fortunes continued to release music throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but "You've Got Your Troubles" remains one of their signature songs.
You've Lost That Lovin Feeling was a huge #1 hit in both the UK and the US when it was released in 1964.
The song can be found on the album of the same name.
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