Forgotten Songs Of The 60s
Vol 4
On The Acoustic

Forgotten Songs Of The 60s On Acoustic

Welcome to these forgotten songs of the 60s on the acoustic section. Below are a ton of great songs you won't find covered anywhere else.

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Forgotten Songs Of The 60s
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1. Neil Sedaka

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do is a song from 1962 and again in 1975 with the former original release being his most successful reaching #1 on the pop charts.

Lenny Welch had success with a much slower arrangement of the song in 1970 and then Sedaka did a similar version in 1976 and hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart. The Partridge Family had a #3 hit in Australia and the UK with1972 release. 

The song is found on his "Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm =  down down up down down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, C, D, D7, B7, A7, Gm, Fmaj7, Fm, A#, D#
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Calendar Girl was co-written by Sedaka and Howard Greenfield who wrote the lyrics and Sedaka wrote the music.

The song was released in Dec of 1960 and was a #1 in Canada and Japan and a #3 in Australia and a #4 in the US. It took 26 takes over a three hr period to get the final product.

The song did not appear on any album in 1961 but did appear on the "Oh Carol" album from 1970.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up with some walking bass blended into the rhythm
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Bm, G, A7, Ddim, B7
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Happy Birthday Sweet 16 was released while Neil Sedaka and Carole King were good friends and went to high school together and in 1961..

It was pretty close to two songs King had penned which were Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee and One Fine Day by The Chiffons. The song reached #6 in the US and #3 in the UK.

The song is found on the "Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, Am, D7, B7, G7, Edim, E7, C, E7
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Laughter In The Rain had already been released by singer Lea Roberts on the radio when Neil Sedaka phoned Elton John and asked that his label, Rocket Records, put a rush on the Neil version, as they were sure the song was going to be big.

So they did and the song was a #1 hit in the US in 1974. 

Songwriter Phil Cody smoked a joint, fell asleep under a tree and awoke to write the lyrics to this song in about five minutes.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd Fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Gmaj7, A7sus, A7, Bm, Esus, E, Gm, C, Fmaj7, Dm, A#, Dmaj7

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2. The Association

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". 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: G, D/Gb, F, C, Em, Cmaj7, B7sus, A7, Dmaj7, Cmaj7
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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.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, C, G, A, Em, Dmaj7, A7sus, A7
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3. The Beau Brummels

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.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root up down up (repeat) and root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Em, Em/Db, Am, G, C, F, D, A#, D#, G#
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4. The Brothers Four

Greenfields was a hit song in 1960 reaching #2 on the Pop Charts.

It can be found on their debut album "The Brothers Four".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: arpeggio 1-2-3 then up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Am, Dm, E, F, G, C, A7
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5. The Chad Mitchell Trio

The John Birch Society song was released in 1962 and charted at #99.

The song hails from the album "The Chad Mitchell Trio At The Bitter End".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: rot down root up down and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, D, A, E7, A7, Gb, Bm
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6. The Classics IV

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.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Em7, A6, Em7, B7, Bbdim
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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. 

  • Drop D Tuning =  No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = some arppegio, some chop strumming and root down up root up down up in this one
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Gbm, Am, B7, Bm, Bm/A, Bm/Gb, Bm/G, A+, D+, Em, A7sus,  A7, C, G6 11#3, Dmaj7
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7. The Fortunes

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.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat - a few downstrokes for the riff
  • Picking: a riff you'll want to play throughout
  • Chords: C, F, A#, Fm, Em, Gsus, G
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8. The Four Seasons

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You almost never got the recognition it eventually acquired. Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe who both wrote many top singles for the Four Seasons, also co-wrote this song for Frankie Valli as a single for the artist.

A radio station in Windsor On Canada played this song extensively and since those airwaves covered Detroit just across the river, helped Frankie Valli get a #2 hit with this song on both sides of the border.  

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Gm, A7,D, Dmaj7, D7, G, E7, Em, Bm, B7, C7, F, Am, A+, A+m
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Oh What A Night came out in late 1975 and by the Spring of 1976 was #1 in Canada, The UK and the US. But the lead singer of the song wasn't Frankie Valli but instead drummer Gerry Polci as you'll see from the official music video below.

This was The Four Seasons last #1 hit.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = it's a steady up and down shuffle with accents on various parts within the chord changes
  • Picking = No just a few riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords = C, F ,G, Dm, Am, D, Em
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Sherry was written by Bob Gaudio, became a #1 hit in several countries back in 1962. The original name was Jackie baby, then became Teri Baby and finally Sherry, after the name of Gaudio's best friend Jack Spector's daughter.

This is one of several Four Season songs which made it to #1 on the charts in the 1960s.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up as well was root down up root up down up in the middle of the song
  • Picking = Yes but not in the original
  • Chords = G, Em, Am, D, D7, B7, E, A
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