Rock Bands In The 60s
Vol 6
On The Acoustic

Rock Bands In The 60s

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Rock Bands In The 60s
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1. Donovan

Catch The Wind was released this song in the spring of 1965 with an echo and string section before he re-recorded the song for his first album release. The song reached #4 in the UK and #23 in the US.

This song can be found on the "What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up down up .. with a bit of the riff blended in
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, F, G, Em, D7
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Mello Yellow almost produced a #1 for Donovan but instead he had to settle for a #2 hit in the US in 1966 and a #8 in the UK in 1967. It was later revealed in an interview that the term Mellow Yellow was referring to a ladies vibrator which was a back page ad in a newspaper.

Rumour had it that Paul McCartney was the one whispering "Mellow Yellow" but this turned out not to be true. The whispering was done by Donovan himself. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down down down up and repeat with a few down strokes and some shuffle strumming
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, D, G, Ab, D7
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Sunshine Superman became a #1 hit in the US in the summer of 1966. Rockers from Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones played on this track.

The song can be found on his album "Sunshine Superman". 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = just use an down up down up pattern blended with the riff .. in a few spots you can play all down strokes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, C7, F, G
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2. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

Woman Woman was a single released back in 1967 from the bands debut album of the same name. Session musicians from the wrecking crew recorded the music and the song reached #1 in Canada and #7 in Australia. With a re-release in 1974 the song reached #6 in the UK.

The Lettermen, Jim Glaser (the writer) and Glen Campbell all covered this one.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up  
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A7, D, Gbm, G, Em, Bm, Gm, B7, E, Abm, A, Dbm, Am
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Young Girl was released in March of 1968, 6 months after Woman Woman and also was a huge song for the group, reaching #2 on Billboard and making it to #1 in the UK. This one hails from the album "Young Girl".

The wrecking crew session musicians were also used on this track and on the re-release of the song 6 years later in 1974, it re-entered the UK chart reaching #6.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, Gbm, E7, A, C, A#, Dmaj7, Gm, D
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3. Jimi Hendrix

Angel was first recorded back in 1967 but was not released to the public at that time. Hendrix wrote the song and had planned on putting it on his 4th album "The Cry Of Love".

The song did end up on the album in 1971 just after his death in Sept of 1970. The song was released as a single A side in the UK where it reached #59.

He mentioned in an interview that the song was about his mom he had in a dream as a child.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No just a few riffs
  • Chords = E, Bmaj7 sus4 (9)/G, Asus2,  Bsus4, Gb, Db, Abm, B, D, Bsus, C, A, D# 
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Waterfall is also known as "May This Be Love" and hails from his 1967 debut album entitled "Are You Experienced".

This song was not released as a single as the album only produced one single release and that was a song called "Foxy Lady".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up will work
  • Picking = Yes a little
  • Chords = E, A, Esus, D, B, Gbm
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4. Joe South

Don't It Make You Want To Go Home made it onto three separate charts when it was released back in 1969 including Pop, Country and Adult Contemporary.

Joe South recorded this with his brother Tommy and sister-in-law Barbara as backup musicians know as The Believers. The song was a top 30 in the US and a top 15

in Canada and Australia.

Brook Benton, Bobby Bare and Glen Campbell are just a few artist who have covered the song through the years. The song can be found on the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Am, D7, C
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Games People Play was a huge hit for Joe South in 1968, picking up two Grammy Awards. The song was a top in the UK and a #12 in the US. It reached #1 in South Africa.

The song hails from Joe's debut album "Introspect".

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, C
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5. Paul Revere & The Raiders

Indian Reservation was released by Paul Revere And The Raiders as a single back in 1971. It was a huge #1 selling several million copies. It was their biggest hit song and hails from the album Indian Reservation.

The song was first recorded in 1959 that never charted and then again in 1968 by Don Fardon who has a top 20 hit in the US and a #3 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat - with some shuffle strumming as well
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: Em, A7, Dm
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6. Peter & Gordon

A World Without Love was the very first single ever released by the British duo Peter And Gordon way back in 1964. Paul McCartney actually wrote this song.

The song was a #1 in the UK and the US.

McCartney was dating Peter's sister at the time and moved in with her when he was 16. Paul didn't think the song was good enough for his new band The Beatles so he gave the song to Peter Asher who had just landed a recording contract with his duo partner Gordon Waller.

The song is found on their album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down down up and repeat
  • Picking: some riffs within the rhythm
  • Chords: E, G#, Dbm, Am, Gbm, B7, C
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Lady Godiva was released as a single in 1966 and reached #16 in the UK and #6 in the US and hit #1 in Australia and Canada.

The song can be found on their album of the same name released in 1967.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A, G, Em, A7, B7, D7
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7. Peter Paul & Mary

If I Had A Hammer was a song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays back in 1949 as a progressive protest song.

It was first recorded by The Weavers. In 1962 Peter Paul and Mary released their version which reached #2. Trini Lopez took it to #3 in 1963.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a steady down up down up shuffle
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Bm, C, D, Em
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8. Ralph McTell

From Clare To Here was written by Ralph McTell in the 1970's and appeared on his 1976 album "Right Side Up".

Working with an Irishman in London in the mid 60s, he responded to a question from McTell by saying "yes it's a long way from Clare to here".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Fmaj7, Am, D, F, C, Em
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Streets Of London appears on McTells 1969 album entitled "Spiral Staircase" but was not released as a single in the UK until 1974. There have been over 200 covers of the song.

Roger Whittaker had a successful cover in 1971 as well. The song peaked at #2 in the UK. There is a third verse which McTell wrote in Mar 2020.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, A, Bm, Gbm, G, A7, A/Db, Bm/A, E7
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