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Rock Bands
In The 60s
On The Acoustic

rock bands in the 60s

Welcome to this rock bands in the 60s section. This is just one of several sections containing great 60s songs for the acoustic.

You'll find free demos, chord sheets, rhythm tips and more. If you require a full instructional video tutorial you can get one for a small fee. See prices in the right menu.

Artists on this page:
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
Paul Revere & The Raiders
The Association
The Beau Brummels
The Brothers Four
The Classics IV
The Fortunes - The Grass Roots
The Searchers - The Turtles
The Yardbirds

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Rock Bands In The 60s
Chords, Lyrics, Demos, Tutorials

1. For Your Love - The Yardbirds

for your love guitar lesson

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.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Em, G, A, Am, B, E, Dbm
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2. Greenfields - The Brothers Four

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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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3. Happy Together - The Turtles

happy together guitar lesson

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".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat with some shuffle strumming
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Dm, C, A#, A, Am7, F
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4. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again - The Fortunes

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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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5. I'd Wait A Million Years - The Grass Roots

id wait a million years guitar lesson

I'd Wait A Million Years was one of three singles from the bands 1969 album "Leaving It All Behind".

The album version is a bit slower than the single and longer by about one minute. It reached #15 in the US and #12 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down down down down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = a riff
  • Chords = Am, G, F, E7
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6. Indian Reservation - Paul Revere And The Raiders

indianreservation

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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7. Kicks - Paul Revere & The Raiders

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8. Laugh Laugh - The Beau Brummels

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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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9. Love Potion #9 - The Searchers

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10. Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots

midnight confessions guitar lesson

Midnight Confessions was released in 1968 and reached #5 in the US and #4 in Canada. The band used studio musicians The Wrecking Crew for this track.

The song never appeared on any studio albums but was part of the compilation album called "Golden Grass".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = mainly downstrokes
  • Picking = just a riff
  • Chords = G, D, E, Gbm, Abm, Dbm, B, A, Db
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11. Needles And Pins - The Searchers

needles and pins guitar lesson

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".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No just a riff
  • Chords: G, Em, C, D, A, B7, G, Gb, B, Abm
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12. Never My Love - The Association

never my love guitar lesson

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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13. Sooner Or Later - The Grass Roots

soonerorlater

Sooner Or Later came out in 1971 and reached #9 in the US ad #13 in Canada and was the bands last top 10 hit in the US.

The song was put on the album "Their 16 Greatest Hits".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up down up down and repeat .. and some steady down up down up
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = C, Em, F, G, G7, Dm, Am/Ab, Am/G, Am/Gb, Ab, C#, Fm, Gb
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14. Spooky - The Classics IV

spooky guitar lesson

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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15. The Green Leaves Of Summer - The Brothers Four

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16. Things I Should Have Said - The Grass Roots

thingsishouldhavesaid

Things I Should Have Said was a single release back in 1967. The song peaked at #23.

The track is found on the album "Let's Live For Today".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up with some chops as you play through this one
  • Picking = a riff but no lead
  • Chords = G, F, C, D, Dsus, Bm, Em, A7sus, A7, A, Dm
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17. Traces - The Classics IV

traces guitar lesson

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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18. Turn Around - The Beau Brummels

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19. Windy - The Association

windy guitar lesson

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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20. Woman Woman - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

woman woman guitar lesson

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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21. You Baby - The Turtles

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22. Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

younggirl

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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23. You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes

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