Songs That Defined The 60s
On The Acoustic

Songs That Defined The 60s On The Acoustic Guitar

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Songs That Defined The 60s


1. Black Is Black - (Los Bravos)

This song 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.

  • 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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2. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - (The Walker Brothers)

Frankie Valli did record this song 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.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up and repeat - some down strokes also
  • Picking = just a few riffs
  • Chords = D, Em, A, G, A7
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3. Time Won't Let Me - (The Outsiders)

This one is from 1966 by The Outsiders, a band based out of Cleveland Ohio. They managed a #5 hit in the USA and Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No 
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat and some steady up and down
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, Gbm, G, E, Bm, Dbm, D
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4. Walk Right In - (Rooftop Singers)

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.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes 
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up with riffs all through the song 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, E7, C, C7, A7, D7
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5. Whiter Shade Of Pale - (Procol Harum)

Since its release back in 1967, this song 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.

  • 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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