The exciting time for music started for us teenagers when almost every week a new song and artist was played on radio. There were special radio shows in Germany like "Hootenanny" or "Teenagermelody". With the advent of (big, expensive) tape recorders we tried to record as many songs as possible - which was 'illegal' at that time. At parties we would bring our latest 'Single' records to have them played. And it was the time to grab a guitar and start to cover as many folk songs as possible.
The Rock&Roll era started in the 50s and had spread from the US to Europe. The 3rd of February 1959 - "The Day the Music Died" - marking the death of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens in a plane crash - also marked a new chapter for the music in the 60s. Inspired by the sounds of Rock&Roll, young musicians were getting back to its origins and so came a new wave of Folk Music and pure R&B (Rhythm & Blues) revivals.
The movement was led by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. A new genre of "Folk-Rock" was enthusiastically received, thinking of Simon&Garfunkel or The Mamas & Papas. Many white musicians were heading backwards, covering traditional songs while African-Americans continued the sound of R&B - like James Brown. The "Soul Music" was accepted also by white consumers, resulting later in Funk music - which in the 70s became disco music.
In Britain The Beatles created their own musical style with a blend of melodies and complex rhythms - leaning on R&B. The Beatles reaching their full potential by the end of the 60s when they stopped performing as a band. As in the US they called it the "British Invasion", letting Folk Music look less attractive.
R&B also influenced another British sub-culture known as the MODS, their music is reflected best by The Rolling Stones - who are still playing after 50 years of stage presence.
Psychedelia characterized the music of the 60s, amplified by the use of emerging technology in guitar pedals and sound effects. Lyrically the songs would be about love, loneliness, freedom, sexual liberation, literature and sometimes just nonsensical. Bands like The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Donovan or Pink Floyd incorporated psychedelia into their sound.
At the same time, Detroit developed a new singing style, the "Mowtown Sound", typically defined by their drum beat, clean-cut vocalists, and lyrics of lost love. One of the biggest hits was "Heard it Through the Grapevine".
The evening will let you hear (and see) some of the most outstanding artists of that time. Many of them are still known today - and who knows - maybe you know them, too. Here are some of them:
Ben E. King, Dion, Ray Charles, Del Shannon, Roy Orbison, Booker T & The MGs, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, Animals, Rolling Stones, Simon&Garfunkel, Percy Sledge, Supremes, Moody Blues, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Temptations ... etc, etc ...
The decade of the 60s produced so many outstanding songs and artists that it will be hard to cover all essential singers and songs of that time in one evening. But we will try to let you enjoy the whole array of music of that time.
At the end of the evening we are sure you will also admire and - at least - appreciate the music of that time. When you'll hear some of the songs on radio today, you will know: This music is from the best time in the history of popular music!