When Pete and I were about 16, we went to see a documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd at the University of Delaware movie theater. If you’ve ever met either of us, you might wonder, “Why on earth did you go see a documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd?” I have no idea, either.
My original idea for this list was to focus on Ladysmith Black Mambazo and township jive. But the more I looked into it, the more I realized how widespread the music of southern Africa really is. That is because I am a dumb white American.
Miles Davis called Sonny Rollins the greatest tenor ever. I guess there isn’t too much to add to that.
When Larry (Lawrence) and I were roommates, we used to call “Next Episode” the drive-by song. Or maybe it was “That Was a Good Day.” Actually, you could call pretty much any song on this list the drive-by song.
The day I met Max, the first thing he said to me was, “Don’t you think Smokey Robinson was the greatest singer of the 60s?” I knew right away I was going to like this kid. Smokey Robinson and I also have the same birthday, so clearly I am awesome by association.
Everybody Is a Star! You Can Make It If You Try! I – I – I AM EVERYDAY PEOPLE!
I love this group.
I will admit that it was only after I heard English Beat’s version of “Tears of a Clown” that I understood the line, “Just like Pagliacci did.” Now I need to figure out who Pagliacci is. (Jokes like this were a lot funnier before Google.)
This is another catch-all category, but there was so much amazing soul music in the 60s that I couldn’t let these songs go unpresented. Any music blog that doesn’t include “Sweet Soul Music” or “Higher and Higher” is a blog I don’t want any part of.
This one is probably right up there with Girl Groups as my favorite list. Why are women so much better than men musically, as well as in general? As a boy who likes boys, this explains a lot about my dating life.