Daily Dirt for Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Music in particular, like our world in general, was changing as we approached the mid-1960s. I think you’ll agree, at least with the former, as you browse through today’s premier offering… Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 420 from the Daily Dirt.
1. The rock era began to officially take hold in 1964.
It was the start of the famous British Invasion and former chart regulars like the Rooftop Singers, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee and Al Martino were on their way out.
Take a look at the top 10 final songs of 1964, according to popradio.com, and I think you’ll know what I mean. It was the last year that someone like Louis Armstrong or Dean Martin reached the year-end top 10.
- 1. “Hello Dolly”, by Louis Armstrong: This song is still great to listen to as the occasional “oldie”, but can you imagine hearing it on any pop sound release you subscribe to today?
- 2. “I want to hold your hand”, from the Beatles: To say the Beatles changed the way we approach music in the 1960s would be an understatement, huh?
- 3. “She Loves You” by The Beatles: Was it really the music, or was the long hair the real attraction?
- 4. “I Get Around”, by the Beach Boys: The west coast registers with this selection.
- 5. “Oh, pretty woman”, by Roy Orbison: An often overlooked talent from this era in music. Orbison didn’t “look” like a pop star, but the guy could definitely sing.
- 6. “Hard Day’s Night”, by The Beatles: One of the first Beatles songs with a bit of a twist.
- 7. “Everybody loves someone”, by Dean Martin: My favorite Dean Martin song.
- 8. “My Guy”, by Mary Wells: The biggest hit for soul Wells, who died years later of throat cancer.
- 9. “Louis, Louie”, by the Kingsmen: To this day, still one of the most controversial songs in pop music history.
- 10. “Where did our love go”, by the Supremes: And the world is officially introduced to the talented Miss Diana Ross.
Now take a look at Billboard’s final top 10 a year later in 1965. Yes, there was no going back to the adult contemporary songs of years past. Rock was here to stay.
- 1. “Wooly Bully”, from Sam le Sham and the Pharaohs: Domingo “Sam” Samudio, who was the headliner of this campy band, remains alive and well. He is 85 years old.
- 2. “I can’t help it (sugar pie, honey bouquet): My favorite Four Tops song. Levi Stubbs and his three friends have never been so good.
- 3. “I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, by the Rolling Stones: Step into the Stones as the arch rivals the more streamlined Beatles.
- 4. “You Were On My Find”, by the We Five: A sort of holdover from the folk era.
- 5. “You have lost that feeling of love”, by the virtuous brothers: A Little Blue Eyed Soul by Bill Medley and the late Bobby Hatfield.
- 6. “Downtown”, by Petula Clark: Petula’s best effort.
- 7. “Help!” by The Beatles: Surprisingly, their only top 10 selection of the year.
- 8. “Can’t You Hear My Heart Beating”, by Herman’s Hermits: One of the friendliest bands of the British Invasion. They were the anti-Stones.
- 9. “Crying in the Chapel”, by Elvis Presley: There is always room for the king.
- 10. “My Girl”, by the temptations: The marvelous tempting Temptations. Motown’s cavalcade of talent was jam-packed.
2. Speaking of the 1960s, I saw a report this weekend that said 70% of kids today get driven or transported to school in some way.
In the 1960s, this figure was 13%. Wow.
3. My picks for this week’s MLB playoff quarterfinal
Dodgers vs. Padres: It will be a war, an absolute war. There’s still a sense of entitlement around the Dodgers, even though they’ve only won one World Series (the Covid year of 2020) since Kirk Gibson limped around the bases after that infamous home run in 1988. And the Padres? They just don’t like the Dodgers, and they sure have the talent AND the attitude to win this series – but they won’t. Despite a few injuries and an unstable enclosure, Los Angeles has a staff capable of silencing Manny Machado and Juan Soto. Prediction: Dodgers in four games.
Braves vs. Phillies: This series will likely get lost in the shadow of the Dodgers-Padres scrimmage. Atlanta finished the regular season with a 79-33 record and I don’t expect the Braves to slow down one bit. Prediction: Brave in three.
Yankees vs. Guardians: Cleveland probably has the second-best rotation in the league behind Houston, and normally I’m a big believer in the hardest pitch that still holds the ace card. But unless Guardians aces Shane Bieber and Tristan McKenzie can win the first two games, I think Cleveland’s dream season ends here. Too many bats in the Bronx. Prediction: Yankees in three games.
Mariners vs. Astros: Yes, Seattle was a great story coming from the Northwest, but the Mariners bubble is bursting here. Houston has the deepest rotation in the game, anchored by Cy Young Award favorite Justin Verlander. Prediction: Houston in four games.
Steve thought about the day “If you’re an older person like me and want to feel even older, consider that Petula Clark is now 89.
Steve Eightinger writes daily for Muddy River News. Al Martino?
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