American Hits From 1966

Monday is the day we play hit songs from the 60s by American artists. Today’s medley features songs from 1966 and includes a song that appeared on The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album but was originally released as a Brian Wilson solo single.

Singles were a lot shorter back then. That explains how I could play seven songs in just 18 minutes!

Your Memories … That’s What We’re All About

Play button is on the left … Volume slider is on the right

American Songs From 1966

Count Five – Aaron Neville – Bob Dylan
Swingin’ Medallions – Johnny Rivers
Bobby Fuller Four – Brian Wilson

Comments (6)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good Morning, Ray. The Count Five is a good choice to illustrate what was going on in the music scene. The Blues are the base with the new guitar focus being introduced. Crazy indeed. Aaron Neville shows that soulful blues weren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Bob Dylan, fully electric but still a bit mysterious as usual. Johnny Rivers, always smooth, was cranking out the hits and this one was especially catchy. I think this was the year that I joined The Columbia Record Club and got 10 LPs for, I think it was only a penny. What a great deal! When that box arrived I was in heaven. I clearly remember that I got a Johnny Rivers album.mixed in there with Trini Lopez and many more. Wow, was I happy! The Bobby Fuller Four came out of nowhere and disappeared almost as fast. I seem to remember some sort of tragedy associated with him at the time. Brian Wilson was moving away from cars & the surf but thankfully Girl’s were still on his mind. Great mix today Ray. As usual you are pressing all the right buttons. As we say almost everyday, Rock On!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Good morning, Don.
      I joined the Columbia Record Club, too! I clearly remember tearing open that cardboard box each month to find the “treasure” inside.Bobby Fuller’s death is still a mystery.
      I’m pleased the music brought back some pleasant memories for you. πŸ™‚
      On July 18, 1966, Fuller received a phone call and left his Hollywood apartment in his mother’s blue Oldsmobile. Later that day Fuller’s body was found sprawled on the front seat of the car, a gas can nearby. His body was doused with gasoline. The car had been in the parking lot outside the apartment for only 30 minutes before his mother discovered the body.
      Bruises covered Fuller’s arms and body, prompting speculation that he had been beaten or dragged. Early news reports attributed Fuller’s death to suicide by asphyxiation from the gas fumes. Los Angeles police apparently agreed; Fuller’s associates (particularly Morris Levy, the Roulette Records owner known for his strong-arm tactics and Mafia ties) weren’t immediately questioned and cops on the scene disposed of the gas can without dusting for fingerprints.
      I’ll say it again …

  2. Wendyl

    Singing synchronously with songs from sixty-six starts a scheduled span of sunshine (and snow) with a Smile! Thanks for this great kick-off to a new week! πŸ™‚ XOXOXOXO πŸ™‚

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Wendyl. πŸ™‚
      The sunshine (and the temperatures in the 40s later this week) defeats the snow!
      Twenty-six days until Spring! πŸ™‚
      Have a wonderful day, sweetheart!

  3. Penny

    great set to get through this very long Monday .. .LOL love “secret Agent Man …. πŸ™‚
    About the days until spring, I can’t wait! Most all the ice is now melted off my driveway and I was able to actually get out yesterday, first time in a week ……… look forward to tomorrow …. Have a good evening Ray!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Penny. πŸ™‚
      Always glad to know you enjoyed the music.
      Spring IS coming! ❀️


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