1960s American Hits!

Every Monday we play nothing but American hits from the 1960s and this week’s medley is filled with songs that should bring back some special memories.

If you look at the artists listed below, you might be expecting to hear, for example, Drift Away, My Guy, Be My Baby, Summertime, and Mr. Tambourine Man.

You Won’t Be.

Those artists had other charting songs during the magical decade and that’s what we’re playing today. You may have forgotten about them but if you grew up in the 1960s, we’re willing to bet more than a few will remind you.

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

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1960s American Hits

Dobie Gray – Mary Wells – Connie Francis
Classics IV – Ronettes – Martha & The Vandellas
Billy Stewart – Sam Cooke – Byrds

Comments (12)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good Morning,Ray. What a fun way to start the week with Dobie and the In Crowd. Everyone want to be in that crowd. Dobie didn’t have a lot of hits but he had memorable ones. Mary Wells, now she had a bushel full of hits but for some reason, it doesn’t seem like she gets the respect due her. Whenever I would hear one of her songs on the radio, it would make me st up and take notice. Connie Francis I never put in the Rock catagory She was always Pop to me. Another of life’s mysteries. Is it just me or does Classics IV sound like a solo act? I guess it’s just my indiscriminate ears. Sorry fellows. The Ronettes, here they are not screaming at us, which I loved by the way, and you still can’t miss that it’s them. A great example of a group that could sing the phone book and still be fabulous! Martha & The Vandellas, I don’t have any idea what a Vandella could possibly be but who cares? Not me, I love their entire catalog. I still miss hearing them making my day better just by coming on the airwaves. Smooth Billy Stewart. So smooth and always cool. You know he listened to Sam Cooke, the ultimate cool cat, confident, mellow and always connecting to his audience. The Byrds will be the ear worm for my day, thank you. They take a simple idea and weave it into a melody I can’t forget. The lyrics are perfectly matched and the sound is theirs alone. My toes are taping, my head is spinning at 45 rpm and I am a happy camper. Thank you Ray for reminding me once again why I love the 60s. I can tell that you love them too. We are all kindred spirits here and today we are all very happy.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Don. 🙂
      The Connie Francis song was for Pat Conant. 🙂 Besides, many, if not most, of the artists played today were “pop” singers so she wasn’t completely out of place.
      I picked the Byrds song because it was the first song Chris Hillman ever wrote. It only reached #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 but has since become somewhat of a cult classic.

  2. Wendyl

    Wonderful to hear these tunes and recognize their sound from their giant hits. I honestly wasn’t as familiar with some of these songs and I love that! I enjoyed all of them either because I hadn’t heard them in a while or it was neat to hear “new” tunes from classic artists! Speaking of 60s, we may see temps reach 60 in a few days! Have a sunshiny day and thanks for starting mine with a smile. 🙂 XOXOXOXO 🙂

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Wendyl ❤️
      I’m happy I could introduce you to “new” material 🙂
      I am soooooooooooo looking forward to nice weather!

  3. fred

    Well Mr. DJ I see you are having a party today!! Fun mix Ray you always were in with the in crowd!! And adding Connie Francis in the mix was interesting!! Always loved Sam Cooke great mix Baby I love you!! Keep on rockin’ Ray!!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Sir Fred. 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed the medley, and as I told Don, I added Connie because Pat Conant loves that song and I had promised her I would find a way to fit it in. American 60s was the place to do it. 🙂
      ROCK ON, BRO!

  4. Lawrence Albert Coughlin

    Did Connie Francis have work on her nose that had a negative effect (or is it affect?) on her singing voice?

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Hi Coach!
      Connie Francis has had so much tragedy in her life.
      Following a November 1974 performance at the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, N.Y., Francis was raped and robbed at knifepoint in her hotel room. She went into depression, taking as many as 50 Darvon pills a day and rarely left her home.
      In 1977, Francis underwent nasal surgery and completely lost her voice. She went through three more operations to regain her singing voice.
      In 1981, further tragedy struck when her brother, with whom she was very close, was murdered by Mafia hitmen.
      All things considered, I’d say she is a very remarkable and courageous woman.

  5. Pat Conant

    “Lost” in the 60’s today. Beautiful voices & great songs. Thanks for “Together”, Mr DJ, hadn’t heard it for years.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Pat.
      I hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

  6. Penny

    you were correct, when I saw the names that is what I was expecting … LOL The medley was great, even a couple I am not familiar with. Have a great evening Ray!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Penny ❤️
      Hopefully the music I played instead of what you were expecting was OK. I like to mix things up every once in a while. 🙂


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