Marshfield Pirates Marshfield High School, Class of 1969, Coos Bay, Oregon  

The Music We Listened To

 

What? You were expecting sea chanteys? Don't think so. This pirate crew for the most part listened to rock-n-roll and the 60's was a treasure chest chock full of different gems of music and what was generically dumped into the category, rock music. Ranging from the music of some of the 50's legends like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry to the "Surfer" music of the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean to the "British Invasion" with music icons such as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Did you watch The Monkees on TV? Or who can forget the folk rock and war protest songs from Janis Joplin, Joan Baez or Bob Dylan or the 1965 protest classic, Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire. (Last sentence sort of sounds like a line from "Whose Line Is This Anyway". :-)  Oh yeah, don't forget about bubblegum rock from groups such as the Archies, Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company.

The 60's also saw what was called Psychedelic or Acid rock and the mid to late 60's saw the first of the Blues Rock bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, early Fleetwood Mac, Cream and the Yardbirds. Heavy Metal bands such as Led Zeppelin (formerly the Yardbirds) also made their debut and to this day, Led Zeppelin is still rated as #1 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Black Sabbath (1970) is #2 and Jimi Hendrix is ranked #3.

Although Rhythm and Blues in it's earliest forms was traditionally performed by African American artists, much of the music from bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Animals and The Who to a name a few, also fell under the R&B classification and many of the top 100 songs of the 60's were on both the rock and the R&B charts.

OK, enough music history. It has been said that if you can remember the 60's, you weren't there, so click the links in the black right hand sidebar to see the song titles and bands of the 60's music scene and maybe something will ring a bell. :)

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