Baby Music Maven
A year of change. The searing pain of President Kennedy’s assasination was still fresh in many minds. The world was changing, everywhere.
New “things” like the Ford Mustang, Shea Stadium, the first IBM Super Computer, and Jeopardy! were introduced. The Surgeon General first told the American public that smoking may be hazardous to your health. Exciting new plans were announced for the New York World Trade Center. President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, and sent 5,000 additional “military advisors” to South Vietnam. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Yankees in 7 games to take the World Series and Malcolm X makes the fateful decision to leave the Nation of Islam. Roald Dahl completes the masterpiece of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In September, right before Hurricane Hilda hit South Louisiana, a little Libra Dragon appeared on the scene, providing another big change to the world. I took to music right off the bat. Maybe it was because my mother played the radio in my room every night next to my crib. And, what a great year it was. In February, The Beatles took “the states” by storm and provided for 60% of the total singles sales. They would produce 14 Billboard hits in 1964 and in April would hold the top 5 slots on the charts.
One of the Biggest Moments in TV History
I was barely six weeks old when Sam Cooke was killed in a Motel in L.A. after an altercation with the manager. Change Gone Come was posthumously released and became a top seller. There was only ONE Sam Cooke.
Bring it on Home
These interviews show what a very smart and articulate artist, mentor and businessman Sam Cooke was.
Here are some of my favorites from 1964…..
Ferry Cross the Mersey – Gerry & The Pacemakers
Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
The #1 song on the day I was born….
Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
More from ’64….
Come See About Me – The Supremes
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
I’m Into Something Good – Herman’s Hermits
GLORIA – Van the Man and THEM
Hang on Sloopy – The McCoys
…..and probably the most FAMOUS song from 1964:
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