Tag: 1965

I’ve told you once and I’ve told you twice

Wednesday, 12 August, 2015 0 Comments

Our intermittent series on the great songs of 1965, that pivotal year in modern music, continues with The Last Time, the first Rolling Stones single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It became the band’s third song to reach No. 1 in the UK charts, spending three weeks at the top in March and early April that year and although it’s credited to Jagger and Richards, “Keef” has admitted that it was based on a traditional gospel song called This May Be The Last Time, recorded by The Staple Singers in 1955.

That was a material fact in 1997, when the former Rolling Stones business manager Allen Klein, whose company ABKCO Records owns the rights to all the band’s material from the 1960’s, sued The Verve for using a sample of The Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Last Time in their Bitter Sweet Symphony hit. The Verve had obtained a licence to use the sample, but Klein successfully argued in court that the band used more material than the licence allowed. The Verve had to relinquish their royalties to ABKCO and the songwriting credit was changed to Jagger/Richards. Following this, Andrew Loog Oldham, who owns the copyright on the orchestral version that was sampled, also sued The Verve. Litigious lot, eh?

BTW, the footage here proves that the distinctive Last Time riff was played by Brian Jones, while the chords and solo were played by Keith Richards. Oh, and look out for legendary Manchester United footballer George Best jiving at 1.37.

I Got You Babe

Monday, 27 July, 2015 0 Comments

Fifty years ago, I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher spent three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single sold more than one million copies and the song went on to top the British, Irish and Canadian charts. Our 1965 music series continues.

“So let them say your hair’s too long
‘Cause I don’t care, with you I can’t go wrong
Then put your little hand in mine
There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb.”

Responding to Bob Dylan’s acerbic It Ain’t Me Babe, Sonny Bono conceived I Got You Babe as an opposing work in every sense. Where Dylan was lyrically complex, Sonny was simple. Where Dylan was musically simple, Sonny was complex and he built upon Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound using the song’s verse-chorus-verse format with a rising coda, led by a distinctive oboe, to reach a climax. Then, the song started to crescendo again before the fadeout, and all this in just three minutes. A pop masterpiece.

My Generation

Thursday, 23 July, 2015 0 Comments

The fourth song in our series of the classics of 1965, that vital year in the history of modern music, is My Generation by The Who. Lead guitarist Pete Townshend composed it on a train journey from London to Southampton on 19 May 1965 — his 20th birthday. In a 1987 Rolling Stone interview, he said: “My Generation was very much about trying to find a place in society. The band was young then. It was believed that its career would be incredibly brief.” The song contains the famous line, “I hope I die before I get old” and the band’s drummer Keith Moon did, dying of a drug overdose in 1978 at 32.

Anorak note: The song features one of the first bass solos in rock history played by John Entwistle on a Danelectro instrument.

In The Midnight Hour

Tuesday, 21 July, 2015 0 Comments

The third song in our series of the classics of 1965, that pivotal year in the history of modern music, is In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett. It was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be shot in April 1968. Released on the eponymous album, the song has become a soul standard and is regarded as one of the great songs of all-time.

Turn! Turn! Turn!

Thursday, 16 July, 2015 0 Comments

Continuing our summer series on the great albums made 50 years ago, here’s Turn! Turn! Turn! by the Byrds from the band’s second album, which was released in 6 December 1965. The lyrics are adapted word-for-word from Chapter Three of the Book of Ecclesiastes, as found in the King James Version (1611) of the Bible. The song holds the distinction as the only No. hit authored by King Solomon.

The Angry Young Them

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015 2 Comments

The year 1965 was a milestone in the history of modern music and during this summer we’ll be looking, sporadically, at some of the classic recordings of that year. We’re kicking off with The Angry Young Them, the first album from the Northern Irish group Them, which was released in June 1965. Six of the 14 songs on the album were written by Van Morrison, including the famous, fabulous anthem Gloria.