Thursday, June 20, 2013

Remembering the Music of the 60s

English: Original oil painting by Pappi, 2008.
Original oil painting by Pappi, 2008 (Wikipedia)
by Anna Mundo

In today's era of Justin Bieber and K-Pop sensations, it is rarely that we find a child or teen who knows the music of the 60s.

For those who do, they definitely belong to a family who takes listening to the oldies music on a lazy Sunday a weekly habit.

The 1960s is the year where pop and rock and roll music are soaring. This is also the year where an all male pop group called The Beatles started to flourish and sweep all the girls off their feet.

Their pop-rock music has invaded the world and became the most requested songs. They are popular not just in United Kingdom but all over the world.

As time goes by, other pop artists like Cliff Richard, The Shadows and Dustry Springfield as well as Tom Jones and Petula Clark hit the music scene with their pop music too.

Along came mid-60s when the music has evolved again and folk music was introduced. Folk music utilizes traditional music and new compositions in a traditional style. It is usually played on acoustic instruments.

Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger are just among of the famous artists who pioneered this kind of music.

In 1965, rock music has emerged in different forms. Such forms include Psychedelic rock, Garage rock, Blues and Roots rock as well as Progressive Rock and Surf Rock which is considered as its most famous kind.

Surf Rock is characterized by being nearly entirely instrumental and by heavy use of reverb on the guitars.

Meanwhile, Garage Rock is a term for perception that many of the bands rehearsing in a suburban family garage. The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are just few of the well known rock icons in the industry.

During these years, the music from Brazil called Bossa Nova hit the airwaves too. The origin of this music is from the upscale neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro and it is known as a fusion of samba and cool jazz.

Some notable artists of Bossa Nova include Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and Astrud Gilberto.

The 60s was also the era for R&B and soul music. The record label Motown has several artists and songs that became so popular of which most of the songs are still being revived up to this day.

This is also the time where they have several songs topping the Billboard chart. Artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations as well as The Miracles, The Jackson Five, The Four Tops and James Brown are just some of the most celebrated R&B singers during that time.

It is said that the music of yesterday defines what we have today. As time passes by, the music continues to evolve and it will never stop even after the next generations. For whatever we have today, we truly owe it to yesterday's great musician with immeasurable passion for music.

Anna M is an active contributor of the magic sing and magazine subscriptions blogs. Her topics of interest also includes music in general.

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