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Subject: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/21/13 at 3:42 pm

"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents' divorce. "Hey Jude" begins with a verse-bridge structure based around McCartney's vocal performance and piano accompaniment; further instrumentation is added as the song progresses. After the fourth verse, the song shifts to a fade-out coda that lasts for more than four minutes.

At 2:58 of the song on the single version, someone can allegedly be heard to say, "F___ing hell!" There is some dispute as to who said this, and whether it was really exclaimed at all. Sound engineers Ken Scott and Geoff Emerick claim the exclamation came from McCartney and that it was Lennon's idea to leave the mistake in the final mix. "'Paul hit a clunker on the piano and said a naughty word,' Lennon gleefully crowed, 'but I insisted we leave it in, buried just low enough so that it can barely be heard. Most people won't ever spot it ... but we'll know it's there.'" However, in the Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew book Recording the Beatles, discussing the recording processes behind the Beatles' sessions, engineer Malcolm Toft recalls, "Barry Sheffield engineered 'Hey Jude', but I mixed it ... John Lennon says a very rude word about halfway through the song. At 2:59 you will hear a 'Whoa!' from him in the background. About two seconds later you will hear, 'F___ing hell!' This was because when he was doing a vocal backing, Barry sent him the foldback level too loud and he threw the cans on the ground and uttered the expletive. But, because it had been bounced down with the main vocal, it could not be removed. I just managed to bring the fader down for a split second on the mix to try to lessen the effect." Others argue that the voice is Ringo Starr's.

No naughty words are heard in this Anthology version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WMesxVWuhc



Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: gibbo on 12/21/13 at 9:50 pm

It was a great year musically. Things were on the changing. Being 8 years old at that time ... I was impressed by this one.  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubOI9yY55JU

Loved this one ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwx8Voq373A

The great Mama Cass (and some friends)... ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aK6JnyFmk

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: gibbo on 12/21/13 at 9:57 pm

I also liked any song that had a girl's name (or even the word 'girl') ... ::)  I put these on my mp3 player this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9md5oW00q4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZerER6af04k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJFVPxBpezk

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: gibbo on 12/21/13 at 10:09 pm

... and the solo ladies were still going strong.

Loved these as well...

do you know the way to san jose

The fabulous Dusty Springfield.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp4339EbVn8

This song written by McCartney. Not everone's cup of tea ... but her voice really interested me.  Back when singers didn't have to look perfect! She DID get the teeth and nose done some years later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08EV03qkY2Y

This song produced by McCartney...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVdOQvx379Y

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/22/13 at 6:38 am

1910 Fruitgum Company - Simon Says

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdY4ONmIUQY

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 12/22/13 at 11:44 am


John Lennon says a very rude word about halfway through the song. At 2:59 you will hear a 'Whoa!' from him in the background. About two seconds later you will hear, 'F___ing hell!' This was because when he was doing a vocal backing, Barry sent him the foldback level too loud and he threw the cans on the ground and uttered the expletive. But, because it had been bounced down with the main vocal, it could not be removed. I just managed to bring the fader down for a split second on the mix to try to lessen the effect." Others argue that the voice is Ringo Starr's.


Some sort of urban legend about this...other sources say that it was a member of the band Grapefruit (who the Beatles had some involvement with) who cursed when the headphone level was played too loud. Perhaps we'll never know for sure, people's memories tend to fade as the years progress...

Oh man! 'Eloise' - what a belter of a song that was! Barry Ryan inventing histrionics on record!

The Quo! With their very first hit! Don't they look young and cute?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4YYI8G5EM


The Foundations weren't the only multi-racial group around. There was also The Equals (and Eddy Grant had a very long and successful career too!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AcigKiu_Gk

(This was actually from the previous year, only hitting big in Britain after it swept the continent)


This would normally be considered a 'cover' version, but it sounds a million miles different from the American Breed's original...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM-y1a1oeCo

The lead singer, Andy Fairweather-Low, was last heard of playing with some bloke called Paul McCartney...

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: gibbo on 12/22/13 at 3:56 pm


Some sort of urban legend about this...other sources say that it was a member of the band Grapefruit (who the Beatles had some involvement with) who cursed when the headphone level was played too loud. Perhaps we'll never know for sure, people's memories tend to fade as the years progress...

Oh man! 'Eloise' - what a belter of a song that was! Barry Ryan inventing histrionics on record!

The Quo! With their very first hit! Don't they look young and cute?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4YYI8G5EM


The Foundations weren't the only multi-racial group around. There was also The Equals (and Eddy Grant had a very long and successful career too!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AcigKiu_Gk

(This was actually from the previous year, only hitting big in Britain after it swept the continent)


This would normally be considered a 'cover' version, but it sounds a million miles different from the American Breed's original...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM-y1a1oeCo

The lead singer, Andy Fairweather-Low, was last heard of playing with some bloke called Paul McCartney...


I read that the swearing was caused by McCartney hitting a bad note on the piano.  Not certain what the truth is now. :-\\ Anyways ... I can't hear anything!  ;D

I didn't realise the Foundations were multi racial until I saw the clip on youtube. We only had the radio to go by back then.

...and I can't believe the two Quo leads are still performing together. I only got into The Quo when I heard Down Down.

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/22/13 at 7:06 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsL9UL9qbv8

Aretha Franklin - Think

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/24/13 at 6:41 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VPGibihptE

The Fifth Dimension - Stoned Soul Picnic

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: AmericanGirl on 12/26/13 at 7:03 pm

Lotsa good choices already!  ;D

Here's another (despite the weird video):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4QBhC1uCP4

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 12/27/13 at 6:25 am

As main songwriters Brian & Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier had left Motown by 1968, some acts who relied heavily upon them had to look elsewhere for their material...

Diana & The Supremes had this controversial (for the time) song cooked up for them and hained a big hit out of it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdmGO-GvHyo

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/27/13 at 6:40 am


As main songwriters Brian & Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier had left Motown by 1968, some acts who relied heavily upon them had to look elsewhere for their material...

Diana & The Supremes had this controversial (for the time) song cooked up for them and hained a big hit out of it!




definitely a classic.

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/27/13 at 6:45 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C45mye89Kgs

Jose Feliciano - Light My Fire

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 12/29/13 at 12:02 pm

The big British hit of that year's Christmas season...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7pHDoJrrzA

It's a novelty, right? Possibly, but it has pedigree. The backing vocalists include Graham Nash and Elton John and playing bass guitar...Jack Bruce of Cream! Add to that, one of the singers, Mike McGear, is the sibling of a certain Paul McCartney...

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/29/13 at 2:55 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVdcVezLFew

The Foundations - Baby Now That I've Found You

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/01/14 at 5:13 pm

Tommy James and the Shondells - Mony Mony

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbXk7_xrzEg

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/02/14 at 7:05 am

Classics IV - Spooky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAP84Zc_CYU

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/03/14 at 5:17 pm

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was first recorded by Otis Redding in 1967, days before his death on December 10, 1967 in a plane crash in Wisconsin that killed everyone onboard except Ben Cauley, the trumpeter in the band.

When Otis recorded this, he and Cropper didn't have a last verse written, so he whistled it. He planned to return to Memphis and fill in the verse after performing in Madison, Wisconsin, but he died before he had the chance. When Cropper produced the song, he left the whistling in, and it fit the mood of the song perfectly. It is probably the most famous whistling in any song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/04/14 at 3:21 pm


"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was first recorded by Otis Redding in 1967, days before his death on December 10, 1967 in a plane crash in Wisconsin that killed everyone onboard except Ben Cauley, the trumpeter in the band.

When Otis recorded this, he and Cropper didn't have a last verse written, so he whistled it. He planned to return to Memphis and fill in the verse after performing in Madison, Wisconsin, but he died before he had the chance. When Cropper produced the song, he left the whistling in, and it fit the mood of the song perfectly. It is probably the most famous whistling in any song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4


nice song while watching a sunset.

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/04/14 at 3:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPDEV13DlIs&feature=kp

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap- Over You

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 01/04/14 at 5:30 pm

Lots of good stuff in here.  Love Mony Mony by Tommy James!


Here's a popular 5 piece combo from the UK who somehow never became big stars in the US.  Canada was listening though!

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich - Breakout
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJQ4zWRu5TA

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich - The Legend of Xanadu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjsViTfS5dk

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/05/14 at 3:08 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYW3rfX66KU

LADY WILLPOWER ~ Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 01/07/14 at 6:58 pm

The Rolling Stones ~ Jumpin' Jack Flash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3son8owvhs

One of the best rock songs ever.
They were all pretty baked in this video, and Brian Jones looks like a cheap aging Vegas call girl.

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 01/08/14 at 6:50 am


Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich - The Legend of Xanadu


One of those 'everyhting-but-the-kitchen-sink' productions - never a critics' favourite, but they certainly were original...

In a similar vein, this lot - but only really remembered for this one hit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY15bqVspZE

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/08/14 at 7:02 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHJPb08KI1E

The Delfonics - La-La Means I Love You

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/11/14 at 6:14 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvXDxobNteA



Cat

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 01/12/14 at 7:37 am

Paul Moriat ~ Love is blue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIKpko4Ln90

My favorite instrumental song  8)  Loved it as a kid, love it 45 years later too.

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Tia on 01/12/14 at 7:56 am


Paul Moriat ~ Love is blue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIKpko4Ln90

My favorite instrumental song  8)  Loved it as a kid, love it 45 years later too.
this tune was a huge deal when i was a kid, too.

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: CatwomanofV on 01/12/14 at 12:02 pm

Another instrumental.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwaFCXEYJ14

Or you could have it with the lyrics:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrPV93e8znQ



Cat

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/12/14 at 2:55 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7vm-k-AaA

Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/12/14 at 5:35 pm

O.C. Smith - Little Green Apples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKTxQM8nqp0

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 01/12/14 at 9:32 pm

Lots of good stuff so far!


Here's a 1968 song battle that technically had no winner in Canada ...

The American-formed Canadian group known as The Band had a single in 1968 called The Weight.  It was covered that same year by Jackie DeShannon, and her version charted before The Band's version.  Both versions were in the charts at the same time, and though neither one made the US Top 40, both versions were paired in Canada as one release (as seen in the printed chart) and as a result, they both have the same peak position on the same date!

The Band - The Weight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmRDM7GyJXE

Jackie DeShannon - The Weight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxTli_1up2o

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/13/14 at 6:24 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz5m-tIdPLs

Cliff Nobles & Co.- The Horse

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/14/14 at 5:15 pm


Paul Moriat ~ Love is blue

My favorite instrumental song  8)  Loved it as a kid, love it 45 years later too.



Cliff Nobles & Co.- The Horse


1968 was a great year for instrumentals. Here's a couple more:

Hugh Masekela - Grazing In The Grass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKcGCObEb28


Young-Holt Unlimited - Soulful Strut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX1XSOzDPik

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/15/14 at 6:30 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYJWE3HGPss

Clarence Carter - Slip Away

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/18/14 at 8:48 pm

The Grass Roots - Midnight Confessions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nZnqtDdsws

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/19/14 at 3:43 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzM71scYw0M

The Doors - Hello, I Love You

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/19/14 at 4:30 pm

Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8kFGGOIl4c

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 01/19/14 at 11:07 pm

Here's a great one from the British invasion ...

Herman's Hermits - Sleepy Joe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arir0YGL3ro


Here's a great psychadelic favourite from Britain.  Quite unusual this one, I always thought it sounded ahead of it's time ...

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOErZuzZpS8


Here's a familiar one from the US of A.  Love this one alot ...

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap - Over You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=556THkmBCqk

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/20/14 at 6:31 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3FTpaYP0vQ

Derek - "Cinnamon"

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 01/20/14 at 6:58 pm

Marvin Gaye with Tammi Terrell ~ You're all I need to get by

One the many great "Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell" songs. Damn we lost both of them too soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdqtmnd2T0U

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/20/14 at 7:22 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0A_N-wmiMo

Say It Loud, I'm Black & I'm Proud-James Brown

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/20/14 at 7:55 pm

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - The Look Of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOkSTVzEO0A

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/21/14 at 6:53 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2E7mrp-mTQ

1910 Fruitgum Company - 1, 2, 3, Red Light

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: loki 13 on 01/26/14 at 5:37 pm

Neil Young...Sugar Mountain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2J5NzlB1Mc

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/27/14 at 6:25 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDZqmF3zS04

Cream - Sunshine of your Love

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 02/06/14 at 4:01 pm

The Beatles ~ Happiness Is a Warm Gun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nba5wdfZJh8

Great song from the White Album. There has always been some debate as to whether the Beatles should have put out a very good single album, instead of a double-album.

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 02/07/14 at 5:12 am


Great song from the White Album. There has always been some debate as to whether the Beatles should have put out a very good single album, instead of a double-album.


Hmmm, yes! I've spent quite a bit of 'drinking time' discussing the various merits of a single/double White Album with other like-minded people with nothing better to do with their time! Still, a double is what it is, even if the second disc doesn't work as well as the first...

Now, disproving the age-old rumour that ALL 60s music was great, let me set your teeth on edge...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mits2A0z0PA

ALWAYS hated this! If this song were punchable, I'd have no hesitation in taking a swing at it! Incredibly bad for ANY era and worse still, we made a #1 out of it! Aaaarrrgh!

And yet...it was written by the same guy who came up with this classic the same year, so he sort-of redeems himself!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhMuCiAe6vA

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 02/07/14 at 3:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPJKRRbjw0U

THE DELLS - STAY IN MY CORNER

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/27/14 at 6:28 am

"Soul Coaxing (Ame Câline)" is an instrumental tune recorded by the Raymond Lefèvre orchestra and released in 1968. It was often used as a theme tune for Radio Caroline, Radio Luxembourg and other radio stations, including some in the United States. It was issued on the Major Minor label in the UK, and reached #46 in the UK Singles Charts.It was also a hit in the US on the Four Corners label, getting to #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was written by Michel Polnareff, who originally recorded a vocal version of the song, and an English language version was also recorded by American singer Peggy March entitled "If You Loved Me". Other instrumental versions were recorded by such artists as Norrie Paramor and Franck Pourcel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILFsdDcgwdQ&feature=kp

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 05/27/14 at 7:06 am

The Beatles: Martha my dear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o99PfRWIonw

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: nally on 01/15/15 at 11:20 pm


Paul Moriat ~ Love is blue


My favorite instrumental song  8)  Loved it as a kid, love it 45 years later too.

That one ranks among my top favorite instrumental songs of all time, too. Beautiful instrumentation all around. 8)

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/15/15 at 11:21 pm


That one ranks among my top favorite instrumental songs of all time, too. Beautiful instrumentation all around. 8)
Should be added to the inthe00s playlist?

Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/15 at 6:36 am

From 1968, "Rain and Tears" by Aphrodite's Child, with the late Demis Roussos on vocals, based on Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel, words by Boris Bergman and music arranged by Vangelis Papathanassiou.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/21/15 at 4:44 am

"Son of a Preacher Man" is a song recorded by Dusty Springfield in September 1968 and featured on the album Dusty in Memphis. It was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins. The rights to record "Son of a Preacher Man" were originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. The song however was recorded by Aretha's elder sister Erma Franklin and was included on her 1969 Brunswick album Soul Sister. It was only upon hearing Springfield's version, a UK and American hit in 1968, that Aretha Franklin reconsidered and recorded the song herself including it on her 1970 album, This Girl's in Love with You, and it charted only as a less popular a-side of the b-side hit single "Call Me".

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/27/15 at 1:31 am

"Dream a Little Dream of Me" is a song, from c.1931, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and also by Wayne King and His Orchestra, with vocal by Ernie Birchill. A popular standard, more than 60 other versions have been recorded, but some of the highest chart ratings were in 1968 by Mama Cass Elliot with The Mamas & the Papas.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/15 at 12:21 pm

"Congratulations" is a song written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, as the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 on 6 April with Cliff Richard performing.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/15 at 12:24 pm

"Ain't Got No/I Got Life" is a single by the American songwriter Nina Simone. The song also featured on 'Nuff Said (1968). It is a medley of two songs from the musical Hair, with lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. The song charted at #2 in the UK and at #1 in The Netherlands. The song helped Simone gain pop-popularity under a new, younger audience, and became a standard in her repertoire.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/15 at 12:40 pm

"Days" is a song by The Kinks, written by Ray Davies, released as a single in 1968. It also appeared on an early version of the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (released only in continental Europe and New Zealand), and now appears as a bonus track of the remastered CD.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/15 at 1:17 pm

"Crosstown Traffic" is a 1968 song written by Jimi Hendrix. It was the second single released from the album Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #37 on the pop singles chart in the United Kingdom.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/05/15 at 5:30 am

"Time Is Tight" is an instrumental recorded by Booker T. & the M.G.'s for their soundtrack to the 1968 film UpTight.
The group recorded two versions of the song - the shorter (3:14), slower version was released as a single in 1969, and became one of the biggest hits of the group's career, peaking at #7 R&B and #6 Pop. The longer (4:55) version (which was included on the official soundtrack album) is played at a faster tempo than the single version, and features an extended introduction and an instrumental 'breakdown' section, neither of which were included in the single version.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/05/15 at 11:20 am

"Mah Nà Mah Nà" is a popular song from 1968 written by Piero Umiliani. It originally appeared in the Italian film Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Svezia, inferno e paradiso). It was a minor radio hit in the U.S. and in Britain, but became better known in English-speaking countries from its use in a recurring blackout sketch for the 1969-70 season of The Red Skelton Show, the fourteenth episode of Sesame Street, and the first episode of The Muppet Show.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/05/15 at 2:02 pm

"Magic Carpet Ride" is a rock song written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve from the Canadian-American hard rock band Steppenwolf. The song was initially released in 1968 on the album The Second. It was the lead single from that album, peaking at No. 3 in the US, and staying in the charts for 16 weeks, longer than any other Steppenwolf song.

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/15 at 11:16 pm

"MacArthur Park" is a song which Jimmy Webb originally wrote and composed as part of an intended cantata. Webb initially brought the entire cantata to The Association, but the group rejected it. Richard Harris was the first to record the song, in 1968; it was subsequently covered and spoofed by numerous artists. Among the best-known covers are Donna Summer's disco arrangement from 1978, Waylon Jennings's Grammy Award-winning 1969 recording and 1976 recording and Four Tops (1971). Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman all performed big-band jazz arrangements.

The recording appeared on Harris's album A Tramp Shining in 1968 and was released as a single. It was an unusual choice, at its more than seven minute length and multi-part structure. Harris topped the music charts in Europe and Australia. Harris's version was released in April 1968 (WABC first played it on Tuesday 9 April 1968) and on the Hot 100 bowed at #79 on 11 May 1968 and peaked at #2 on 22 June 1968. The song peaked at No. 10 in Billboard's Easy Listening survey and was No. 8 for the year on WABC's overall 1968 chart. In 1969, "MacArthur Park" received the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/15 at 11:17 pm


"MacArthur Park" is a song which Jimmy Webb originally wrote and composed as part of an intended cantata. Webb initially brought the entire cantata to The Association, but the group rejected it. Richard Harris was the first to record the song, in 1968; it was subsequently covered and spoofed by numerous artists. Among the best-known covers are Donna Summer's disco arrangement from 1978, Waylon Jennings's Grammy Award-winning 1969 recording and 1976 recording and Four Tops (1971). Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman all performed big-band jazz arrangements.

The recording appeared on Harris's album A Tramp Shining in 1968 and was released as a single. It was an unusual choice, at its more than seven minute length and multi-part structure. Harris topped the music charts in Europe and Australia. Harris's version was released in April 1968 (WABC first played it on Tuesday 9 April 1968) and on the Hot 100 bowed at #79 on 11 May 1968 and peaked at #2 on 22 June 1968. The song peaked at No. 10 in Billboard's Easy Listening survey and was No. 8 for the year on WABC's overall 1968 chart. In 1969, "MacArthur Park" received the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

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Subject: Re: 1968: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/24/15 at 2:46 pm

"Quando M'innamoro" is a 1968 Italian song written by Daniele Pace, Mario Panzeri and Roberto Livraghi and sung with a double performance by Anna Identici and by The Sandpipers at the 1968 Sanremo Music Festival, in which it came 6th. The song was recorded as "A Man Without Love" by Engelbert Humperdinck, who had a UK hit with it, and by Sergio Franchi, among others.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/26/15 at 1:29 pm

"Lily the Pink" is a 1968 song released by the UK comedy group The Scaffold. It is a modernisation of an older folk song titled "The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham". The lyrics celebrate the "medicinal compound" invented by Lily the Pink, and, in each verse, chronicle some extraordinary cure it has effected. Backing vocalists on the recording included Graham Nash (of the Hollies), Elton John (then Reg Dwight), and Tim Rice; while Jack Bruce (of Cream) played the bass guitar. The Scaffold's record, released in November 1968, became No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for the four weeks encompassing the Christmas holidays that year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/26/15 at 3:16 pm

"Classical Gas" is an instrumental musical piece composed and originally performed by Mason Williams. Originally released in 1968 on the album The Mason Williams Phonograph Record, it has been re-recorded and re-released numerous times since by Williams. One later version served as the title track of a 1987 album by Williams and the band Mannheim Steamroller. 

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Written By: nally on 08/05/15 at 12:22 am

Sly and the Family Stone, "Everyday People":

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/08/16 at 9:42 am

"A Rather Blustery Day" is a whimsical song from the Walt Disney's 1968 musical film featurette, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. It was written by Robert & Richard Sherman and sung by Sterling Holloway as "Pooh".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/16 at 8:29 am

"For Once in My Life" is a swing song written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown Records' Stein & Van Stock publishing company, and first recorded in 1966.  It was written and first recorded as a slow ballad. There are differing accounts of its earliest versions, although it seems that it was first recorded by Barbara McNair, but first released in 1966 by Jean DuShon. Other early versions of the ballad were issued by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Diana Ross and Tony Bennett whose recording was the first to reach the pop charts. The most familiar and successful version of "For Once in My Life" is an uptempo arrangement by Stevie Wonder, recorded in 1967. Wonder's version, issued on Motown's Tamla label, was a top-three hit in the United States in late 1968 and early 1969.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/16 at 2:50 pm

Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded the song "I've Gotta Be Me" in 1968, a popular song that appeared in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow, which starred Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/16 at 5:19 am

"Jennifer Juniper" is a song and single by the British singer-songwriter, Donovan, released in 1968. It peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart, and at number 26 in the Billboard Hot 100. AllMusic journalist, Matthew Greenwald, noted that "capturing all of the innocence of the era perfectly, it's one of his finest singles.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/16 at 9:43 am

"Hooked on a Feeling" is a 1968 pop song written by Mark James and originally performed by B. J. Thomas. Thomas's version featured the sound of the electric sitar, and reached number five in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been recorded by many other artists, including Blue Swede, whose version reached number one in the United States in 1974. Billboard ranked the Blue Swede version as the No. 20 song for 1974.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/21/16 at 7:56 am

A rare song from from The Bee Gees, "I Have Decided to Join the Airforce"  taken from the 1968 album "Idea".

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