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In our several-years-running theme of 50 years ago, here's 1969, the final year of a decade with oh-so-much change and evolution. My source for all the information I post on this topic is here

New this week, then - The Foundations, Build Me Up, Buttercup

 

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my first stones concert in hyde park 1969  

In our several-years-running theme of 50 years ago, here's 1969, the final year of a decade with oh-so-much change and evolution. My source for all the information I post on this topic is here Ne

Elvis continued his comeback, with this single written by Mac Davis - In the Ghetto.  

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Although this song wasn't on the releases until August, so the post is officially out of sequence, this was in my head and seemed better here than elsewhere, as this gives it better context. The band was from not far from where I went to boarding school. I heard this song at a dance one night and spent months trying to track it down (as radios, etc. were not allowed for my year). Later recorded by Hootie and the Blowfish for Me, Myself and Irene so some of you might recognize it from that.

Can't Find the Time to Tell You - Orpheus

 

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I've been remiss for a while, so I'll try to catch up with notables.

The Cowsills joined the 5th Dimension and others with covers from the musical HAIR!

 

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The Who released Pinball Wizard the week ending April 5, the first single from the album that would be released 6 weeks later. Anyone else here play a whole bunch of "metal ball" with flippers that summer with this blasting on the jukebox?

 

 

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An RIAA "Song of the Century," Oh, Happy Day. Dorothy Morrison-Combs featured in an Edwin Hawkins arrangement, recorded in a church. Gospel with a black chorus breaks through, globally.

 

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Now we're up to the release of Tommy. I can't say how many hours I spent with this album thru the years. And it's impossible to explain how the sweeping arc of that "rock opera", the first of its kind, affected how I would hear, see, understand, and absorb rock music after that.

Around late 84 I was really excited to get a bootleg of The Who performing this in its entirety at the Royal Opera House in Amsterdam (thank God for radio broadcasts!). :) 

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Remember dropping the needle on this for the first time? How many "hooks" in this one piece?

 

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