Music – 1960s

Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon, one of 14 children, was born on 1 July 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After stints as a gospel singer and boxer, he settled in Chicago where he met Phil and Leonard Chess and began a long association with their seminal record label. At Chess he was A&R man, musical director, bassist, producer and(…)

Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett was born in the small town of Prattville, Alabama, where he lived with his mother, grandfather, and ten brothers and sisters. Home life was turbulent. His mother would hit him with anything she could find, and his grandfather beat him when he was caught with a copy of Louis Jordan’s 1947 R&B hit Ain’t(…)

Woodstock

It remains the defining assembly of rock music – an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy clad Americans “going up the country” in New York’s Catskill Mountains, searching for answers, hoping for transcendence . . . and finding, what exactly? The posters promised “3 Days of Peace & Music”, and this was(…)

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma – an uproarious oil town – on 14 July 1912. His father Charley was a Democrat politico and a Ku Klux Klan supporter. His father’s sour property deals impoverished them, and when Woody was seven his beloved elder sister Clara died in a fire. By then, his mother(…)

Yardbirds, The

Yardbirds, The

Q: How many famous guitarists can one band have? A: Three of the acknowledged masters of the craft, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all served their time with The Yardbirds. This UK R&B group was formed in London in 1963 when Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith joined forces with Chris Dreja , Tony ‘Top’ Topham (guitar) and(…)

Young Rascals, The

The Young Rascals (the ‘young’ prefix was dropped when the band members left their teens) initially gained a following in New Jersey around 1965, particularly the Choo Choo Club in Garfield, where they made their debut in January of that year. Next followed a three-month residency on The Barge, off Southampton, Long island – where(…)

Young Tradition, The

Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood (no relation) came together in April 1965 as The Young Tradition. While the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention were boldly adding sitars and electric guitars to take folk music in brave new hybrid directions, The Young Tradition were approaching its proud heritage from the opposite direction by rejuvenating(…)

Youngbloods, The

Native New Yorkers The Youngbloods formed under the leadership of Jesse Colin Young in 1967 and played soft rock numbers with a light jazz feel, successfully avoiding the pitfall of playing cocktail pseudo-jazz. Young got his start on the folk circuits of Boston and New York, and had already cut a couple of solo albums(…)

Yvonne Barrett

Born in 1946, Yvonne Barrett became a regular on Australian pop television show The Go! Show in the 1960’s, which resulted in a successful career as a solo pop singer. During the 1970’s she moved into session work and club appearances, but by the 1980’s was working as a waitress in Sydney. On 3 September 1985, Yvonne(…)

Zipps, The

The Zipps formed in Holland in 1965 from the remains of popular local folk group The Beat Town Skifflers. They were soon signed by the Muziek Express label, and recorded their only single for the label (Highway Gambler) in 1966. Playing shows across the country they soon met Ben Katerberg who was able to help the(…)

Zombies, The

The Zombies were the only British group of the 60s who could have seriously given The Beatles a real run for their money. Although comparatively unrecognised, their body of work is every bit as innovative, complex and appealing as that of the Fab Four. Without a Brian Epstein, a George Martin, and the marketing might of The Beatles machine(…)

Zoot

Zoot

When Australian band Zoot moved from their hometown of Adelaide (where they had played as Times Unlimited and Down The Line) to Melbourne in 1968, their management gave them a bubblegum image, centred on the slogan “Think Pink, Think Zoot”. The band dressed entirely in pink outfits. It took the band until 1970 to shake the image(…)

Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band

The most fondly remembered London club act of the 1960s was, perhaps, Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band whose Big Time Operator was their only Top 30 entry. George Bruno Money acquired his stage name at his Dorset secondary school through his verbose worship of saxophonist Zoot Sims. However, his jazz purity polluted by rock ‘n’ roll, young(…)

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