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  • The 60s decade produced some of the best music of all time. Even today it is listened to not only by the 60s generation but by our children and grandchildren. Oldies stations playing the 60s are popping up everywhere.

  • Articles about the 1960s for baby boomers.

  • You cannot discuss the sixties without at least mentioning the teeny bopper music known as Bubblegum Music. The birth of bubblegum is generally dated from the success in 1968 of The Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine", 1910 Fruitgum Company's "Simon Says" and The Ohio Express' "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy", but music critics have identified novelty songs including The Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko" and Patti Page's "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" as possible precursors.

  • The 60s had its own special places to enjoy our high calorie, high fat meals. They became part of our daily routine espcially during the summer. We cruised to these places as part of our weekly or nightly cruisin' activities. These meals were high in fat and calories and we didn't have the obesity problem that we see today.

  • Garage rock was a great period of time during the 60s. Many top acts emerged from hits roots and other rock bands became regional stars.

  • Rock "n Roll Headline News from each year of the 60s decade.

  • The 1960s era had some of its own slang where some of these began in the 1960s era while others were just passed down. Some of these words and phrases are still used by our kids and grandchildren. Many of these slang phrases are now part of the dictionary with the slang meaning.

  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compares to the commercials we had then. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

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  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compared to the commercials we have today. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compared to the commercials we have today. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compared to the commercials we have today. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compared to the commercials we have today. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compared to the commercials we have today. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compared to the commercials we have today. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

  • Do you remember these selected TV Commercials from the sixties decade? Nothing compared to the commercials we have today. Take a memorable trip to 60s TV through commercials.

  • I recollect inching forward in a line which snaked along the institutional green walls past the the lavatories and boiler room before being deposited inside the cafeteria, an emerald isle of green banquet tables spatially arrayed with napkins and silverware. A team of matronly hair netted cooks in immaculate white uniforms served us behind the kitchen counter,their scoopers raised in the air, ready to dole one or two scoops of sustenance on light plastic plates poised on our trays.

  • “The Times They Are a Changing” (Bob Dylan)--just one of the many protest or patriotic songs drummed up during the Sixties in response to the Vietnam War. Though times indeed have changed, we Americans salute our country’s 233rd birthday,

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless lyrics of brown paper packages tied up with strings prompted a seasonal memory jog to dredge up a few of my favorite things. Mind you, as 1960 rolled down the living room carpet where our Christmas tree stood in front of the picture window, I was a 9 year old--one of those girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. This disclosure alone should prove illuminating as any jaunty gold star placed on the pinnacle of a tree.

  • Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash" caught on in a flash with its release in 1962. You might say Pickett's Transylvanian twist was a blood tansfusion infused by his father, a theater manager, who distilled in his son a love of horror films.

  • Long before John-n-n-n-y plunged into the Depp-th of a rabbit hole and tunneled his way to Wonderland, mad hatters have mattered as a matter of fact. Pulling rabbits out of hats, their madcap fantasies transform fabrics and frills into heady wear for women: fedoras, berets, newsboy caps, toques, and trilbys.

  • Though I was just a child during dawn’s early light of that era, I’ve gathered my wits about me to conjure what it must have been like to attend an adult cocktail party stacked with 45 rpm singles or 33 rpm albums on the stereo…It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…(Lesley Gore, 1963).

  • Since the Sixties were a prime time of protest against the Vietnam War, and advocation of equal rights be they Gay, Student, or Civil--why not equality for women while we were at it? Empowered Daughters of the Riveters revolted against male supremacy in a capitalistic society where discrimination in wages and promotions ran rampant.

  • The year 1969 is most memorable to me as my last year at Lincoln Senior High, and the start of my freshman year at Rhode Island College. Though I can now appreciate the challenging spirit of the Sixties, you might say it eluded me while living through the decade.

  • Throughout the day our true love ways will bring us joys to share with those who really care—epitomizes that special breed of mothers—“A Sixties Mom”…Back in the early sixties when most moms were career housewives, my mom got up at five every m

  • Who would have thought a metal folding chair would impact my recollection of Summer in the 60s? That's right...a cold, shallow, beige chair with a set of jaws to spawn its own macabre tale

  • At the time of this writing all of the baby boomers are now at least 42 years old considering the fact that baby boomers were born between 1946-1964.

  • August 16 is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's untimely death and nobody deserves more recognition on The 60s Official Site than Elvis Presley so I am allowing a complete page and tribute to the "King of Rock 'n Roll."

  • Twiggy allowed me to become a trendsetter my freshman year of high school. While most of my teen peers were ironing their long hair straight after the Beatles made landfall in America, it became Greaser passe for me to backcomb or rat tease my hair to dizzying heights.

  • For most of us growing up during the Sixties, childhood was an idyllic Camelot, affording us a place and time of peace, enchantment, and enlightenment. I associate my Camelot with the late fifties and early sixties inside Lincoln Community.

  • Find out what happened on any day during the 60s decade. Who was born and who died and special events. Just click the month and start your journey.

  • pril Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. We as children during the 50s and 60s had our own gags and tricks from the obvious "your shoe is untied," or to when somebody bent over you tore a sheet of paper to sound like that person's pants had ripped. Even the cherry bomb in the toilet routine was a 50s and 60s gag. Today many gags and jokes are sent via email. So be on the watch.

  • The spotlight is on the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, a title she was given early in her career. She began her singing career singing in her father's church at the age of ten and started recording four years later.

  • Do you have a question about the 60s that is stumping you and you can't sleep at night? Or do you have a song going through your head and you can't remember the title or even who recorded it. Maybe you are trying to think of a movie from the sixties or even a TV show that escapes your memory. Well Big Dog is here to assist you.

  • Before you get the notion I'm going to drawl about roping cattle or saddling up at the "Flat Broke Ranch," I'm not steering you there by a longhorn shot. Instead, I'm rustling up a few memories growing up during the Sixties inside a one-level, five room ranch house in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

  • Find out what happened on any day during the 60s decade. Who was born and who died and special events. Just click the month and start your journey.

  • Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Not 1969…the year which closed the lid on the Sixties without smothering its cultural revolution. 1969 rose to prominence as the year I graduated high school during a time students were tracked as college prep, business, or "generally lost."

  • The 60s was a great decade for autombiles not only because I grew up during that era but because they were cool and practical. Automobiles of the 60s were made for cruisin'. You could pile in all your buddies and collect 50 cents from each of them and because gas at that time was around 30 cents a gallon, you could cruise half the night.

  • In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips,

  • Looking back at the 60s decade through photos.

  • The Topps Company developed Bazooka Bubble Gum after the end of World War II, its name a derivative of the musical instrument Bob Burns fashioned from two gas pipes and a funnel in the 1930s, as well as the armor-piercing weapon developed during the war. First introduced in 1953, Topps has developed more than 700 comics for the Bazooka Joe series.

  • The Bee Gees were a musical group founded in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a pop act in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the late 1970s.

  • Thinking back to the time when I had my first beer, I remember the disgusting taste and how much I hated it. I thought beer would NEVER be my choice of drinks. I will stick to my Pepsi or RC Cola. Of course we had to be macho and I pretended to enjoy it as my friends who took their first sip probably were thinking the same thing.

  • In 1958, Ben E. King joined a doo-wop group called the Five Crowns. Later that year, the Drifters' manager George Treadwell fired the members of the original Drifters, and replaced them with the members of the Five Crowns.

  • My dad who braved snowstorms to get his girls what they wanted for Christmas while we gave Santa all the credit, pulled through again like a reindeer flying through the midnight clear. That Christmas a black Royce Union balanced on its kickstand in the living room.

  • Billy J. Kramer grew up as the youngest of seven siblings and attended the St George of England Secondary School, Bootle. He then took up an engineering apprenticeship with British Railways and in his spare time played rhythm guitar in a group he had formed himself, before switching to become a vocalist.

  • There is no real introduction needed for Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan was and still is an American music icon. The sixties would not have been the same without Bob Dylan.

  • During 1950, Bobby Rydell competed on the amateur talent television series, Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club; his first-place win gained him a regular role with the series.

  • Bobby Vee's career began amid tragedy. On "The Day the Music Died" (February 3, 1959), the three headline acts in the line-up of the traveling 'Winter Dance Party'---Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper---were killed

  • Bobby Vinton formed his first band at the age of 16 and played around the clubs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His hometown of Cannonsburg named two streets in his honor, Bobby Vinton Boulevard and the shorter adjoining Bobby Vinton Drive.

  • Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon! Bob Clampett went into orbit with the idea for the animated cartoon series, Beany and Cecil, when just a young boy. Seeing a dinosaur swimming at the end of the 1925 film, The Lost World propelled his imagination to take flight.

  • This dynamic perfomer sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, a number surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis.

  • A musical movement of the mid-1960s, the British Invasion was composed of British rock-and-roll and beat groups whose popularity spread rapidly to the rest of the English-speaking world, especially the United States which, from the beginnings of rock-and-roll music in the early 1950s, had nearly a monopoly on the genre.

  • The 60s British Invasion resulted in some outstanding music during the 60s decade.

  • Though this ramble pertains to a real life incident which serially occurred during my childhood in the Sixties, it has nothing to do with social or technological change, assassinations, fashion, music innovations, Camelot, civil rights, gay and women’s liberation, Vietnam, or sexual freedom. It’s all about “channeling” my food—yes-- grooving, guttering, or furrowing my mashed potatoes

  • The radio station WCFL. "Chickenman" was created by Dick Orkin and he wrote all 273 episodes of "the fantastic crime fighter the world has ever known" Dick Orkin was the production director of WCFL.

  • Chickenman, WCFL's "winged warrior" crimefighter has been identified. This is an update about Benton Harbor, alias Chickenman, a product of Dick Orkin of WCFL.

  • The late Dick Orkin was an award-winning voice actor and commercial radio producer who created the series Chickenman and The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy. Many requests have been received to bring back Chickenman. Enjoy two new episodes of Chickenman on Thursday of each week. Right Here.

  • The Sixties started off on the wrong foot in 1960 when an enraged Nikita Khrushchev pounded his shoe on his delegate desk during the 902nd Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly, in protest against accusations the Soviet Union deprived Eastern Europe of civil and political rights. One crazy, Kodak, misguided missile of a moment with no credible photographs or video recordings to preserve the lunacy!

  • John Lennon said, "if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry was born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School.

  • A Baby Boomer, my academic journey through the halls of junior and senior high meandered through the Sixties. The uncomfortable rite of passage sitting on a hard plastic seat at a tablet arm desk while trying to absorb the significance of algebraic polynomials proved a little too abstract. Throwing those equations off balance with precise timing and absurd mimes to preserve our sanity were the “class acts” perpetrated by class clowns.

  • Planning a class reunion is easy right? Wrong. Class reunions must be fun for everybody and not planning properly can make it a disaster and result in very few classmates returning for subsequent reunions. So many reunions are a bust because of poor planning. Additionally many are planned well but not executed exceptionally well. If you are on the planning committee for the next high school reunion, perhaps these tips can make your event a successful one.

  • Whenever I became bedridden with bouts of the measles, chickenpox, or influenza, I got hooked on Archie Comics. The Archie Comics is one of the most successful, longest running brands in the history of the comic industry. Its characters were created by publisher/editor John L. Goldwater.

  • Connie Francis who was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1937, is an Italian-American pop singer and top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Although her chart success waned in the second half of the 1960s, Francis remained a top concert draw. Despite several severe interruptions in her career, she is still active as a recording and performing artist. Her career was filled with many episodes of tragedy but she bravely endured it all.

  • Cream was definitely a Super Rock Trio. They were from Great Britain consisting of Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock

  • John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook (all born in 1945) met at Portola Junior High School in El Cerrito, California. Calling themselves The Blue Velvets, the trio began playing instrumentals and "juke box standards", as well as backing Fogerty's older brother Tom at live gigs and in the recording studio.

  • Nearly every Sixties summer Sunday my dad drove us to Crescent Park--not my choice, but my sister's. Polar opposites, she never got her fill of thrills on the adult rides my father accompanied her on, whereas I was always too chicken to take a ride on the wild side. The Whip and Dodge Ems were more my speed.

  • My fondest memories of summers past growing up in the small town of Circleville, Ohio was cruisin' the town. I guess from everybody's perspective it could be their home town as well. I bet all small towns in the U.S. are all pretty much the same. Everybody in high school knew one other well enough to at least wave or toot the horn. We had our preps, geeks, hoods and jocks just as they do today but it really didn't seem like anybody was left out or mistreated because of their social standing. I guess that is what was so nice about living and growing up in a small town.

  • While most of us gather with family and friends around a dining room table in warmth from the hearth and heart, it is hard as "hardtack" to fathom the First Thanksgiving, let alone the Pilgrims' 66-day/2,750 mile journey aboard The Mayflower, originating from Southampton, England to their final destination of Plymouth Harbor along the western side of Cape Cod on December 21, 1620.

  • School dances and the dance crazes during that period were something else. I couldn't even begin to write about or even talk about what dances are popular today. I guess I possess a generation gap. I am lost in the 60s and 70s.

  • Friends of ours had a summer home in Wickford Cove, necessitating we visit during low tide and wait out the tide before leaving because the dirt road winding to their home would disappear. No matter to me because I spent many an adolescent Sixties summer day digging for quahogs, prime time during low tide.

  • In the US, instructions were enclosed with every record sold: "Imagine you are stubbing out a cigarette with both feet whilst drying your back with a towel." Meantime, while I was in junior high, I dried my back with a towel after showering at the conclusion of gym.

  • The Dave Clark Five placed 17 records in Billboard's Top 40 to go with 12 Top 40 United Kingdom hits between 1964 and 1967. Their song "Over And Over" went to number one in the U.S. on the Billboard Charts Hot 100 at the end of December 1965 (despite less than impressive sales in the UK), and they played to sell-out crowds on their tours of the U.S. Heavily promoted as having a "cleaner" image than the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five holds the distinction of having made 14 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, more than any other UK group..

  • Enjoy author, David Soulsby Refections as he discusses the music and the muscians of the 60s decade.

  • My fondest recollections growing up in the Sixties settle upon those day trips taken during my father's two-week summer vacation. Thinking back, it was hardly a vacation for my parents. My mom would load the picnic cooler with utensils and food staples road-ready for my father to cook on the portable stove at a campground enroute to our destination

  • This chaos of changing the clocks had an effect on my family. I remember walking to church holding my younger sister's hand and arriving when church was just letting out.

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  • It all began with "Where Did Our Love Go" which resulted in DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES becoming a household name in the summer of 1964.

  • Little known did you know facts and trivia from the obvious to the obscure and those "oh well doesn't matter." Enjoy these bits of teasing facts and tidbits. Many you may not have heard before.

  • Ding Ding! The sound your bat-winged Chevy Impala makes when you run over the driveway hose at a filling station during the Sixties, which alerts the coveralled gas jockey with a grease-stained rag hanging out of his back pocket, on beck and call. Those gas guzzlers could get mighty thirsty for regular.

  • The year 1969 has afforded me much to write about, allowing me to revisit my year as a freshman at Rhode Island College yet once more. The summer prior to, my mother bequeathed me her '66 blue Chevy Nova coupe fully loaded, undoctored save for my touch of baby moon hubcaps. The price for regular gasoline was $.35 per gallon in '69

  • As the High Sixties era lives on through our resurrection of nostalgic memories and manifestations of cultural and political trends, there have been some extinctions of distinction. Like maladapted prehistoric monsters that once roamed and ruled the earth, the outdated, obsolete, and impractical did not make the Darwinian cut no matter how down-to-earth.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of his best speeches on August 28, 1963 in Washington D.C.

  • There was a kind of magic about the drive-in movie theater. I can still hear the gravel crunching underneath the tires of our car as we entered to find the perfect spot to watch the movie (depending if you had a date or not.)

  • Dusty Springfield went on to become known as the best blue-eyed female soul singer. Looking back at her life I find it interesting and eventful.

  • During the 60s, Topo Gigio made more than fifty appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show aired live 8-9 p.m. EST from CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York City, renamed The Ed Sullivan Theater on the occasion of the program's 20th anniversary.

  • Looking back on Elvis Presley's career, nobody can deny he was the King. He had 107 recordings that made it to the Top 40 Billboard, more than any other artist in rock history. Of those 107 songs, 21 hit the number one position, one more than the Beatles 20. His number one records remained in the top position for a total of 94 weeks. That is almost two years and I am only talking about the number one records. Elvis Presley recorded and performed in three separate decades and remained a favorite.

  • Eva Pasco presents a look back at the events including TV and music that shaped the 60s and made it the most eventful decade in history.

  • TheEverly Brothers toured extensively with Buddy Holly during 1957 and 1958. According to Holly biographer Philip Norman, they were responsible for the change in style for Holly and The Crickets from Levi's and T-shirts to the Everlys' sharp Ivy League suits.

  • As a child growing up in the Sixties, the Cold War was as palpable a dark cloud as the mushroom blast over Hiroshima. StilI fresh in my mind are clips of Nikita Kruschev banging his shoe on a lecturn while delivering the line, "We will bury you!"

  • Antonine Dominque "Fats" Domino Jr. was one of the pioneers of rock 'n roll music. He sold more than 65 million records. During his career, Domino had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold. His musical style was based on traditional rhythm and blues, accompanied by saxophones, bass, piano, electric guitar, and drums. During his career, Domino had 35 records in the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies, being certified gold.

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  • The Fifth Dimension was one of the most versatile groups of the 60s and 70s. They were originally known as the Hi-Fi's. They changed their name to The Versatiles and then The Fifth Dimension in late 1966.

  • We have always been told that you don't look back but always look forward. But as we left our high school years with all those memories and entered our adult lives, one could not help but take a look back to a time when life was so carefree.

  • ...letter writing was an essential form of communication besides the telephone. The handwriting on the wall clearly indicates letter writing is on the line. Handwritten love letters tucked inside hat boxes stored in an attic once served as portals to the past like peel-back Polaroids.

  • The last thing I said to anyone I served with when I left Vietnam was that this place will never be anywhere but just over my shoulder for the rest of my life. That's been the case with a lot of people I've talked to since. We don't always want to look over our shoulder and see it, but it's right there. --Marsha Four, U.S. Army, Vietnam, 1969-70. Some 265,000 women served in the military in the Vietnam era; about 11,000 served in Vietnam. Eight women died there. Close to 90 percent of the women who served in-country were nurses. Others were physicians, physical therapists, personnel in the Medical Service Corps, air traffic controllers, communications specialists, intelligence officers, and clerks. Nearly all who served in-country volunteered.

  • Perhaps more memorable to me than Ralphie's Daisy Red Ryder BB gun in A Christmas Story (1983), is that bizarre leg lamp, so evocative of nylon stockings during the sixties. Fragile or Fra-Gee-Lay, are what they were.

  • Frankie Valli's first commercial release was "My Mother's Eyes" (as Frank Valley) in 1953. The following year, he joined the Variety Trio and formed the group that evolved into the Variatones (with brothers Tommy and Nick DeVito and Hank Majewski), which between 1954 and 1956, performed and recorded under a variety of names before settling on the name The Four Lovers.

  • Inspired musically by Chuck Berry and Little Richard, he formed his own group, Freddy Karmon & the Hurricanes, which became increasingly popular in the Boston area, and began to develop a trademark strained singing style. He also became a regular on a local TV dance show, Boston Ballroom,

  • George Orwell’s post WWII term, "Cold War," impacted the lives of adolescent Baby Boomers in the Fifties and Sixties.....Meanwhile, TV shows like Leave it to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet went nuclear to reinforce the image of a self-contained family with the traditional role for women as housewives the social norm

  • Besides business as usual during school summer vacation in the Sixties—bike riding, roller skating, rainy day Monopoly, puttering in the basement which Rhode Islanders call the “cellah” –my sister and I enjoyed a little daytime television.

  • In my opinion this spotlight artist had one of the best baritone voices in the industry. Gary Puckett was born in Hibbing, Minnesota October 17, 1942 and grew up in Yakima, Washington which was near the small town of Union Gap.

  • In 1961, Gene Pitney released his first chart single, "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away", on which he played several instruments and multi-tracked the vocals. This was followed by his first big hit,"Town Without Pity", that same year. This song, from the film of the same name starring Kirk Douglas, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

  • The Grass Roots definitely left its mark on the 60s rock scene. It was one of my favorite pure rock 'n roll band although founded under the folk rock movement.

  • Enjoy as we step back in time and remember these classic commercials from TV.

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  • This pop band was formed in 1963 in Manchester, England. The original members of Herman's Hermits were Keith Hopwood (guitar, vocals), Karl Green (guitar, vocals), Alan Wrigley (bass guitar, vocals), Steve Titterington (drums), and Peter Noone (lead vocals).

  • Tunneling through the tinsel toward Christmases past, Sixties past, Agent Orange collides with Elivs’s “Blue Christmas.” The early Sixties embraced all things futuristic, and Christmas was no exception. Hi-Yo, Silver!

  • There has never been a decade quite like the sixties; the diversity, conflicts, hope, anger, the music, the dance crazes and the fun that characterized those years are captured here. The 60s decade was a decade of change. Not only were those changes evident in fashions but world events, music of the 1960s, automobiles, toys, and individual self expression as displayed during the largest outdoor rock concert ever performed, Woodstock.

  • Spiraling down Jefferson Airplane's Go Ask Alice when she's ten feet tall looking glass of the sixties, I find myself winding along the linoleum corridors, a seventh grader at Lincoln Junior High.

  • In 1967, I took my first job under the umbrella of summer temp. Capitol Heel Lining occupied a large part of the old Wanskuk Mill complex on Branch Avenue, Providence. Like an aging sage, the mill's wisdom trickled through those walls to teach me lessons in life I've never forgotten.

  • I Remember Back when. things were so much simpler. Something small like a clothes line full of laundry blowing in the summer breeze, which really doesn't mean much now, but thinking back then makes all that simplicty of the 60s, make sense over the hustle and bustle of today

  • Ice Cream Truck of the 60sDuring the 60s with the arrival of the dog days of summer, came the clanging of the bell and the music of the ice cream truck arriving in the neighborhood. Kids all over the area stopped in their tracks and ran home to get their dime to purchase a treat from the frozen confectionary pusher.

  • As a youngster in the Sixties, stepping out into the world in my shoes, I have a fond recollection of having worn and worn out a few pairs of brown and white saddle Oxfords. Since I wore them to school, my mother frequently applied white shoe polish to the leather to keep them groomed.

  • In the early Sixties I’d approached double digit birthdays. During those brief interludes where my nose wasn’t serially immersed inside a Nancy Drew mystery, I enjoyed other relatively sedentary activities.

  • Though the Detergents may have been on a soap box in 1965 with the release of their hit single, “Leader of the Laundromat,” I’m lathered up about what came inside those soap boxes

  • Ironically, through all of the social upheaval conducted by the nonconformist generation, the 45 rpm spinning the windmills of my mind is stuck on “uniforms” I remember during the Sixties.

  • The vocal duo of James Lee Purify from Pensacola, Florida and his cousin Robert Lee Dickey of Tallahassee, Florida formed in 1965.

  • Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, both born in Los Angeles, California, began singing together as a duo after football practice at University High School.

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  • They were discovered while performing in student venues at New York University in the late 1950s. They auditioned for Leiber and Stoller who gave the group its name.

  • Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success.

  • Johnny Cash is another great recording artist that needs no real introduction. He is not only an American icon but was loved world wide especially in Great Britain. His life was also a story book soap opera which made the screen in the movie "Walk the Line."

  • Johnny Mathis has sold over 350 million records over the course of his career. He became highly famous for being an album artist with a dozen achieving platinum or gold status and 73 making the Billboard Charts.

  • Johnny Rivers was born John Henry Ramistella. He is a songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His repertoire includes pop, folk, blues, and old-time rock 'n' roll. Rivers charted during the 1960s and 1970s but remains best known for a string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968.

  • Johnny enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s when he scored a series of Top Ten hits including "Poetry in Motion" and the self-penned "It Keeps Right on a-Hurtin' In total, he placed 30 singles and albums in the Billboard charts between 1958 and 1984

  • The price of a first class postage stamp in 1960 was 4 cents; school bus drivers did not run the gauntlet of background checks prior to getting hired; no one made a big deal out of things where it concerned children--perhaps they should have; people in the boonies opened their door after dark when they heard a knock...and, most importantly, Judy deserved a citation for using her head...

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  • Lesley Gore was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey in a Jewish family. She was a junior at the Dwight School for Girls in nearby Englewood when "It's My Party" became a #1 hit.

  • Though there will always be spills in "Aisle 2" of our nation's supermarkets, B.B. King's '69 song title spills all: The Thrill is Gone...the thrill of collecting and hording S&H Green Stamps.

  • The season of autumn stirs such homespun nostalgia for the colorful foliage on trees aligning the neighborhood streets, dipping apples in caramel, baking pumpkin pies, raking, and ultimately disposing of knee deep leaves surrendered by those mighty oaks.

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  • In 1957, a doo-wop group known as The Chesters existed with members Clarence Collins, Tracy Lord, Nathaniel Rodgers, and Ronald Ross. Anthony Gourdine, a former member of The Duponts, joined as lead vocalist. Ernest Wright took over for Ross, and the group recorded shortly for Apollo Records.

  • The carefree days of yesteryear. No problems at least it didn't seem that way.

  • The Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion by wanting to hold our hand, loving us yeah yeah yeah, and assuring us all we need is love. However, a honey-toned, Brazilian chanteuse named Astrud Gilberto who made her professional singing debut with "The Girl from Ipanema" in 1963, bossa novaed love in the proper perspective as the daring decade of the Sixties emerged. Her quavery voice subtely and realistically bemoaned the complexity of love hitherto hushed behind closed bedroom doors of the conservative fifties.

  • John Sebastian, who grew up in contact with music and musicians, was the son of a much-recorded and highly technically accomplished harmonica player. He had reached maturity toward the end of the American folk music revival that spanned from the 1950s to the early '60s. Sebastian was joined by guitarist Zal Yanovsky in the Spoonful. The band also featured popular drummer-vocalist Joseph Campbell Butler and bassist Steve Boone.

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  • Just as we’d dashed through the snow o’er the hills of adolescence in the Sixties, my sister and I entertained visions of sugarplums in anticipation of the toys we wanted for Christmas.

  • One of the most famous performances in American history was that of Marilyn Monroe flicking the mic and singing Happy Birthday, Mr. President for JFK’s 45th birthday at a Democratic fund raiser held at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962. However, the beautiful, blonde, blue-eyed Marilyn M who exerted her influence on me during the early Sixties and beyond was not the smoldering screen star, but my father’s first cousin

  • Gaye began his music career in several doo wop groups, settling on The Marquees, a popular D.C. group. With Bo Diddley, The Marquees released a single, "Wyatt Earp", in 1957 on Okeh Records and were then recruited by Harvey Fuqua to become The Moonglows.

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  • The price of freedom is not free. Its cost is very high. Our nation has survived and prospered only because of the selfless sacrifice of millions of Americans willing to give up the comfort and security of their homes and families to endure the hardships that come with service to our nation.

  • The music of Mitch Ryder was pure rock 'n roll music of the sixites. I had the pleasure of watching him perform live in the mid 60s.

  • As hamburger prices increased anywhere from 45 - 55 cents, we ventured to the Hillsgrove section of Warwick, Rhode Island where the first burger joint selling beef on a bun for 15 cents took a stand-- Burger Chef. This new fast food establishment's meagre offerings included: burgers already prepared with mustard, ketchup, and onions; fries; Coke; vanilla shakes.

  • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” Motown wasn’t the only thing that had its mojo working in the Sixties. Across the pond where British rockers bowed to the Queen, Carnaby Street hosted the coveted fashion boutiques with all the latest sensations. One retailer who stands out a cut above the rest was John Stephen, a grocer’s son. Ending up a successful entrepreneur who owned several shops, he popularized mohair jackets and suits.

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  • The sixties featured some of the best music ever recorded. These artists are some of the most popular recording artists of the era.

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  • While serving in Vietnam, music was a intricate part of all soldiers, marines, airmen and naval personnel. It was a way of staying in touch with the "world." Most of us had small radios and tape players and even reel to reel tape players were found in the "houch" at base camp.

  • An adolescent of the Sixties, and a bookworm at that, tiptoeing diagonally along the dark colored squares of a checkerboard seemed such a natural progression of events.

  • I grew up in a small town in Ohio with a population of 10,000. Circleville is located 23 miles south of Columbus, Ohio and I think the population hasn't grown much above 13,000 in 39 years since I left. It is the where the annual Pumpkin Show is held, which is the largest street carnival in the state perhaps the U.S. I am proud of the town where I grew up where I lived there for over 21 years of my life. Those 21 years were probably the most memorable years of my life and I often reflect back to that time. I am retired and now live now in the Dallas, Texas area but I do miss the old home town but certainly not the cold winters.

  • The 60s, as any baby boomer who grew up in that decade, will tell you, was a happening. Our generation had its own music, fashion, war, cars, made specially for cruisin' and TV. Our television programs were so special that many have been made into movies and quite a few still appear on TV stations such as TV Land and American Life TV. If the 60s were not special then why are so many young people of today fascinated with that era?

  • “Which twin has the Toni?”One of the most famous fifties ads for home permanents showed identical twins each given the “royal treatment”—one, a professional hair salon wave, the other a Toni home permanent.

  • "There's a man in the funny papers we all know"--Alley Oop, the comic strip caveman created by V.T. Hamlin in 1932. This Stone Age, though not stoned, Neanderthal was immortalized in 1960 through the screwball lyrics sung by the Hollywood Argyles-- really Gary Paxton with a multitrack solo since he was already under contract with another label as "Flip" of "Skip and Flip."

  • The story about to unfold is sure to strike a chord in most of us whose childhood spanned the Sixties, even though it doesn’t tiptoe through the tulip garden of assassinations, unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, Camelot, civil rights, gay and women's liberation, Vietnam, the first manned landing on the moon, peace marches, world's fairs, flower power, hallucinatory trips, or sexual freedom.

  • Here are some of my ligher moments while serving in Vietnam in 1968.

  • Though I lacked Dead Man’s curves at the age of ten-- a little Russian dressing enabled me to hammer-and-sickle the mannerisms, accent, and dialogue of Natasha Fatale as animatedly as her voice actress, June Foray. Ms. Fatale, Cold War cartoon villainess of Rocky & Bullwinkle (1961 – 1973) fame, became slightly more curvaceous with each progressing episode.

  • Neil Diamond’s first recording contract was billed as "Neil and Jack", an Everly Brothers-type duo comprising Diamond and high school friend Jack Packer (Jack Parker).

  • Neil Sedaka is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter who is often associated with New York City's Brill Building. He teamed up with Howard Greenfield to write many major hit songs for himself and others. Sedaka's voice is in the tenor and alto ranges.

  • Enjoy these gems. These music selections are songs that never made it above #30 on the Billboard Charts.

  • In the Sixties, the five-and-dime store on every Main St. morphed into the large discount store you were apt to find in "strip malls" in the burbs, stripped of unique architecture and character, that’s for sure.

  • Enjoy the music you grew up with. Non Stop Music from the 60s. Classics as well seldom heard and rare gems. Listen to the great musical memories of the 60s streaming 24 hours a day. Check out what is playing now.

  • Those of us who grew up in the Sixties loved our Oreos--sweet white creme filling sandwiched between two circular chocolate pieces. Over 491 billion Oreos have been sold since Nabisco's cookie monster debuted in 1912, making it the best selling cookie in the USA.

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  • In a far out, far away, but not forgotten Sixties era before nonfat mayo appeared on grocery store shelves, before Oreo crème filling contained a mixture of vegetable oils instead of lard and metastasized into several varieties and cookie sizes, before the invention of cell phones and PCs capable of educating, game playing, communicating--there existed the most sacred stretch of leisure time known to adolescents—summer vacation from school.

  • So, in spirit, our nation's 44th prez is not quite a boomer though he's not your sterotypically cynical Gen Xer either. That puts him on the cusp... 1969 was a pivotol year on the cusp of ending the counter-cultural Sixties while approaching the oppositional Seventies. That same year I became a freshman at Rhode Island College , embarking on an intellectual journey driven by idealism. During September's inaugural convocation held inside Roberts Hall, I bonded with fellow classmates, strangers who paired by chance on the auditorium's stage. I happened to lock hands with a lanky, longhaired dude named Dennis. We swooned to the Youngbloods’ lyrical illusion of idealism:

  • For Goodness' sake I got the Hippy Hippy Shakes, the contagious lyrics to "Hippy Hippy Shake" written and recorded by Chan Romero in 1959, and made popular by the Beatles in 1963, makes a perfect intro for things once considered hip in the Sixties. It was once considered hip to watch NBC's Hullabaoo (1965-66), a musical variety show for the leading pop acts of the time, and its ABC competition, Shindig, hosted by a different celebrity each week.

  • Back in the Sixties nurses basically wore all white from head to toe which encompassed their dress, stockings, and cap. The waiting room public heard the constant reverberations of doctors being paged around the clock. There arose two medical drama series which sexified men in ill fitting scrubs. Dr. Kildare, the NBC television series (1961 -1966) focused on young intern, Dr. James Kildare (Richard Chamberlain)

  • Millions of her records have sold since her death. She won awards and accolades, leading some fans to view her as an icon at the level of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

  • The group started in Boise, Idaho as an instrumental rock band led by organist Paul Revere Dick. In his early twenties Revere owned several restaurants in the Caldwell, Idaho area and met singer Mark Lindsey while picking up hamburgers where Lindsey worked.

  • A student at Lincoln Senior High during the Sixties, my drawing ability, the same as now, bordered the stick figure stage of development.

  • Petula Clark's career started way before many of us baby boomers were born but a star she was and a star she will always be. Petula is an actress, a composer and of course a fabulous singer. She was born

  • Pictures from the War in Vietnam.

  • Pinkos –non-card carrying, long legged, gregarious wading birds that flock together as birds of a feather and form a plurality of “flamingos” or “flamingoes.” No small wonder the more vibrantly colored pinkos not only make a more desirable mate, but inspired the species proliferation of the popular, kitschy, stilted, plastic lawn ornaments of the Sixties.

  • Words of expression during the 60s mean so much more now as we reflect back to the tranquil and at times unrestful period we knew as the 60s.

  • The Sixties were an idyllic time when you were more apt than not to sit down to family dinner spread over a red and white checkered tablecloth, feasting on a sumptuous repast of Southern fried chicken, corn on the cob, and mashed potatoes smothered in giblet gravy followed by mom's homemade dessert--perchance, blueberry pie.

  • A couple of weeks prior to Valentine's Day, the teacher would give each child a list of the classmates so nobody would be left out. Our moms would then go to the five and dime and purchase valentines to hand out. Of course the package included one for the teacher and one for that "special someone." Today I don't think those kind of parties are permitted by many schools due to the fear of offending other cultures and facing reprisal from such organizations of the ACLU (what a shame).

  • Before my family moved into our custom-built home in Lincoln, we lived in a tenement for a few months. This temporary lodging happened to be practically right next door to Walker's Market on the corner of Douglas and Mineral Spring Avenue. Hard to believe this barn red clapboard structure had aisles wide enough to stroll a shopping cart.

  • R & B music has been the heart of American music it seems like forever. Its roots came from jazz, old gospel and spirtual music primarily performed by African Americans. Rhythm and Blues was coined as a marketing tool in 1947 by Jerry Wexler at Billboard Magazine. In its first manifestation in the late 1940s, rhythm and blues was played by small combos of four or five musicians; usually a bass, drums, one or two saxophones , and possibly a rhythm guitar or piano . In 1951 it was also being called rock and roll. It was strongly influenced by jazz , jump blues and black gospel music. It also influenced jazz in return. Rhythm and blues, blues , and gospel combined with bebop to create hard bop. In the 1950s, overlapping with other genres such as jazz and rock and roll, R&B developed regional variations. A strong, distinct style straddling the border with blues came out of New Orleans, and was based on a rolling piano style first made famous by Professor Longhair. In the late 1950s, Fats Domino hit the national charts with the songs "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame". Other artists who popularized this Louisiana flavor of R&B included Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Frankie Ford, Irma Thomas, The Neville Brothers and Dr. John. The first rock and roll hits consisted of R&B songs such as "Rocket 88" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll", which appeared on popular music charts as well as R&B charts. The song "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On", the first hit by Jerry Lee Lewis, was an R cover song that reached number one on the pop , R&B and country and western charts. This was an amazing feat considering that it was all done by airplay, and word of mouth long before the days of Twitter and the ability to build your own website to promote your music. Rolling Stone magazine named Jerry Lee Lewis's version the 61st greatest song of all time.

  • After seeing my website for the first time, Ron my best friend from childhood days called me. If you have followed this site you probably have read some of our adventures and misadventures. Ron finally visited this site and read many of my reflections of our times on Town Street, Circleville, Ohio. After reading them he had to call me and remind me of our road trip adventure that I am about to share with you.

  • This list of inductees are only those from the 50s and 60s era.

  • Chuck Berry's 1956 hit recorded by the Beatles in 1963 for their British LP, With the Beatles, and released in the US of 1964 for the opening track of The Beatles' Second Album got ”My temperature risin" and me "Rollin' in arthritis," a Baby Boomer out of joint from what's been rollin' down the pike since the Sixties faded.

  • It was a topsy-turvy year for The Beatles … 1967 saw them praised for their groundbreaking Sgt Pepper album, then just a few short months later they were facing a barrage of abuse after the Boxing Day showing on British television of their movie Magical Mystery Tour.

  • From 1964 until 1969, Ronnie Dove was one of the top romantic balladeers in an era that boasted the Beatles and a peculiar mix of renewed rock an d roll with the acid sound of psychedelic music. In 1965 alone, Dove scored five hits, with all but one cracking the Top 20 or higher.

  • Under the mushroom cloud of the Cold War, ever contemplating the threat of nuclear warfare with the drop of Khrushchev’s shoe, by the mid 1960s there ensued fallout with America’s nuclear family. Along with this shift in cultural winds to affect social climate, the values and ideals that once held us in their grip like a mother’s embrace, became relegated to the past. Bequeathing roses to honor select Sixties sitcom moms which include: Harriet Nelson, June Cleaver, Donna Stone, Laura Petrie, and Samantha Stevens.

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  • For a brief period in the late 1950s Roy Orbison made his living at Acuff-Rose, a songwriting firm concentrating mainly in country music. After spending an entire day writing a song, he would make several demo tapes at a time and send them to Wesley Rose, who would try to find the musical acts to record them.

  • Sam Cooke was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music.

  • During the Sixties we sure got a lion’s share of "sugar, sugar" shored on each heaping tablespoon shoveled from of our bowls: Fruit Loops—who can forget Toucan Sam, the mascot for loopy loops. Alpha-Bits—"Loveable Truly," the mailman character on the box; my sister and I would slurp the milk from our spoon and spill the letters onto the table, seeing what words we could form.

  • Find out what happened on any day during the 60s decade. Who was born and who died and special events. Just click the month and start your journey.

  • Check out once again Soundtack of the 60s shows you may have missed or would like to listen once again.

  • I still recall these silly lyric songs, parodies and novelty hits back in the 50s and 60s. Enjoy clip of the novelty songs of the 50s and 60s.

  • Simon & Garfunkle were one of the bestselling music groups of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan.

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  • At 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, millions of people around the world will focus on the Waterford Crystal Times Square New year's Eve Ball as it begins its descent. In the span of a minute, we are in suspension, about to cross over time's threshold into a nebulous area of hope, challenges, and dreams.

  • Join us each Wednesday for a new show where I spin your musical memories of the 50, 60s and 70s

  • Solomon Burke was born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his adult life as a preacher in Philadelphia, and soon moved on to hosting a gospel radio show. In the 1960s, he signed with Atlantic Records and began moving towards more secular music.

  • There has been no better era for music than the 60s. As I look back I recall that there were many songs about teenage death and tragedy that were very popular not only during the sixties but the fifties as well.

  • Cherilyn Sarkisian first met Salvatore Bono in a Los Angeles coffee shop in November 1962, when she was sixteen. The older Bono (11 years her senior) was working for record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. The two became fast friends, eventual lovers, and later married. Through Bono, Cher started as a session singer, and sang backup on several of Spector’s classic recordings, including "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers and Darlene Love's "A Fine, Fine Boy". In the composition by Darlene Love, the listener can clearly hear Cher and Sonny close to the mic (along with Love, who recorded her own backing vocals).

  • On the first day of each month, Neal Stevens offers a new show which showcases the music and times of the 60s decade.

  • Although not noted for many recordings during their career, Spanky and Our Gang was what I called a great summer time folk song group. I came up with that description particularly because of the two songs "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" and "Lazy Day.' They just remind you of summer days.

  • Ever since Philip Danforth Armour opened a meat packing plant in Chicago - "Armour" - it "behoofed" many a cowpoke to round up the herd along the Southwestern trails. ... I have stirring memories of cowboys sitting around the campfire sipping strong coffee and spilling the beans whether from chili or swapping stories.

  • 634-5789"...not my telephone number, but a song title whose words were crooned in a raspy voice by Wilson Pickett circa 1965. While 1965 was historically significant for the growing Anti-War movement; civil unrest with rioting, looting, and arson; the first year mandated health warnings appeared on cigarette packs; the debut of the mini skirt; the Beatles' release of four new albums including Help...I became a winner!

  • Espionage of the Cold War era mushroomed into the “spy crazed” period of mid Sixties television. Shows were clouded with elements of James Bond: the protagonist works for a government agency involved in clandestine activities; villains are portrayed as foreign, eccentric, and menacing individuals intent on taking over the world or destroying it.

  • Steppenwolf sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums and 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles, of which six were top 40 hits, including three top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me". Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1972,

  • True stories about Elvis growing up and his generosity.

  • Chatting over a landline with my sister the other day, we straddled the line of demarcation between the past and present, concluding that our family road trips during the Sixties instilled in both of us, enough thrills and adventures to last a lifetime.

  • The stylus on those record players had a tendency to get stuck in a groove on 45-rpm singles or 33 1/3-rpm LP’s. Seems the passage of time warps vinyl as well as our recollection of the Sixties.

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  • Superstitious in nature, old wives' tales like these get passed down through generations of family and friends, sometimes becoming so rooted that nobody questions their validity. These legends, which often concern health and nutrition, vary from completely absurd to somewhat plausible.

  • In the 1960s when Baby Boomers were coming of age, and many aspired to the notion that marriage could be put off in order to enjoy the single life, it was a "swinger's" paradise, attested by singles apartment complexes springing up, starting in California.

  • During the early Sixties a swinger named Tarzan, portrayed by Gordon Scott in Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), and by Jock Mahoney in Tarzan Goes to India (1962) — achieved a jungle high by swinging from grass ropes or vines. Back then, I did my own adolescent swinging which had nothing to do with the new twists American morality would take at the end of the decade, exemplified by the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. So, too young to hang around where the hippies hung, to swing and dance where the swingers swung, I moved and grooved just the way I should on my outdoor swing set throughout the four seasons.

  • I’m talkin’ 'bout Dick and Jane reading series: I’m talkin’ 'bout those elementary school days of reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic when we sat behind our desks, part of the straight-and-narrow row, a strategic plan so we’d be visible to our teacher who clearly ruled the roost and didn’t put up with any shenanigans.

  • Man, the Sixties were smokin’! Winston became the best-selling cigarette brand in the United States....We Sixties kids had an unfiltered, smoke ring-side seat watching The Flintsones (1960 – 1966) light up Winstons at the end of the show.

  • My own childhood twist of the macabre did not involve scary hay rides or stepping inside the likes of the Munster Mansion on 1313 Mockingbird Lane, but rather a Taxidermy Twist into a shop where animals are skinned, tanned, and placed over a polyurethane form.

  • The 50s and the 60s had its share of teen idols and teen queens. I have selected what I feel were not only themost influential doing these decades but the most memorable. Not shown of course is Elvis. He is in a class of his own and is recognized elsewhere on this site.

  • Television of yester year was entertainment for the whole family. A typical Friday night may consist of watching our favorite show on the sofa with a large bowl of popcorn with our favorite beverage. Our popcorn was cooked on the stove in a large kettle, shaken as it popped or later we had Jiffy Pop® Popcorn.

  • The Tet Offensive was a series of battles in the Vietnam War. It was a major offensive by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Viet Cong (VC or NLF) beginning on the night of January 30-31, 1968, T?t Nguyên Ðán (the lunar new year day). It involved military action in almost every major city in southern Vietnam and attacks on the US firebase at Khe Sanh. The NVA suffered a heavy military defeat but scored a priceless propaganda victory.

  • Twelve years old in 1963, when Thanksgiving fell on November 28th, our traditional family dinner was saturated not only with gravy but of the grave.

  • Up Up and Away TWA…PSA Gives You a Lift…It Pays to Fly Pan American World Airways. These popular air liners to “Fly the Friendly Skies” (United Airlines) behooved us to wing it during an era when flight attendants were Lucy in the Sky with Din Din stewardesses—attractive waitresses in uniform who expanded our horizons by serving meals and doling out pillows and blankets to assure passenger comfort.

  • One of the most important and memorable part of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s was my mother's requirement that we eat our meals together. No such thing as sitting in front of the TV to eat a meal. We started each meal with prayer and then ate our meal over conversation, jokes and laughter. It was a great time to grow up and a fond memory of that time in my life.

  • The Angels became prominent after their number one hit "My Boyfriend's Back" in 1963 but they were formed earlier in 1961. They hit the top 40 with "Till" in 1962 peaking out at number 14. They only managed a half dozen hits on Billboard's Hot 100 but still were very popular during the sixties.

  • The Animals were a rock 'n roll band from England during the 1960s that was part of the British Invasion. Known for their blues sound and deep-voiced lead singer, Eric Burdon, they were best known by the song "House of the Rising Sun" which became their signature song.

  • With rich harmonies, solid songwriting skills and a flair for romantic ballads, The Association earned their place in pop music history with a string of hit singles from 1966 to 1968. Celebration of the 60s music would not be complete without recognizing The Association. This 1960s group produced seven top 40 hits with 2 of them notching the top slot.

  • The 60s music scene would have been incomplete if the Beach Boys had not have been. You mention summer or google summer you will get the Beach Boys. Google surf music and you get the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys a definite icon of American Music and a favorite for most baby boomers. Where would the 60s and especially the summers of the 60s be without the Beach Boys?

  • The year 1967 may be memorable for encapsulating Montreal’s Expo 67; the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in what would launch the first Super Bowl; an onslaught of racial violence in major cities; Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and The Dirty Dozen achieving box office success. From my perspective, this particular year is most notable for the beginning of the summer excursions my mother, sister and me would partake in-- simply referred to as “The Beacon.”

  • Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962.

  • I recall back to my youth in the sixties when playing sandlot baseball was a norm. Although most of my friends and I played on organized youth leagues, there was something magical about our sandlot games.

  • Every culture has one—an amorphous embodiment of terror with no specific appearance, who emerges from its hiding place under the bed or closet to “get us” during the night. The Boogeyman in its many forms terrorized us during the Sixties.

  • The Box TopsA blue-eyed soul rock band is how the Box Tops are described. The Box Tops began as The Devilles, who had started playing in Memphis in 1963.

  • the Brill Building was regarded as probably the most prestigious address in New York for music business professionals. The term "The Brill Building Sound" is somewhat inaccurate, however, since much of the music so categorized actually emanated from other locations—music historian Ken Emerson nominates buildings at 1650 Broadway and 1697 Broadway as other significant bases of activity in this field.

  • One of the popular hairdos of the Sixties decade was that of the Bubble Flip--no simple undertaking indeed! In order to achieve the "look," serious commitment was a major requirement.

  • During the Capitol years 1962-65, our ultimate all American summer band, the Beach Boys, produced their hit holiday singles, "The Man with all the Toys" and "Little Saint Nick." I had believed in Santa Claus up until 1961, a youngster hanging onto visions of sugar plums while practically sledding into a double digit year.

  • Hard pressed to find a Sixties housewife/stay-at-home mom exemplified by June Cleaver, coiffed and ready to tackle housework in a shirt waist dress, heels, and beads-- I’m not the least bit surprised. Running a household in the Sixties entailed more than waltzing Hoover in a dress—interpret that as you will—or swishing a dust cloth.

  • Just a year shy of the Sixties, on November 9, 1959 when I was an impressionable eight year old--The Contaminated Canned Cranberry Caper cowered me. You see, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare announced that some cranberries grown in Oregon and Washington State had been found contaminated with aminotriazole, a weed killer found to cause cancer in rats.

  • Lifting the lid on a cookie jar is one way to jar childhood memories from the Sixties. Our cookie jar idled on a scarf in the middle of the round, maple kitchen table flanked by four captain’s chairs.

  • The Crystals were a very defining group of the 60s and surely one of my favorites. In 1961, Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew, Myrna Girard and Patricia "Patsy" Wright formed The Crystals through the help of Benny Wells, Barbara's uncle. Soon, the quintet signed with Phil Spector's label Philles Records.

  • Don’t be a soda jerk! Technological advances and societal changes have rendered jobs that once loitered in the Sixties, obsolete. They’re either fast disappearing or—in the dead pool, asleep with the fishes like Luca Brasi. Paying my last respects to the bygone soda jerk at Marieville Pharmacy who jerked the soda fountain to make a vanilla ice cream soda I slurped and spooned while spinning on one of the counter stools…

  • The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and John Densmore on drums. The band got its name, at Morrison's suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a quote made by William Blake, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."

  • The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names -- the Orioles, the Cadillacs, the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins -- are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music,

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  • From "The Wringer" to "Towing the Line," comes "The End of the Line"--a fitting title for the grand finale of our laundry trilogy.

  • Where have all the Hippies gone? A native Rhode Islander, one of my favorite places to visit along the coast was The Fantastic Umbrella Factory, a small farm with a cluster of drafty, dilapidated, and musty barns owned by Hippies.

  • What’s black and white and read all over? During the Sixties, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with any answer other than the “newspaper” even though the Baby Boomer decade witnessed the decline of newspapers accompanying the rise in television journalism.

  • With so many great groups of the Motown era, my favorite has always been The Four Tops. After hearing "Baby I Need Your Loving," in 1964, I immediately bought the 45 and actually wore it out.

  • Today, membership in cat and frat packs is a tough sell as many students don’t relish communal living, opting instead for virtual online communities such as My Space and Facebook. However, cat and frat packs thrived during the Sixties, shrouded in a thick haze of caprice, tomfoolery, pranks, binge drinking, and hazing. While varsity sweaters and Ivy League crew cuts might have been endearing to some, there was generally a low tolerance for obnoxious pack mentality

  • My own French Connection occured last period of my junior year at Lincoln Senior High--French III with Miss Bouquet (not her real name, of course). Though I could roll my gutteral r's and sound as though a clothespin pinched my nose when I spoke fluent French, the language did not make the French Connection for me or for the rest of Miss Bouquet's starry-eyed pupils. It was Mademoiselle Bouquet herself--tall, willowy, vivacious, and tres chic.

  • Ebenezer Scrooge’s memorable, miserable, miserly line, “What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer” subsequently rattled Marley’s chains and provoked ghostly visits conjuring up the past, present, and future. I am whisking up the Ghost of Christmas Past-- Sixties Past

  • Every year on the third Wednesday of October, Circleville, Ohio, my hometown, goes haywire and nutso but we all love it. We celebrate what is called the Pumpkin Show. It is the largest celebration of its kind in the entire nation. The Pumpkin Show covers 8 city blocks and at least several hundred thousand people visit it very year

  • The Happenings were formed in 1961 first as The Four Graduates who recorded for Rust Records in 1963. In 1965 they became The Happenings had a successful three year run during the 60s era with four top 40 songs.

  • I really don't know how rumors spread, but they always start like wildfire. The Covered Bridge in Yellowbud is Haunted. Many kids and some adults claimed that they had seen ghosts of a man and woman from the 1800s hanging around the bridge. (I had been there a couple of times and hadn't seen anything but my imagination sure went round with the sounds of the night) Folks claimed that a woman and man who had lived nearby died under suspicious circumstances back in the 1800s and were trying to find their home which had long since been torn down.

  • A lifelong fragrance afficionado who flits from one femme fatale fume to another to achieve an olfactory high, my hip hip hurray to the Hippie Movement's profound influence on "smelling good" is long overdue.

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  • Though I've yet to possess a lava lamp, I've always been meaning to. Its unpredictable kaleidoscopic fluidity never fails to capture and hold my attention. The lamp's resurgence in popularity from its limelight during the sixties heats up the locomotion all over again.

  • Though the spirit of Christmas may reside within our hearts all year long, its enchantment is rekindled by magic. For some, it takes an annual pilgrimage to Graceland.

  • Motown's first successful female vocal group, the Marvelettes are most notable for recording the company's first #1 Pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman", and for setting the precedent for later Motown girl groups such as Martha and the Vandellas and the Supremes.

  • The McCoys, one of the most popular groups in the mid 60s in the midwest especially in Ohio were the McCoys. They were formed in Union City, Indiana, in 1962, this group was first comprised of guitarist Rick Zehringer, his brother Randy on drums and bass player Dennis Kelly. Starting out as Rick And The Raiders, then The Rick Z Combo,

  • During those long hot summers of the Sixties, we'd pile up in the Plymouth Suburban station wagon or one of my dad's restored Bonnie & Clyde mobiles after dinner for a leisurely drive with no particular destination in mind. A prerequisite before takeoff: crank the windows all the way down so the breeze drafted by momentum plastered our hair back from our faces and made our eyes squint.

  • The pickle jar as far back as I can remember sat on the floor beside the dresser in my parents' bedroom. When he got ready for bed, Dad would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar.

  • The Rascals, along with the Righteous Brothers, Mitch Ryder, and precious few others, were the pinnacle of '60s blue-eyed soul. The Rascals' talents, however, would have to rate above their rivals, if for nothing else than the simple fact that they, unlike many other blue-eyed soulsters, penned much of their own material.

  • The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock ' N Roll Hall of fame in 2003 which insured their legacy would live on. Their musical talent and harmony resulted in the coined the phrase "blue eyed" soul. Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield first met in Orange County, California where they forged a lifetime friendship and played together while attending high school in Anaheim.

  • The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the United States in 1964 and were identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the band started out playing covers but found more success with their own material; songs such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Paint It Black" became international hits.

  • The Ronettes from 1962Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector), her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley became well known as the Ronettes, a great girl group from New York.

  • Some historians claim "The Sixties" arrived on June 15, 1955 when antinuclear activists protested a civil defense drill, and ended with the final U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam in 1975. For me, the middle of the Sixties revolved around The Salon.

  • The Shirelles are one of my favorite girl groups of all time. They were the first major female vocal group of the rock and roll era, defining the so-called girl group sound with their soft, sweet harmonies and yearning innocence. Their greatest hit album was the first LP I purchased by an all girl group.

  • "Shortly after the publication of my first novel in 2007, I sought creative ways to market and promote it. Because there are elements of the Sixties scattered throughout, I composed and submitted a Memoir toThe Sixties Official Site—“A Tribute to Twiggy.” Carl graciously invited me to become a regular contributor and offered me a featured page here. I took him up on his offer, and cruised along writing ninety-nine more Memoirs as well as numerous Retro 60 Flashbacks." "I am honored and ever grateful to be an integral part of the most comprehensive Sixties site on the web. Far out!"

  • The carefree cruise referred to as the Sunday drive was prevalent during the Sixties when veering off the beaten path was more of an affordable luxury than it is today with the exorbitant price of gasoline.

  • The band, originally a surf-rock group called the Crossfires from the Planet Mars, was formed in 1965 in Westchester, California (a Los Angeles neighborhood) by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman.

  • The United States' involvement in South Vietnam began during President Truman's administration. The Vietnam War was a war fought between 1964 and 1975 on the ground in South Vietnam and bordering areas of Cambodia and Laos, and in bombing runs over North Vietnam.

  • A frequent time traveler through Alice’s Looking Glass of the Sixties, I’m inclined to chase memories that lead me on a wild goose chase through the myriad twists and turns inside those tunnels to the past where I pry loose a stone or two.

  • I'm not whisking a Western omelet, praising the Best Western hotel chain, or stirring up tumbleweeds of sensitivity and sentimentality between two friends vis a vis BrokebackMountain. Instead, a big howdy to those major network "smoking guns" of the Sixties where you could spot the good guys by their white cowboy hats.

  • We live during a time when Ma Bell would have shuddered over how the telephone gave rise to cell phones so technologically advanced as to spawn such aberrant behaviors as "sextexting" nude photos.

  • The Yardbirds are notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #4, Page as #9, and Beck as #14).

  • JFK's assassination and the sequence of events to follow would leave imprints in our minds impervious to heat, moisture, or chemical breakdown--the Zapruder Effect.

  • These expressions were used quite often while many of us were growing up in the 50s and 60s. Perhaps you heard your grandparents or parents use them or maybe you at one time have used these expressions of a more simpler time.

  • Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder when it comes to those Dam Trolls! Originally known as Leprocauns, and also called Wishniks, Thomas Dam’s creation became one of America’s most lovable dolls for the short duration of 1963-65 and through surges of popularity thereafter.

  • Peering down Memory Lane of the Sixties, I see "those oldies but goodies" delivered right to our door in the neighborhood sticks.

  • HIgh School Class of 1960 events.

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  • High School Class of 1964 events.

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  • High School Class of 1966 events.

  • HIgh School Class of 1967 events.

  • High School Class of 1968 events.

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  • Giving my snow globe a shake, before the snow settles on the landscape, here’s a nostalgic look back at the Christmases I fondly remember – a time when the hustle and bustle of shopping for presents occurred the last Saturday before Christmas…

  • A child of the Sixties, my family's celebration of Easter was hard-boiled in traditions. However, Peter Cottontail hopping down our bunny trail and an egg scavenger hunt were not our basket case. That's not to say my parents weren't warm and fuzzy. They just didn't walk on eggshells when it came to fostering a belief in the Easter Bunny, though we never lacked for chocolate marshmallow and solid chocolate bunnies. Ultimately, Easter was to dye for.

  • Find out what happened on any day during the 60s decade. Who was born and who died and special events. Just click the month and start your journey.

  • Tom Jones started singing at a very young age in school. Since he was dyslexic he, did not like school or sports. Singing helped him gain his confidence.

  • The band initially formed in 1959 as Tom and the Tornadoes, with the then only 12-year-old Tommy James as lead singer. In 1963, he re-named the band The Shondells after one of James' idols, guitarist Troy Shondell.

  • Each week we countdown the current week's top ten songs from a year of the 60s decade as listed by Billboard Magazine.

  • Ever since “Elvis the Pelvis” generated heat and got everyone’s dander up on The Milton Berle Show by swiveling his hips and vamping a half tempo croon to Hound Dog in June of 1956—You ain’t-a-nuthin’ but a hound dog, cuh-crying all the time—it’s been win, place, or show for canines cavorting as cartoon characters or pedigreed stars on a television series

  • The most outstanding memory I recall about the 60s was the DJs. As far as I am concerned today's radio DJs cannot match the wit, humor and fun that these jocks brought to their broadcasts. (Perhaps I just don't get a kick out of crude humor on the air.) It was fun especially when the phone calls to the station over a promotion tied up the phone lines and teed Ma Bell off. Their format was original plus the fact the radio studio made many of the radio commercials themselves just added so much more to the program. I remember growing up in a small town in Ohio listening on my transistor radio to a small radio station WCOL located in Columbus Ohio.

  • Most radio stations used the Billboard Charts or Cashbox to gear the popularity of songs. These charts were based on sales volume of records. The Billboard Charts or Top 40 of Hot 100 were published weekly and reflected the weekly countdown as so many jocks called it. In many music stores or five and dime stores these Billboard Charts were posted above the 45 records displayed for sale. I still can recall them doing the countdown and saying "stay tuned for the new number one song on this week's top 40 countdown." Many radio stations published their own charts to fit their listening audience in their respective geographical area but be rest assured these stations at least the larger stations subscribed to the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Time to grab a canvas bag filled with clothespins, throw it on top of the load, and let's tow the line...the outdoor clotheslines in our backyards which enabled our neighbors to network throughout the Sixties.

  • Many of us baby boomers have grandchildren already, hard to believe isn't it? I get questions all the time and find that my older grandchildren are interested in the days I grew up. It is very difficult sometimes to try and explain what we did for recreation, the toys we played with, the TV we watched (sure a difference in TV and music compared to today.) They can't seem to grasp that a grandparent was once a child.

  • I shake my head and marvel how any of us children of the Sixties could have turned out fine as I mind travel down my own memory lane...

  • Union Street, Circleville, Ohio crosses my mind so often as I look back to the sixties. My friend Ron and I use to practically live on that street during our teen years. The street was loaded with many lovely girls from high school with whom we hung out.

  • As you recall from my introduction article, Union Street Beat, Ron and I spent an enormous amount of time on Union Street, Circleville, Ohio. One main reason was because Ron's girlfriend, Susie, lived on that street and you could say I was the third wheel. At that time I didn't have what you would call a steady girlfriend and I guess Ron needed support from his buddy, because of Susie's dad's attitude about boys dating his daughter. From now on I will refer to Susie's dad as B.S. (hey wait; not what you are thinking of, that was his initials).

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  • Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their extended rock arrangements of contemporary hit songs, most notably "You Keep Me Hangin' On". This band was a heavy influence on the development of metal rock.

  • A special 60s Official Site Presentation of a snapshot of the 60s with a great musical track.

  • While enjoying a great pizza here in Texas, my mind began wandering back to Circleville, Ohio, where in my teens, my friends and I frequented the oldest pizza establishment in town, Vick's Pizza. Vick's was established in 1961 and today it like many other small businesses no longer exists. It was torn down a number of years ago. Before it was a pizza joint it was a hamburger restaurant and gas station. Conveniently located, Vick's Pizza was only a block and a half from our homes. When I get a chance to visit my home town, I drive by where Vick's Pizza use to stand. Anytime you reminisce with anybody from Circleville, Vick's Pizza always becomes a part of the conversation.

  • Many untruths and myths surfaced during the Vietnam War. Listed below are the actual myth and the real truth behind each statement of myth.

  • A political sequence of the United States involvement in Indochina. U.S. Congressional Quarterlies were used for most of the Congressional references.

  • Vikki Carr was born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona in El Paso, Texas, though her family soon moved to Los Angeles where her name was simplified to Florence Cardona. Young Florence made her musical debut at the age of five as a singing angel in her school's Christmas pagent, performing "Silent Night" and "Adeste Fideles" in Latin. Her budding career almost ground to a halt when she looked into the audience and spotted her mother crying, not realizing that they were tears of pride and joy in her accomplishment.

  • As I channel surf adolescent Sixties summer memories, the tide washes in nostalgic debris of The Beach Boys and beach party movies with Gidget & Moondoggie, and Frankie & Dee Dee trudging through the sand in “The Warmth of the Sun” (1964).

  • Even after tempest-tossed rides in the back of our Plymouth Suburban station wagon, unrestrained by seatbelts; scrapes dexterously painted with Mercurochrome; inhaling noxious fumes from airplane glue piecing together science .....

  • My selection of the top Elvis Presley songs.

  • Driving down the main drag with the radio blaring and listening to the top music of the day was quite a memory! What characterized those great days of the 60s was the cool disc jockeys that jammed the airways during that era. Whatever happened to them? Todays' radio DJs cannot come close to the jocks of yesteryear. The radio personalities today have to use explicit language to get listeners instead funny but innocent pranks that those of yesterday used. The 60s jocks' gift for gab was instrumental in keeping us tuned in. Not only the hit music but their talk kept us coming back.

  • Baby boomers do you wonder whatever happened to the stars of the 60s? Do you wonder where they are now and what they have been up to. For curiosity sake, lets take a peek at some of the stars of the baby boomer generation and see what they are doing now.

  • Growing up during the Sixties, in 1964 I entered Lincoln Jr. High as a seventh grader. That same year the Beatles arrived in the US, and made their first television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Soon the British Invasion revolutionized music with the likes of The Dave Clark Five . . . .

  • The Sixties were a time when "going green" implied "tis the season to put up your Christmas tree." We weren't privy to the tagging and cutting traditions of tree farms, or inquisitive about their pest management/soil conservation practices. We hadn't given a fleeting thought to recycling through composting, chipping, or muching either.

  • During the early Sixties when I was of trick-or-treatin’ age, long before the tumultuous end of the psychedelic decade when the candy man mixed things with love to make the world taste good – you got yours by the penny or two at the local sugar shack.

  • As youngsters across the land rejoice in no more books or teacher’s dirty looks, I look back to my own winter breaks during my childhood of the Sixties at a five room ranch in the picturesque country setting on Angell Rd. Bearing in mind that video games, DVD players, and computers were not at our fingertips to fritter away the time, allow me to escort you through a typical winter vacation of one week duration.

  • The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was an event held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre (2.4 km²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969.

  • Photos from Woodstock.

  • Bam, bam, shoot ‘em up, pow! The cowboy who epitomized rugged, individualistic, masculinity endured as a cultural icon in the Sixties despite relaxation of social taboos relating to sexism, and retaliation against conservatism, social conformity, and our government’s escalating military involvement in Vietnam.

  • If the evolution-revolution of an anticonformist underground movement in American culture sprung the word "Beatnik," it makes perfect sense to coin the word Picnik in reference to those who sprawl over the ground or sit at a bench to feast on takeout from home.

  • The votes are in and your votes have been counted. Which song is the number one song of the decade according to your vote? Did your songs you voted on make these top 40? You can now listen to the most popular songs that our visitors enjoy the most.



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