The Swinging Sixties

Synopsis of Scenes

The Early Sixties (1960-62)

When the sixties began there was little sign of the revolution in music and lifestyle which was to come. Ballads abounded, with harmless love songs forming the majority of the hits. Rock'n'roll was on the decline - both Elvis, recently out of the U.S. army, and Cliff Richard, had mellowed somewhat in their music and the new teenagers were waiting for something new and exciting...

WIPEOUT
WILLIE & THE HAND JIVE
THE YOUNG ONES
THE LOCOMOTION
BLUE MOON
MY OLD MAN'S A DUSTMAN
TELL LAURA I LOVE HER
POETRY IN MOTION/RUBBER BALL/RUNAWAY
TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT
WOODEN HEART
PICTURE OF YOU
BOBBY'S GIRL
SPANISH HARLEM

Musicians
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Paul, Dave Colin, Bill
David Ogden
Alan Hall
Lads/Group 3
Alan Gay
Ladies
Men/Ladies
Ladies/Men
Men/Ladies

The British Scene (1963-65)

That excitement was to come in the shape of the Fab Four from Liverpool - The Beatles - and, in their wake, many other aspiring pop groups such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, Manfred Mann and the Dave Clark Five.

The clean cut image of these groups eventually gave rise to the Mods, who were viciously opposed by the more traditional leather-clad Rockers. The pitched battles fought at Southend and other Seaside resorts shocked the nation and resulted in a condemnation of pop music as evil - in much the same way as rock'n'roll ten years previously.

Alongside the groups, the female singer became popular once more, with people like Cilla Black, Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield.

 

I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU
DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY
GLAD ALL OVER
TWIST AND SHOUT
YOU'RE MY WORLD
DOWN TOWN
HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
Alison Hughes
Lads/Group 1
Lads/Group 1
Lads/Group 1
Ruby Powell
Elaine Whittle
Group 3

The American Scene (1963-65)

In America, hot on the heels of the sound of Surf (which typified the all-American white teenager), came the turn of the black singing groups. Aided by record producers such as Phil Spector and a seemingly endless stream of specially manufactured songs, groups such as Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Supremes and the Chiffons were able to obtain a share of success both in the USA and Great Britain.

 

DANCING IN THE STREETS
LEADER OF THE PACK
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO?
ONE FINE DAY
24 HOURS FROM TULSA
Group1/Group 3
Group1/Group 3
Group 1/Group3
Group 1/Group 3
Alan Carr

Flower Power (1966-67)

As a reaction to the increasing violence in the world, a new movement began in San Francisco which preached Love & Peace - the Flower Children, or Hippies. Flower Power spread to these shores and, between 1966 and 1968, everything was a mass of colour. Experiments with mind expanding drugs produced some very different sights and sounds on the music scene, with groups such as the Move, Moody Blues and Procul Harum.

 

HI HO SILVER LINING
A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE
CARRIE ANNE
I'M A BELIEVER
DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL
Group 2
Adele Hall
Colin Powell
Susan Evans/Ladies
Lads
Lads
Lads
Men

The Late Sixties (1968-69)

As the decade drew to a close and the blindly optimistic Flower Power movement faded, the music scene settled down once more - but not for long! The so-called 'underground' or 'progressive' rock, pioneered by such groups as Cream and Pink Floyd in this country, and Steppenwolf in the USA, was to usher in the next decade.

 

FIRE
BORN TO BE WILD
LILY THE PINK
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
SPIRIT IN THE SKY
Group 1
Dave McGinlay
Ladies/Men
Beryl Hall
Lads/Group 1

Finale: YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE - Everyone

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