Category Archives: Music of the 60s

May 23 Music et al

May 23 Music et al

Theme from a Summer Place album

May 23 – 29, 1960: Theme from a Summer Place album again Billboard #1. Originally known as the "Molly and Johnny Theme", the piece is not the main title theme of the film, but a secondary love theme for the characters played by its stars Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue.


“Cathy’s Clown”

May 23 Music et al

May 23 – June 26, 1960: “Cathy’s Clown” by the Everly Brothers #1 Billboard Hot 100. The musicians included the Everlys on guitars, Floyd Cramer on piano, Floyd Chance on bass and Buddy Harman on drums. The distinctive drum sound was achieved by recording the drums with a tape loop, making it sound as if there were two drummers


Our Man In Paris

May 23, 1963,  Dexter Gordon released Our Man In Paris album. The album's title refers to where the recording was made, Gordon (who had moved to Copenhagen a year earlier) teamed up with pianist Bud Powell and Kenny "Klook" Clarke were living in the City of Lights and were joined by the brilliant French bassman Pierre Michelot. Powell, Clarke and Michelot had often played together under the name The Three Bossesin Paris since Powell moved there in 1959. (see All Music)

May 23 Music et al
1969 Festivals…
Ask someone about 1969 and music festivals, their first While many people know about the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, NY and the next one, usually the only other one, is Altamont at the end of 1969.  Most people don't realize that there were many many other major festivals that summer each with the same bands that Woodstock had. I will list them as their anniversary comes up. Here are the first three.
see Aquarian Family Festival for more
May 23 – 24, 1969, Aquarian Family Festival, San Jose, CA. (on the San Jose State University football practice field)
see Northern California Folk-Rock Festival for more
May 23 – 25, 1969: Northern California Folk-Rock Festival (Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA)
see Big Rock Pow Wow for more
May 23 – 25, 1969: Big Rock Pow Wow (Seminole Indian Village, Hollywood, FL).

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May 18 Music et al

May 18 Music et al

see Jimmy Soul for more
May 18 – 30, 1963,  – “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Miami Pop Festival

May 18 Music et al

May 18 – 19, 1968 – The first Miami Pop Festival. An estimated 100,000 people attended this concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang. 

From Wikipedia: The first Miami Pop event ...was originally publicized on promotional materials as the "1968 Pop and Underground Festival," and "The 1968 Pop Festival". An estimated 25,000 people attended this event, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry and Michael Lang, later famous as promoter of Woodstock. Bands featured at the festival included The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The opening act on Saturday was a little-known group called The Package, and the closing act was The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Originally scheduled as a two-day event, Sunday's concert was rained out. But there was at least one beneficial result - it inspired Hendrix to write "Rainy Day, Dream Away."  see May 18 - 19)
Northern California Folk-Rock Festival

May 18 Music et al

May 18 – 19, 1968: The Northern California Folk-Rock Festival was held at Family Park in the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California and promoted by Bob Blodgett. It was the first of two such festivals held at the venue, being followed by the 1969 Northern California Folk-Rock Festival.

                The festival featured Country Joe and the Fish, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Youngbloods, Electric Flag, Kaleidoscope, Taj Mahal, and Ravi Shankar. And although not mentioned in the promotional material, Grateful Dead also performed. (see Aug 3 & 4)
May 18 Music et al
Archie Bell and the Drells
May 18 – 31, 1968: "Tightin’ Up” by Archie Bell and the Drells #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

From Wikipedia: "Tighten Up" was written by Archie Bell and Billy Buttier. It was one of the first songs that Archie Bell & the Drells recorded, in a session in October 1967 at the Jones Town Studio in Houston, Texas, along with a number of songs including "She's My Woman". The instrumental backing for "Tighten Up" was provided by the T.S.U. Toronadoes, the group which had developed it[3] in their own live shows before they brought it to Archie Bell & the Drells at the suggestion of Skipper Lee Frazer, a Houston disk jockey who worked with both groups. At the recording session, the Drells worked late into the night with the Toronadoes as Archie Bell perfected the vocals.


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Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Happy birthday
May 12, 1950

Sha Na Na

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Most Boomers have heard of Sha Na Na and remember their successful late 70's TV show, but young visitors to the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts not only don't recognize the name, they don't associate the band with Woodstock. Hendrix, of course. Sha Na Na? Never heard of them.

Not many had heard of the band made up of Columbia University undergrads before that famous August 1969 weekend in Bethel, NY either. And most weren't there to hear the band on Monday morning.

Sha Na Na was there, though. They "opened" for Jimi Hendrix, an acquaintance and apparently the person who punched their ticket to Woodstock.

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

You can win some bar bets by asking who the youngest person to play at Woodstock was? Those who have an answer will often reply, "Santana's drummer, Michael Shrieve. Country Joe McDonald boost that belief dozens of times each day during the repeating movie in the entrance to the Main Gallery at Bethel Wood's Museum.

McDonald is wrong. It's John Jocko Marcellino, Sha Na Na's drummer. Born May 12, 1950.

Post Woodstock

Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

For five years after Woodstock, the band toured and then landed the aforementioned TV show. It had an eight-year run. 

In 1978 they appeared in Grease, the wildly popular film adaptation of the rock’n’roll revival musical.

In addition to that movie, Marcellino has appeared in many others, including Rain Man. Check out his IMDB page.


Sha Na Na John Jocko Marcellino

Jocko continues to be in music and perform with his own band that departs from doo wop and believes in the blues. He released an album (“Funky Chicken” heard above) called Make It Simple.

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