Rock and roll music has gone through quite a few changes since it started back in the 1950's. And at times people have disagreed on what rock and roll really is, and which songs should be included or excluded.
I went through my teen years in the 1960's when the rock and roll radio stations were still playing the earliest stuff. But I don't claim to be an expert on any kind of music. I just know what I like.
To me, rock and roll includes many types of songs including ballads, instrumentals, and even some country and western songs. After all, that's what the rock and roll stations played back then.
I've put together some playlists of songs that I like. The playlist starts out in the 1950's and 1960's, and works its way through the 70's and into the 1980's.
Sometimes I like to sit in my recliner, close my eyes and relax listening to soft and gentle music. And yes, I often fall asleep doing such.
To me this is one of the simple pleasures in life.
I once had a friend who only liked songs with lyrics. I always believed he was missing out on a lot of great music.
For instance, Rhapsody In Blue by George Gerschwin has to be one of the greatest songs ever written. It expresses emotions from anger to fear, from an intense desire to run away to a building of courage, and from determination to
triumth. All without a single word. Rhapsody In Blue is the last song on the Instrumental Music page.
I always feel good after listening to it.
There's a lot of great instrumental music out there and I've been collecting as much as I can get my hands on. And I'm adding songs to this page a little at a time.
There were a lot of big bands that used to tour the country. And you didn't have to go to a "concert" and sit in a stadium to experience their music. They performed in dance halls and night clubs.
They didn't need gigantic amplifiers and electric instruments to sound good. And many of them seemed to have total mastery over harmony, both vocally and instrumentally.
Those of you who have listened to big band era music don't need to be persuaded. Those of you who haven't are in for a pleasant surprise, and perhaps a little bit of a musical education.
On the five pages of big band era music you'll find the following artists:
The Canadian Brass
Ella Mae Morse
Nat King Cole
Pee Wee Hunt
I went through my teen years in the 1960's. So these songs are important to me. They bring back many memories and feelings.
The most popular songs from the 1960's can be found in the "Music By Year" area (upper-right linkbar). But the 1960's Music section of this site is for playlists of my favorite songs from that decade. Included with the titles
are the years the songs were recorded.
Most of the Motown Music on this site is from the late 1950s thru the 1970s.
The artists include:
The Four Tops
Gladys Knight & The Pips
The Isley Brothers
The Jackson 5
Jr Walker & The All Stars
Martha & The Vandellas
The Undisputed Truth
The Vietnam War is part of me. It can't be amputated or removed from my memory, or from my heart. I quess it's like that with all combat veterans. But the worst part of it was coming home.
I've included a narrative of thoughts and feelings that I've associated with some of the songs from the Vietnam War Era.
Curtis Lee - Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Scott Joplin - The Easy Winners
Stan Getz & Astrid Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
Guy Lombardo - The Music Goes Round And Around
Sir Douglas Quintet - She's About A Mover
Tommy Dorsey & Jack Leonard - Marie
Chase - Get It On
Neil Diamond & Chet Atkins - Blue Highway
Bob Moore - Mexico
Air Supply - Lost In Love
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
Terry Stafford - Suspicion
Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters - You're Just In Love
Al Hirt - Java
Carpenters - This Masquerade
Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
Ray Stevens - Guitarzan
Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Ringo Starr - No No Song
Big Brother & The Holding Company (Featuring Janis Joplin) - Combination Of The Two
Big Brother & The Holding Company (Featuring Janis Joplin) - I Need A Man