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Sixties Persona, Songs and Events

This is the account of the music of the sixties course "Evolution of the Revolution" that we give every semester Read More
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This is a list of persona, songs and events taught in my course on the Music of the Sixties: Evolution of the Revolution.  It might not be a complete list but it will help you prepare for the exam

Musicians, Singers and Groups. It’s a long list, so SCROLL DOWN TO SEE EVERYTHING!



Jim Morrison and the Doors (a US, not UK based group)

Rolling Stones

Bob Dylan (remember Dylan Thomas)

Leonard Cohen (from Montreal)

Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel)

Phil Ochs

Mama Cass (Ellen Naomi Cohen) (from the Mamas and the Papas)

The Who

Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane (White Rabbit refers to Alice in Wonderland)

(from Peter, Paul and Mary)  Peter is Peter Yarrow

Carole King (wrote will you still love me tomorrow)

Diana Ross and the Supremes (one of Ed Sullivan’s favorite groups)

Janis Joplin

Herman’s Hermits

Donovan (sang “universal soldier” but it was written by Canadian Buffy Ste. Marie; wrote Lalena)

The Monkees (started out as a TV show)

Halonot Hagvohim

Arik Einstein and other Israeli sixties legends

Tom Lehrer (new Math)

Stan Getz (remember the girl from Ipanema story)

Marianne Faithfull (As tears go by)

The Shirelles (sang “Will you still love me tomorrow)

Ray Charles

Judy Collins (identified and promoted songs and singers)

Joan Baez (sang Donna Donna in her premier 1960 allbum)

Joni Mitchell (Big Yellow Taxi)

Gordon Lightfoot

Tim Hardin


Jimmy Page (including his interview as a teenager)



Jimi Hendrix

Eric Clapton

Pete Seeger

Woody Guthrie (This Land is your land, remember the fourth and fifth stanzas)

Santana (Soul Sacrifice at Woodstock)

Elvis Presley

Frank Sinatra


Skeeter Davis (one mainstream hit, “The End of the World”)

Joe Cocker (covered “With a little help from my friends at Woodstock)

Moody Blues (and the other British invasion singers and groups we studied, including the Hollies, etc.)

Chubby Checker (who did not invent the twist)

The guy who really invented the twist…

Audrey Hepburn

Aretha Franklin

Peter and Gordon


Other Songwriters, Producers, and important people

Leiber and Stoller

Brian Epstein

George Martin

Tom Wilson

Ed Sullivan

John Kennedy

Martin Luther King

Smothers Brothers

Malcolm Gladwell



Most important songs:

The times they are a changin’

Sounds of Silence – Paul Simon

Bleecker Street –  Paul Simon

Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen

This land is your land – Woody Guthrie

Suzanne –  Leonard Cohen

Bridge over troubled water  –  Paul Simon

Story of Isaac – Leonard Cohen

Sisters of Mercy – Leonard Cohen (not this course)

Leaves that are Green – Paul Simon

Changes  –  Phil Ochs

Power and Glory  – Phil Ochs

There but for fortune – Phil OchsI’m going to say it now – Phil Ochs

Cops of the World – Phil Ochs

The times they are a changin’ – Dylan

She’s leaving home – Beatles

A day in the life –Beatles

In my life – Beatles

Here, there and everywhere

As tears go by – Marianne Faithfull

The end of the world – Skeeter Davis

Woodstock – Joni Mitchell

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

I can’t get no satisfaction – Rolling Stones

Aquarius – from Hair

House of the rising sun – the Animals

Dream a little dream of me – the Mamas and the Papas

The Universal Soldier by Buffy Ste. Marie (sung by Donovan)

Love Child


Other important topics:


Events of the sixties – Vietnam war, Detroit riots, Kent State shootings.

Musical lessons (rock beat (accent on two and four), twelve bar blues, waltz tempo, octaves, frequency, intervals, songs can be sung in any key, major/minor)

Movies, musicals, TV shows




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