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Summer in the Sixties
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band member Viv Stanshall


Summer in the Sixties



Snapshot of the era - Music


The Sixties were an era of memorable events, fads and fashions. To jog your memory, we have highlights for art, social/political moments, sport, music, TV, films, style and toys along with information about related programming in the BBC FOUR season.



Music programmes and in the BBC FOUR season:


Vivian Stanshall: The Canyons of His Mind

Other music related programmes are to be confirmed but scheduling includes the film A Hard Day's Night and archive programmes such as The Sounds of the Sixties and The Stones in the Park



The Beatles clashed with The Stones and people across the country got hooked on a new dance craze called the Twist…


• The biggest band of the 1960s - and probably of all time - was undoubtedly The Beatles. They had their first minor hit in 1962 with Love Me Do but 1963 was their breakthrough year.


They split in 1970 but only get more and more popular as the years roll on.


• Originally known as the Ravens, The Kinks formed at the end of 1963 and hit the big time with their third single You Really Got Me.


One of the biggest bands of the 1960s they had everyone rocking along to tunes such as All Day and All of the Night, Dedicated Follower of Fashion and Waterloo Sunset.


• As famous for their trashing tendencies as their music, the bad boys of rock The Who first made it big with My Generation.


However, quite remarkably they never had a number one single either side of the Atlantic.


• Although marketed as rivals for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones ironically had their first top 20 hit with a Lennon and McCartney song I Wanna Be Your Man.


But these drug-taking, gyrating rock 'n' roll icons went on to set the UK charts on fire in 1965 with three number ones - Get Off My Cloud, The Last Time and the unforgettable I Can't Get No Satisfaction.


The Beach Boys and The Beatles competed throughout the 1960s to be the most experimental band in the world.


As part of the battle, American mavericks The Beach Boys brought out the album Pet Sounds in 1966. Containing classics such as Wouldn't It Be Nice and God Only Knows (the first time the word God had been used in a pop song), the album left an important legacy behind.


• 1967 was a magic year for The Monkees, the first manufactured boy band: their ditty I'm a Believer picked up a transatlantic number one.


• Now probably the biggest guitar icon in the world, Jimi Hendrix became a big star in 1968 with album Electric Ladyland and the hit All Along The Watchtower.


• The folky sound of Simon and Garfunkel captivated audiences in the late 1960s and with groovy tunes such as Sound of Silence and Mrs Robinson on the soundtrack for The Graduate they helped make the film a massive hit.


Chubby Checker released The Twist in 1960 and Let's Twist Again in 1961 - teenagers all over the country went wild.


Helen Shapiro scooped two number ones in 1961 with Walkin' Back to Happiness and You Don't Know.


Cliff Richard managed to hit the singles charts every year of the 1960s.


Cilla Black had her only two number one hits in 1964: Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World.


Dusty Springfield's I Only Wanna Be With You was in the top 10 everywhere in 1963. When it became a hit in the US, Dusty became the first British female singer to chart in America.


Then in 1966 she out-did even herself: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me became an even bigger hit.



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