The Zombies in 1964 – Remarkably timeless.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Zombies – BBC Sessions 1964-1965
A perennial favorite tonight – The Zombies were one of the truly great bands that were part of the first British Invasion of the early 1960’s. Having gone through all the stylistic changes during that decade, finally breaking up with some members splintering off to become other success stories, the original Zombies recordings have retained a freshness not a lot of bands can claim, some fifty years after their first hearing.
Tonight it’s two sessions the band cut for the BBC Program Saturday Club. One session in October of 1964 and the other, a session cut in January of 1965.
Here’s what’s on the player:
The Zombies – BBC Saturday Club
1. She’s Not There – October, 1964
2. You Make Me Feel So Good – October 1964
3. Tell Her No – January, 1965
Get ready for the weekend.
Paraphrasing a Proverb: House guests and Fish; after five decades, stink.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Rioting in Panama Canal – Jan. 8-9, 1964
Amid growing resentment over U.S, domination of the Panama Canal, rioting had broken out in the Canal Zone. Stemmed largely from an incident over flag raising by students at a nearby university, it begged a bigger question; how long was the U.S. going to occupy the Canal Zone? Some fifty years since the completion of the Panama Canal, the Panamanian government wanted to retain control of the waterway, and calls for negotiating a settlement with an eye toward independence for the zone were not being met with enthusiasm by the Johnson Administration. As of this January 9th in 1964, the story was still developing and tensions were running high.With casualties reported on both sides, an appeal for calm went out. But also an appeal for renewed negotiations on a settlement.
And so it went.
Here is special report, as broadcast on January 9, 1964 by WRUL in New York with ABC News.
Jimmy Smith – cookin’ up a soulful Christmas.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Jimmy Smith – baby, it’s cold outside
Continuing our celebration of the season with a word from the immortal Jimmy Smith and a track from his 1964 album Christmas Cookin’. The venerable standard Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
Cool Yule just keeps on comin’.
Robert F. Kennedy – Victory night Address – 1964
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1964 Election Night
Another election night – this one from 1964. Another election with surprises and another election that repudiated a hijacked political party. Barry Goldwater went down to a resounding defeat and, like this recent election, had caused an enormous amount of soul-searching.
This broadcast, part of a 12 hour marathon, starts with Robert F. Kennedy’s victory speech, having won the Senate race for the state of New York. And for the next hour the story continues to unfold. Listen for some of the names, particularly those of future Watergate figures. It’s fascinating.
History from another election in another time, exactly as it happened on November 3-4, 1964 via ABC News.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Nashville Teens – Tobacco Road – 1964
Just about every collector of Rock knows this track backwards and forwards and you’ve probably heard it at least a thousand times. But I remember hearing it for the first time when it came out and it’s stuck to me ever since. It’s just a great track by a band that was part of that enormous wave of talent known as The British Invasion of 1964. The Nashville Teens hit it huge with Tobacco Road, becoming a world-wide sensation early on. They had gotten great word of mouth as a live band, based on backing Jerry Lee Lewis during his UK tour in 1964.
But as the vagaries of Pop Music often work, they never really duplicated the intense popularity of their initial hit, and more or less faded from view as the 60’s wore on.
Like so many bands of the period, they were underrated and simply got lost in the shuffle. And where the fortunes of a hit record were dictated on how it placed on a chart limited to 40 other hopeful singles, there were very small windows of opportunity to be had.
So as a reminder of just how much of a miracle it is for any band to sustain their popularity over time, and to introduce those who aren’t familiar with this band, another entry in the vast catalog of worthy musicians who need a second hearing, here is Tobacco Road by The Nashville Teens.
Mel Carter – A 60’s Soul powerhouse.
Click on the link here for the audio player: Mel Carter – The Richest Man Alive – 1964
Sometimes an artist will be known for one song, and the rest of his output gets largely ignored. In the case of tonight’s track, not only has it been ignored, it hasn’t shown up on any of Mel Carter’s Greatest Hits compilations, or even recognized in his own discography as having existed. And that’s a shame, since The Richest Man Alive came out before his mega-hit Hold Me, Thrill Me . . . did, and even though it got moderate airplay when it was first issued, it didn’t achieve the classic status of the later song.
Sometimes those things just happen. A worthy song gets overshadowed and gets buried in the avalanche.
Well, not tonight anyway. For those of you who are familiar with Mel Carter and know his signature tune backwards, here is an earlier tune that stands on its own as a neglected classic.
If you’ve never heard of Mel Carter, or have no idea what he did; think 60’s Soul, gorgeous production and a great introduction to something you might have missed.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara – Man of few words – fewer for the American press.
Click on the Link: Che Guevara – 1964
A lot has been written about and written by Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Photos of him have been turned into posters, T-shirts, paintings. He has come to symbolize the mythic-tragic Revolutionary figure of the 1960’s. But there are very few recordings of his voice. And this interview, done as part of the ABC News series Issues and Answers first broadcast on March 24, 1964, may very well be the only such interview Guevara did with mainstream U.S. Media.
Like much of the material I will be running in the future, this was originally run on my now-defunct Newstalgia site and it became a popular item among historians and the curious. So I’m offering it again now in case you missed it the first time.
Here is the complete interview.