Often hailed as music’s finest year, I’d like to be reminded of the many wonderful tracks that first appeared in those twelve amazing months.
Bob Dylan gave us Blonde On Blonde in 1966, and the Beatles and Beach Boys matched him all the way with Revolver and Pet Sounds respectively.
Best year for music? Of course it’s the best year for music!
There were classic tunes by Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, the Mamas and Papas, Who, Stones, Kinks and more bands with a ‘The’ in than I can count at present.
From the world of television and film, we got the enigmatic ‘Born Free’ and Neal Hefti’s unforgettable Batman Theme (so good that The Who covered it).
There’s also this one, sung by the brilliant Eddie Brigati, whose birthday is today. A Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper in April 1966, as you’ll see from the video, it spent 12 weeks in the Top 40. (Stop, I know what you’re thinking, but ‘Groovin” was actually released the following April.)
I’ll just list five of my favourites, leaving out about 55 that I hope you’ll remember.
- 13th Floor Elevators, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’
- Eddie Floyd, ‘Knock on Wood’
- The Spencer Davis Group, ‘Gimme Some Loving’
- Cat Stevens, ‘I Love My Dog’
- Sonny Boy Williamson II, ‘Help Me’
So turn off your mind, relax and float downstream… and list some songs from 1966, if you’re not too far-gone after all that mental floating to list, that is.
By the way, if 1966 wasn’t the best year for music, which was?
If you can’t place the lyrical reference, it was the Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ – the best track off Revolver, perhaps. But, gosh, there are so many others…