Simon and Garfunkel sing "The Sound Of Silence"in this 1966 performance.
Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by
The flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
"Fools", said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said:
"The words of the prophets are
Written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence."
The Kingston trio sings Tom Dooley on The Milton Berle Show in 1958. The sound is low. This haunting folksong is based on a real murder that took place in 1866 (in N. Carolina) when Tom Dula (pronounced Dooley) stabbed lover Laura Foster to death. Poor Laura was carrying his unborn child at the time. There was speculation that he didn't actually kill her but was covering for the real killer, Laura's cousin Anne who was also Tom's lover. Whoever actually committed the murder, Tom Dula paid with his life when he was hanged for the crime. Just before the rope was placed around his neck, Tom stated that he had not harmed Laura but that he deserved the punishment.
The Thirteen Floor Elevators perform "You're Gonna Miss me" on American Bandstand in 1966. The audio is a bit rough. This influential band helped develop the psychedelic garage sound.
Tommy James And The Shondells sing "Crimson And Clover". The song was released in the latter part of 1968 and was a top of the charts hit in 1969.
James Brown And The Famous Flames sing "I Got You ( I Feel Good ) in this cut from the 1965 movie "Ski Party" ( a winter take on the classic beach party movie)
Screamin' Jay Hawkins sings (screams) “I Put A Spell On You”. The song was banned from the radio after it’s 1956 release because it was so outrageous,. Screamin’ Jay stated that he was quite drunk when he recorded the record, so drunk in fact that he had little to no memory of the recording session. I'm not certain when this video performance took place, but this is some damn (excuse my French) fine rock and roll.
Otis Redding performs "I've Been Loving You Too Long" in 1967. I believe this is at The Monterey Pop Festival.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets sing "That'll Be The Day", released in 1957. On Feb. 3, 1959, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and pilot Roger Peterson were killed in a plane crash outside of Clearlake, Iowa ( known as "the day the music died").
The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) sings the humorous 1958 hit "Chantilly Lace". The following year (Feb. 3, 1959) The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and pilot Roger Peterson were killed in a plane crash outside of Clearlake, Iowa ( known as "the day the music died").
The Standells perform "Dirty Water", their iconic song about Boston. It was released in 1965. Not sure of the exact date that this was performed, but probably not long after it's release.
I'm gonna tell you a story
I'm gonna tell you about my town
I'm gonna tell you a big bad story, baby
Aww, it's all about my town
Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Charles (aw, that's what's happenin' baby)
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves (aw, but they're cool, too)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, you're the Number One place)
Frustrated women (I mean they're frustrated)
Have to be in by twelve o'clock (oh, that's a shame)
But I'm wishin' and a-hopin, oh
That just once those doors weren't locked (I like to save time for
My baby to walk around)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)
Because I love that dirty water
Oh, oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)
Well, I love that dirty water (I love it, baby)
I love that dirty water (I love Baw-stun)
I love that dirty water (Have you heard about the Strangler?)
I love that dirty water (I'm the man, I'm the man)
I love that dirty water (Owww!)
I love that dirty water (Come on, come on)
Herman's Hermits sing Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter in 1965. Peter Noone is the lead singer.
Bobby Fuller sings the classic 1966 hit song "I Fought The Law". A few months later at age 23, he was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Ruled a suicide, but never properly investigated, he was found dead in his mother's car, a hose attached to a gas can in his hands. Some feel the allegedly shady owner of Roulette Records may have played a part. His contribution to rock and roll lives on.
Freddy Cannon performs his 1959 rock and roll hit Tallahassee Lassie in 1965 on a tv show called Hollywood A Go-Go
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