Los Shakers 1965:66

29/1/17 – Los Shakers – Siempre Tu – 1968

Our last night in Montevideo before returning to Buenos Aires – Uruguay to Argentina. In the sixties there was a Uruguayan band that went to Argentina and became tremendously successful as part of the Uruguayan invasion. They modeled themselves on Los Beatles and after seeing the A Hard Day’s Night film they decided to form a […]

Buddy Greco the-lady-is-a-tramp

19/1/17 – Buddy Greco – August 14 1926 – January 10 2017 – Pre Dylan Lyricists /The Lady Is A Tramp – Tommy Dorsey Featuring Edythe Wright – 1937 / Sophie Tucker – 1937 / Lena Horne – 1948 / Ella Fitzgerald – 1956 / Pat Suzuki – 1958 / Frank Sinatra – 1958/1965 / Buddy Greco – 1960 / Shirley Bassey – 1966 / Diana Ross And The Supremes – 1968 / Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – 2011

Who were the great lyricists before Dylan? Well, from the fifties into the sixties you would probably say the men that wrote the words for the musicals, writers like Lorenz Hart. Hart wrote the lyrics for The Lady Is A Tramp and My Funny Valentine and was Richard Rodgers partner till alcoholism (Hart died tragically of […]


2/11/16 – Sag Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind / Where Have All The Flowers Gone?/ Qui peut dire où vont les fleurs? – Marlene Dietrich – 1963 – 1965

Marlene Dietrich sang Where Have All The Flowers Gone? in three languages – in German as Sag Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind, in English and in French as “Qui peut dire où vont les fleurs?” All three versions of the song were arranged and conducted by Burt Bacharach, The French and German versions were recorded in Paris […]


24/10/16 – Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam – Live In Antibes – 1965

Mississippi Goddam was Nina Simone’s response to the assassination of Medgar Evers by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963 and the 16th St Baptist Church bombing in Alabama in the same year where four black children – Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair were killed. The song […]


19/10/16 – Mick Softley – The War Drags On/Songs For Swingin’ Survivors – 1965 / Donovan – The War Drags On – 1965

Another album released in 1965, Song For Swingin’ Survivors was one of the first contributions of English protest Folk. A major influence for Donovan, The War Drags On was covered by Donovan on The Universal Soldier EP, he recorded Softley’s Goldwatch Blues on his debut album, What’s Bin Hid And What’s Bin Did released in […]


18/10/16 – Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore – 1965

1965 seems to have been a groundbreaking year for protest songs with Universal Soldier in the Top Ten in England and Eve Of Destruction No.1 in America. I Ain’t Marching Anymore was the title track from Phil Ochs second album released that year. Ochs was something of an uncompromising and serious anomaly – Elvis Presley meets Che […]