1966 songs


“‘Eight Miles High’ is a song by the American rock band the Byrds, written by Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn (a.k.a. Roger McGuinn), and David Crosby. It was first released as a single on March 14, 1966. Musically influenced by Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane, the song was influential in developing the musical styles of psychedelic rock, raga rock, and psychedelic pop. Accordingly, critics often cite ‘Eight Miles High’ as being the first bona fide psychedelic rock song, as well as a classic of the counterculture era. The song was subject to a U.S. radio ban shortly after its release, following allegations published in the broadcasting trade journal the Gavin Report regarding perceived drug connotations in its lyrics. … John Einarson has commented that the influence of Coltrane’s saxophone playing and, in particular his song ‘India’ from the Impressions album, can be heard clearly in ‘Eight Miles High’—most noticeably in McGuinn’s recurring twelve-string guitar solo. …”
W – The Byrds/Eight Miles High. YouTube: Eight Miles High

“‘Kicks’ is a song composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, best known as a 1966 hit for American rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders. Mann and Weill wrote the song for the Animals, but the band’s lead singer Eric Burdon turned it down. Instead, Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded and released it as a single in 1966. … Considered one of the earliest anti-drug songs, ‘Kicks’ was composed and released during an era in which pro-hippie, pro-experimentation, and other counterculture themes were gaining popularity on U.S. FM radio stations. The song’s message was consequently perceived as outdated by the emerging youth counterculture, as popular artists ranging from The Beatles to Jefferson Airplane had written songs whose themes sharply contrasted that of ‘Kicks.’ … Meanwhile, songs emerged from popular artists who praised, sometimes cryptically and sometimes overtly, the use of psychedelic drugs. …”
W – Paul Revere & the Raiders/Kicks, YouTube: Kicks

W – The Monkees/(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, YouTube: (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
W – Janis Ian/Society’s Child, YouTube: Society’s Child
W – Napoleon XIV/They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!, YouTube: They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
W – The Lovin’ Spoonful/Darlin’ Be Home Soon, YouTube: Darling Be Home Soon
W – The Easybeats/Friday on My Mind, YouTube: Friday on My Mind
W – Jefferson Airplane/Somebody to Love, YouTube: Somebody to Love
W – Loretta Lynn/You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man), YouTube: You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)
W – Rolling Stones/Mother’s Little Helper, YouTube: Mother’s Little Helper, Daily Motion: Mother’s Little Helper

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