Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Conversation Starter...

Some of us associate music with special times in our lives...a tune triggers a great memory, or music can mark a great period.  Whatever the case, music is very important to us.

Dave M. checks in with a great list of movies and music from 1968, the year he graduated from high school.  In his own words...

"Our town was quiet, but we heard about what was going on in other cities. It was a small town in east Texas, and rather insulated from the world – and we only received 1 TV station, so most news came over local radio, or from the big 50kW voices we heard at night. KAAY was 6 years old in 1968 and “Top 40” radio was very popular, with a mix of personalities, pop music, and news.

Historically 1968 was an awful year, with riots in many cities, lots of turmoil over the VN war, the assasinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and more. But there were some good movies and some great music.

I’m sure many of the blog readers will have mixed memories of this period – both good and bad."

Here's Dave's List:

Top Movies of 1968 -

- Night of the Living Dead
- Funny Girl
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Odd Couple
- Bullitt
- Romeo and Juliet
- Oliver!
- Planet of the Apes
- Rosemary's Baby
- Yours, Mine, and Ours

Top Songs of 1968 –

- Hey Jude, The Beatles
- Honey, Bobby Goldsboro
- Love Is Blue, Paul Mauriat
- (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, Otis Redding
- People Got To Be Free, Rascals
- Sunshine Of Your Love, Cream
- This Guy's In Love With You, Herb Alpert
- Stoned Soul Picnic, Fifth Dimension

I agree with Dave...where I grew up near Mobile, Alabama, we had three TV stations, with one of those broadcasting from Pensacola...maybe a fourth on UHF, but I can't remember ever being able to see it with any regularity...and radio was important to us, as well.  We had two or three pretty good stations here as well, but before I found KAAY (and other powerhouse stations), my mother kept her car radio on "beautiful music" (not Top 40) and my father kept his truck radio on country music.  Everyone shut up when the news came on.

I also remember once, when riding in town with my father, someone hitting his truck with a brick....

Dave also sent me a l-o-n-g wish list of 1968 music to fill a jukebox with...but its too long to put here!  Rest assured it was some quality stuff!

Thank you, Dave!  Does anyone else have some musical, movie or other entertainment memories they'd like to share?

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

1 comment:

  1. This is a great idea for a post. The music category brings back a lot of memories for me. For instance, "Sugar Town" reminds me of my army basic training. The song San Francisco was popular in Vietnam because many GI's thought they would be coming home to the US through San Francisco. Each time I hear that song I remember separating from the Army and coming home from overseas was one of the happiest days of my life. On the other hand, some songs trigger some bad memories too. Let's discuss the good ones.

    Ron H.