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Every Era Produces Good Music (1968)

The August 31, 1968 Daily Review (Hayward, CA) ran this article about the possibility that future generations may one day consider music of the 1960s to be good. The article turns into a very specific endorsement/advertisement of a new LP by The Sandpipers. Do you think there was some payola going on in the newspaper industry as well as the radio business?

NEW YORK (UPI) - It is true that more melodic pop music was produced in the 1930s than in any other decade in this century, yet no era or generation can claim a monopoly on good sound.


And it may be that the pop musicologists of the 1990s may report to their generations that some elegant tunes were composed in the 1960s.

"Spanish Eyes," "Love Is Blue," and perhaps a show tune such as "Cabaret" have a good chance of being in some group's catalogue of popular standards at the turn of the next century.

Both "Spanish Eyes" and "Love is Blue" are among the 11 selections in an outstanding LP entitled "Softly" by The Sandpipers (A&M SP4147). These melodic and nostalgic numbers are handled magnificently by The Sandpipers, who have appeal to all ages.

But the feature song is "Quando M'Innamoro," which also has a foot in the musical door of the future. And the opening number, "Softly," is restful musical medicine.

See also:
All the Music of the Centuries (1908)
Robots vs. Musicians (1931)


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Reader Comments (2)

Except for the crap they're putting out these days, of course. ;^)

December 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterebow

I'm reminded of an article I read somewhere (Scientific American, perhaps?) that stated that while previous decades had distinctive styles of popular music, the stuff put out in the last 20 years or so was all the same, probably due to it all being created in a modern, computerized studio. I thought at the time (and still do) that it was simply that the writers of the article just didn't like recent music.

Seems the same problem happening here. 1968, and the guy doesn't mention the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, or anyone that doesn't fall within his narrow view of "good music".

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn LeMaitre

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