Episode 3 | Soft 60’s Spring Fling

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Soft 60’s Spring Fling

The 1960s…a golden decade in music history and the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius”…kick off your shoes, relax and let your mind wander as you enjoy the softer side of the 60s.  Enjoy this Episode year-round, whenever you want to feel joy, peace and renewal.


 

TRACK LIST

My Girl | The Temptations (00:00:47)
My Guy | Mary Wells (00:03:19)
Daydream | The Lovin’ Spoonful (00:06:20)
Groovin’ (On A Sunday Afternoon) | The Young Rascals (00:08:33)
Sunny | Bobby Hebb (00:10:52)
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) | Simon & Garfunkel (00:13:28)
The Rain, The Park and Other Things | The Cowsills (00:15:16)
April, She Will Come | Simon & Garfunkel (00:18:26)
Kathy’s Song | Simon & Garfunkel (00:20:18)
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her | Simon & Garfunkel (00:23:30)
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head | B.J. Thomas (00:25:40)
Here Comes the Sun | The Beatles (00:28:55)
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying | Gerry and The Pacemakers (00:31:57)
We’ll Sing In the Sunshine | Gale Garnett (00:34:30)
Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows | Lesley Gore (00:37:55)
Sunshine Superman | Donovan (00:39:32)
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In | The 5th Dimension (00:43:56)
Up, Up and Away | The 5th Dimension (00:48:47)
Windy | The Association (00:51:21)
Everything That Touches You | The Association (00:54:27)
Time For Livin’ | The Association (00:57:41)
Dream A Little Dream of Me | The Mamas & The Papas (01:00:25)
Georgy Girl | The Seekers (01:03:24)
Come Saturday Morning | The Sandpipers (01:05:35)
Crystal Blue Persuasion | Tommy James and The Shondells (01:08:40)
Crimson and Clover | Tommy James and The Shondells (01:12:34)
Grazing In the Grass | Hugh Masekela (01:16:06)
I Can’t Help Myself | The Four Tops (01:18:43)
I Hear a Symphony | The Supremes (01:21:18)
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You | Marvin Gaye (01:23:56)
Daydream Believer | The Monkees (01:26:55)
Sugar, Sugar | The Archies (01:29:33)
Do You Believe in Magic | The Lovin’ Spoonful (01:32:21)
Build Me Up Buttercup | The Foundations (01:34:18)
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes | Edison Lighthouse (01:37:09)
So Happy Together | The Turtles (01:39:51)
I’m Into Something Good | Herman’s Hermits (01:42:45)
There’s a Kind of Hush | Herman’s Hermits (01:45:12)
God Only Knows | The Beach Boys (01:48:30)

 


 

Welcome back to LoveLane Radio, where we celebrate life with love and joy.  This Episode is our Soft 60’s Spring Fling, so sit back and relax, find a cool grassy place, or maybe rest your mind by the water.  I’m your host Linda Davison and I hope you enjoy these songs of love from an extraordinary decade, the 1960’s.

Two of the best Springtime songs of this era were companion pieces, both written by singer, songwriter, producer and Motown executive Smokey Robinson.  Let’s start the show with these timeless classics, performed by the Temptations and Mary Wells.  Here are “My Girl” and “My Guy.”

 

SONG 1 My Girl The Temptations

SONG 2 My Guy Mary Wells

 

Soft 60’s songs are perfect for Spring and Summer because so many of them encourage people to kick off their shoes, go outside and relish a beautiful day.  Our next tune is from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, who called their sound, “good-time music.”  I hope you have a good time listening to their hit, “Daydream.”

 

SONG 3 Daydream The Lovin’ Spoonful

 

Next up are soft Spring sounds from The Young Rascals, Bobby Hebb, and American folk rock icons Simon & Garfunkel.

 

SONG 4 Groovin’ (On a Sunday Afternoon) The Young Rascals

SONG 5 Sunny Bobby Hebb

SONG 6 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel

 

This music is so fun and relaxing; I’m ready to find a shade tree in a park.  And speaking of parks, here are The Cowsills with “The Rain, the Park and Other Things.”

 

SONG 7 The Rain, the Park and Other Things The Cowsills

 

You’re listening to LoveLane Radio’s Soft 60’s Spring Fling.  Thank you for sharing Life in the LoveLane.

 

April showers bring May flowers, and also delicate and romantic melodies and poetry with images of rainfall.  Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel were two of the most successful and honored artists in the 1960’s, with record-breaking worldwide album sales.  This dynamic duo’s songs of love and soft Spring rain are next, with “April, She Will Come”, “Kathy’s Song” and “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her.”

 

SONG 8   April, She Will Come Simon & Garfunkel

SONG 9   Kathy’s Song Simon & Garfunkel

SONG 10 For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her Simon & Garfunkel

 

Another beautiful composition about rainfall won a Best Original Song Academy Award for Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  Written for Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s iconic western, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” here is Oklahoman B.J. Thomas.

 

SONG 11 Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head B.J. Thomas

 

In Springtime, the sunshine usually comes quickly after the rain.  Hope you enjoy these 60’s hits about sunshine from The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, and New Zealand-born Canadian Gale Garnett.  Gerry & The Pacemakers had the same manager and producer as The Beatles, so you may notice a similarity in their sounds.  We’ll start the set with a song written and sung by George Harrison and inspired by the arrival of Spring after a difficult year.  Today, it remains one of the Beatles’ most beloved songs.

 

SONG 12 Here Comes The Sun The Beatles

SONG 13 Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & The Pacemakers

SONG 14 We’ll Sing In The Sunshine Gale Garnett

 

Our next sunshine song is light as a lemon meringue pie but it has a lofty pedigree.  It was composed by legendary EGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch and produced by Grammy Legend Award winner Quincy Jones!  “EGOT” luminaries are the very few people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.  This tune has also been featured in movies and television, including “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, “The Simpsons” and “Mad Men.”  Singing “Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows” is Miss Lesley Gore.

 

SONG 15 Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows Lesley Gore

 

Sixties sunshine songs also included our next tunes, a Number One Hit from Scottish singer and Beatles friend Donovan, and The Fifth Dimension with a medley of two songs written for the Broadway blockbuster “Hair.”

 

SONG 16 Sunshine Superman Donovan

SONG 17 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In The Fifth Dimension

 

Along with Spring rainfall and sunshine comes the wind.  Here in California, Spring can be the best time to fly a kite.  I hope your state of being goes up, up and away after listening to another hit from “Champagne Soul” group The Fifth Dimension and a Billboard Chart Topper from The Association.

 

SONG 18 Up, Up and Away The 5th Dimension

SONG 19 Windy The Association

 

Thank you for joining us as LoveLane Radio celebrates the season with our Soft 60’s Spring Fling.

 

Next up are two more hits from The Association, a group with the distinction of being the lead-off band at 1967’s Monterey International Pop Music Festival.  This festival not only inspired Woodstock, it was also the first major concert appearance for Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.  I hope you enjoy these Spring melodies from The Association.

 

SONG 20 Everything That Touches You The Association

SONG 21 Time For Livin’ The Association

 

Ah, the harmonies of the folk rock bands created a special and beautiful sound, didn’t they? Here are more soft 60’s songs by the Mamas & The Papas, The Seekers, and The Sandpipers.

 

SONG 22 Dream a Little Dream of Me The Mamas & The Papas

SONG 23 Georgy Girl The Seekers

SONG 24 Come Saturday Morning The Sandpipers

 

Perhaps because their band was called The Sandpipers, I always visualize a day at the beach when I hear “Come Saturday Morning.”  So warm and peaceful.

 

Here are two more 60’s Springtime sounds from Michigan’s own Tommy James & The Shondells.  The Bible inspired Tommy to write “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” and it is his personal favorite.  It’s also one of The Shondells’ most-requested songs, along with their Number One Hit “Crimson and Clover.”

 

SONG 25 Crystal Blue Persuasion Tommy James & The Shondells

SONG 26 Crimson and Clover Tommy James & The Shondells

 

Now it’s time to dance to this happy hit from South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.  Although The Friends of Distinction recorded a successful vocal cover version in 1969, Hugh’s instrumental was the original, and he scored a Number One hit in 1968.  Here is the splendid, “Grazing In the Grass.”

 

SONG 27 Grazing In the Grass Hugh Masekela

 

Thank you LoveLaners for listening to our Soft 60’s Spring Fling.  The remaining songs in our Show don’t include Spring imagery but it’s such a happy time of year I thought we all might want to sing along and dance with these exuberant songs.  No matter what time of year you listen to this Show, I hope this music makes you feel renewed and puts a Spring in your step!

 

Here are Motown legends The Four Tops, The Supremes and Mr. Marvin Gaye.

 

SONG 28 I Can’t Help Myself The Four Tops

SONG 29 I Hear a Symphony The Supremes

SONG 30 How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You Marvin Gaye

 

Next up are two joyful hit songs recorded by bands created for 1960’s TV shows – The Monkees and The Archies.

 

SONG 31 Daydream Believer The Monkees

SONG 32 Sugar, Sugar The Archies

 

The hits keep on coming with these sing-along tunes from The Lovin’ Spoonful, the Foundations, Edison Lighthouse and The Turtles.  My best friend Karen and I know all the words to these songs – I bet you do, too!

 

SONG 33 Do You Believe in Magic The Lovin’ Spoonful

SONG 34 Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations

SONG 35 Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes Edison Lighthouse

SONG 36 So Happy Together The Turtles

 

For more sing-along fun, here are two more Spring Fling songs from the English beat band Herman’s Hermits.

 

SONG 37 I’m Into Something Good Herman’s Hermits

SONG 38 There’s a Kind of Hush Herman’s Hermits

 

We’ve come to the end of the LoveLane for our Soft 60’s Spring Fling Episode, and will close with one of the most beloved songs of all time.  The Beach Boys released the album “Pet Sounds” in Spring of 1966.  Musical genius Brian Wilson produced, arranged, and composed almost all of its music.  This song has been featured in many movies, including “Love Actually,” and it never fails to bring a tear to the eye.

 

I’d like to dedicate “God Only Knows” with love and appreciation to Spencer, family, friends and our listeners.  Thank you for your support!  This is your host Linda Davison signing off for now, and until next time, I hope you are living Life in the LoveLane.

 

SONG 39 God Only Knows The Beach Boys