Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Despite the barrage of psychedelic music emerging from Berkeley, California in the late 60s, the brothers Fogerty stuck to what they did best - rock, country, and their own "swamp pop." Their music resonated with teenagers and the working class alike, making Creedence Clearwater Revival one of the most popular bands of the era. Continue reading...

Donovan

Donovan

Plenty of artists have explored strange frontiers in their music, but Donovan was the ultimate psychedelic troubadour. In the late 60s, he produced an unforgettable string of songs that combined pop melodies, traditional folk elements and psychedelic sounds to create a style that was often imitated and seldom duplicated. Continue reading...

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

A rock and roll pioneer, Roy Orbison left us with a catalog of songs that touched the hearts of generations. With his characteristic dark sunglasses, deep vibrato (with the occasional punctuating falsetto), “The Big O,” as he was nicknamed, produced hits that regularly broke the Top Ten, hits that were a touchstone for generations of the lovelorn and heartbroken. Continue reading...

The Monkees

The Monkees

Whenever something is a resounding success, there will always be imitators that follow. Often they pale in comparison to the original, but in the rare case, it turns out that the imitator has a charm and appeal all its own. Such was the case with The Monkees. Yes, they were Hollywood's answer to The Beatles, but still quirky and original enough to make millions of their own fans along the way. Continue reading...

Boston

Boston

If one wanted to hear the rebellious, in-your-face spirit of Bostonians, one needed to look no further than the gritty guitar sounds on the debut album by the 70s supergroup aptly named Boston. A technological marvel filled with plenty of ear candy, this hybrid of hard rocking and heartwarming ballads catapulted Boston to the top of the charts. Continue reading...

John Cougar Mellencamp

John Cougar Mellencamp

Despite countless obstacles along the way, John Cougar Mellencamp persevered all the way to the top, managing to carve out a personalized fusion of folk, rock and country music that landed him numerous hits - and made him the voice of millions of ordinary folks struggling to make their own way. Continue reading...

J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band

In the late 60's, there was a whole lot of that crazy hippie music wafting through the East Coast air. But if you found yourself in the decidedly un-wimpy Boston, in front of the decidedly un-wimpy J. Geils Band, you might just forget about that hippie music. These guys were known for their tough, sweaty rock and roll, and their pumping-fist fans ate it up. Continue reading...

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles are such an accepted part of pop culture that it's easy to forget how dramatic their rise to worldwide fame was. The eruption of Beatlemania in the early 60s shook up the entertainment world in a way that few overnight sensations have before or since. Inevitably, the 'Fab Four' ended up in a movie designed to capitalize on their success. Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is so good that it stands on its own. In fact, many film fans consider it to be the greatest rock and roll musical of all time. Continue reading...