Tag Archive | The Sixties

RIP The Troggs' Singer Reg Presley

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Reg Presley sang lead on what is probably the most-covered sixties-era pop song of all time, “Wild Thing.” And now he’s dead. The Troggs’ vocalist has passed away on February 4th, 2013 at age 71 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Read an engaging obituary recalling Presley’s life and career at This Link. Trivia: “Wild Thing” was written by Angelina Jolie’s uncle!

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RIP The Troggs’ Singer Reg Presley

Reg Presley Young
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Reg Presley sang lead on what is probably the most-covered sixties-era pop song of all time, “Wild Thing.” And now he’s dead. The Troggs’ vocalist has passed away on February 4th, 2013 at age 71 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Read an engaging obituary recalling Presley’s life and career at This Link. Trivia: “Wild Thing” was written by Angelina Jolie’s uncle!

When We Called Out for Another Drink, The Waiter Brought a Tray


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On This Date, June 24th, in 1967: Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale”  entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart where it would later peak at Number 5 (In the UK it hit #1 on June 8th).  Lyrically inspired a party the band members attended where everyone was tripping on LSD (I’m pretty sure The Beatles were at that party) the song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group’s organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Orchestral Suite in D,” composed between 1725 and 1739.  As of 2009, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” is the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK. What a great song.

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Jimi Hendrix Was a Badass

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“Not Necessarily Stoned, but…Beautiful…”

On This Date, July 8th, in 1967: The Monkees kicked off their U.S. tour in Jacksonville, Florida with the Jimi Hendrix Experience as their support act. Hendrix would be dropped from the bill after eight concerts. I think we can guess why. This story reminds me also of a concert-going memory my older sister shared with me, of seeing The Who open for Herman’s Hermits. The Sixties, what a crazy time!