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Music critics and fans have long since argued about what is the greatest year in Rock and Pop music. For me, there is no question that the year 1966 qualifies for this accolade. From ground-breaking albums such as, “Revolver” by The Beatles, “Pet Sounds” by The Beachboys, “Blonde on Blonde” by Bob Dylan, “Aftermath” by the Rolling Stones and other great albums influenced g Music critics and fans have long since argued about what is the greatest year in Rock and Pop music. For me, there is no question that the year 1966 qualifies for this accolade. From ground-breaking albums such as, “Revolver” by The Beatles, “Pet Sounds” by The Beachboys, “Blonde on Blonde” by Bob Dylan, “Aftermath” by the Rolling Stones and other great albums influenced groups and artists through the remaining years of the Sixties and into the following decades. These ground-breaking albums paved the way for singers and groups, such as, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and The Doors to write and release such great albums as, Tapestry, Hunky Dory, Teaser and the Firecat, L.A. Woman, Every Picture Tells A Story etc. These artists and groups honed their skill in the 1960s. Carole King with her husband, Gerry Goffin learned her trade – before moving to Laurel Canyon - working in the Brill Building in New York writing such hits as “Goin' Back” which Dusty Springfield, the Byrds and a host of others released as singles or album tracks in 1966. Cat Stevens came on the scene in 1966 with the hit singles, “I Love My Dog,” and “Matthew and Son.” Jimmy Page played Lead guitar in the Yardbirds and scores of hit singles in the 1960s as a session musician, playing on Donovan's 1966 hit “Sunshine, Superman." He, with Jeff Beck, Keith Moon and John Paul Jones recorded "Beck's Bolero" based on Ravel's “Boléro" in 1966. Page enjoyed the session so much that he suggested forming a permanent supergroup with the above musicians. Keith Moon’s response that the group would go down like a lead balloon sowed the seeds with Page about the name of his next group! David Bowie, as David Jones (his birth name) formed his first band, The Konrads as far back as 1962 and acknowledged two classic 1966 records, “Friday on my Mind,” and “Sorrow" on his “Pin-Ups" album of 1973. Rod Stewart was in several bands in the 1960s and sang with “Shotgun Express” with future Fleetwood Mac stalwarts, Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood in 1966. Marc Bolan, in 1966 turned up at Yardbirds Simon Napier-Bell's door and said that he was going to be a star. Napier-Bell invited him in and liked what he heard recording a song called “Hippy Gumbo". Napier-Bell thought so much of Bolan that he considered making him a member of the Yardbirds. The 1966 album “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators" influenced Pink Floyd who were one of the world's best-selling groups of the 1970s. Neil Young and Steven Stills were members of Buffalo Springfield when the band recorded “For What It’s Worth" in 1966. In not forgetting about the record singles, 1966 saw a plethora of ground-breaking and influential singles that would influence singers and groups for years to come. Singles such as, “Eleanor Rigby”, “God Only Knows”, “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”, “Good Vibrations”, “Paperback Writer”, “Gimme Some Lovin'”, “Paint It Black”, “For What it’s Worth”, “Summer in the City”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Just Like A Woman”, “Friday on my Mind”, “Shapes of Things”, “Homeward Bound”, and scores of other classics still resonate in this digital age where music lovers can stream these fantastic songs through apps such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer. In my book I list and comment on such albums and singles that paved the way for the coming decades.


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Music critics and fans have long since argued about what is the greatest year in Rock and Pop music. For me, there is no question that the year 1966 qualifies for this accolade. From ground-breaking albums such as, “Revolver” by The Beatles, “Pet Sounds” by The Beachboys, “Blonde on Blonde” by Bob Dylan, “Aftermath” by the Rolling Stones and other great albums influenced g Music critics and fans have long since argued about what is the greatest year in Rock and Pop music. For me, there is no question that the year 1966 qualifies for this accolade. From ground-breaking albums such as, “Revolver” by The Beatles, “Pet Sounds” by The Beachboys, “Blonde on Blonde” by Bob Dylan, “Aftermath” by the Rolling Stones and other great albums influenced groups and artists through the remaining years of the Sixties and into the following decades. These ground-breaking albums paved the way for singers and groups, such as, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and The Doors to write and release such great albums as, Tapestry, Hunky Dory, Teaser and the Firecat, L.A. Woman, Every Picture Tells A Story etc. These artists and groups honed their skill in the 1960s. Carole King with her husband, Gerry Goffin learned her trade – before moving to Laurel Canyon - working in the Brill Building in New York writing such hits as “Goin' Back” which Dusty Springfield, the Byrds and a host of others released as singles or album tracks in 1966. Cat Stevens came on the scene in 1966 with the hit singles, “I Love My Dog,” and “Matthew and Son.” Jimmy Page played Lead guitar in the Yardbirds and scores of hit singles in the 1960s as a session musician, playing on Donovan's 1966 hit “Sunshine, Superman." He, with Jeff Beck, Keith Moon and John Paul Jones recorded "Beck's Bolero" based on Ravel's “Boléro" in 1966. Page enjoyed the session so much that he suggested forming a permanent supergroup with the above musicians. Keith Moon’s response that the group would go down like a lead balloon sowed the seeds with Page about the name of his next group! David Bowie, as David Jones (his birth name) formed his first band, The Konrads as far back as 1962 and acknowledged two classic 1966 records, “Friday on my Mind,” and “Sorrow" on his “Pin-Ups" album of 1973. Rod Stewart was in several bands in the 1960s and sang with “Shotgun Express” with future Fleetwood Mac stalwarts, Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood in 1966. Marc Bolan, in 1966 turned up at Yardbirds Simon Napier-Bell's door and said that he was going to be a star. Napier-Bell invited him in and liked what he heard recording a song called “Hippy Gumbo". Napier-Bell thought so much of Bolan that he considered making him a member of the Yardbirds. The 1966 album “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators" influenced Pink Floyd who were one of the world's best-selling groups of the 1970s. Neil Young and Steven Stills were members of Buffalo Springfield when the band recorded “For What It’s Worth" in 1966. In not forgetting about the record singles, 1966 saw a plethora of ground-breaking and influential singles that would influence singers and groups for years to come. Singles such as, “Eleanor Rigby”, “God Only Knows”, “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”, “Good Vibrations”, “Paperback Writer”, “Gimme Some Lovin'”, “Paint It Black”, “For What it’s Worth”, “Summer in the City”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Just Like A Woman”, “Friday on my Mind”, “Shapes of Things”, “Homeward Bound”, and scores of other classics still resonate in this digital age where music lovers can stream these fantastic songs through apps such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer. In my book I list and comment on such albums and singles that paved the way for the coming decades.

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