Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 1 - 10

This is the eleventh of 11 posts, featuring my list of the top 110 songs of the Sixties.  Up today are numbers 1 to 10 (in reverse order).

To compile this list I followed a few rules - first, the list had to represent the entire decade, both in terms of year and genres.  Much as I might like one year or style over the next, all had to be represented.  Second, the songs had to be well-known.  I'll run a second list of the top 100 obscure songs of the Sixties later to satisfy my critics' jones.  And third, I tried to represent as many artists as possible.  Again, the goal was to cover as much of what was the decade's best, which required some hard omissions in favor of other works by that artist.  So, without further ado, here's the list.  It will be posted in 11 parts, from 110 to 1, with You Tube videos so you can hear them for yourselves.  (Why 110?  I just couldn't eliminate any of these songs).  Want the next batch?  There are links at the bottom of the post that will take you to the others.

10.  Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
       Steppenwolf                      (1968)

9.  Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
     Can You Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1965)

8.  Marvin Gaye - Heard It Thru The Grapevine
     In The Groove                                          (1968)

7.  Ronettes - Be My Baby
     Ronettes              (1963)

6.  Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
     Friday On My Mind          (1967)

5.  Procol Harem - Whiter Shade Of Pale
     Procol Harem                              (1967)

4.  Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
     Highway 61 Revisited          (1965)

3.  Beach Boys - God Only Knows
     Pet Sounds                       (1966)

2.  Beatles - A Day In The Life
     Sgt. Peppers               (1967)

1.  Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
     Let It Bleed                       (1969)

Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 101 - 110
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 91 - 100
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 81 - 90
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 71 - 80
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 61 - 70
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 51 - 60
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 41 - 50
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 31 - 40
Top 110 Songs of the 1960s - 21 - 30

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