The Best Bands of the 60s

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The “best bands of the 60s” is often a popular topic of discussion when old codgers get together. In this Camp Codger episode, we take a trip down memory lane to reminisce about our favorite bands and musical artists. We touch on the obvious great bands like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones, but we also take side trips during our musical journey and recall other, lesser-known favorite artists. Richard reminded us of the prolific Leon Russell while Gary brought back one of his favorite bands, Blood, Sweat & Tears. Randy was spot-on when he added The Kinks to our list of great bands. It’s impossible to decide which of the best bands of the 60s is really the “best”. We love them all and relish the thought that we grew up during an incredible era of influential music.

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7 comments on “The Best Bands of the 60s

  1. Roger Smith says:

    Elton John! He just ended his 300-event, four year Yellow Brick Road farewell tour at Dodger Stadium with 3 sold out concerts, 50 years after his first sold out concert at the stadium.

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      Elton John was among the many great performers of our era. His popularity didn’t really take off until 1969 but it’s still the 60s! Rocket Man!

  2. Patricia says:

    Hi guys! Thanks for today’s program!! Fun and interesting.. I don’t think I got my first record until the 70’s (Fleeteood Mac) but my parents had a collection of old 78’s that I used to love to play!! I used to sit in the dark listening to my recorder player and Funeral for a Friend (Elton John)… I’m more of a 70’s babe but great to hear your thoughts! I TOTALLY love Carol King… was listening to her last night… her music is timeless!

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      A ‘Bands of the 70s’ episode is coming up soon. Too many great artists that influenced me really hit their stride in the early 70s.

  3. jimmy kloczko says:

    I was 12 years old living in Connecticut when the Beatles played Shea Stadium. Our local AM radio station ran a contest, something like “the thirteenth caller wins a pair of tickets to the show”. Well guess what. I won them. And as you can imagine, my mother would not even think about letting me go. She wouldn’t even let my 17-year-old cousin accompany me. So, the sad news is that I sold the tickets. Actually for around twice the face value. Scalping tickets at 12 years old! I was an early adapter.

    1. Camp Codger says:

      Lemons from lemonade, Jimmy. A shrewd business decision.

  4. jack turner says:

    Just listened to this–what an explosion of musical creativity during the last half of the ’60s–so many different styles adding to the stew–my favorite then, and now, is Neil Young and his many incarnations–less known: Staple Singers (very positive and upbeat), Jeff Beck (one of the very best guitarists)
    I happened to be at the ’65 Newport Folk Festival when Dylan was booed for going electric–being a folk fan, I didn’t approve either–he was way ahead of us

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