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TIMES AND TUNES

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"Brought it all together.....Then tore it all apart..."

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Since the birth of this nation there have been many tramatic times but none more challanging as the sixty's........With the assination of JFK Camalot soon faded leaving a darkness ahead politically and a nightmare socially......What the Civil War was to the 1800's......VietNam and the 60's was to the 1900's.......

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In the begining the nation was moving right along....WWII was over and our presence throughout the world was known....Korea
and Germany....Japan and south Pacific islands...all across the globe US troops were protecting and guarding the price of freedom....Peace....prosperity....the average Joe was happy and raising families....proud of the achievements of the past 20 years
and people actually did care and help their fellow man....until the Beast reared his ugly head.......

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Then you had Dragnet and Mannix....The Fugative....Elliot Ness...
you had your great heroes in Burt Lancaster....Cagny and Kirk Douglas...Steve McQueen...Jimmy Stuart...The Rat Pack and the Dirty Dozen....the Duke...Bogart...Vic Morrow....and a thousand others....I am sure all of you have such a list because that is what it was....
It was a simplier time where your Horror Shows were The Blob... the Mummy....Vampires....The Byrds...KingKong and Godzilla... tame stuff compared to today......

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When Bob Dylan sang"the Times they are a change'n"...he
knew what he was singing about....for change they did....The
60's changed the face of not only America but the entire world
and into outer space....Civil unrest...political upheavals...All
across the land...from sea to shining sea....families tore apart
over a war half a world away....riots in the streets....beatings
by Police and National Guardsman.....Protests...demostrations
Kids leaving all they love and have and fleeing their country knowing full well they could never return home again...or contact
their families....Selma...L.A....Detroit....Phila....
Chicago...
Atlanta....Montgomery.....Our cities very streets and campuses were War Zones....

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The music of the day was enlighting to say the least....If you want to understand the 50's and 60's....just listen to the music.......It's all right there....no grey areas...down and dirty....the good and the ugly....What a time to be alive...crusing the loop.....singing on street corners...American bandstand....
The Jersey Steel Pier....Motown....Soul Train....Grande Old Opera..
The Loyyd Thaxton Show...California Dreaming.....on to the Doors... Buffalo Springfield...Crosby Stills Nash and Young... Simon and Garfunkle... Janis...Moody Blues...The Band...Yes.... Rolling Stones...and a hundred others....God......what a time it was.....The music just kept on coming and changing the people and the country......

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The times were peaceful then.....just like in the movies....and they best describe the mood of the nation....From Hercules and the GreekGods to Leave it to Beaver and all points in between...
Lassie...SkyKing and Penny....The Munsters....Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebbs(later to be Gillagan from the island)
Father Knows Best....the Nelsons....Patty Duke and the Donna Reed Show.....Car 54 where are you....You had the great western heroes in Hoppy and Cisco and the Lone Ranger....Wagon Train...
The Ponderosa and the Big Valley...The Virginan...Have Gun Will Travel...Gunsmoke....Bronco Lane and the Rifleman.....they all taught honesty....respect and loyality.....Moral values...Truth... Justice and the American way.....

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You had your funny men and women in Bob Hope....Jerry Lewis....Abbott and Costello....Red Skelton...The Somethers brothers....Carole Burnett....Samatha Stevens....Mary Tyler Moore....The Honeymooners....Laugh In....so many great ones...
It was surely the time to be alive and living in the greatest country on the earth.....

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And as the black clouds come along they bring with it a music revolution..Turn on......Tune in......and Drop out.......
Peace and Love...flower children...Free Love....Free pot....The
youth of America stood as one and the music was there....A
movement was born and it crossed all bounds of time...It took you to where you wanted to go....brought you up when you were down...The aritist of the time seemed to be inside your head....
taking your thoughts and putting them to music...it was uncanny

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The songwriters and musicians of the day knew the heart of the nations youths...their music reflected it and the Times....If there
was a single common thread to all the maddness.....It was the
Music.....East Coast "doWop"...West coast surfers....California dreaming all the way to Motown Soul....The Blues...Country...Gospel....They all defined the times....the good
the bad and the ugly....That they are still listened to today as they were back then is a fitting tribute to a troubled era....and
for Harry and Eddie......Jackie Wilson said.....

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I'm so short....you have to dig a hole to kick my ass.....!!

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