The earliest baby boomers became aware of popular music in the mid-1950s, at the dawn of the rock ‘n’ roll era. They heard the first great rock hits and the artists who would influence generations of rock stars to come. It was time to rock around the clock!
When baby boomers began cruising in the early 1960s, they learned to set their push button radios to the Top 40 stations on that AM dial. From the Brill Building sound to Motown and from surfing music to the British invasion, they heard it all.
Singer-songwriters and other performers flocked to Los Angeles from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, ushering in “folk rock” and then “country rock”, with many tunes now labeled “classic rock”. In an era after birth control pills and before AIDS, they thrived on sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll at house parties in Laurel Canyon and at a West Hollywood club called the Troubadour. Many sang each other’s songs and played in each other’s bands, making music that will out-live them all.
From China Beach to Red Beach and from Freedom Hill to the port, there was a massive American military presence in DaNang in 1970. And where there were GIs, there was music, whether from AFVN radio broadcasts, from cassette tapes, or from traveling Filipino bands. Bob Hope even came back to town, before the year was done. Here are some of the songs that helped us pass the time.
From the Grateful Dead to the Traveling Wilburys, with a little CSNY and Doobies thrown in, you know it’s gotta be mellow. Lean back and take a trip down memory lane — and what a long, strange trip it’s been!
BOOMERNET spotlight on Aussie and Kiwi artists and songs that never made it big across the pond. Rock ‘n’ roll fans in the States never knew what they were missing!
Suze DeMarchi has been called the “Queen of Australian rock.” Whether fronting for Baby Animals or performing solo, she has a distinctive sound that sets her apart from the crowd. The lady from Perth went from being a pop tart in London to an Aussie pub rocker, and then from a progressive rock wife and mom in Boston & LA to back in Oz again. Along the way, she has built a remarkable catalog. Here are some of the highlights!
Included above in the playlist for The Laurel Canyon Sound are many Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers and also many songs and artists you might have missed. Be sure to check ’em out, including:
John David Souther
Dillard & Clark
Flying Burrito Brothers
Souther Hillman Furay Band
Starting in 2009 as the best new folk rock band in ages, Dawes captured that Laurel Canyon sound and brought it into the modern era. Now playing everything from pop-soul to blues-roots, David Letterman has described them as “Pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band.” Here’s a video history of Dawes. Enjoy!
Delta Rae plays country, folk, blues, and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll — and they do it with more energy than any other band in America. If you get the chance to see them “live”, go do it. They really rock the house!