The Year was 1968... the Month: June ---
It was the summer... it was the sixties!! It was fantastic!
Herb Alpert and the Tiajuna Brass had been knocking out terrific instrumentals throughout the mid 60s. But all of the sudden, from out of nowhere, we heard Herb Alpert's voice in "Thus Guy's in Love with You." (Thank goodness we didn't hear too much of his voice.) But his single went from nowhere to number 1 in June 1968. Similarly, we all knew Richard Harris, but in the summer of 1968 he had his only top 10 hit. Remember "MacArthur Park?" Cliff Nobles had his first and last hit with "The Horse." And so did Hugo Montenegro; his instrumental was "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." The sounds were wonderful in June of 1968!
Meanwhile, The Stones were knocking us over with "Jumping Jack Flash"; the Ohio Express were tempting us with "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy"; Aretha was reminding us to "Think"; and Simon & Garfunkel were telling us about "Mrs. Robinson." Every song was a winner in June 1968!
Lyndon Johnson had decided not to run for re-election in the spring of 1968. But candidate Bobby Kennedy and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King were both assassinated in the first half of the year; so we needed the music to smooth things out. 1968 was an national election year, and Richard Nixon went on to win the presidency with a "secret plan" to end the Vietnam war.
I was working at the pool in the summer of 1968, and the radio was always playing... in the car, at the pool, and in my head. "The Look of Love" (Sergio Mendez & Brazil 66), "Honey" (Bobby Goldsboro), "Angel of the Morning" (Merrilee Rush), and "A Beautiful Morning" (Rascals) were also in the top 20 in the early summer of 1968.
It was the summer... it was the sixties!! What a time to be a teenager!
What were you doing... in June of 1968?
We have the lyrics to many of these songs, and 750 others, in the Lyrics section of our Music Room.
Next month, we'll look back at July 1958. Be sure to check out BBHQ in July!
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|August, '68||September, '63||October, '70||November, '72||December, '65|
|January, '60||February, '66||March, '73||April, '61||May, '64|
|June, '70||July, '59||August, '69||September, '66||October, '74|
|November, '67||December, '62||January, '71||February, '68||March, '60|
|April, '75||May, '65||June, '68||July, '58||August, '63|
|September, '73||October, '67||November, '71||December, '66||January, '70|
|February, '57||March, '72|
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