1965's Other Hits: A Select Sampler

Friday, 06 February 2015 08:30 AM Written by 

On Thursday Scott Mervis ably chronicled the year in rock circa 1965, the concerts and the ways the new music from Britain, California and New York (not to mention Motown) arrived and took root in Pittsburgh. I was 14 that year and it's pretty much how I remember it. I also remembered these 12 songs, most big hits that year but not all. But they were songs I loved then and now. Most are live TV performances. I've favored clips where the acts are actually singing and playing, not lip-synching.  And yes, in those days, you COULD hear all this on Top 40 radio.

Them: "Gloria" (with Van Morrison).    Yes, this is the source for Patti Smith and everyone else.


Tom Jones: "It's Not Unusual" Tom at the beginning, when many saw him as a British Elvis and few ever thought he'd become a knighted roots-rocker


The Righteous Brothers: "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" Live, with a full "Wall of Sound" orchestra.


The Animals: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"  The original group with Alan Price on organ.


Roger Miller: "King Of The Road" Roger (1936-1992) scored was scoring simultaneous rock and country hits in the mid 60's and this song was huge. .


Ramsey Lewis Trio: "The 'In' Crowd" Jazz musicians weren't having many pop hits in 1965 but this driving, live instrumental version of the Dobie Gray pop hit was huge that year.


Junior Walker & The All Stars: "Shotgun" And no, they aren't lip-synching.


The Lovin' Spoonful: "Do You Believe In Magic"  Another side of Folk-Rock: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky (1944-2002), Steve Boone and Joe Butler.


The Yardbirds: "Heart Full Of Soul"  Sharp live performance with Jeff Beck on lead guitar.


Jackie DeShannon: "What The World Needs Now Is Love" From the days when Burt Bacharach was hitting them out of the park. .


Del Shannon: "Keep Searchin'" A personal favorite and his third Top Ten after "Runaway" in '61. Shannon's career revived in the late 80's


Shirley Ellis: "The Name Game" The idea has surfaced ever since but again, this is where it started. Merv's guest is legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead. "Arthur" was Merv's sidekick, veteran Brit actor Arthur Treacher.


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