For this edition of Jukebox Saturday Night, let's pay a visit to the 1960s…
First up, one of Coltrane's greats …
"A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement" by John Coltrane from the album A Love Supreme (1964)
"California Dreamin" by The Mamas and the Papas from their debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966)
"California Dreamin'" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire. However, the best-known version is by the Mamas & the Papas, who sang backup on the original version and released as a single in 1965. The song is No. 89 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The lyrics of the song express the narrator's longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold winter in New York City.
Next up, something fun …
"Up, Up and Away" from the album of same name by The 5th Dimension (1967)
Yes, that's Marilyn McCoo. I remember Ms. McCoo from her days hosting Solid Gold.
Once again, turning The Keeper of All Knowledge Explains:
A canonical example of sunshine pop, themed around images of hot air ballooning, it cleaned up at the 10th Annual Grammy Awards in 1968, winning for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Performance by a Vocal Group, Best Performance by a Chorus and Best Contemporary Song. The instrumental backing was performed by members of the Wrecking Crew, including guitarist Al Casey and drummer Hal Blaine.
Speaking of the 5th Dimension, the group had the #1 hit song -- as measured on the Bill Top 100 Chart -- the week I was born*. It was, ironically enough, this one …
"Wedding Bell Blues" by The 5th Dimension from the group's album The Age of Aquarius (1969)
What a great "video" accompanying this. I love it.
*As reckoned for the week of 11/22/1969 (Saturday) to 11/28/1969 (Friday). My birthdate was 11/26/1969 (Wednesday).
OK, that's all for now. Please see my previous entry for a new post.