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Celebrating 1969 – 50 years ago in Rock Music

Posted By Marilynh / March 19, 2019 / 7 Comments

Taking a trip down Memory Lane,
what was your memory of the music of 1969? 

Rock was so exciting throughout the sixties
with bands and artists turning out memorable and everlasting work. 



YEI takes a look at the music of the sixties.  Woodstock, the Rock Festival could be top of mind when you think back to the music from 1969 – 50 years ago.  But the 1960’s were generally a time of upheaval in music, fashion, society and attitude.   Popular music genres swung from the British Invasion to Motown/R&B, Surf Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Folk Rock, Protest Music and Acapella and more. 

Isn’t it amazing that you are very likely still able to sing along with hundreds of songs from the sixties, and still remember all of the words? 

Here are five groups singing “eternal” songs – songs that have stood the test of time and are still popular with the younger generation today.

Share your favourites in the comments section below.


The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways.



The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums).



The Beach Boys 

The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.


Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the bestselling music groups of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade’s social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Their biggest hits—including “The Sound of Silence” (1964), “Mrs. Robinson” (1968), “The Boxer” (1969), and “Bridge over Troubled Water” (1970)—reached number one on singles charts worldwide.



The Mamas & the Papas

The Mamas & the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group and a defining force in the music scene of the counterculture of the 1960s. The group was composed of John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, and Michelle Phillips. Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips, the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted folk to the new beat style of the early sixties.


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  • Lesley Roberts
    March 21, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for this trip down memory lane Marilyn!! 😁 Lesley

  • Sonia
    March 21, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Got to admit….we certainly lived thru the best times. The number of fantastic bands was endless .In the UK my friends go to 60’s nights out,and I wish something similar was available in Jo’burg, we might be older but we are definitely not past it.

  • Noelien
    March 22, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of all the wonderful years and music we have enjoyed

  • Noelien
    March 22, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of all the wonderful years and music that we have enjoyed.
    My all time favourite is Johnny Mathis

  • Martie Schoeman
    March 24, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Those were the days. 1969 i started to work as I finished std 10 in 1968. These were music and we loved it and still love it. Thank you for the memories.

  • Myburgh Brink
    March 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    GREAT TIMES and DECENT MUSIC!. Last week I did a Google search for something and a link caught my eye (NOT what I was looking for). I clicked on the link and for the next two hours listened to 60’s and 70’s music. Most of them I could still remember some of the words – not the rubbish of today where you cannot make out what is said.

  • Renee Whittle
    April 3, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Thank you the Beach Boys.

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