Remembering July 1965
On July 2, 1965 the President ordered an increase in troop level in Vietnam by 125,000 and he raised the montly draft call from 17,000 to 35,000.
On July 27 U.S., the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages. The warning had little or no affect initially after the law was signed as cigarette sales continued to skyrocket. At that time they sold for around 25 cents a pack.
I never smoked other than an occasional cigar later in life so my mind was more occupied with girls and the great music of the times. The month of July brought us (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by the Rollings Stones. This song was number one four of the five chart weeks. Great music, great times and one of the best decades to have grown up.
Other great music right off the Billboard charts for July 1965 was The Four Tops I Can't Help Myself, Back in My Arms Again, by the Supremes, and who can forget The Beach Boys singing Help Me Rhonda? Also on the charts was a song initially recorded in 1960 and withheld from his LP and released in 1965 as a single. It was none other than Elvis Presley's Crying in the Chapel. Some other great memories we tuned our transistor radios to were Wooly Bully, Cara Mia, Mr. Tambourine Man, and Yes, I'm Ready.
Yes summer of 1965 was a great summer with some of the best music ever recorded but then again wasn't the whole decade loaded with great music?
You can listen to all of these marvelous songs and plus many more at Soundtrack of the 60s where Neal Stevens spins the best music ever recorded. This month he features July 1965.