The 60s Official Site Blog

Dedicated to the memory and history of the 60s from a personal and historical point of view.


Friday, July 01, 2011

Remembering July 1965

The summer of 1965, July to be specific was a very memorable month not only for music but events that eventually shaped our country.  An event that took place back in July 1965 is now causing debate and concerns if it in fact can remain solvent.  President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965 and which took effect in 1966.

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.

Labels: , , , , , , ,


  • At 8:38 PM, Anonymous George Vreeland Hill said…

    The summer of 1965 was a great time.
    What memories.
    Please send me back in time.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • At 8:27 AM, Blogger Charles W Amann III said…

    It was the summer of '65 when I left for Europe for two years. I remember Capri C'est Fini on the same jukebox in Amsterdam where they were playing Skeeter Davis' The End of the World along with Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers. Strange, back then Europe was a million miles away from the USA -- pre-cell phones, pre-internet. I really felt separated, but all I had to do was turn to that jukebox and the language of music...and I was home again.

    Charles Amann - The Princes and Princesses of Dance - American Bandstand.

  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Charles W Amann III said…

    Back In My Arms Again by the Supremes was -- for me -- one of their best. The harmony was perfect. The "hook" in the rhythm was addictive :-) -- just kept calling you "back." ... Doncha think?

    This was the second year of American Bandstand in California. Some of the diehard fans of the fifties and early sixties were adjusting to the new sounds around. Many were missing Philadelphia American Bandstand. For me, it was exciting. Rock 'n' roll sound was now more and more being welcomed with open "arms" around the world. :-)

    Charles Amann - The Princes and Princesses of Dance - American Bandstand.

  • At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    While the 1960's definitely was largely a decade of wonderful music, it began its spiral downhill by mid to late 1969.


Post a Comment

<< Home