The Golden Age of American Popular Music - The Folk Hits From the Hot 100: 1958-1966 Import
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I am surprised the Seekers' "I'll Never Find Another You" is absent, considering its global chart success in 1965 (#4 here in the States and I think #1 in the UK, Australia and elsewhere). But I have everything the Seekers ever released, so it's not a big deal. Chad and Jeremy's "A Summer Song" (a #7 hit in 1964) is another pop-folk tune that could have qualified for inclusion. Maybe even the Silkie's cover of the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" (a Top 10 hit in 1965) might qualify. And Trini Lopez was another artist whose songs entered the Billboard Hot 100 several times in the 1960s; "Lemon Tree" (#20 in 1965) would fit right in with these other chart entries.
Baby boomers are already familiar with many -- actually, most -- of the 28 tracks here, but for younger music fans who are curious about the "folk boom" of the late 1950s and early 1960s (and a style of popular music that continued sporadically throughout the 1960s), this is your one-stop collection. I have several other CD collections from the Ace label, and that is one company I trust to do a solid job. They have come through yet again with "The Folk Hits." This is an excellent compilation of songs that rarely if ever get any airplay on the oldies stations. Recommended.
Among the most important groups of the folk era was Peter Paul and Mary. You will find one of their most enduring hits "If I Had A Hammer" from the summer of '62 featured in this collection. Most will recall the great New Christy Minstrels recording of "Green Green" as well as the Kingston Trio's mega-hit "Tom Dooley". Both are included here. And the inimitable Johnny Cash checks in with his popular version of the Bob Dylan tune "It Ain't Me Babe" from 1964. And who can ever forget the Rooftop Singers classic "Walk Right In" that shot right to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1963?
What really attracted me to "The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Folk Hits From The Hot 100" is the fact the folks at Ace records have managed to include a significant number of tunes that have been virtually impossible to find. I have now been able to replace my scratched and worn copy of The Glencoves "Hootenanny" that I picked up at a yard sale several years ago.Read more ›
As earnest and as honest as they were with their lyrics and, for the most part, simple melodies, working on the conscience of the richer elements of the masses, they were also decried as "pinko, commie sympathizers" by the more idiotic fringes of society. Cartoonist Al Capp, after converting from liberalism to conservatism, even went so far as to label Joan Baez "Joanie Phoanie" in a series of vicious lampoons. But although the vast majority of the single releases by these sometimes counterculture icons (not all were in that vein by any stretch) never did well enough to break into the mainstream charts in the early years of the R&R era, every now and then one would do well enough to rank and, in a few cases, do very well.
Indeed, the first selection here, Walk Right In by The Rooftop Singers, is probably THE most commercially successful record of its era, Not only did this tune, first recorded in 1929 by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, reach # 1 on the Billboard Pop Hot 100 in early 1963 for the Vanguard label, it also made it to # 1 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) charts (introduced in late 1961), Your Hit Parade (THP) and Cash Box (CB).Read more ›
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This music represents the reason I had to have an acoustic guitar in 1963. One of the best across-the-board collections of the hits from the apex of the folk area. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lewis G. Brewer
This collection takes me back to my childhood in a most pleasant way.Published 6 months ago by Florissant Flash
Bought it as a Mother's Day gift for my mother-in-law. She has texted me several times since saying how much she loves this CD. :-)Published 8 months ago by dlmoore
I love folk music, and this is the 2nd CD i bought in this series. The selection is really nice and I love to listen to and sing along with all these songs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by lorraineford
A good representation of the music that was sweeping the nation in the early 60's.Published 9 months ago by Baby Boomer