California in the 60’s wasn’t just about sunshine and free love. While bands like The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas may have exuded a lot of that, they were also heavily influenced by jazz and baroque pop. That blend of inspirations lead to the genre we know as surf rock. And fashions followed with bright hues and beach-y prints.
With a leader like Frank Zappa, the music has got to be next level. Check out “Freak Out” for a taste.
They made opera cool again and they did it in skinnier jeans than your sister wears.
With a soft baritone voice, this leading jazz pianist was a force in American music. And with hits like “I Leave You Breathless” and “My Kinda Love” it’s no wonder his music continues to inspire romance.
This rock ‘n’ roll pioneer gave us a whole new style of rockabilly, both in music and
From pop ballads to baroque, these guys have nothin’ but good vibrations.
The Mamas & The Papas
John Lee Hooker
From early 1964 to mid 1968, the Temptations went from unknown hopefuls to international stars.
Aka The Godfather of Soul, is the most sampled artist of all time for a reason. Check out “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” to find out why.
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The Blues Project
The Beach Boys
Motor City has given us more than Cadillacs and Chryslers. And it all started with a guy named Berry Gordy, a Detroit songwriter who was plugged into Hitsville’s burgeoning scene of R&B singers. Sexy crooners like Stevie Wonder and The Temptations set the stage for a whole new sound called Motown. The 60s also brought us the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, blues singer-songwriter John Lee Hooker and more as you’ll explore below.
Nat King Cole
The Rat Pack descended upon American nightlife with style, swag and swooning ballads that changed fashion and pop music forever. From Dean Martin to Frank Sinatra, these kings of cool captured menswear designers and music lovers alike with the now classic look and sound that shaped decades of style.
With trim tailored jackets in plaid and buffalo check, these guys put the M.O. in Mod. Take a listen with “Don’t Stop What You’re Doing.”
From “Come Fly with Me” to “New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra no doubt changed the face of music forever.
The Mothers of Invention
This King of Cool gave us such hits as “Memories are Made of This” and “Everybody Loves Somebody,” and he did it all while making us laugh.
These guys introduced us to the idea of the jam band, and they did it with a signature NYC style. Check ‘em out with “You Can’t Catch Me.”
These ladies rivaled The Beatles in popularity, AND did it in sequin gowns and high heels. Learn why when you listen to “I Hear a Symphony.”
Folk rock that will leave you
He reimagined Delta Blues and gave us such gems as “Crawling King Snake” and
The perfect hybrid of blues, hard rock and psychedelia to go with your favorite paisley shirt. Take a listen to "As You Said" for a sense of their style.
When it comes to music and style, these four blokes need no introduction. Relive their heyday with the classic, "Eleanor Rigby."
The epitome of the fashion-music convergence, 1960s London was a hotbed for modernist style and jazz-influenced pop and rock. From The Beatles to The Who, the music scene of this time had mods and rockers swinging from the streets to the clubs. So get ready to Come Together and Feel Free with the playlist below.
Transport to the beaches of Brazil with the first Portuguese-American hit,
“Mas Que Nada”.
1966 gave us the premier of Star Trek, Doritos, super model wunderkind, Twiggy—and made miniskirts acceptable for the rest of us. But the year also gave us a ton of music that we haven’t been able to get out of our heads since. From the Beatles “Yellow Submarine,” to James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” to The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”
Although Stevie was only a teenager in the 60’s, he was already on his way to stardom.