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British Invasion Radio Playlist Part II (20 Songs)

British Invasion is your time capsule into the swinging '60s when artists from all of the UK brought raw rock 'n' roll, beat and pop music to the rest of the globe. Are you a mod or a rocker?
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    British Invasion Radio Playlist Part I (20 Songs)

    British Invasion is your time capsule into the swinging '60s when artists from all of the UK brought raw rock 'n' roll, beat and pop music to the rest of the globe. Are you a mod or a rocker?
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      The Zombies - Time of the Season (1968)

      "Time of the Season" is a song by the British rock band The Zombies, featured on their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. It was written by keyboard player Rod Argent and recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 1967.

      The Zombies - Time of the Season (1968)
      Several other songs from Odessey and Oracle were released as singles prior to "Time of the Season". Columbia Records supported the album and its singles at the urging of new A&R representative Al Kooper. One of the singles issued on Columbia's Date label was the non-commercial-sounding "Butcher's Tale", which Columbia thought might catch on as an anti-war statement, at the time a popular trend. "Time of the Season" was only released at Kooper's urging, initially coupled with its original UK B-side, "I'll Call You Mine", without success. After previous singles flopped, Date re-released "Time of the Season" backed with another UK flop single, "Friends of Mine", and it made its breakthrough in early 1969, over a year after the band split up. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, topped the Cashbox chart, and reached number 1 in Canada. It did not chart in the band's native Britain, despite being rereleased twice, but it later found success there with Rod Argent saying that it became "a classic in the UK, but it's never been a hit." In mid-1969, it peaked at number 2 on the South African hit parade.



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      Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind (blues and soul classic 1968)


      "I'd Rather Go Blind" is a blues song written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster. It was first recorded by Etta James in 1967, released in 1968, and has subsequently become regarded as a blues and soul classic.

      Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind (blues and soul classic 1968)
      Etta James wrote in her autobiography Rage To Survive that she heard the song outlined by her friend Ellington "Fugi" Jordan when she visited him in prison. She then wrote the rest of the song with Jordan, but for tax reasons gave her songwriting credit to her partner at the time, Billy Foster, singer with doo-wop group The Medallions.

      Etta James recorded the song at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It was included on the album Tell Mama and as the B-side of the single of the same name which made number 10 on the Billboard R&B charts, and number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is also on the 1978 Jerry Wexler-produced album Deep in the Night, but there it is titled "Blind Girl" (track 10). Some critics have regarded "I'd Rather Go Blind" as of such emotional and poetic quality that it makes that release one of the great double-sided singles of the period. Critic Dave Marsh put the song in his book The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (number 429).




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      Herman's Hermits - There's A Kind Of Hush (1967)

      Herman's Hermits - There's A Kind Of Hush (1967)

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      "There's a Kind of Hush" is a popular song written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens which was a hit in 1967 for Herman's Hermits and again in 1976 for The Carpenters.

      The song was introduced on the 1966 album Winchester Cathedral by Geoff Stephens' group the New Vaudeville Band; like that group's hit "Winchester Cathedral", "There's a Kind of Hush" was conceived as a neo-British music hall number although it is a less overt proponent of that style. The first single version of "There's a Kind of Hush" was recorded in 1966 by Gary and the Hornets, a teen/pre-teen male band from Franklin, Ohio whose version—entitled "A Kind of Hush" produced by Lou Reizner—became a regional success and showed signs of breaking nationally in January 1967; the single would reach No. 4 in Cincinnati and No. 3 in Erie PA. However an expedient cover by Herman's Hermits was released in the US in February 1967 to reach the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 in three weeks and proceed to a peak of #4—affording the group their final US Top Ten hit—with Gold certification for US sales of one million units awarded that April. In the UK Herman's Hermits' "There's a Kind of Hush" would reach No. 7. The success of the Herman's Hermits version led to the release of the original New Vaudeville Band track as a single in some territories with both of these versions charting in Australia with peaks of No. 5 (Herman's Hermits) and No. 12 (New Vaudeville Band) and also in South Africa where the New Vaudeville Band bested the Herman's Hermits' No. 9 peak by reaching No. 4.

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      Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (1967)

      Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (1967)



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      "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" is an R&B song, originally performed and made a Top 10 Pop, #1 R&B hit by Jackie Wilson in 1967.

      As the song was originally used as a backing track for Wilson to use later, it was recorded on July 6, 1967, at Columbia's studios in Chicago. Produced by Carl Davis, the session, arranged by Sonny Sanders, featured bassist James Jamerson, drummer Richard "Pistol" Allen, guitarist Robert White, and keyboardist Johnny Griffith; these four musicians were all members of the Motown Records house band The Funk Brothers who often moonlighted on sessions for Davis to augment the wages paid by Motown.

      Released in August 1967, the song reached No. 1 in the US Billboard R&B chart and, in November, peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 6. In the UK Singles Chart, Wilson's version was a hit in 1969 (No. 11), 1975 (No. 25), and 1987 (No. 15).

      Brunswick Records then released an album titled Higher and Higher in November 1967. Its chart peak was No. 163 (Billboard 200) and No. 28 (Billboard R&B Albums chart.)

      The track was ranked No. 246 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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      Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving on The Ultimate Collection (1964)

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      "Baby I Need Your Loving" is a 1964 hit single recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song was the group's first Motown single and their first pop Top 20 hit, making it to number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1964. It was also their first million-selling hit single. Rolling Stone ranked The Four Tops' original version of the song at #390 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



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      Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay on The Very Best Of Otis Redding (1968)

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      "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. The song was released on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

      Redding started writing the lyrics to the song in August 1967, while sitting on a rented houseboat in Sausalito, California. He completed the song with the help of Cropper, who was a Stax producer and the guitarist for Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The song features whistling and sounds of waves crashing on a shore.



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      The Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin' on All The Leaves Are Brown (1965)

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      "California Dreamin'" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire. However, the best known version is by The Mamas & the Papas, who sang backup on the original version and released as a single in 1965. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The lyrics of the song express the narrator's longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold winter in New York City.



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      The Grass Roots - Let's Live For Today on The Best Of The Grass Roots (1967)

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      "Let's Live for Today" is a song written by David Shapiro, Ivan Mogul, and Michael Julien, and initially recorded by the English band The Rokes in 1966. The song was later popularized by the American rock band The Grass Roots, who released it as a single on May 13, 1967. The Grass Roots' version climbed to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, eventually selling over two million copies and being awarded a gold disc. The song was also included, as the title track, on The Grass Roots' second album, Let's Live for Today. Since its initial release, The Grass Roots' rendition of the song has become a staple of Oldies radio programming in America and is today widely regarded as a 1960s classic.



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      Aaron Neville ‎– Tell It Like It Is on Tell It Like It Is (1966)

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      "Tell It Like It Is" is a song written by George Davis and Lee Diamond and originally recorded and released in 1966 by Aaron Neville. In 2010, the song was ranked No. 391 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



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      Frank Sinatra - My Way on My Way (1969)

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      "My Way" is a song popularized in 1969 by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to the music of the French song "Comme d'habitude" co-composed, co-written and performed in 1967 by Claude Fran├žois. Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song. The song was a success for a variety of performers including Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Sex Pistols. Sinatra's version of "My Way" spent 75 weeks in the UK Top 40, a record which still stands.



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      Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl on The Definitive Collection (1961)

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      "Calendar Girl" is a song by Neil Sedaka. The music was composed by Sedaka and the lyrics by Howard Greenfield. Recorded in 1960 and released in 1961, it was a Top-5 hit single for Sedaka, peaking at #4 on the US charts and #1 on the Canadian and Japanese charts.



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      Bobby Rydell - Good Time Baby on The Best Of Bobby Rydell (1961)

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      "Good Time Baby" is a song released in January 1961 by Bobby Rydell. The song spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 11, while reaching No. 6 in Australia, No. 6 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade, No. 18 in the Netherlands, and No. 42 in the United Kingdom's Record Retailer chart.



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      The Shirelles - Mama Said Their Very Best (1961)

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      "Mama Said" is a song performed by The Shirelles, written by Luther Dixon and Willie Denson. It became a top ten hit, on both the pop and R&B charts, when it was released as a single in 1961. "Mama Said" went number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart.



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      Dee Clark - Raindrops on Teenage Crush Volume 3 (1961)

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      "Raindrops" is a 1961 song by the American R&B singer Dee Clark. Released in April of that same year, this ballad is about a man who convinces himself that the tears he is crying since his lover's departure are raindrops since "a man ain't supposed to cry," peaked at position 2 on the Hot 100 and at position 3 on the R&B chart. Billboard ranked it as the ninth most popular song of the year for 1961.



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      Sue Thompson - Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) on Early Girls, Vol.4 (1961)

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      "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" is a 1961 pop song by the American singer Sue Thompson. The song was written by John D. Loudermilk and appears on Thompson's 1962 Hickory Records album Meet Sue Thompson.

      Released as a single in 1961, "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" was Thompson's first song to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number five in October. The song also reached the top of the Billboard Easy Listening chart, which had been created earlier in 1961, becoming the second song by a female vocalist to top this list. In Australia, the song topped out at number six on the Kent Music Report, while in the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 46 on the UK Singles Chart.



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      The Miracles - Shop Around on Motown Classics Gold (1961)

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      The Shirelles - Dedicated To The One I Love on Tonight's The Night (1961)

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      A cover version recorded by American girl group the Shirelles reached number 83 in 1959. This version was re-released In 1961 and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 2 on the R&B charts. The song was subsequently included on their 1961 album Tonight's the Night.



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      The Everly Brothers - Walk Right Back on Music We Grew Up With, Vol. 2 (1961)

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