PBS Dips Back Into the 60's Again With December's '60's Pop, Rock & Soul: My Music

If it's a new concert by veteran artists, then it must be pledge season on PBS. For their annual December pledge drive, the network is bringing back a group of 60's artists for '60's Pop, Rock & Soul: My Music.

Davy Jones of the Monkees and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits will co-host the special which was recorded live at Pittsburgh's Benedum Center earlier this year. The special premiers December 3 but check your local listings to find out when it will air in your area.

Dedicated to the 1960s pioneers who forever changed our world through their music, this brand-new concert special showcases some of the biggest hits of the AM radio era, including crowd-pleasing singalongs Daydream Believer (The Monkees' Davy Jones) and Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds' Roger McGuinn); frat rock anthems Louie, Louie (The Kingsmen) and Devil With A Blue Dress (Mitch Ryder); garage rock nuggets Kicks (Paul Revere & The Raiders) and 96 Tears (Question Mark & The Mysterians); soulful sounds from Percy Sledge (When A Man Loves A Woman) and Eddie Floyd (Knock On Wood); heavenly ballads from Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl) and The Miracles (Ooo Baby Baby); infectious ear-candy like This Diamond Ring (Gary Lewis & The Playboys) and Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Gary DeCarlo from Steam); a pair of classic rock staples from Jefferson Starship (Somebody To Love and White Rabbit); and a trio of Herman's Hermits hits from Peter Noone (I'm Into Something Good, There's A Kind Of Hush and I'm Henry The Eighth, I Am). The special also includes a memorable performance of Glen Campbell's Turn Around, Look At Me by Pennsylvania vocal group The Vogues – featuring the reunited tandem of original lead vocalist Bill Burkette and first tenor Hugh Geyer, the team that recorded their biggest '60s hits.

"This special is all about happy, great times," says Davy Jones. "It's music from the '60s generation that my kids and grandkids listen to – they're into it. This is fun stuff, thanks to PBS."

1 comment

Anonymous said...

I enjoy these PBS My Music specials but am disappointed in the lack of 60s female acts. There was only Claudette Robinson of the Miracles and that weird new singer of Jefferson Starship and that was all. Apparently Jackie DeShannon appeared but they did not show her performance on air. Otherwise it was all male acts. Do we really need to see Peter Noone doing three songs? For his next My Music special, TJ Lubinski should pay more attention to the great female acts of the 60s like Petula Clark, Merrilee Rush and Lulu to name just a few.

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