Boomers Greeted Mornings With Songs

In the boomer era, there were many songs that featured morning as a subject. Some were hopeful and optimistic, while others, not so much. See if you recall these morning songs of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s:

Woke Up This Morning — B.B. King (1953)
Mr. King is singing the blues in the morning after waking up alone: My baby she’s gone … I’m in misery.

Morningtown Ride — The Seekers (1966)
The song takes us on a train journey, where children are being guarded by the Sandman until they reach their destination in the morning.

Some Velvet Morning — Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra (1967)
Lee Hazelwood had written and produced many hits before Frank Sinatra asked him to see if he could help his daughter’s career. The result was These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (1965), and a two-year collaboration. This song of unrequited love was part of an album that was the soundtrack to Nancy’s TV special, Movin’ With Nancy.

Sunday Morning — Velvet Underground (1966)
Word has it this song was written by Lou Reed very early one Sunday morning at the suggestion of Andy Warhol. Andy thought a song about the paranoia surrounding the experience of coming down from a drug trip might be a good idea.

Angel of the Morning — Evie Sands (1967)
It was Merilee Rush who had the first hit with the song in 1968. Juice Newton had a hit version of the song in 1981.

Chelsea Morning — Joni Mitchell (1969)
Though the song was written earlier, it didn’t appear on record until Joni’s second album, Clouds. She wrote it about living in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, not London. Still, when Bill and Hillary Clinton first heard the Judy Collins version being played in the London neighborhood, they choose to name their daughter Chelsea.

Good Morning Good Morning — The Beatles (1967)
John Lennon wrote the sing after hearing a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes commercial. It was recorded for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Morning Will Come — Spirit (1970)
Included on The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus album, it’s a love song about not waiting until morning.

Morning Has Broken — Cat Stevens (1971)
Based on a Christian hymn and a traditional Scottish tune, Cat Stevens relied on Rick Wakeman to fill out the length of the song with the distinctive piano solo that boomers will recall. Wakeman was not credited (or paid) for his performance. Stevens, re-emerging on the music scene as Yusef Islam in the 1990s, apologized to Wakeman and reportedly made amends.

There’s Got to Be a Morning After — Maureen McGovern (1973)
Written for the film, The Poseidon Adventure (1972), the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Maureen McGovern recorded it a year later, and it reached number one for two weeks in August of 1973.

Of course, there were others. Is your favorite morning song listed here, boomers?