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?

Boomers Listened To Future Classics in 1963

Mister Boomer has mentioned many times what he has dubbed, Morning Jukebox Syndrome; that “affliction” characterized by waking up with a song playing in your head as if you were listening to a radio station. Mister Boomer has since discovered other boomers have experienced this phenomenon, including his brother. What is most fascinating about it is the songs that pop up are often ones that have not been heard in decades.

This past week, Brother Boomer told Mister B he had an MJS experience with a song that stayed with him from morning into the evening. He did not remember which group recorded the song, and ultimately looked it up: it was Then He Kissed Me by The Crystals (1963). Being curious of nature, Mister B wondered what other songs boomers were listening to in 1963. What he found was surprising in its scope, and amazing to think about how many classic songs were on boomer transistor radios before the Beatles hit the airwaves. Here is a sample of some of them:

Girl Groups Had Quite A Year
1963 was a big year for girl groups. Check out a partial list of popular girl group songs and surely it will jog a few memories.
My Boyfriend’s Back by The Angels
Be My Baby by The Ronettes
Tell Him by The Exciters
Foolish Little Girl by The Shirelles
He’s So Fine by The Chiffons

Folk Was in the House
Folk music mixed right in with popular music of the day.
Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul & Mary
Blowin’ In the Wind by Bob Dylan (also released by Peter, Paul & Mary that year)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan
Walk Right In by The Rooftop Singers

Motown Was Moving’ On Up
Founded as Tamla Records, Motown became the company name in 1960. In 1963, several of its artists frequented the charts.
Fingertips, Part 2 by Little Stevie Wonder
You’ve Really Got A Hold on Me by The Miracles
Pride and Joy by Marvin Gaye

Young Girls Making Hits
It was quite a year for Lesley Gore, but there were also other solo girl artists under the age of 18 who made it big.
It’s My Party by Leslie Gore
She’s the Fool by Leslie Gore
It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry by Leslie Gore
I Will Follow Him by Little Peggy March
Losing You by Brenda Lee

Crooners Were Crooning
Love songs released by new names and established artists were heard in 1963.
Can’t Get Used To Losing You by Andy Williams
Go Away Little Girl by Steve Lawrence
Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton

Novelty Songs Hit the Airwaves
Unique, often one-hit-wonders made the cut.
Martian Hop by The Ran-Dells
Dominique by The Singing Nun
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh by Alan Sherman

The Four Seasons Were Going Strong
The group had two Top 50 hits in 1963.
Walk Like A Man by The Four Seasons
Candy Girl by The Four Seasons

Surfing the USA
Surf music was part of the boomer listening lists of 1963.
Wipe Out by The Surfaris
Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys
Surf City by Jan & Dean

But Wait .. There’s More!
The list of classics from 1963 goes on and on.
Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
Sugar Shack by Jimmy Gilbert and the Fireballs
So Much In Love by The Tymes
Easier Said Than Done by The Exciters
I’m Leaving It Up to You by Dale & Grace
Sukiyaki by Kya Sakamoto

… and more. It’s remarkable that now, 60 years later, we still recall these songs with nostalgia and affection. What are your favorites from 1963, boomers?