Chapter 4 - Chapter 4 Rock in the 60's(1964-69 o Between...

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Chapter 4 Rock in the 60’s (1964-69) o Between 62-72 Canada’s economy grew to become the second largest in the world after the US o In 1965, 1,760,000 baby boomers graduated from highschools in Canada o Only 1 in 6 went to university in the 60’s o Only 1 in 10 graduated. o The rest entered the workforce, sales, and agriculture o Bunch of new universities were built in Canada Ray Charles (1930-2004) o Constant presence of the R&B charts in the 50’s o His song “what’d I say” topped the charts in 59 o His album “im moving on” in 1950 is one of the biggest country records of all time o “Georgia on my mind” was his first number 1 pop hit in America. o The original version by stuart correll was an old Tin pan alley standard type song. o Charles gave it a more gospel jazz feel in his version and it made it to number 3 on the R&B charts and 28 on the chum charts o The song was legally adopted as “the official song of the state of Georgia” in 79 o His most successful song was a cover of Don Gibson’s “I cant stop loving you” earning him the best selling record of the year in 62 o One of many to achieve cross over success (played many different genre’s of music) o Was a great keyboard player who was fluent in jazz and pop and gospel blues o Had an amazing voice that was so distinctive and recognizable o He is now acknowledged as the first soul artist and his work influenced james brown, Aretha franklin, and many others o In 62 he made a concept album called “modern sounds in country and western music” o This album still stands as a milestone in the history of popular music o When he said he wanted to do a country album, his record company thought he would lose his audience o It ended up being a hit and enlarged his audience beyond expectations o This album redrew the map of the rock tradition. Had fans listening to different genres o Ray’s country oriented records of the 60s did extremely well on both pop and R&B charts across north America, but they didn’t register on any country charts until much later (80s) James brown Vocals clings obsessively to repetitions of individual words In the late 60’s brown abandoned cord changes o Instrumental parts were reduced to repeating riffs or held cords
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o This styles of music elevated rhythm far above harmony as the primary source of interest, provided the foundation on which most of the dance oriented music of this entire period was based Demonstrated the truth to the saying “less is more” Brown led black musicians in assuming a significant role for the black community o His contributions were significant in the time of political instability that followed the assassinations of MLK jr. In 68. o Had a song called “say it loud – im black and im proud” The black power movement emerged in the late 60’s early 70s o Soul musicians were regarded as essential contributors No other musician was as big on an influence on the sound and style of black music as brown He kinda pioneers rap style
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