While 1962 continued the trend in global politics towards civil war, skirmishes and upheaval, it also marked a time where vassal nations were achieving their independence. America felt the world getting just a little bit smaller with the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis yet still managed to look to the stars with their nascent space programme and the launch of the first commercial communications satellite able to transmit a Trans-Atlantic television signal. Youth were also starting to expand their horizons with Andy Warhol exhibiting the now infamous Campbell’s Soup Can, 007 getting a hit film with Dr. No and the Beatles recording Love Me Do – 3 convicts figured they could ride the tide of firsts and successfully escaped from Alcatraz. Many of the ideas and trends put forward in that year have become embedded in our reservoir of cultural consciousness – 50 years later, Booker T. & the M.G.’s crossover hit single shows us exactly how relevant they still are…
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6 thoughts on “This was Thursday: 1962”
I remember this Hammond-organ-sound (?) very well!
I think we will see a comeback of this sound – so funky!
green onions is on my ‘detail’ painting playlist. there are times that i need music that doesn’t distracts, and green onions is one that comforts without pulling my attention away from my work.
thanks for the step back in time!
You’re welcome – I usually work in silence but when I do feel the need I find myself playing the “classics”!
i understand totally! when i write, i need silence.. i love the balm of living beside the river, where the birds provide my background music!
Oh wow! 1962 holds then most unforgettable events in history.