When I was a teen I would take the bus going to school. The bus driver would often be playing KYA 1260 AM, which was dedicated to playing pop music from the 1950s and 1960s. I grew to love the music of that era, from early rock and roll, to soul music, the surfing sound and even the bubble rock. My favorite music was mid 1960s rock, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the like. Rock back then was still pretty close to its blues and country roots, and you could hear it in the music of the British and American bands of the times. Bob Dylan and the folk music scene were also influencing the rock music at that time, as well as Motown.
Here is a sampling of some of my favorite bands of the time.
Here is a 1963 performance of the Beatles performing “Money (That’s What I Want)”
Here is the Rolling Stones performing “Not Fade Away” for the Mike Douglass Show in 1964
Here is a 1964 performance of The Animals singing “I’m Crying”
Here is The Kinks performing “You Really Got Me” in 1965
Here is Them featuring Van Morrison performing “Gloria” in 1965
Here is The Yardbirds singing “For Your Love” in 1965
Here is the Zombies singing “She’s Not There” in 1965
Here is the Rascals singing “Good Lovin'” in 1966