The year was 1962, and it began on a Monday. John F. Kennedy was President of the U.S. He claimed that the U.S. would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, which is he did in Friendship 7. Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single NBA game. Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to West Side Story. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory prayer in public schools was unconstitutional. Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring gave rise to a modern environmentalist movement. AT&T’s Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite was launched into orbit. Algeria and Jamaica become independent. James Meredith, accompanied by Federal Marshals, became the first black African-American student to register at the University of Mississippi. The James Bond film Dr. No premiered. October 14 through October 28 saw high tension during the Cuban Missile Crisis. And the music had many songs for The Twist as well as golden oldies favorites seen in this small sampling.
For another YouTube playlist: “Golden Oldies Playlist for 1961.”
For More Golden Oldies Music
The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.
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