Bob Dylan (Born: 24 May 1941)

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Minnesota, Bob Dylan has influenced popular music and culture for over five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the sixties when his influence on the emerging counterculture in America was most keenly felt. According to Paul Simon, Dylan’s early songs were so rich that he defined the folk genre at the time. Yet it is as a songwriter that Dylan is perhaps most lauded and this selection brings you fine examples of both his ‘Dylan-esque’ treatment of established material, In My Time Of Dyinand House Of The Rising Sun and his own compositions, Song To Woody and TalkinNew York. With a voice famously described by David Bowie as “sand and glue”, Dylan has inspired a diverse range of artists including The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Sly Stone, Joe Strummer, Eminem and Bruce Springsteen.

Sam Cooke (Born: 22 January 1931  Died: 11 December 1964)

Known as The King of Soul, Samuel Cooke was born in Mississippi and started singing gospel music with the Soul Stirrers. He was not only an important figure in soul music, he also played an active role in the Civil Rights Movement, penning
A Change Is Going To Come, which was often sung at protests. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Sam Cooke was influential in the invention of soul music because he combined a gospel style with secular material, marrying spirituality with sensuality. Cooke was very switched on about the music business and was one of the first black artists to take control of his career, starting his own record label and publishing company. It is through his businesses that Cooke helped to launch the careers of artists like Bobby Womack and Billy Preston. Although a successful songwriter and businessman, Cooke’s voice is perhaps his crowning glory. As James Brown said: “What made brother Cooke so special is he would stand flat footed and kill you with one song. If I had half the voice that Sam had, I would quit dancing.” Cooke had thirty U.S. top 40 hits in his lifetime and three more posthumously. This collection offers some of his finest tracks, including Cupid, Bring It On Home To Me, Chain Gang, TwistinThe Night Away and Wonderful World. Cooke was shot and killed by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles on 11 December 1964, he was just 33. While his death was found to be justifiable homicide, Cooke’s family were unconvinced.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson plus their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine.  Together they helped develop the California Sound, starting out by recording surf songs before moving into a more innovative and experimental terrain. They began as a garage band and were managed by their father, Murray Wilson. This selection of tracks featuring their early work simultaneously offers a sense of where the band started and where they were headed with songs like SurfinSafari, Ten Little Indians, Surfin and 409. The latter was named after the Chevrolet 409, and started the hot rod music craze of the sixties. It also includes the rare track, Luau.

Neil Sedaka (Born: 13 March 1939)

Neil Sedaka was born in New York City and has excelled as both a performer
and songwriter. To date, Sedaka estimates he has written between 700 and 800 songs for artists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Connie Francis and The Monkees. After establishing himself as an artist in 1958, Sedaka turned out hit after hit in what was his golden period up to 1962, with songs like Calendar Girl, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Next Door To An Angel  – all of which can be heard in this collection. He moved back into mainly writing songs by the end of the sixties but continues to perform and record to this day.

Ray Charles (Born: 23 September 1930  Died: 10 June 2004)

Ray Charles Robinson, is often referred to as The Genius and is nicknamed The High Priest of Soul. Blind from the age of seven, Charles cited Nat “King” Cole as his key musical influence. Charles contributed to the racial integration of country and pop music during the sixties, achieving a crossover success few artists experience. Frank Sinatra was a huge fan of Charles and called him “the only true genius in show business”. Billy Joel was said to have observed: “This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley.” On this compilation, the range of Charles’ work is evident with tracks including Georgia On My Mind, a Recording Industry of America’s Song of the Century, as well as Hit The Road Jack, and I Cant Stop Loving You. Ray Charles is one of those artists who seem to have influenced almost every musician that followed him. Nora Jones, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Daryl Hall, and Willie Nelson acknowledge his influence on their careers. His legacy will live on. As Manfred Mann’s Paul Jones said: “I would put money on the proposition that Ray Charles will have an influence on music forever.”

Elvis Presley (Born: 8 January 1935  Died: 16 August 1977)

Elvis Aaron Presley’s career mushroomed in the sixties, largely thanks to his crippling film production schedule which, in this period often saw The King starring in up to three musical movies a year. So in demand at the studio was he that Elvis made 27 films in the sixties with 15 of these being accompanied by soundtracks. No-one ever accused Elvis of being a slouch! Some of the tracks in this selection reflect the symbiosis between Elvis’ films and his sixties chart releases. Rock A Hula Baby and Cant Help Falling In Love featured in Blue Hawaii while Wild In The Country comes from the film of the same name. This collection also includes the magnificent song, Surrender, one the King’s biggest ever selling singles.



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