Baby Blue wrote:
i like 'the times' album and i really did notice this too. that is why i don't find myself listening to this alot. but the death of hattie carroll is the saddest song on the album in my opinion. but we have to realize that the times that this album was recorded in was a very sad time.
The album was recorded in what? 1963? "A
very sad time."???
In January, 1963 The Whiskey A
-Go-Go opened in LA, a
black student was admitted to Clemson College in South Carolina, the last state to hold out against desegregation; Bob Dylan portrays a
folk singer in The Madhouse of Castle Street, a
radio play for the BBC in London;
In February female sufferage was declared in Iran, a
move toward an actual Middle Eastern democracy in Iran that the CIA would remove and replace with the Shaw a
bit later; The Beatles receive their first #1 hit single, when "Please Please Me" tops the charts in the UK.
In March Alcatraz is closed for good and the Gideon v. Wainwright case is decided by the US Supreme Court that established the "if you cannot afford an attourney one will be appointed to you by the court" until that, the poor were even MORE screwed in the US justice system.
In April 70,000 people marched against nukes in London and MLK, Jr. composed the "Letter from a
Birmingham Jail." 19 year old Andrew Loog Oldham signs a
contract with The Rolling Stones, becoming their manager.
In May Coke-a
-Cola introduced TaB and the last rocket in the Mercury Series was fired successfully. Filming on Dr. Strangelove ends.
In June, Kenya gained autonomy, slavery was made illegal in Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 against the reciting of explicitly Christian prayers in public schools, Pope Paul VI was elected.
In July Zip Codes were introduced in the US, the Catholic Church ruled that cremation is OK, Syncom, the world's first geostationary (synchronous) satellite is orbited by NASA.
In August the UK, US and ISSR sign a
nuclear test band treaty, James Meridith becomes the first black person to graduate from the Univ of Mississippi, MLK, Jr. gives his "I have a
In September the NFL Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio.
In October Uganda became a
In November the first episode of "Doctor Who" is broadcast. The comedy It's a
Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World premieres.
In December Harvey Ball invents the ubiquitous smiley
the Billboard Top 100 Hits for 1963: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_100_No ... _%28USA%29
In other words, 1963 was fine. Fun. An interesting time and not particularly "sad" overall. Especially if you were, like I was, 10.