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Old 12-05-2019, 06:09 PM
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Default Oldies (50s-70s) Songs Not Commonly Heard

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What 1950's thru 70's songs are audiences likely to hear and think/respond "wow, I haven't heard that song in a while"? In other words, you'll hear popular ELVIS songs or Brown Eyed Girl or Mustang Sally all the time, but how often do you hear "Save it for a Rainy Day" by Stephen Bishop or "Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades ?

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Old 12-05-2019, 06:26 PM
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Can you tell us what type of music you play ie reggae, folk, rock, blues, all instrumental or with vocal, fingerstyle or strumming or both, etc. That will help us narrow down the songs we provide here.
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:47 PM
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...What 1950's thru 70's songs are audiences likely to hear and think/respond "wow, I haven't heard that song in a while?"...
Just a few favorites I've done over the years, either solo or with a band:

Neil Diamond
Oh, No No (I Got the Feeling)
You Got To Me
Shilo
A Modern Day Version of Love
Brooklyn Roads
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

Gordon Lightfoot
A Minor Ballad
Softly
Pride of Man
Walls
Affair on 8th Avenue
Beautiful
It's Worth Believin'
Summertime Dream
Hangdog Hotel Room
Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Beatles
P.S. I Love You/Please Mr. Postman (medley)
All I've Got to Do
You Can't Do That
Things We Said Today
I'll Be Back
Think For Yourself

Jay & the Americans
Strangers Tomorrow
Sunday & Me
Christmas in America

Looking for an Echo - Kenny Vance
Seventh Son/Midnight Special - Johnny Rivers (medley)
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - B.J. Thomas
When You Walk in the Room - Searchers
Diamond Head - Ventures
Go and Say Goodbye - Buffalo Springfield
I Will Always Think About You - New Colony Six
Melissa/Make It With You - Allman Brothers/Bread (medley)
Strange Brew - Cream
Long Time Gone - CSNY
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I've been listening to and playing a lot of late 60s - 70s LA Country Rock, and that genre in itself covers a lot of territory. Think Poco (Heart of the Night), some Eagles (Love Will Keep Us Alive), some Byrds (Chestnut Mare), Rick Nelson & Stone Canyon Band (Garden Party), Michael Nesmith & the First National Band (Different Drum), Pure Prairie League (Amie/Falling In/Out of Love)some Crosby, Stills & Nash (Teach Your Children), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Mr. Bo Jangles) and others...

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Great songs folks -- Thanks!

Hotroad, my songs include DooWop, Buddy Holly, Motown, Mountain of Love by Johnny Rivers, I'd Really Love to See You Tonight (England Dan and John Ford Coley), Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy by the Tams.
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I'm also a fan of England Dan & John Ford Coley and especially Dan Seal's subsequent country stuff....

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I started thinking about this, and realized I haven’t heard anything by The Guess Who in years. They had a lot of great songs:

These Eyes

Laughing

American Woman

Undun (that’s how they spelled it)

No Time

Also - Kind Woman by Buffalo Springfield

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Songs I have worked on recently:

- The Letter by The Box Tops
- Runaway by Del Shannon
- Have Love Will Travel by The Sonics
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Hi,

What 1950's thru 70's songs are audiences likely to hear and think/respond "wow, I haven't heard that song in a while"? In other words, you'll hear popular ELVIS songs or Brown Eyed Girl or Mustang Sally all the time, but how often do you hear "Save it for a Rainy Day" by Stephen Bishop or "Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades ?

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Love "Save It For A Rainy Day". Bishop's been one of my favourites since I was a kid. Under-rated. You could say the same about "On and On". Great stuff, indeed.

How about Climax "Precious and Few"? Or "Sunshine", by Jonathan Edwards?? Or The Blackbyrds "Walking In Rhythm"??? Or anything by Carole King???? Or Ace Frehley's "Back In The New York Groove", for us New Yorkers!
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A really great album of "oldies" by a unusual duo, Mac Wiseman & John Prine;

"Standard Songs For Average People"

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I started thinking about this, and realized I havenít heard anything by The Guess Who in years. They had a lot of great songs:

Undun (thatís how they spelled it)
I loved "Undun." Great tune...

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I'll throw anything by Roy Orbison into the mix.....
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These are a few songs from my set list from that era that seem to elicit the "I haven't heard that in a while" audience response:

Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite- The Beatles
The World Turns All Around Her- The Byrds
Pleasant Valley Sunday- The Monkees
Dear Doctor- The Rolling Stones
Wake Up Little Suzie- The Everly Brothers
Sunny Afternoon- The Kinks
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James Gang - Walk Away, Funk #49, Midnight Man
Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way, Life's Been Good
Allman Brothers - Midnight Rider, Jessica
Doobie Brothers - Jesus is Just Alright, Another Park Another Sunday, Take Me in Your Arms, Wheels of Fortune
Rick Derringer - Rock n' Roll, Hoochie Koo
Youngbloods - Get Together
Grassroots - Midnight Confessions
Three Dog Night - Out in the Country


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