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Playlist: American Jukebox

Compiled By: Roland Foster

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American Jukebox ® (Series)

Produced by Garrett Stack

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Before The Beatles

From Garrett Stack | Part of the American Jukebox ® series | 01:58:00

Before_the_beatles_prx_small American Jukebox 275 Before The Beatles

Looking at the five years leading up to 1964, Americans had their pop, rock & pre-soul favorites from many genres. Solo male and female recording artists; girl groups; boy groups; the last vestige of doo-wop; the folk revival; instrumental hits (plenty of them). The radios and the jukeboxes were settled into a distinctly American groove. 

Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, Dion and the Belmonts, The Four Seasons, the Beach Boys, The Drifters, The Orlons and The Chiffons, shared the airwaves. They joined Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Vince Gueraldi, The Viscounts and countless others on AM-Radio forming a very eclectic vibe. Few self-contained bands existed. And then in 1964, four guys, three guitars and a drum kit played and sang their way into our hearts. Countless others followed and American self-contained bands emerged.

This is the music that led up to Feb. 9, 1964, the day the music changed.