Ah, the Sixties. It's been said that if you remember the sixties, you were never there...
This new show, one of the most meaningful and personal performances I've ever put together aside from concerts featuring my own music, has been an eye-opening trip down memory lane for me, and I hope for you. In the words of a certain senator Obama, 'a personal story within the bigger story', and I trust audiences will want to be a part of it. I encourage the '...Where were you when ______happened?' moments. For example, I was in the 'little gym' at Tracy High School, Phy Ed class (practicing my wrestling moves) when Mr. Anderson, our principal, made the grave announcement over the school's public address system that President Kennedy had been assassinated.
The musical, social and political worlds combined (and sometimes collided) in this entertaining, occasionally hard-hitting and always evocative look at the decade that changed forever the way we would view the world.
>"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", the first number one song of the decade, January 4th, 1960.
>Brylcreem (a sing-along-with-the commercial) was the dominant hair tonic for men. (I used it, after first trying Butch Wax and Vitalis.)
>My conversation with Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon) describing how Peter's roommate (Paul) and his 'different' friend (John) asked him to come to the basement to hear them bang out "I Want To Hold Your Hand". (Cue that song and "I Go To Pieces".)
>Or, my own version of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant", including my appointment for my draft physical (which I failed. Miserably).
>"Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds". (I have a good friend who used to run the psychedelic light shows at San Francisco's FILMORE WEST. He still has the original slides (water and oil, tie-dyed), said I could use 'em...
This show could easily be a long running series, but we're going to do our best to make it a chock-full 90 minutes, give or take.
Check out the video below...and there's a LOT more information at the bottom.
The Sixties: Music, Mayhem and Miracles
The BIG Picture of That Famous and Infamous Decade
The Beatles. Civil Rights. Viet Nam. The Space Race.
This multi-media presentation goes beyond the music by making the timeline the co-star of the show, presenting the songs in historical context, and allowing audiences the COMPLETE memory of the sixties (where were you when...), without a doubt the most culturally impactful decade of the 20th century. The Beatles turned popular music on its head, the United States was suffering from extreme political polarization: civil rights, Viet Nam, gender equality, social injustice, and we were on our way to the moon!
"The Sixties: Music (The Beatles, Motown, Rolling Stones), Mayhem (assassinations, riots, Viet Nam), and Miracles (Civl Rights Act, Apollo, Women's Movement)" is a one-man multi-media performance series of (mostly) music, sights, sounds, celebrities, politics, fashion, pop culture and news-of-the-day, presented by Gary Rue. Mr. Rue offers up the news of the times (international, national, regional AND local), offers poignant commentary (often hilarious, Gary fancies himself at times a comedian), and introduces the hits of the day.
From the stage, Gary enthusiastically employs video of retail product advertisements of the era, along with news items, ad hoc film clips and television show trailers, complete with his off-the-wall spin.
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Available as a solo performance (shown) or with a quintet of musicians.
Demographic: All ages, but especially folks who were coming of age in the 60s (ages 65-75)
Ideal for academic presentation: History, music and political science departments.
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Topics Covered: The Beatles, The Viet Nam War, The Civil Rights Movement, The Space Race
Sampler Song List
Theme From a Summer Place (Percy Faith), Cathy's Clown (Everly Brothers), Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles), Runaway, Soldier Boy (Shirelles), Loco-Motion (Little Eva), He's a Rebel,The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Sukiyaki, (Kyu Sakomoto) It's My Party (Leslie Gore), Sugar Shack (Fireballs), Be My Baby, A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cook),You've Really Got a Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Beatles), Suspicion (Terry Stafford), It Hurts To Be In Love (Gene Pitney), The house of the Rising Sun (Animals), The Girl From Ipanema (Astrid Gilberto), I'm So Proud of You (Impressions), Dancing In the Street (Martha and the Vandellas), Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter (Herman's Hermits), Sounds of Silence (Simon and Garfunkle), Yesterday (Beatles), My Girl (Temptations), Ballad of the Green Berets (Sgt Barry Sadler), Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie), STOP! In the Name of Love (Supremes), Woodstock (Joni Mitchell), Monday, Monday (Mamas and Papas), The Last Train To Clarksville (Monkees), Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones) , Happy Together, (Turtles), Incense Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock), Respect (Aretha Franklin), (Sittin' On the) Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding), Hey Jude, I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gay), The Age Of Aquarius (Hair), Crimson and Clover (Tommy James and the Shondells), Everyday People (Sly and the Family Stone).