On the latest episode of The Greatest Year In Music on Slacker, WXPN’s Helen Leicht takes us back to 1969.
It was the last year of the decade, and but what an amazing year 1969 was.
The list of hits and deep album cuts continues to permeate playlists of radio stations around the world. The songs of the Woodstock generation crossed cultural, racial and genre borders, and musical doors were opening for electric, eclectic and controversial artists of the time.
In rock it was The Beatles’ Abbey Road, The Stones’ Let It Bleed and Led Zeppelin II. Oh yeah, and that little Tommy thing from The Who. At the same time, albums by The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, The Band, King Crimson, and Cream became the soundtrack of the times. 1969 also included the soon to be classics by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the British folk rock group Fairport Convention, Dylans’ Nashville Skyline, and we were introduced to the incredible songs and harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash. As the Sixties ended and the psychedelia and strobe lights faded, two now classic pop songs emerged – Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” “My Way” from Frank Sinatra, and Mile Davis released his classic In A Silent Way.
Below, listen to 1969, and VOTE NOW here for what you think was the greatest year in music.