Triple Played: 1962 one to remember in music
My favorite number has always been five, and I don’t really know why.
Maybe it’s because my birthday is on the 5th, and the year was 1957.
I would like to think that it’s because I was 5 years old in 1962 when everything in the music world started to change. That was the year the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and the Beatles all released their debut recordings and the Rolling Stones performed its first concert.
On another note, the first James Bond movie also was released in 1962.
As far as influence and longevity go, you couldn’t pick a better group of icons as far as rock music is concerned.
The connection between the movie and recording studio is obvious to anyone who has watched a James Bond movie and/or listened to the title track(s) where rock music is prevalent.
Most of us are still listening to all of the above mentioned artists. Most of them still are performing, and there are still James Bond movies being made.
The number of people who have been influenced by these artists over the past 50 years is incalculable and growing. In fact, I can’t imagine that there is anyone out there who hasn’t been moved by or is not a fan of at least one of them.
In 1967, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Pink Floyd release their debut albums, and in 1972 it was the Eagles, Jackson Browne and Steely Dan followed by Elvis Costello, the Clash and Talking Heads in 1977.
In 1982, the debut albums of note were from Janet Jackson, Madonna and the Pogues, and in 1987 they were from Nirvana, Green Day and Uncle Tupelo.
We opened Triple Play in 1988, and some of our first customers were high school students who wanted vinyl albums from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Pink Floyd and others.
Twenty-four years later, all of those artists continue to be in high demand on every format, especially vinyl.
Most of the artists I have mentioned remain popular, and some are still recording.
What I am wondering is, who will we be listening to 10, 25 or even 50 years from now.
Obviously, there will be the artists no-one has yet heard of as well as those not yet born. As for the music that we have been listening to since 1962, I think a great deal of it will be around as well as a lot of the music through 1980 and artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell, to name a few.
I also think that the list diminishes as we move through the 1980s to the present. There just aren’t as many artists who transcend time as there were prior to 1978.
When my son Matthew was in grade school in the 1990s, one of his friends said to him, “Why do you like the Beatles? They are just old or dead.”
When Matthew related that to me I suggested he tell his friend that his grandchildren will be listening to the Beatles, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.