Memories of the 60s I’ll never forget 2



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So many memories of the 1960s I will not forget.

Ahh… the 1960s. It was by far the best years I had growing up. I was just a kid during the ’60s and boy, was that an adventure!

Firstly, time after school was spent hanging out with friends, doing all sorts of fun things. I came home, changed, ate, called my friends from the front lawn and out they all came. We would spend all day exploring every corner of the neighbourhood and then only came home when the street lights came on. I remember swinging on a rope towards the river and letting go. On hindsight, that was such a dangerous thing to do but thankfully, we all survived!

Let’s not forget that time when the first time mankind set foot on the moon. I was sitting with mum and dad and my brother in front of our small TV. Big screens only came out years after that. We watched Neil Armstrong step on the moon.

Mum cried watching Armstrong create history. I was more interested in watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show during the ’60s. Remember that time John Lennon said “We’re more popular than Jesus now”? Wow, that definitely sparked a controversy.

Back then, we didn’t have these big cinemas so the drive-in movie was the highlight for me. Oh, yes, watching a movie bundled up on the roof of dad’s station wagon was everything.

Oh, so many memories I will never be able to forget like watching old shows with my mum and that time when The Beatles’ first record, “My Bonnie” with Tony Sheridan was released. It was so fun dancing to “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Please Please Me.”

The ’60s will always be the most special decade to me and I will cherish the wonderful memories for as long as I live.

What do you remember from the ’60s?

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  1. My sister and I were not old enough to have a car so we used to walk to the nearest drive in and wait just around the corner from the office for a car that had a likely looking couple in it. We had the right money ready and would give it to the driver who would pay for us to get in, then we went to the kiosk and sat on the seats outside to watch TWO feature films. Ah, those were the days. Oh, we never failed to get a ride in through the gates!

  2. IMHO, there’ll NEVER be a Decade like the ’60’s ever again!

    The ‘explosion’ of new, & different music was the most!
    ‘Rock & Roll’ was still tops, then the ‘Surfing Scene’……think ‘Stompin’ at Maroubra’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘Bombora’. I often wonder what direction that would’ve taken, if just then, ‘The Beatles’ hadn’t arrived?
    How about the ‘Mersey Sound’, & the music of ‘Motown’?
    Cuban music was very happily listened to.

    Home-grown Aussie music was enormous, & very popular!
    Think ‘Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs’, JPY, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe, ‘The Easybeats’

    It was PROPER music, which will ‘live on’ after all the ‘fad’ type has disappeared into oblivion!

    For my 13th Birthday, my Parents’ gave me a small Transistor Radio”, with an Earplug, & very
    L O N G cable! It was ‘glued’ to my ear, except when I was at School! Just loved it!
    Used to ‘religiously’ get the ‘Top 40’ Sheet, every week!
    Can remember being on a tram, listening to the ‘Top Ten’, which was aired at 11am on a Sat morn, for half an hour!
    ‘Sukiyaki’, by Kyu Sakamoto, anyone?
    He was killed in the JAL 747 crash, into the side of a mountain, in Japan.

    Yes, the ’60’s were the best!
    There were lots of marvellous things’ one could do, as the ‘stupidity’ of PC’ism, or OH & S, hadn’t started, thank goodness, which was just the correct situation, where kids’ had FUN!

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