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Saturday, September 20, 2014

1968 - The Year of Instrumentals

It has been many years since I hear an instrumental in the top 10 on the pop charts.  They use to be quite popular.

1968 was apparently the year of instrumentals.  Here are FIVE of them from that year

The Horse by Cliff Nobles & Co.
(I still hear this on the radio from time to time)



Love is Blue by Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
(This is so hauntingly beautiful - and probably my favorite)


Classical Gas by Mason Williams
(Wow!! What a talent)
 

Grazing in the Grass by Hugh Masekela
(Man, he is good!)
 


Soulful Strut by Young-Hold Unlimited
(Love the piano in this one)

Of course there are other instrumentals that were great from other years such as:
Theme from a Summer Place by Percy Faith (1960)
Walk Don't Run by The Ventures (1960)
Misirlou by Dick Dale and the Del Tones (1962) - which you will recognize from the movie 'Pulp Fiction"
Little Green Onions by Booker T. & the M.G.s (1962)
Pipeline by The Chantay's (1963)

Don't you still wish they would make a good pop instrumental once in a while ?
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