Soundtrack for 1965

Send us the names of your favorite songs from our high school years!

From Ed Velazquez:
I am getting more excited every day about the upcoming reunion for the SAHS Class of ’65.   As to Music: Think about the music of our day (click on items in green to hear the song!   – but for some, you have to listen to a few seconds of advertising first)):

Creedence Clear Water Revival -“Fortunate Son”; “Run Through The Jungle”
Rolling Stones -“Sympathy for the Devil”, “Paint It Black”
Jimmy Hendrix – “Purple Haze”;
Alice Cooper – “Eighteen”;
The Eagles -“Desperado”;
Cream -“Sunshine of Your Love”;
Jackson Brown – “Running on Empty”;
Buffalo Springfield – “For What its Worth”;
James Taylor – “I’ve Seen Fire and I’ve Seen Rain”; “Carolina On My Mind”
Steppenwolf –“The Pusher Man”; “Born To Be Wild
Marvin Gay – “What’s Going On?”
The Animals – “We Got to Get Out of This Place

… and more:

The Who
My Generation

The Rolling Stones
No Satisfaction

Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
Wooly Bully

Roger Miller
King of the Road

Shirley Bassey
Gold Finger

Martha and the Vandellas
No Where to Run

The Righteous Brothers
You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling

Sonny & Cher
I Got You Babe

The Miracles
Ooh Baby, Baby

Smokey Robinson
Tracks of My Tears

Ronnie Spector & The Ronnetts
Be My Baby

Barbara Lewis
Baby I’m Yours

Cream (Eric Clapton)

Bob Seger
Fire Down Below
Hollywood Nights
Night Moves

Carlos Santana
Black Magic Woman

Carlos Santana

The Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody

Bob Seger
We’ve Got Tonight

Janis Joplin
Cry Baby

The Beach Boys
California Girls
Little Deuce Coupe
Surfer Girl
Surfin USA
In My Room
Surfin Safari
Surf City
I Get Around

Dick Dale
Surf Beat
King of the Surf Guitars

The Ventures
Wipe Out

The Chantays
Killer Dana


We want to set the mood.  Tune into Pandora, Spotify or Google.  Dig through those vinyl albums.  Heck.  Dig through those 45s!

Use the “comment” space below or email us at and tell us your favorite songs and singers or bands from that era.   Post a YOUTUBE link to your favorite songs so we can hear them too.

While you are at it, consider sharing a memory of what makes that song special….

3 thoughts on “Soundtrack for 1965”

  1. The first song that I played on my first morning back (to the world) from Viet Nam was

    The Rascals, “It’s A Beautiful Morning”

  2. Additional songs of the day:
    Chuco Boogie – Lalo Gurerrero
    La Bamaba – Richie Valence (Los Lobos)
    El Rey – Vincente Fernandez
    Sabor a Mi – El Chicano

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