NEW MUSIC EAR HISTORY - "PART 1 - THE BIRTH OF A NEW MUSIC EAR MEETS THE 70s POP, GLAM AND CLASSIC ROCK!"
1968 - 1975
During these early years I picked up on The Monkees' TV show re-runs and loved these guys, so funny and the songs were incredibly catchy. Maybe the reason I did not get into The Beatles at all was because I didn't hear anything of them through my younger years and even in the 80s I had only heard of Paul McCartney and John Lennon so maybe I was spared the brainwashing and hype of the band, I don't know. However, I loved The Monkees and I also vaguely picked up on The Kinks' and all the Motown superstars later on. I loved songs like "Lola" (although I did not know the lyrical story back then!) and also songs like The Animals' "House Of The Rising Sun" and various other 60s songs I had heard from time to time. Later on I had picked up a cassette (a music tape kids!) that had the hits of The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Searchers and The Hollies. This got played to death, I loved these great British bands.
Artists I had heard during the early years until the mid 70s such as James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and T-Rex, Olivia Newton-John and Status Quo I only really appreciated their work later on down the line as well as some of my brother's Classic Rock collection. One duo I have always loved are Simon and Garfunkel. I am not sure who had the records of theirs, either my dad or my brother Mike but I knew of them and had heard the songs. I still listen to them today and have all their albums. People say Lennon and McCartney are the best songwriters but I think these two would be a fair bet for that accolade, coming from a non-Beatles devotee of course.