of 1968: From Fun to Funk, From Hope to Hate
"Music of 1968"
broadcast August 15, 2008 by WCBE 90.5-FM,
Copyright, WCBE. Used by permission)
have said that the events of 1968 created
a social mess that we're still trying to clean
up. 1968 was an earthquake that is still sending
aftershocks through America's cultural landscape.
A seismic shift rumbled through music in 1968,
too. Aretha Franklin ascended to her throne
as the Queen of Soul that year. James Brown
became Soul Brother Number in the aftermath
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.
The Beatles unwittingly set in motion Charles
Manson's murderous mayhem with the inclusion
of "Helter Skelter" on their 1968 White Album.
The Rolling Stones made a rare but timely
political statement with "Street Fightin'
enough, in all the chaos, bubblegum music
burst loudly on the scene. The success of
The Archies grabbed the attention of both
Curtis Mayfield and Berry Gordy. These two
music legends caught the first wave of " tween
commercial clout" and produced top-selling
songs by The Five Stairsteps (Mayfield) and
The Jackson Five (Gordy), who would eclipse
The Stairsteps. Finally, after a long rock
& soul gestation, Funk was born that year,
in the form of Sly and The Family Stone's
big breakthrough. Join us as we "Dance To
The Music" through 1968, a year unlike any
other before or since.