Music on Mondays (10-16-2017)—My “Lost on a desert island” music from 1965

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 18 songs from 1965 on it, eight of them by The Beatles.

My wise old grandmother adopted me in November 1965, and I arrived at her home on December 18, 1965. My mom’s oldest brother and his family drove me from Brigham City, Utah, where I lived, to Kingsville, Texas—1,524 miles—where my wise old grandmother lived. Four years after my dad’s suicide and the two sides of the family still were at war with each other, so even though my uncle was driving to Kingsville anyway to see his dad, in retrospect I wonder what was going through his mind as he delivered his sister’s child to her dead husband’s mother….

Nonetheless, I have lots of pleasant memories of the music from 1965. Following are all 18. Hope you find one to enjoy or one that brings back some pleasant memories for you this Monday, October 16. Note that there are not any videos on Youtube of original music by The Beatles. They all have been taken down, so even though I might have found a couple for my blog post here, by the time you try to listen to them, they might be gone. You can find various versions for karaoke, live versions, cover versions, etc., if you care to go look for them. I find it odd that every music publishing entity in the world is now providing music videos directly to YouTube under the moniker “Topic” (such as Herman’s Hermits – Topic)…. except Capitol, EMI, Apple Corps, or anyone else holding copyrights to music by The Beatles.

“Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” by Herman’s Hermits

“Down In The Boondocks” by Billie Joe Royal
I didn’t learn until a couple of decades later that
where my wise old grandmother lived in Kingsville
was considered the “wrong side of the tracks.”

“Eve Of Destrution” by Barry McGuire

“Get Off Of My Cloud” by The Rolling Stones
Not until 1978 when I started collecting all the #1 albums
and #1 singles from 1955, the start of the rock ‘n’ roll era,
did I give The Rolling Stones a shot. I was a Beatles fan.

“Girl” by The Beatles

“Help” by The Beatles
This was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100
while I was at the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital
in Ogden, Utah, in the “Troubled Youth” ward.
This is the song that inspired me to reach out
to my wise old grandmother for help.

“I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher

“I’m Henry VIII, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits

“In My Life” by The Beatles
I sang this song in Student Government on Valentine’s Day in 1971
to my girlfriend at the time, Lynda Young.

“It Ain’t Me Babe” by The Turtles

“Michelle” by The Beatles

“Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” by Herman’s Hermits

“Nowhere Man” by The Beatles
It wasn’t until April 1993 when I “came out” after moving
from College Station, Texas, to San Diego, California,
that I didn’t feel like a Nowhere Man anymore.

“Run For Your Life” by The Beatles

“This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys

“Ticket To Ride” by The Beatles

“You Were On My Mind” by We Five

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” by The Beatles
This was my favorite song from the movie and album.
In retrospect, I wonder if I knew I was gay
long before I accepted myself being gay.

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20 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (10-16-2017)—My “Lost on a desert island” music from 1965

  1. Starmanjones

    Heh it’s so fun knowing I hand up so fast!! But but the turtles did that one listed as Herman and the hermits!! Which reminds me to mention that “kook concerts” which in reality we fraternal order of police fundraisers more often than the Denver radio station sponsored shin digs… were much of my formative concert appearances til h e double hockey sticks tour of the eagles where I forever became the jerk burnt by someone’s roach so I dropped the sucker passing it -there is a place in h e double hockey sticks for such unforgivable behavior ;). Thus I can easily say I’m not even of my own days! Concerts-wise! But it’s fun . Now to go ruin the lyrics of a classic!! (Go blog)

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Prior to The Beatles, there were singers and there were songwriters, so it’s not unusual for several different groups to have hits with the same song. Two that I just had to decide which one to keep were “Son of My Father” by Giorgio and by Chicory. I grew up singing the one by Giorgio so Chicory went bye-bye. Now it’s somewhat unusual for cover versions to make the hit lists because the more popular a song becomes, the higher the royalties due the original artist/publisher.

      I include the ones on my Desert Island list that I like best. Rarely, but not unheard of, will a cover version make the list. For example “Come Together” by The Beatles and by Areosmith will make my list. Same with “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” one by The Beatles and one by Elton John.

      When Whitney Houston died and her music took on a life of its own, it was revealed that her estate wasn’t becoming rich because she didn’t write many of her own songs. Instead, the copyright holder/songwriter/publisher were making all the money, which did upset some Houston fans.


      1. Starmanjones

        Such is how I heard why the Michael jacksons smiley robinsons had a hand is there songs via writing credits and perhaps why a Neil pert of rush while not the singer nor in the music still is part of the royalties chain of band accomplishments. Via contributing lyric. A different case would be money for nothing – dire straights where sting guest sings but his background is don’t stand so close to me for I want my MTV thus he has a credit to avoid infringing his own songs rights… Mark was less than amused


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I liked it but not enough to buy it. The “ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya” refrain for the last 45 seconds or so to end the song didn’t do anything for me. It sure started out great. Of course, I could fade it out on my own with my mp3 editing software as soon as it hit the “ya ya” point………..LOL


  2. Baydreamer

    So many great songs here, but “I Got You Babe” popped out. It’s always been a favorite and just about makes me teary-eyed each time I hear it because it’s just so sad they divorced. 🙂 I know, he passed away, and life goes on, but still…

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I have a complete collection of the recordings of all four of those groups. I’m discovering as I create my “lost on a desert island” list that The Beatles are my favorite of those four, followed by the Who, the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones.

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