At the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan makes the move from acoustic folk singer to a rock ‘n’ roll singer.
The Byrds make folk-rock more popular with their single “Mr. Tambourine Man”
Due to the mayhem and madness of the Vietnam War along comes protest rock with songs like “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire. The topic of civil rights is picked up by The Impressions in “People Get Ready” and The Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” speaks of anti-authority.
The time of racial riots during the summer of 1965 in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. Martha & the Vandellas sang “Dancing in the Streets” and became a rallying cry of protest and as communities go up in flames LA DJ The Magnificent Montague’s slogan “Burn Baby Burn” takes on a completely new meaning.
Rising to popularity is blues-rock with hits by The Yardbirds, The Who, The Pretty Things and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. “My Girl Sloopy” The Yardbirds.
Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, and Joe Tex popularize southern soul. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour”.
Something known as “funk” makes the scene with hits by James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and “I Got You”.
For the first and only time, The Beatles and Elvis get together at Elvis Presley’s LA home
Great artists like The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Jan & Dean, Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, and James Brown appear in the first rock concert movie “The T.A.M.I. Show”