1966 – Rock Classics … and some soul, Jazz and a World Cup

July 2022

1965 ended with The Beatles throwing down the gauntlet with the ‘Rubber Soul’ LP. The musical Cold War between The Beatles and the Beach Boys was on !

Bob Dylan had released ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ which would be a very tough act to follow, while The Who had debuted on LP with ‘My Generation’.

Ravi Shankar issued his ‘Sound of the Sitar’ LP, an instrument that George Harrison would use on ‘Rubber Soul’, and would be heard on several big hits over the next two years.

Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones playing sitar

Some of the early 60s beat bands were fading away while garage bands were on the rise. Meanwhile London was swinging, and the UK was getting ready for the World Cup

London 1966
Bob Dylan in the UK

Please note, most dates are from Wikipedia so there may be some errors. Also, some LPs were only issued in the States, while UK and US release dates varied; I have usually given the UK date. This is a selective discography, showcasing just some of the amazing music of 1966.

January

1st Paul Jones ‘My Way’ LP

7th ‘Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds’. Live recording from December 1963, featuring Eric Clapton.

7th Spencer Davis Group ‘The Second Album’ LP

14th London-born singer David Jones changes his name to David Bowie. Bowie would release four singles in 1966 but none entered either the UK or US charts.

17th Simon & Garfunkel ‘Sound of Silence’ LP

21st Them ‘Them Again’ LP, featuring Van Morrison on vocals, but the LP failed to chart.

31st Tony Bennett ‘Movie Song Album’ LP

February

4th Rolling Stones ’19th Nervous Breakdown’ single

9th Death of Blues singer Sophie Tucker

11th The Animals ‘Inside-Looking Out’ single

14th Bob Dylan ‘One of us Must Know’ single. Reached 33 in the UK, but didn’t crack the Billboard 100 in the US.

18th The Hollies ‘I Can’t Let Go’ single

19th The Lovin’ Spoonful ‘Daydream’ single

21st Cher ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) single

25th The Kinks ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’ single

25th The Yardbirds ‘Shapes of things’ single. Some critics have labelled this as the first psychedelic rock song.

Michelle Philipps of The Mamas and the Papas

28th The Mamas and the Papas ‘If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears’ LP

March

1st Elvis ‘Frankie and Johnny’ soundtrack LP

4th The Who ‘Substitute’ single

4th The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ EP

4th John Lennon quoted in the London Evening Standard saying that the Beatles were “More popular than Jesus.” This causes protests and record burnings, especially in the Bible belt of the USA

7th The Who ‘A Legal Matter’ single. Issued by Shel Talmy (producer) without the band’s permission.

8th Crispian St. Peters ‘the Pied Piper’ single. Peters also covered the Phil Ochs song ‘Changes’ but it failed to chart.

14th The Byrds ‘Eight Miles High’ single. Record is widely banned due to perceived drug references.

15th Nancy Sinatra ‘Boots’ LP

25th Dusty Springfield ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ single

28th Cher ‘The Sonny Side of Cher’ LP

March

The Mamas and the Papas ‘Monday, Monday’ single

Percy Sledge ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ single

The Fugs ‘The Fugs’ LP

Love ‘Love’ LP

The Lovin’ Spoonful’ Daydream LP

The Monks ‘Black Monk Time’ LP

Phil Ochs ‘In Concert’ LP

April

1st Sam & Dave ‘Hold On, I’m Coming’ LP

7th Manfred Mann ‘Machines’ EP

15th Manfred Mann ‘Pretty Flamingo’ single

15th The Beach Boys ‘Sloop John B’ single (March 21st in USA)

15th Rolling Stones ‘Aftermath’ LP (2nd July in USA)

22nd The Troggs ‘Wild Thing’ single

April

James Brown ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ single

Bob Dylan ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ single

The Seeds ‘The Seeds’ LP

Otis Redding ‘The Soul Album’ LP

May

3rd The Temptations ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ single

4th Stevie Wonder ‘Uptight’ LP

6th Small Faces ‘Small Faces’ LP

7th Rolling Stones ‘Paint it Black’ single

13th the Animals ‘Animalisms’ LP

21st The Animals ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ single

27th The Yardbirds ‘Over Under Sideways’ single

30th The Beatles ‘Paperback Writer / Rain’ single

May

Dave Clark Five ‘Look Before You Leap’ single. Only reaches number #50 in the UK charts.

Simon & Garfunkel ‘I Am A Rock’ single

Frank Sinatra ‘Strangers in the Night’ single

‘When The Boys Meet The Girls’ soundtrack LP. The first film starring Herman’s Hermits. The LP is an eclectic mix, featuring the British band alongside Connie Francis, Liberace & Louis Armstrong

June

3rd The Kinks ‘Sunny Afternoon’ single

3rd Jimmy Ruffin ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’ single

3rd Manfred Mann ‘Instrumental Asylum’ EP

10th Elvis ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style’ soundtrack LP

15th The Beatles ‘Yesterday and Today’ LP (US only)

The infamous, unreleased butcher cover
The cover that was released

Beatles producer George Martin stated that his first disagreement with the band was over this LP cover. Capital Records recalled the sleeve which today is a valuable collector’s item.

17th The Hollies ‘Bus Stop’ single

17th Death of Jazz musician Johnny St. Cyr

20th Bob Dylan ‘I Want You’ single

20th Bob Dylan ‘Blonde on Blonde’ double LP

27th The Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds’ LP (May 16th in USA). The LP peaked at number 2 in the UK, but only reached 10 in the USA

27th Mothers of Invention ‘Freak Out’ LP

June

The Count Five ‘Psychotic Reaction’ single

Bobby Hebb ‘Sunny’ single

‘What’s Shakin” compilation LP featuring The Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Butterfield and Powerhouse, a supergroup comprising Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce & Steve Winwood.

July

1st Donovan ‘Sunshine Superman’ single

1st The Hollies ‘Would You Believe ?’ LP

4th The Lovin’ Spoonful ‘Summer in the City’ single

8th The Beatles ‘Nowhere Man’ EP

11th Cher ‘Alfie’ single

15th The Kinks ‘Dedicated Kinks’ EP

Cover by guitarist Chris Dreja

15th The Yardbirds ‘Yardbirds’ LP, more commonly known as ‘Roger the Engineer’

18th The Byrds ‘Fifth Dimension’ LP

18th The Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t it be Nice’ / ‘God Only Knows’ single.

Paul McCartney proclaims ‘God Only Knows’ “The greatest song ever written.”

22nd John Mayall ‘Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton’ LP

The Supremes

25th The Supremes ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ single

25 The Troggs ‘From Nowhere’ LP

29th Manfred Mann ‘Just Like A Woman’ single

30th World Cup Final. England beat West Germany 4 – 2 after extra time.

31st Death of Jazz pianist Bud Powell

July

Lee Dorsey ‘Working in the Coal Mine’ single

The Left Banke ‘Walk Away Renée’ single

Wilson Pickett ‘Land of a Thousand Dances’ single

The Troggs ‘With a Girl Like You’ single

The Butterfield Blues Band ‘East – West’ LP

The Troggs

Tim Hardin ‘Tim Hardin 1’ LP

Paul Jones leaves Manfred Mann for a solo career, and is replaced by Mike d’Abo

August

5th The Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby’ single

5th Small Faces ‘All or Nothing’ single

5th The Beatles ‘Revolver’ LP

12th The Who ‘The Kids are Alright’ single. This iconic track didn’t even enter the UK Top 40.

Carnaby St, London

15th Jefferson Airplane ‘Jefferson Airplane Takes Off’ LP with original singer Signe Toly Anderson, and Skip Spence on drums

16th The Monkees ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ single

18th Bob Dylan ‘Just Like a Woman’ single (US only)

18th The Four Tops ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’ single

26th The Who ‘I’m a Boy’ single

26th Spencer Davis Group ‘Autumn ’66’ LP

26th The Walker Brothers ‘Portrait’ LP

29th The Beatles play their last ever public concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

August

? and the Mysterians ’96 Tears’ single

September

6th The Byrds ‘Mr Spaceman’ single

12th The Mamas and the Papas ‘The Mamas and the Papas’ LP

Rolling Stones in drag for the ‘Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby’ promo film.

23rd Rolling Stones ‘Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby’ single

September

Ike & Tina Turner ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ LP

The Incredible String Band ‘The Incredible String Band’ LP

October

7th The Hollies ‘Stop Stop Stop’ single

7th Death of Johnny Kidd

10th The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ single

10th The Seekers ‘Georgy Girl’ single

10th The Monkees ‘The Monkees’ LP

12th Supremes ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ single

21st Manfred Mann ‘Semi-Detached Suburban Mr Jones single

Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page

21st The Yardbirds ‘Happenings Ten Years Time Ago’ single. One of the few Yardbird tracks to feature both Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page.

21st Manfred Mann ‘As Is’ LP

22nd Simon & Garfunkel ‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’ single

24th Simon & Garfunkel ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme’ LP

28th The Kinks ‘Face to Face’ LP

31st Elvis ‘Spinout’ soundtrack LP

October

Bobby Darin ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ single

Tim Buckley ‘Tim Buckley’ LP featuring Lee Underwood, Van Dyke Parks & Jack Nietzsche

The Deep ‘Psychedelic Moods’ LP

Herman’s Hermits ‘Both Sides of Herman’s Hermits’ LP

John Lee Hooker ‘The Real Folk Blues’ LP

13th Floor Elevators ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators’ LP

November

2nd Death of Bluesman Mississippi John Hurt

10th Los Bravos ‘Black is Black’ LP, featuring the hit single by this Spanish band fronted by a German singer.

11th The Who ‘La-La-La-Lies’ single. Another track released by producer Shel Talmy without permission.

12th The Monkees ‘I’m a Believer’ single

16th Martha and the Vandellas ‘Watchout !’ LP

16th Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ‘Away We a Go-Go’ LP

Shot from the ‘Dead End Street’ promo film

18th The Kinks ‘Dead End Street’ single

21st Joan Baez ‘Noël’ Christmas LP

28th Tages ‘Extra Extra’ LP a beat group from Sweden

November

The Bee Gees ‘Spicks and Specks’ LP

James Brown ‘Handful of Soul’ LP

Love ‘Da Capo’ LP

The Lovin’ Spoonful ‘Hums of The Lovin’ Spoonful’ LP

Booker T & The MGs ‘And Now!’ LP featured one single ‘Sweet Potato’ which was nowhere near as successful as ‘Green Onions.’

December

3rd The Who ‘Happy Jack’ single

5th Buffalo Springfield ‘Buffalo Springfield’ LP. Future pressing replaced an LP track with the ‘For What it’s Worth’ single.

9th The Hollies ‘For Certain Because’ LP

9th The Who ‘A Quick One’ LP

9th Cream ‘Fresh Cream’ LP

10th The Beatles ‘A Collection of Beatles Oldies’ compilation LP

18th The Family Way film released, music by Paul McCartney, the first solo Beatles recording.

John Lennon filmed in Soho, London, November 1966

26th ‘Not Only, But Also’ TV comedy Christmas Special aired on the BBC, featuring John Lennon

Peter sellers

December

The Left Banke ‘Pretty Ballerina’ single

‘After the Fox’ film released. The Hollies released a single of the title track in August but it failed to chart.

December Eric Burdon of the Animals, releases his first solo single ‘Help Me Girl’. His first LP in 1967 is credited to Eric Burdon and the Animals.

December Gerry and the Pacemakers ‘Girl on a Swing’ LP. Fails to chart in either UK or USA

In Jazz:

Wes Montgomery released ‘Tequila’ & ‘California Dreaming’

Miles Davies released the live ‘Four & More’ LP and Lee Morgan issued the ‘Charisma’ LP.

In Free Jazz, Ornette Coleman had two LPs, ‘Chappaqua Suite’ and ‘The Empty Foxhole’.

John Coltrane released ‘Ascension’ and ‘Meditations’

In Folk and Country:

Bob Lind, whose songs have been covered by Glenn Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, and Eric Clapton among others, released ‘The Elusive Bob Lind’. Glen Campbell issued ‘The 12 String Guitar’ LP.

Waylon Jennings issues 3 LPs including ‘Folk-Country’ while Johnny Cash released 2, including ‘Happiness is You’.

In Blues:

B.B. King released ‘Confessin’ the Blues’, Muddy Waters issued ‘Muddy, Brass & the Blues’ & Lightning Hopkins had ‘Lightnin’ Strikes’.

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1967 – Rock Classics … and some Jazz, Country, Soul & Easy Listening

1st March 2022

From mid 1966 – 1967, Brian Wilson recorded tracks for the ‘Smile’ LP, while The Beach Boys were on tour. For years, ‘Smile’ would be regarded as the greatest LP never released.

Brian Wilson with Van Dyke Parks working on the Smile LP. The LP wouldn’t be released until decades later.

On the 24th November 1966, The Beatles went into Abbey Road to begin work on ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

Resting after a motorcycle accident in July 1966, Bob Dylan spent the spring of 1967 writing songs with The Band in his house near Woodstock, New York. In June 1967, they switched to Big Pink, a house The Band shared, and began recording in the basement. These recordings were heavily bootlegged, and finally released in 1975.

The Band at Big Pink

Also in July 1966, Peter Green officially replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

Peter Green

The new year was only days old when out of LA came the debut album by The Doors …

Please note, most dates are from Wikipedia so there may be some errors. Also, UK and US release dates varied; I have usually given the UK date. This is a selective discography, showcasing just some of the amazing music of 1967.

December 23rd 1966 Buffalo Springfield ‘For What It’s Worth’ single (charted in Spring 1967)

December 1966 The Electric Prunes ‘The Electric Prunes’ LP

January

4th The Doors ‘The Doors’ LP

4th The Doors ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’ single

9th The Byrds ‘So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ single

9th The Monkees ‘More Of The Monkees’ LP

13th The Rolling Stones ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ / ‘Ruby Tuesday’ double A-side single

20th The Rolling Stones ‘Between The Buttons’ LP (UK). Album released Feb 11th USA.

23rd The Supremes ‘Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland’ LP

February

1st Jefferson Airplane ‘Surrealist Pillow’ LP

3rd Herman’s Hermits ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ single

3rd Death of Joe Meek (record producer. Produced ‘Telestar’, the second British song to top the US charts)

Joe Meek

6th The Byrds ‘Younger Than Yesterday’ LP

10th The Hollies ‘On A Carousel’ single

12th Keith Richards & Mick Jagger arrested for drug possession at Redlands, home of Richards.

Keith Richards & Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones

13th The Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ / ‘Penny Lane’ double A-side single

16th Miles Davis ‘Miles Smiles’ LP

Two Miles Davis LPs released in 1967

17th John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers ‘A Hard Road’ LP

Simon & Garfunkel

27th Simon & Garfunkel ‘At The Zoo’ single

27th Elvis Presley ‘How Great Thou Art’ LP

February The Mamas & The Papas ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ single

February The Left Banke ‘Walk Away Renne’ LP

February Gene Clark ‘Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers’ LP

February The Mamas & The Papas ‘Deliver’ LP

March

3rd The Walker Brothers ‘Images’ LP

7th Sandie Shaw ‘Puppet On A String’ single (Sandie won the Eurovision Song Contest with this song, the first time the UK won the contest)

8th The Monkees ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’ single

10th Pink Floyd ‘Arnold Layne’ single

clip from the ‘Arnold Layne’ video.
Syd Barret of Pink Floyd in 1967

12th The Velvet Underground “The Velvet Underground and Nico’ LP

13th The Byrds ‘My Back Pages’ single

16th Otis Redding with Carla Thomas ‘King & Queen’ LP

17th Jimi Hendrix ‘Purple Haze’ single

17th Grateful Dead ‘The Grateful Dead’ LP

24th Manfred Mann ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ single.

31st The Move ‘I Can Hear The Grass Grow’ single

March The Dave Clark Five ‘You Got What It Takes’ single

March Neil Diamond ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’ single

March Frank Sinatra And Nancy Sinatra ‘Something Stupid’ single

Carnaby Street in London

April

1st Jefferson Airplane ‘Somebody To Love’ single

7th Lulu ‘The Boat That I Row’ single

‘Pictures Of Lily’ Japanese single cover

14th Bee Gees ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ single

21st The Yardbirds ‘Little Games’ single. This is the last UK single by the band, and it failed to chart.

22nd The Who ‘Pictures Of Lily’ single

24th The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ single

29th Aretha Franklyn ‘Respect’ single

Aretha Franklyn

29th The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream, a concert held at Alexandra Palace, London. Pink Floyd are the headline act.

April The Mamas & The Papas ‘Creeque Allee’ single

April Anti-Vietnam War protests in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco

1st Pat Martino ‘El Hombre’ LP recorded. Released later in 1967

Debut LP by the Jazz guitarist
Pat Martino, Jazz guitarist

May

1st The Association ‘Windy’ single

5th Jimi Hendrix ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ single

5th The Kinks ‘Waterloo Sunset’ single

11th Country Joe And The Fish ‘Electric Music For The Mind And Body’ LP

The 1967 Bond film
Theme song by Nancy Sinatra

12th Procol Harum ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ single

Procol Harum
Scott Mackenzie

13th Scott Mackenzie ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’ single

13th The Grass Roots ‘Let’s Live For Today’ single

19th Traffic ‘Paper Sun’ single

Strawberry Alarm Clock

19th Strawberry Alarm Clock ‘Incense And Peppermints’ single

22nd The Byrds ‘Have You Seen Her Face’ single

22nd The Monkees ‘Headquarters’ LP

26th The Hollies ‘Carrie Anne’ single

26th The Beatles ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ LP

26th Mothers Of Invention (Frank Zappa) ‘Absolutely Free’ LP

29th The Tremeloes ‘Silence Is Golden’ single

June

1st David Bowie ‘David Bowie’ LP

1st Elvis Presley ‘Double Trouble’ Soundtrack LP

6th Moby Grape ‘Moby Grape’ LP

Debut LP by Moby Grape, featuring Skip Spence on rhythm guitar and vocals

8th The Association ‘Insight Out’ LP

16th Pink Floyd ‘See Emily Play’ single

16 – 18 Monterey International Pop Festival

Jimi Hendrix
Jefferson Airplane

Performers include Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Grateful Dead, The Who, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Buffalo Springfield, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Mamas & the Papas. Electric Flag, comprising Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Buddy Miles on drums, made their live debut. The band’s first LP, issued in 1967, was the soundtrack to the film ‘The Trip’

Electric Flag
Grateful Dead
The Who

23rd The Small Faces ‘The Small Faces’ LP

24th Jefferson Airplane ‘White Rabbit’ single

25th Our World TV. The Beatles perform ‘All You Need Is Love’ from Abbey Road, EMI studio. The program was broadcast by satellite, and watched by more than 400 million people in 25 countries.

26th The Hollies ‘Evolution’ LP

The Hollies

30th The Who ‘The Last Time’ / ‘Under My Thumb’ single (the single was recorded just two days previously, to support the legal fees of Mick Jagger & Keith Richards.

June Cream ‘Strange Brew’ single

June Captain Beefheart ‘Safe As Milk’ LP

Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band

June The Kaleidoscope (USA band) ‘Side Trips’ LP

July

7th The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ single

7th Dave Davies ‘Death Of A Clown’ single (solo from Davies of The Kinks)

7th Simon & Garfunkel ‘Fakin’ It’ single

13th The Byrds ‘Lady Friend’ single

14th Bee Gees ‘Bee Gees 1st’ LP

17th Death of John Coltrane

John Coltrane

24th The Beach Boys ‘Heroes and Villains’ single

28th Keith West ‘Excerpt From A Teenage Opera’ single

July The Monkees ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’ single

The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page (2nd from left). Page would later go on to form Led Zepplin

July The Box Tops ‘The Letter’ single

Alex Chilton of The Box Tops

July Canned Heat ‘Canned Heat’ LP

July The Yardbirds ‘Little Games’ LP (USA only. This lineup has Jimmy Page as sole guitarist)

August

4th The Flower Pot Men ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’ single

4th The Small Faces ‘Itchycoo Park’ single

4th Pink Floyd ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ LP

18th The Rolling Stones ‘We Love You’ single (UK)

19th Jimi Hendrix ‘Burning Of The Midnight Lamp’ single

21st Bobbie Gentry ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ LP

23rd Big Brother & the Holding Company ‘Big Brother & the Holding Company’ LP

Big Brother & the Holding Company with singer Janice Joplin

23rd Jimi Hendrix ‘Are You Experienced LP

25th The Move ‘Flowers In The Rain’ single

27th Death of Brian Epstein (Beatles manager)

Brian Epstein

28th Merle Haggard ‘Branded Man’ LP

August Traffic ‘Hole In My Shoe’ single

August Glenn Campbell ‘Gentle On My Mind’ LP

August The Seeds ‘Future’ LP

The Seeds
Vanilla Fudge

August Vanilla Fudge ‘Vanilla Fudge’ LP

September

1st John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers ‘Crusade’ LP, featuring new guitarist and future Rolling Stone Mick Taylor.

1st Procol Harum ‘Procol Harum’ LP

4th The Doors ‘People Are Strange’ single

15th The Kinks ‘Something Else’ LP

16th Scott Walker ‘Scott’ LP

18th The Beach Boys ‘Smiley Smile’ LP (USA). The ‘Smile’ concept was abandoned, and this LP was cobbled together to fulfil record company commitments. The Album was released in November in the UK

19th Bee Gees ‘Massachusetts’ single

22nd The Hollies ‘King Midas In Reverse’ single

25th The Doors ‘Strange Days’ LP

The Doors ‘Strange Days’

End of September John Coltrane ‘Expression’ (First posthumous release) LP

The launch of Radio One

September Gene Pitney ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ single

30th Radio One starts broadcasting in the UK. The first song is ‘Flowers In The Rain’ by The Move.

October

3rd Death of folk singer Woody Guthrie (a major influence on Bob Dylan)

Woody Guthrie

6th David McWilliams ‘Days of Pearly Spencer’ single

10th Elvis Presley ‘Clambake’ Soundtrack LP

13th The Who ‘I Can See For Miles’ single

13th The Kinks ‘Autumn Almanac’ / ‘Mr Pleasant’ single

13th The Troggs ‘Love Is All Around’ single

20th The Byrds ‘Goin’ Back’ single

23rd The Beach Boys ‘Wild Honey’ single

23rd Miles Davis ‘Sorcerer’ LP

25th The Monkees ‘Daydream Believer’ single

The Monkees

25th The 13th Floor Elevators ‘Easter Everywhere’ LP

27th Ten Years After ‘Ten Years After’ LP

31st Phil Ochs ‘Pleasures Of The Harbour’ LP

Phil Ochs

November

1st Love ‘Forever Changes’ LP

2nd Scott Walker ‘Jackie’ single

2nd Cream ‘Disraeli Gears’ LP

Cream
Eric Clapton in Cream

6th The Monkees ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd’ LP

10th Moody Blues ‘Nights In White Satin’ single

10th Moody Blues ‘Days Of Future Passed’ LP

18th Buffalo Springfield ‘Buffalo Springfield Again’ LP

24th The Beatles ‘Hello, Goodbye’ / ‘I Am The Walrus’ double A-side single

24th Dave Davies ‘Susannah’s Still Alive’ single

24th Traffic ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’ single

24th Kaleidoscope (UK band) ‘Tangerine Dream’ LP

The UK band Kaleidoscope

November The Dave Clark Five ‘Everybody Knows’ single. Their first Top 10 hit since July 1965

November the Lemon Pipers ‘Green Tambourine’ single

November Glenn Campbell ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ LP

November Country Joe And The Fish ‘I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die’ LP

November The Hollies ‘Butterfly’ LP

November Lee Morgan ‘Delightfulee’ LP

Jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan

November Van Dyke Parks ‘Song Cycle’ LP

Van Dyke Parks, who had collaborated with Brian Wilson on the aborted ‘Smile’ project

November or December The Doors ‘Love Me Two Times’ single

December

1st Jimi Hendrix ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ LP (UK. Released 1968 in USA)

8th The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ double EP (in USA, this is released as an LP with the inclusion of all singles and B-sides from 1967)

8th The Rolling Stones ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ LP

8th Traffic ‘Mr Fantasy’ LP

9th Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested onstage at New Haven, charged with obscenity and incitement to riot. He becomes the first rock star to be arrested onstage.

10th Death of Otis Redding

Otis Redding

13th Jimi Hendrix ‘Foxy Lady’ single

15th The Who ‘The Who Sell Out’ LP

18th The Beach Boys ‘Wild Honey’ LP

18th The Beach Boys ‘Darlin” single

26th The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ broadcast on the BBC. The film, which is shown in black & white, is poorly received. A colour version in screened on 5th January 1968

27th Leonard Cohen ‘The Songs Of Leonard Cohen’ LP

Leonard Cohen
Dave Gilmore

December The Loving Spoonful ‘Everything Playing’ LP

December Dave Gilmore joins Pink Floyd.

Jimi Hendrix at Monterey
Finally released in 2004, music by a new band
The 1960s tapes, finally released in 2011

Young Learners, Level 5: Comparisons

24th August 2021

Everybody Up Unit 4 pp 32 – 33

Why Successful People Don't Compare Themselves to Others - Mindscaling

We have two very cute dogs however, they do not look the same. Let’s take two basic adjectives (big & small) and use them as comparisons.

big —– bigger

small —– smaller

The black and white dog is smaller than the black dog.

The black dog is bigger than the black and white dog.

To make your sentence more interesting, add more information:

The cute black and white dog is much smaller than the dangerous angry black dog.

The grammar rules:

For small words, just add ‘er’

small —- smaller // tall —- taller

big add ‘g’ + ‘er’ bigger

If the adjective ends with a ‘y’

ugly – replace y with ‘i’ then add ‘er’ —- uglier

angry —- angrier

For big words, use ‘more’

delicious —- more delicious // dangerous —- more dangerous // energetic —- more energetic

NOW … YOUR TURN

1 Tell me about the men (small, short, tall) then use the comparative.

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2 Tell me about these two people.

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3 Who is stronger ?

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4 Compare these clothes. Try to give me three adjectives (pretty, thick, warm, plain, colourful).

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5 Compare these guitar players (energetic, exciting, amazing, boring).

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6 Tell me about these two people

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Easy – yes, a piece of cake !

Answers:

1 One man is short, one man is tall. The man with glasses is taller. The man on the left is much shorter.

2 The man is older than the lady, the lady is younger than the man.

3 The man with the black T-shirt is much stronger. The man on the right is much weaker than the other man.

4 The black coat is thicker, warmer and cheaper than the second coat. The second coat is more colourful but uglier than the first coat.

5 The guitar player (guitarist) jumping is more energetic and more exciting than the other man. The second guitarist is more boring.

6 The beautiful cute young Asian lady is more friendly than the old American man. The old man with glasses and a beard is angrier and uglier than the smiling lady.

Bye bye … see you in the next blog

Love and Chaos Part 5(D) Burkhardt 1

2nd April 2021

A typical east-German Trabant. Photo by Martin O’ Shea

Part Five. Berlin. Autumn 1994

Richard awoke and, jolting up, looked around the strange flat, wondering where the hell he was. Then it came back to him, with the audio aid of Chris’ snoring. He looked on the sofa and saw that Chris hadn’t moved for … he looked around, feeling for his watch, but it was too dark to make out the time. The next stage was to search for his wallet. It was in his jeans pocket. He opened it and though depleted, there were still some Deutsche Marks remaining.

Domestic noises from behind the large, double doors; footsteps on creaking floorboards, a tap running, a container lid popping open.

A door slowly opened, and Burkhardt peeked in, raising his hand to Richard’s wave. Richard got up, put on his jeans and went to the bathroom, grateful that he always had a travel toothbrush with him.

He would have preferred waking up next to a beautiful German girl, but that would have to wait.

After brushing, and washing his hands and face, he went into the kitchen, where the coffee was waiting for him. Burkhardt offered him one of his Marlboros.

“Your friend is still sleeping. I hope he is OK. I was going to look at him, to make sure he was breathing, then he began snoring. Was it that loud all night ?”

“Oh, yes. The brandy really helped.”

Burkhardt had to go to his shop, so Richard thanked him for his help, and went to wake up Chris But, again, the irresistible force of Richard’s shaking met the immovable object of Chris’ comatosed slumber, until Burkhardt suggested leaving him to sleep it off.

“Well,” said Richard, “that may take a few hours.”

“Do you want to see my shop ? I have to make office things, but we can play records and drink coffee. Just leave a note, saying we’ll be back later.”

“Good idea, but I’m guessing he’ll still be asleep.”

“Haha. We can see.”


The small shop was on Stargarder Strasse, at the Prenzlauer Allee end, which Chris considered the poor man’s Schönhauser Allee. The two north-south main roads ran almost parallel, tapering into Wilhelm Pieck Strasse at the southern end, were linked by the S-Bahn, and dissected by the dreaded Danziger Str.

It was mid morning, and apart from the occasional bakery and general paper-drink-sweet shop, everything was closed and quiet.

Burkhardt opened up, turned on the lights, and told Richard to feel free to look around. Then he went behind the counter to turn on the sound system.

“We have a CD player, cassette deck and stereo, of course,” he laughed, waving his hand over the carefully arranged racks of vinyl records. “Please, play anything you like and I’ll make some coffee.”

“Can I smoke in here ?”

Burkhardt came back and with an expression indicating what he thought of such a silly question, answering,

“Ja, of course!”

Richard looked around, acquainting himself with the organization of the shop, the different areas for different genres.

Records, tapes, books, magazines and CD’s were everywhere, yet clearly ordered. The walls had various picture discs on them, or posters and magazine covers. Behind the counter were more records, either Burkhardt’s choices or rarer pieces.

Richard moved over to the Jazz selection, a small, but quite comprehensive collection, with most of the giants represented. He picked up a Miles Davis disc, ‘Star People’, turning it over in his hands, then a Dizzy Gillespie compilation, a Mingus LP and was studying a Charlie Parker double set.

Burkhardt came back with two mugs of coffee, a Marlboro firmly grasped in the corner of his mouth.

“Anything you want to hear ?”

“You choose.”

Burkhardt had on black leather trousers, a shirt of bold colourful vertical stripes, leather jacket and thick square glasses. Richard was expecting some hard-core industrial German noise from the early Eighties. Instead, the jaunty, almost twee introduction of The Beach Boys’ ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice ?’ came on, the thump of a bass drum launching the song into its infectious verses.

“Sixties music is my passion. I try to buy everything I can from that time. It sells OK. I don’t have anything really rare, just some interesting albums from different countries. I wish I had been there. Imagine, living at that time, all this great new music coming out. Not knowing what was going to happen next.”

Richard moved over to the book section and saw that most of them were indeed about Sixties artists.

“Have you read these ? Some of them ?”

“All of them. I’m very boring, I know !”

“No, not at all.”

“But they only tell a part of the story, they only focus on one particular artist, but I think the power of The Sixties was that they were all part of a much larger scene, it was all connected, they all influenced and helped change each other.”

“Like The Beatles hearing Dylan, The Stones hearing The Beatles ?”

“Yes, but much more, much … “ Burkhardt searched for the appropriate word in English, but his gesture and expression were eloquent enough.

“That is what I want to do; write a book on all the music, how it all fitted together. I always read the same things, as you said, Dylan went electric after hearing The Beatles, who began writing longer songs, then The Stones made their concept album. What I want to show is how all of the competition lead to greater and greater music and creativeness.”

He broke off to listen to a particular section of the ‘Pet Sounds’ record that was playing. He continued,


“Let’s take the big three: Dylan, coming from the Folk background, The Beatles from Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Stones from Blues. The Beatles take their influence and give it something of their own. This gives an example to The Stones, to write their own music. The Who follow The Stones, seeing that it was possible to be successful, without looking like Paul McCartney, and that writing original songs was what separated the great bands from all the others. Meanwhile, in America, The Byrds listen to Dylan and Folk, but see ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and Roger McQuinn goes to buy a 12-string Rickenbacker and make one of The Sixties most iconic guitar sounds. They cover Dylan, making his name bigger. He already has critical approval, now comes mass success. All the time the music is going back and forth over the Atlantic, The Beatles hear all these great words, and feel embarrassed by their simplistic lyrics, and Dylan loves the power of the beat. He goes electric at a folk festival, the crowd go crazy, half love it, half hate it, hate him for doing it. Meanwhile, we have these boys, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson writing, playing, producing. He gets into a contest with Lennon-McCartney, who can write the most perfect, sophisticated pop song ? The Beatles, listening to Dylan, listening to The Byrds, mix jangly guitars with deeper lyrics, come out with ‘Rubber Soul’, The Beach Boys hear this, as well as Dylan’s ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ and start working on Pet Sounds.

Burkhardt pointed off behind him at the music coming out of the speakers.

“The Beatles hear Pet Sounds and realize the bar has been lifted, not by a small amount, but higher than they thought possible. McCartney calls ‘God Only Knows’ the best song ever written. They have to top it. Meanwhile, Mr Dylan releases ‘Blonde on Blonde’. In August 1966, The Beatles put out ‘Revolver’, what a collection of songs, what a cover. German artist, naturally. Brian Wilson hears this, begins work on an album to be even better. The first result is soon heard: ‘Good Vibrations’. They use a theremin, and create a totally new sound. Now the race is really on. Who is going to win ? The Beatles are working on what will be ‘Sgt. Pepper’ but rumours come over about a project called ‘Smile’, a work so powerful that it will blow the minds of all who hear it. Then The Beatles had ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’. Brain Wilson, for … whatever reasons, put the ‘Smile’ project aside. And it was never released.”

Burkhardt let out a sigh, a requiem for all the great music that never was.

“Some songs crept out, some bootleg recordings of backing tracks and finally a watered down version, to fill the contract. Never more would The Beach Boys be a major band. Their following LP’s sold bad, some not even making the Top 100.

“Music is like an arrow that never falls, but carries on, forever. Bands get to ride along, for a while, then fall away. After ‘Smile’, The Beach Boys fell away.

“Meanwhile, The Beatles won the contest. ‘Sgt. Pepper’ came out in 1967, the ‘Summer of Love’. Of course, I have seem photos, they recorded it in the freezing cold London winter. Then what happened ? No more Brian Wilson, Dylan had disappeared. And they bring out ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, not exactly a flop, but no masterpiece. And The Stones continue to follow The Beatles, and release ‘Their Satanic Majesty Requests’. I’m a Stones fan, but even I have a hard time listening to that. It seemed as if the arrow has fallen. What better time for Mr Dylan to reappear. Missing all of the hippy scene, in January 1968, one of his best, ‘John Wesley Hardin’. People always write about The Stooges, or The Ramones making simple Rock ‘n’ Roll, or stripping down the music to the bare essentials and starting again. Ah, Mist ! (bullshit). I love those bands, but it is shit, they played like that because they couldn’t play any better ! Johnny Ramone said, in interviews, “We didn’t play any covers, because we couldn’t play anybody else’s songs.” It was Mr Dylan, and The Band who really stripped music, cut out all the excess and brought it all back home. And after Mr Dylan comes back ? The Beatles make ‘The White Album’ and The Stones make ‘Beggar’s Banquet’.

“Then we have the trio of Rock deaths, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. But what about the other trio of drug casualties ? Pink Floyd’s Sid Barrett ? Peter Green, a guitarist as good as, if not better than Clapton ? And, our old friend, Brain Wilson ? If he had finished ‘Smile’, how would he have followed it ? What would The Beatles have written in response ? Not ‘I Am The Walrus’, I’m sure. Who knows what great music was waiting to be written ?

“Do you know what the first bootleg was ?” Burkhardt asked, rather abruptly.

“Yeah, it’s Dylan, ‘Great White Hope’, I think.”

Burkhardt smiled and gave a single nod. He moved over to a corner, to the Classical section that Richard hadn’t seen, and pulled out a record with a dark sleeve, showing a wooden Crucifix.

“Good answer, but not right. This: ‘Miserere Mei’ by Allegri. Do you know the story ?”

Richard didn’t, so Burkhardt changed The Beach Boys for the new disc and waited for the first notes, so as to adjust the volume.

“It was kept by The Vatican. One of the Pope’s thought it was so beautiful, that it mustn’t be allowed to leave Rome. Not only that, it was only to be played in the Sistine Chapel, only at Easter. One year, a young man was able to hear it, maybe once, possibly twice, but certainly no more than that. He went straight to his room and wrote it out, note by note, from memory. The boy’s name was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was facing excommunication from the Church, but the new Pope was so impressed by his talent, that he permitted it. And if Mozart hadn’t been there, in Rome, at the time, maybe we wouldn’t be able to listen to it today.”

They sat in silence, just listening to the extraordinary heavenly singing. Burkhardt spoke, but no longer to Richard, his remarks were addressed to an unseen audience.

“I like to think that the arrow continues, that other bands can get a little of that creativeness and inspiration and, who knows, maybe again, we will have a Golden Age of classic after classic, after classic.”

After the piece had finished, Burkhardt caught up on paperwork, and Richard played Pet Sounds and John Wesley Hardin.

When they returned to the flat, Chris had only just woken up and was feeling hideous. He refused a coffee, made a very embarrassed ‘thank you’ and left with Richard, who agreed to re-visit the store in the near future. He kept putting it off and when he finally did go back, it was gone, a Head Shop taking it’s place, a store selling Oriental merchandise and marijuana paraphernalia.

On returning home, Chris went straight to his bed and was asleep immediately. Richard took a shower, then went to the Kino (Cinema) and later to a few bars in Kreutzberg, just hoping to bump into Monika and therefore Lorelei. But he saw no one and drank alone.

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On September 28th 2004, a re-recorded ‘Smile’ was finally released.

IELTS – Get your motor runnin’: fluency, stress and intonation

15th October 2020

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Our plan for the next semester is to develop speaking skills – presentation and delivery – as well as, naturally, increasing vocabulary, colocations, phrases, idioms … in short, the whole nine yards.

New idioms

I don’t want to overburden the class with too many idioms, so these are what we’ll be using over this semester. That means using them repeatedly until they become second nature and the students, of whom I am very fond, will have another string to their bow … oh, heck – ANOTHER idiom !

Another string to (your) bow – a new skill or learning experience

bear with me – please wait a very short time (usually spoken as opposed to written)

bit of a sore point – something that makes you sad or angry

down in the dumps – depressed, unhappy, feeling gloomy

hit the ground running – to start something immediately and with all your energy

like a madhouse – a place or area that is crazy, too noisy, too busy etc

run of the mill – ordinary, typical, normal, usual, boring

up in arms – to be very angry about something, to protest strongly

you take your life in your hands – doing something that is extremely dangerous

NOW … your turn … what idioms fits ?

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At breaktimes, all the younglings come pouring out of their classes, screaming their little heads off …

it’s ___________________________________

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Students are unhappy about tuition fees

They are _____________

You still can!': Music teacher champions adult students learning violin

She can speak five languages, do karate and is now learning violin

She has added __________________________

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She thought the novel would be extremely exciting.

Unfortunately, for her, it’s just a ___________________ story.

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Some areas of downtown are no-go areas.

You really _________________________________________ if you go after dark and alone.

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Poor Buster is so funny, yet he always looks _______________________

Oh, dear …

This beautiful young lady seems to be upset about something.

Possibly something the man said is a ______________________ with her ?

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We’re going to have a tremendous success with our new product which we shall be launching in Europe, the US and parts of Asia.

We’re really going to ________________________________

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Excuse me, I have to take this call _______________________

Part two:

How would you describe these neighbourhoods ? I want full sentences, as complex as you can make them, bursting with idioms, expressions and Low-Frequency Words. Give your opinions – would you like to go there, or even live there ? Explain your rationale.

Old Manchester pubs and cinemas from the '60s to '90s
Manchester, north-west England
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Tunbridge Wells, south of London
Birmingham UK Industrial scene | Birmingham uk, Birmingham, Industrial
Birmingham in the British Midlands

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Rural Wales
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Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, during the festival

Part three:

Practice making complex sentences, with two clauses at least, from these simple sentences.

Example:

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Johnny always went to the cinema when he was a child.

As a child, Johnny always went to the cinema.

GRAMMAR NOTE – the first word after the supporting clause has to be the subject.

We always played games when we had Mr Tony as our teacher.

He speaks English well although his written work is rather poor.

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The Who were formed in west London in the early 1960s. They are a very famous, influential bands despite never having a Number 1 hit single.

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My neighbour only works in a convenience store. She thinks she is a big star. She is constantly taking selfies.

And … to end, let’s start copying some classic movie scenes:

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The lines to copy are from 0:14 – 0.37

Here’s the first of the day, fellas … to old D.H. Lawrence … yyahhhhhhHHHHHHH … NIC, NIC, NIC, ffff, fffff … cccahhhh, indians !

IELTS 5- 6.5: All you need is love … and relative pronouns

25th September 2019

Tonight I want to focus on forming complex sentences in order to boost the speaking prowess of my students. Being able to speak in long sentences, with subordinate clauses and relative pronouns, linked by appropriate discourse markers, will improve their scores in the speaking tests, along with use of stress, intonation, chunking, and a liberal smattering of expressions and vernacular, thereby demonstrating a familiarity with different uses of English.

So, without further ado … complex sentences. Let’s kick off with some basic information about my friend Pete:

Pete (left) with drummer Kenny Jones of The Small Faces & The Who

Pete’s family are Irish. He was born in Kent, south England. He loves music especially Jazz and he can play saxophone, keyboards, guitar and bass. He is 40 years old. He is bald, and wears glasses. Currently he plays bass in a band called ‘The Deep Six’. They have a video on YouTube. In the photo, Pete is with the famous 60s drummer Kenny Jones. He was in The Small Faces. Later he joined The Who after their original drummer died.

Example:

Pete, who was born in Kent in the south of England, is of Irish heritage. Although he is just forty, Pete looks older, probably due to the fact that he is bald, as well as having to wear glasses. His great passion in life is music, especially Jazz, but his interest is not merely passive; he plays several instruments. In addition to saxophone and keyboards, Pete is proficient on guitar. Having said that, he actually plays bass now in a band named The Deep Six, who have a video on YouTube. Pete is seen here with the legendary drummer Kenny Jones who rose to fame in the 60s as drummer for chart-topping band The Small Faces before joining The Who following the death of their original drummer.

And here is said video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-_u-W_3jWk&list=LLfquznE0joCgmA3v1PIQ0CQ&index=6&t=0s

I am sure if you watch the video, give it a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘like’, Pete will be tickled pink.

Now, a quick practice:

This is Wei Minzhi. She was born near Beijing. She was chosen to be in a Chinese film called ‘Not One Less’. She was 13. She played a substitute teacher but had no experience teaching (and no experience acting). The area is very poor. Some of the children have to leave school to work. The film was shown all over Europe, even at special film festivals. She was famous. She did no more acting. She studied in USA. She lives in Hawaii. Wei is married and has two children.

Students have five minutes to reorganise this information into a style more suited to an IELTS student.

Now – a Socratic activity; students are arranged in small groups, selected by choosing a card (Ace, 2 or 3), given a task and have to collate information and present it to the class, utilising the resources available, namely internet for facts, images or videos. Let’s revisit some old friends; first one of my favourite authors, Dr Franz Kafka:

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Born: 1883 Prague, Czech Republic (at the time, part of the Austro-Hungarian empire) // Died 1924 in Austria. Never married, engaged twice. Had three sisters. Was vegetarian. Difficult relationship with his father. Famous for writing, but only produced three novels, all of which were published after his death. Most famous of these is ‘The Trial’ which has a famous opening line, “Somebody must have made a false accusation against Joseph K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong.” This book is seen as a warning about totalitarian governments. He lived in Prague which is Czech and Protestant, but he spoke and wrote in German, and he was Jewish. He is one of the most influential writers of the Twentieth Century, and his name has become an adjective, ‘Kafkaesque’ meaning impenetrable, convoluted, mysterious and unsolvable. More information can easily be found online, for example:

https://www.dw.com/en/franz-kafka-the-trial/a-45774582

Now let’s turn to John Lennon, seen here with his Japanese wife, Yoko Ono (also an artist, but more avant-garde).

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John was born in Liverpool, during World War II, in 1940. Liverpool was a port, so was a target for German bombers. He grew up very poor. At school he was rebellious, but liked art. When he first heard Rock ‘n’ Roll, he knew he had to be a singer. He formed The Beatles. His guitar playing was enthusiastic but basic. He wrote many songs which have become classics. When The Beatles split up in 1970 he went solo. His most famous solo work is the ‘Imagine’ LP. The title track has the lyric, “Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too.” He protested against the war in Vietnam. He was shot in 1980 outside of his New York apartment. He has two sons, Julian by his first wife, and Sean from Yoko.

The third group will get NO help from me – they shouldn’t need it. Their subject is “the father of the Indo-Chinese people, and his name is Ho Chi Minh.”

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This task involves the students working together, assigning tasks, then producing and presenting their report. All members of the team have to speak. Furthermore, they should be encouraged to use English during the preparation stage, only resorting to Vietnamese for clarification or translation of new words.

Quick end game: After the book work, which I have to teach, my hands are tied, we can unwind with some speaking practice.

Using discourse markers: I give teams two words which they have to incorporate into a sentence, for example ‘therefore‘ and ‘subsequently‘.

having said that & furthermore

moreover & consequently

initially & eventually

likewise & specifically

meanwhile & notwithstanding

on the whole & instead

What Difference Does It Make ? : I give students a paper with two words or phrases that are related but different. They have to clarify the distinction, for example

teacher / headmaster

educate / bring up

take an exam / retake an exam

do homework / do housework

quite common / ubiquitous

required subject / optional subject

similarity with / disparity between

skim / extrapolate

And to play us out, let’s go back to John Lennon and his iconic song, ‘Imagine’. The music starts around 0:40:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkgkThdzX-8

Nothing to kill or die for … Peace xx

Young Teens: deeply, madly, truly.

21st February 2019

Yes, it’s adverb time. This class was introduced to them last week, while I was happily sipping a beer in Thailand, a remarkably beautiful country which, despite being quite close to Vietnam, has a significantly different culture, atmosphere, vibe.

Tonight’s class focuses on speaking, so I’m hoping for a lively session with all students enthusiastically participating.

To begin with, there are several types of adverb:

I use a mnemonic device to help me remember the five main types: DF MPT (degree, frequency, manner, place, time).

I shall look at the adverbs they learnt last week and make a ‘run & write’ game. Class will be split into two teams; I’ll board or say a word (careful, fast, angry etc) and one person from each team will have to write it as an adverb.

To reinforce, I’ll select one of the more outgoing students to act out various scenarios, for example the student can walk carefully, speak quietly, eat quickly. Thus the students will have both written and spoken some basic adverbs.

Next, I shall try a new game, introduced by a song from The Who ‘Who are you ?‘ (which people may know as the theme from CSI:Vegas): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_3ks7-OjGc    

I’ll just use the opening bars (some versions have lyrics which are inappropriate for the classroom !)

In this game, I will put the students into small groups, and give one pupil a paper with some basic information on it:

Four People

NAME: Alan NAME: Jane

FROM: Cambridge FROM: Manchester

WEATHER: Mild and sunny WEATHER: Wet, grey, rainy

JOB: Student JOB: Lawyer

LIKES: Reading books LIKES: Shopping online

Rowing Films Badminton Cats

WHY IN VN: Exchange study WHY IN VN: Work for UK company

BEST: Lots of museums BEST: Good wifi, interesting history

WORST: Traffic & pollution WORST: Scams, noise, traffic

OPINION: Great place but too noisy

OPINION: Fascinating but walk carefully

NAME: Peter NAME: Anna

FROM: Birmingham FROM: New York

WEATHER: Grey, cold WEATHER: Very cold, very hot in summer

JOB: Journalist JOB: Electrician

LIKES: Making models LIKES: Sudoku

Travelling Football Piano Meeting friends

WHY IN VN: Writing a story WHY IN VN: Travelling around Asia

BEST: Meeting Vietnamese people BEST: Cheaper prices. Good food

WORST: Too hot. Food too spicy WORST: Extremely hot and sticky

OPINION: Incredibly noisy and humid OPINION: Amazingly fun place.

This is an exercise to help students form questions. A great way to start a speaking exercise is simply to model it first, eliciting as much information from the students. For example, I could board answers and ask the students what questions could they ask to get these answers. To broaden their vocabulary, I will demonstrate various approaches;

To enquire about my job:

What do you do for a living ?

What do you do ?

What is your occupation ?

How do you make a living ?

For my likes:

What do you like doing in your free time ?

What are your hobbies ?

What kinds of things are you into ?

The students ask the chosen student questions, then report back to the class. To make sure all the class are paying attention, I’ll ask questions and award points. It is common situation that students who are NOT presenting have very limited interest in other students who are speaking.

Depending on time, I will add a quick game where I board a basic sentence and the students have to elaborate by adding adjectives and, now, adverbs.

The student is good – The intelligent student works extremely well.

The food is nice / The weather is hot / The homework was hard / My cat is lazy.

And onto the bookwork. Today’s book mentions Cambridge (which they read about before with reference to the boat race), Buckingham Palace in London (which most of the students know is the home of the Queen) and Bristol in west England, which, I am sure, will be unknown to the students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khM7tjui86Q

This is quite a good video, as it is just visual (thus giving the students a little break, as well as introducing them to a new city), and it can be followed up by asking what people can do there ? What kind of buildings did they see ? Would they like to go there ? What did they think about it ? Interesting or boring … and then use adverbs to make their answers more interesting.

Also, I like to let the students hear different accents because in the real world, they probably will not be listening to English teachers speaking slowly, carefully and in Standard English, but to people from all over the English-speaking world or, more likely, non-native speakers. Locals from Bristol have a different accent to mine (east London but with Standard for work), so here is a short clip illustrating the difference, and it has subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qKBRnyWleU

The students can try to copy the sounds and also learn everyday fixed expressions. All in all, I’m hoping it’ll be an exciting and active class.

In keeping with the emphasis on speaking, in the reading section, one section of the class can read one paragraph, then close their books while the other students ask them questions, so here we have reading with speaking and listening skills being practised.