15 November 2021

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This week MABAL is all about the swinging '60s.


Following what was quite a formulaic structure to Rock ‘n’ Roll music in the 1950’s, the 1960’s allowed a lot more freedom of expression and experimentation which matched the way culture was moving in general. Society was becoming less deferential and this was reflected particularly in song lyrics as we moved into the late 1960's.


Groups rather than soloists emerged, particularly from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London. This was certainly true in Liverpool, where around 350 different bands were active, often playing ballrooms, concert halls and clubs. The late 1950’s group, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, influenced the choice of name of The Beatles, following an animal theme. A number of Liverpool performers were able to follow them into the charts, including Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Searchers. 

A strong folk scene in the USA saw Bob Dylan begin his career and he is still an active performer today into his 80's. Psychedelic Rock of The Doors and Jimi Hendrix took off in California, as did the sunny Surf Rock songs of the Beach Boys. This group sang in five part harmony, in a barbers’ shop style with the top part falsetto. When listening to such as ‘Surfin’ USA’, it is difficult not to be transported to a west coast USA beach, riding the sunlit waves of Santa Monica Beach.

MABAL is music played through the school's tannoy system during break and lunch.  Chosen by Mr Taylor, Lead Teacher for Music, this is designed to offer exposure to the curriculum in different ways, and support pupils' appreciation of music.

The focus is on one theme each week across a genre, a country or from history.  The theme could also link to the season or an event in school, such as the production.  Any further suggestions are welcomed - pupils should see Mr Taylor or email a.taylor@priory.lancs.sch.uk 


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