31 October 2022

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This week it's all about: Pop music from the 1960s

This week’s MaBaL theme will be pop music of the 1960’s. 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 in music alongside experimentation. 

Groups rather than soloists emerged, particularly from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London. This was particularly true in Liverpool, where it has been estimated that there were around 350 different bands 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. A number of Liverpool performers were able to follow them into the charts, including Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Searchers. The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles plus many more besides. 

A strong folk scene in the USA saw Bob Dylan begin his career and he is still an active performer today. 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 5 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.  

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 school production.  Any further suggestions are welcomed - pupils should see Mr Taylor, message via Teams chat or email a.taylor@priory.lancs.sch.uk 

Tags: Music Personal Development