Gary:”It was a good time to be a Canadian, living in Toronto. The city’s clubs were exploding with live music, the white sanitized Pop Music the major companies were attempting to sell were just starting to be rejected.
In Toronto in 1962, along with great Rock and Roll, we would just see the start of California Surf Music. Soul Music was getting a following and all of the little coffee houses in Yorkville were discovering Folk Music.
I was glad it was changing, but all in all I do not consider 1962 a great year for music. The job market was good, the clothing styles I just loved, it was a fun time.
I would still be working on Bloor Street, riding TTC public transit (subway tokens were 10 cents).
I was now working full time in the Computing Department. I was going to get married, but that would fall apart in November of 1962.
Now, because I was getting married, it was decided that my “Beautiful 1961 Impala Convertible” was “no longer practical”, so in September I purchased a 1963 Corvair Monza; bad decision, but who knew.
I was 22 and was going to get married (for the wrong reasons). It seemed that all of my friends were engaged or married, so it seemed like the thing to do.
Jackie was a great girl (the wrong girl and she knew it too), but we partied well, danced well together and appeared to like all of the same superficial things, but we were smart enough “not” to get married.
Now Russ on the other hand was doing his computer thing, and still blowing his horn; at the club that would become extremely famous “The Blue Note” …Russ was part of the House Band, “The Silhouettes” and the Blue Note would host some of the most famous Canadian’s and American’s. It was THE place – not only for good music, but you could hear “Soul Music”.
The things I remember most about 1962 were:
Everyone was terrified for three weeks in October because of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It may have been the closest we have ever come to Nuclear War.
October 27, 1962 a U-2 Spy Plane is shot down over Cuba and it’s Pilot Major Rudolf Anderson is killed.
The winners on the Big Screen were:
Best Actor / Gregory Peck / To Kill a Mockingbird /
Best Actress / Anne Bancroft / The Miracle Worker /
Best Picture / Lawrence of Arabia /
Other great Movies of 1962
The Longest Day /
New on the Small Screen in 1962
The Beverly Hillbillies
This was not a good year for great looking cars, nor was it a particularly good year for music.
a few of the Cars that I liked!
Now my favourite music of 1962
Well in my opinion, the major record companies, still controlled the content and gave us Sanitized Pop, the hard edge of Rock and Roll was definitely gone.
Now ever so slowly things were changing; Female vocalist’s would top the charts, Surf Music would raise it’s head, and Soul Music would start to be recognized.
Overall, in my opinion, it was not a great year for music, but here are some that I liked.