Early Sixties Hits–Original, Ethereal

Reviewing the contents of the younger generations’s many new mega-hits of the early Sixties, one sees the most sweetly innocuous material. In 1960, we heard the giant pre-folk song hit, the Kingston Trio’s “Hang Down Your Head ‘Tom Dooley,’” a song that sold six million copies until it was played to death. The Brothers Four’s mega hit, “Green Fields” was actually a gorgeous vision of paradise lost. “Once there were green fields, kissed by the sun. Once there were valleys where rivers used to run.” Another ravishing mega-hit was their “Green Leaves of Summer,” depicting idyllic life “to be close to the earth and to stand by your wife at the moment of birth.”  They all serve as a measure of the seemingly innocent innocuous world we lived in. How much we were already hankering for an older, greener world. And the green world was what the counter culture would delve into in real life—bigtime…