The 60s Live! – My Generation, My Music

Sat, 09/13/2008 - 8:00pm

Michelle Phillips (shown here in the 1960s) of the beloved pop group the Mamas and the Papas co-hosts this special event.

The enormously popular My Music series presents an extra-special three-hour event focusing on the eternally hip, hit-making artists from the second half of the 1960s. The 60s Live! – My Generation, My Music airing Saturday, September 13 at 8 p.m on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1), is a treasure-trove of essential folk rock, rhythm and blues, and pop classics that still resonate with baby boomers.

Leading off the celebration of the peace and protest decade are the New Rascals, who perform their chart-topping trio of blue-eyed soul smashes: People Got to Be Free (1968), Groovin’ (1966), and Good Lovin’ (1966). Roger McGuinn of the Byrds reprises his legendary folk rock group’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man, one of 1965’s biggest hits.

The lasting influence and popularity of British rock is represented by the Zombies with their top-10 smash She’s Not There and Eric Burdon of the Animals with the rebellious It’s My Life.

From the softer side of the 60s, the Association reunites to present the million-selling standard Never My Love. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of the original Fifth Dimension offer their top-of-the-chart take on the late Laura Nyro’s Wedding Bell Blues.

For the first time on television, Jackie DeShannon revisits her era-defining masterpiece, the Burt Bacharach-Hal David ballad What the World Needs Now Is Love; Blood, Sweat & Tears fuse pop with jazz on their golden great You Made Me So Very Happy.

The 60s psychedelic sounds are represented by Vanilla Fudge’s You Keep Me Hangin’ On and the infamous In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda by metal pioneers Iron Butterfly.

A number of essential vintage performance clips are also featured by 60s stalwarts the Lovin’ Spoonful (Do You Believe in Magic), the Miracles (The Tracks of My Tears), Barry McGuire (The Eve of Destruction), and the Mamas and the Papas (California Dreamin’).

Hosted by “Mama” Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, The 60s Live! remembers and rejoices in an unforgettable time of profound change and in music that remains relevant today. The program is part of the goal to preserve vital American music legacies on the My Music series, exclusively on PBS.

Keep rocking with WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) at 11 p.m. when we air Queen Rock Montreal. One of rock's greatest bands is captured live at its career high, recorded in front of 18,000 screaming fans at the Montreal Forum on Nov. 24 and 25, 1981. This concert special contains stunning performances of some of Queen's biggest hits. The band rips through We Will Rock You, Somebody to Love, Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust, and the anthemic Bohemian Rhapsody.