Thursday, September 6, 2012

More Fifth Grader Views on The Music of the '60's

A final round of Fifth Grade Essay, explaining The Music of the '60's. 

Please vote for your favorites ... let us know which student(s) YOU think best captured the sound and feel of the '60's.

Essay # 9:


What is your favorite thing about the 1960's? Is it a famous relative? Or is it your favorite TV show? Mine is music.   

The Ed Sullivan Show was a top hit in the 60's. In 1964, on the Ed Sullivan Show was the British invasion. The crowds went totally crazy. The Beatles performed. The Animals performed on the Ed Sullivan Show too. They were calm. They performed "We Got To Get Out of this Place". The Hermits performed "Mrs. Brown". The Rolling Stones performed too. Charlie Watts (drummer) never smiled. Gerry and the Pacemakers once performed "Don't Let the Sun Catch you Crying". Freddie and the Dreamers performed too. They were crazy and nerdy. All of this made a big hit in the 1960's. 

A famous band in the 1960's was the Beatles. The Beatles were one of the only bands that the fans knew all the names of (Paul, Ringo, George and John). One of the most famous concerts was at Shea Stadium. The crowds cheered forever. They cheered going into the second song. John got crazy with the piano and started playing it with his elbows. They played "I Feel Fine", "I Wanna Be Your Man", and many other songs. When they came off the stage they were sweating and burning. The Beatles were mobbed a lot. They hid and used disguises sometimes. The Beatles were a rocking band in the 60's.  

Music is really fun to learn about. Music has a lot of ways to connect to your life. It can take you anywhere.

Essay # 10:

THE 1960'S

What is your favorite musical group from the 1960's? Is it the British bad boys that always tore up the crowd? Is it the band whose lead singer looks like JFK? Or is it the Californian surf boys who started surf music? My favorite group of the 60's is the Liverpool good boys that live in a 'Yellow Submarine' ... The Beatles!   

If I was at that first Ed Sullivan show, I would have been all shaky too! The show was the first time ever the Beatles performed in the United States. As soon as the curtains were drawn, the crowd started screeching as loud as a million bats at night. They began the show by performing "She Loves You" and the audience went wild. Each member of the band was so happy, but none more than Ringo Starr who smiled through the entire performance. By the time they got to the second song, the sound of the crowds screams was deafening. Girls were crying for the boys they loved, but sorry girls, John Lennon was already married. If I was lucky enough to go to that show, I would have been shaking and bursting with excitement as fast as a space ship traveling to the moon.  

Did you know that the Beatles are the only rock and roll group that ever did a worldwide satellite projection? Written by John Lennon, the song "All You Need is Love", was first performed that day. I believe that most people were brought to tears knowing that was one of the last times the Beatles would perform live. The chorus for the song was made up of a group big enough to fit in a small bedroom. Mick Jagger was even one of them! The Beatles were as lucky as leprechauns to have had the chance to perform for the world through the satellite projection.  

The next time I get to watch the Ed Sullilvan show with Mrs. Tufano, I'll be sure to ask to see this episode with the first Beatles performance. I would also like to see the satellite performance of "All You Need is Love". But I would rather build a time machine and be able to go back and see them live. That would be cool!     

Essay # 11:      

The 1960's   

What happen in the 1960's that surprised you? Is it that President Kennedy was assasinated in 1963? It could be that they sent the first man on the moon? Mine is Music Rock Bands!    

The Beatles were an English Rock Band from Liverpool. They started to perform in the 1960's. A major event for the Beatles was when they performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. Millions of people were watching so that raised their popularity. The Bands' line up was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The band started to perform in clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg. They gained popularity after releasing their first single "Love Me Do". By early 1964 they were leading the British invasion at the United States pop market. The Band toured around the world until August 1966. After their Break-up in 1970, the members were succesful in individual music careers. Lennon was murdered in 1980, and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. McCartney and Star are still alive.   

The Rolling Stones are an English Rock Band formed in 1962. They won the title of "Worlds greatest Rock and Roll band. They were ranked number 4 in Rolling Stones magazine 100 Greatest Artists of All time. They were first popular in europe and then their popularity spread to North America in the mid 1960's. They released 22 studion albums in United Kingdom, 11 live albums, and numerous compilations. Their Album Sticky Fingers began a line of 8 consecutive studio Albums reaching number one in the United States. Their most recent Album was, A Bigger Bang, in 2005. In 2008, Billboard Magazine ranked Rolling Stones at number 10 on "The Billboard top All-Time Artists". They were also the second most succesful group in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.   

The next time you walk into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, think about how the Beatles made it up to the top and got there.     

Well, there you have it ... ten entries in our Fifth Grade Student Essay Contest, each describing in their own way The Music of the '60's.   

Who did the best job?  Who got the most out of Shelley's class?  Who best nailed the description of the Music of the '60's?    

The final tally is up to you ... we need your votes.  

Watch for a final wrap-up piece tomorrow ... and then let the voting begin.  

Next week we'll award a '60's Grand Prize to the winner.