CNN Presents The Sixties Episode Six: The British Invasion And More


Suffice it to say, some of the very best and thoroughly iconic music emerged during The Sixties.

Not only were we introduced to the sounds of Motown and the likes of the great Michael Jackson, but also the singular sound from British artists exploded in North America.

It was an exciting, almost mind-blowing time in music history.

Think The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark and The Monkees and you have a general idea of the profound impact and power of this music.

And, to be sure, this music has become embedded in all generations and is still revered to this very day.

Easily. In order to justice to all the artists who emerged during this decade, CNN could devote a two-hour format to this episode. I am hoping this is the case when The Sixtiesshow airs on CNN at 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 10th.

All aspiring musicians should be mandated to watch this special this week. The music during this time period was revolutionary and defined and influenced the music destined to emerge after this decade.

And, it was LIVE – not lip synched. Huge deal for me here.

Will you be watching? Which artists did you love during The Sixties? For me it was, hands down, The Beatles. Their classical approach to their pop sound was adopted by orchestras throughout the world and personally influenced my musical approach.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “CNN Presents The Sixties Episode Six: The British Invasion And More”

  1. I only caught some of the show tonight, but intend to watch the entire episode this weekend. The Beatles were also my favorite, but the Rolling Stones also had some great songs. And, then, of course, there was “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals. This was really great music, unlike the pop sounds of today.

    I know this is a different topic altogether, but there were also excellent films from the 1960s, including The Graduate. Perhaps they’ll do an episode about film too.


  2. I’ve been recording the show and enjoying it. I wish the segments were longer. I was extremely disappointed about the lack of Motown attention not given. My goodness, The Supremes had so many #1 songs during this decade. We see very little of the female artists. However, I am loving the British Invasion! I loved the Beatles, but had a secret crush on Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits). In fact, we saw him about 8 years ago. Still good looking and a lovely voice.

    Rosanne, you are so right about the lack of creativity in much of the music today. Where are the “protest” songs against the war in Iraq? I have hoped there would be a revision in CNN’s presentation. Was there any mention early on about the dance craze Chubby Checker brought on with “The Twist”?

    I agree, the majority of singers today are not creative musicians. As was mentioned, the 1960’s were a powerful decade. I would hope they would include Woodstock, 1969. What a musical way to end the 60’s.


  3. Yes KariAnn – the music during this decade was explosive. All sorts of genres. Boy were we spoiled. Is it any wonder that we are so not impressed with the mess we currently call music? Motown should have a segment of its own. I mean it seems only fair. And why not devote two hours for each episode? The theme certainly warrants it!

    Thanks for your comments!!!


  4. Louise – of course!! The films! So many iconic ones at that!! Good idea. Only 4 episodes left though. 😞


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