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Senior Year, 1967: Country Hits: The Times They Aren't A-Changing

by Linda Ryan

Senior Year, 1967: Country Hits: The Times They Aren't A-Changing


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If you were a senior in high school in 1967, you saw firsthand how young people -- and their music -- were changing the world. On the East Coast, beatniks gave way to protest singers, who, a few years down the line, would evolve into sensitive singer-songwriters. On the West Coast, 1967 ushered in the Summer of Love and the start of the sexual revolution. As a young adult about to graduate, maybe you were getting nervous about registering for the draft. Or maybe you were kicking around the idea of not wearing a bra to your graduation ceremony.

But while Aretha Franklin was demanding "Respect" and The Beatles were declaring "All You Need Is Love," country music artists were singing a fairly different tune. Glancing at the country charts, you wouldn't have guessed anything revolutionary was happening, with songs about cheating, drinking and breaking up reigning supreme. That said, hits from the year, such as Loretta Lynn's "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)" and Charley Pride's "Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger," have become an indelible part of country music's songbook. Hear these classics and more of 1967's biggest country music hits.