Revival with Michael Atchison, your weekly alternate history of music, airs Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. With the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ White Album looming on Nov. 22, this week we begin a series of special shows where we’ll move chronologically through the years 1963 to 1968 — a period that transformed the sound of popular music and set the stage for the next 30 years. We’ll tell the story as it happened, and not how it’s sometimes remembered, playing popular songs and landmark recordings in the order in which they entered the public’s consciousness, so you can hear the history unfold for yourself.
The first hour of this week’s show takes us through 1963, a time when exciting new vocal groups and traditional crooners dueled at the top of the charts until November, when time stood still in the wake of one of our nation’s darkest days. Our second hour sees us traveling through 1964, when Beatlemania remade the cultural landscape and paved the way for a British invasion, even while a precocious American protest singer was beginning to make waves.