Saturday, June 15, 2024

Royals (Like Others Their Age) Choose Music from the 60s for Wedding Reception Instead of Own Generation’s Soundtrack


What’s happened to the culture of ‘young people’ aka thirtysomethings?

There’s an old saw that your favorite music is cemented in high school, from ages 13 to 18. Maybe we could say that’s extended through the end of college, usually around 22.

If that’s the case, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s musical taste should come from around fifteen to twenty years ago, between 1998 and 2003.

But according to reports there was no “Tubthumping” or Backstreet Boys, NSync, or Hanson.

According to the DailyMail, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first song was Wilson Pickett’s “Land of a 1000 Dances” circa 1966. They hired a 60s American soul covers band to play mid 60s classics from Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Motown’s Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, and so on.

Coincidentally, I went to a lovely wedding the week before– and the main participants were in their late 30s and early 40s. All the music came from the 60s and 70s– it was the same kind of stuff, basically from my era, not from the releases that would have lodged itself in the brains of kids who grew up in the late 80s and 90s.

Apparently, just about nothing from that time that any people want to hear at their wedding. Every generation is living on music from the 60s and 70s– and 50s. The Baby Boom culture– which was largely re-started in “The Big Chill” from 1983– continues to dominate lives of people for whom this would have totally been, to us from the 70s, Snooky Lanson or Glenn Miller.

I’m trying to imagine going to a wedding in the actual 60s and 70s and hearing music from the 1930s and 1940s– haha–this would never have happened. We would have been mortified.

Meanwhile, radio stations– satellite and terrestrial– don’t want to pay for this music. The fight for unpaid royalties on pre-1972 music continues, as well as a performance royalty for the stars who performed those songs.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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