Music of “Nam, The Story of a Generation”

Music from NAM, The Story of a Generation by Mel Smith

The Music of 

NAM, The Story of a Generation

In the first draft of NAM, The Story of a Generation, I led off every milestone chapter with lyrics to a song from that year that fit the context of an event in the story from the same year. For a generation that was raised on rock ‘n roll, I thought it apt and pretty cool. However, I soon discovered publishing rights and how difficult it is to obtain permission to publish lyrics from any song. The lyrics were removed. However, I can certainly tell you what the songs were, and you might keep them in mind as you go through the novel. Not a bad playlist if I say so myself.

1953: Young at Heart sung by Frank Sinatra

1956: Whatever Will Be, Will Be sung by Doris Day

1960: Mack The Knife sung by Bobby Darin

1962: Wimoweh sung by Karl Denver

1964: Mr. Lonely sung by Bobby Vinton

1965: What The World Needs Now Is Love sung by Jackie Deshannon

1967: I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag sung by Country Joe and the Fish

1968: I Am The Walrus sung by the Beatles

1968: For What It’s Worth sung by Buffalo Springfield

1969: Monster sung by Steppenwolf

1970: Fortunate Son sung by Credence Clearwater Revival

1973: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight by James Taylor

1975: Lady sung by Styx

1998: Yesterday by Lennon and McCartney