The original SOUNDTRACK OF THE 60s Logo - ©1980, Watermark, Inc.

"Hello from Watermark. This is Chuck Olsen. We have a brand-new show that's straight out of the past. The name of our giant step backwards is SOUNDTRACK OF THE 60'S..."
Intro to 60-minute demo tape, 1980.
From June 1980 through June 1984, Watermark took listeners on a weekly three-hour journey through the decade that made us what we are today, with the movers and shakers, the music and music makers that made today possible.
Promotional ad for SOUNDTRACK OF THE 60s
Murray The KGary Owens
Hosted first by MURRAY THE "K" (Kaufman), and succeeded by GARY OWENS, 'SOS' brought a little bit of the 60s into the 80s.

Distributed weekly on 3 stereo LPs.
Aired: June 7, 1980 - July 1984
Hosts: MURRAY THE "K" (June 1980 - Feb. (?) 1981
GARY OWENS (Feb (?) 1981 - July 1984)
CHARLIE TUNA (Guest host, last show, July 1984)

PRODUCERS: Rollye Bornstein, Janis Hahn


THEME MUSIC: Uncredited, poss. originated at Tuesday Productions

"REAL PEOPLE" - Murray and Gary "interviewed" real people about their specific memories of the 60s
"LAUGHTRAX OF THE 60s" - A short-lived feature during Murray's run as host, spotlighting a popular comic of the decade;
"THE 'K'-HAM PLAYERS" - Aired during Murray's era, and always at the start of the second hour. Murray would narrate a terror tale, complete with eerie music and sound effects, building up to the punch line, which was always the opening line of a hit song. Short-lived, but funny.
"SOUNDTRAX" - Mostly aired during the Gary Owens era. Gary would give an audio biography of a popular music act of the decade and play up to three of their biggest hits;
"FILMTRAX" (Official segment name) - Informally called "The Soundtrack of The 60s Screening Room," Gary would present a capsule outline of two popular films of the 60s, and play associated songs from the soundtrack;
"THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE 60s MALT SHOP" - During the last year of the series, Gary would play three hits from the 1950s. An ill-thought-out idea that had no place in a show about the 1960s, just like...
"SOUNDTRACK OF THE 70s" - Just what you think it is...three hits from the 1970s. As out-of-place as a segment about the 50s. Also aired during the final year.
"THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE 60s YEARBOOK"/"NEWSTRAX" - As originally aired, each hour of the show ended with a review of the top news events, and top 5 hits, "from 20 years ago this week." By the fall of 1980, the weeks were randomly selected, and only the top 3 hits for that week were played, 1 per hour. By the final year of the series, this feature aired only at the end of the 3rd hour.
FORMAT: 3 hrs on 3 stereo LPs w/cue sheets


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More playlists to come...
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