″California Dreamin′ ″– In memory of the 60s | The story of your music | DW | 27.02.2014
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"California Dreamin' "– In memory of the 60s

When he was stationed in Germany as an American solider, Jorge was really into Paul Simon and folk music from the USA. Today this is the music that takes him back to his youth.

Elvis Presley reading a magazine in his furnished room in Bad Nauheim when he was stationed as a US soldier in Germany.

Elvis Presley when he was a US soldier stationed in Germany.

I was born in Peru and studied in the United States. I served in the United States military and was stationed in Germany. Coincidentally, I was in the same battalion that Elvis Presley had served in years before.

I was stationed for three years in southern Germany on a military base in Crailsheim. I had just turned 19 and at the time I was really into American folk music. Two of the most meaningful songs for me were: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon and "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas. I was also a big fan of the American folk singers Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Every time I hear this music it makes me think back to the 60s and dream of Germany.

Sent by: Jorge from the USA
Edited by: Jeanette Müller

The Mamas and the Papas were a group with four members whose hit song "California Dreamin'" still embodies the spirit of the Summer of Love in 1968. "Bridge over Troubled Water" on the other hand is a folk ballad that was written in 1970 by Paul Simon and was released as the title track on the final album by Simon and Garfunkel, a folk-rock collaboration with fellow folk musician Art Garfunkel. Folk music in the 1960s was a reinterpretation of traditional American musical genres arranged in a new way.

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