The playlist that makes up Maureen McGovern’s A Long and Winding Road takes the audience on the journey of her life, but also through the ever-changing times seen by the Baby Boomer generation. Here are some of the songs Maureen will perform along with the events that shaped world history the year they were first sung.
“The Times They Are A’Changin’” by Bob Dylan from The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)
- Sparked by the shooting of a black teen by police, race riots erupt in Harlem, New York, and in many other U.S. cities.
- Elizabeth Taylor divorces Eddie Fisher and marries Richard Burton ten days later.
- Maureen finishes her freshman year of high school.
“Feelin’ Groovy” by Simon and Garfunkel from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966) “The Dangling Conversation” by Paul Simon from The Dangling Conversation/Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (1966)
- Dr. Michael E. DeBakey implants plastic arteries leading to an artificial heart in a successful valve replacement operation.
- Color TV becomes popular.
“Let It Be” by The Beatles from Let It Be (1970)
- Student protests against Vietnam War result in the killing of four by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio.
- U.S. strength in Vietnam is reduced to below 400,000 men.
- Burt Bacharach emerges as a pop culture personality.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King from Tapestry (1971) “Carry It On” by Joan Baez from Carry It On (1971) “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell from Blue (1971)
- The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing 18 year-olds to vote, is ratified.
- Amtrak begins to operate U.S. passenger railroads.
“The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern from The Morning After (1973) “And When I Die” by Laura Nyro from The First Songs (1973)
- The five original defendants in the Watergate scandal plead guilty. President Richard Nixon, who has previously maintained that there is no official involvement in the affair, announces “major developments.”
- U.S. Supreme Court rules that individual states may not prohibit abortions during the first six months of pregnancy in Roe v. Wade.
- Maureen’s hit “The Morning After” wins the Oscar for Best Song.
“The Secret of Life” by James Taylor from JT (1977)
- President Jimmy Carter warns that the energy crisis in the U.S. could bring on a “national catastrophe.”
- Star Wars premieres in movie theatres.
- Maureen leaves the recording industry for a time and begins working as a secretary under an assumed name.
“Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics from Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)
- U.S. Space Shuttle “Challenger” is launched on its maiden flight and completes three missions; Sally Ride is the first American woman in space; Guion Bluford is the first black astronaut.
- The compact disc is launched.
- Maureen continues a string of successes on Broadway.
“Life Goes On” by Stephen Schwartz from Reluctant Pilgrim (1997)
- Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State.
- The number of AIDS-infected children worldwide increases. Thirty million people of all ages are infected worldwide.
“Looking Up” by William Finn from Elegies — A Song Cycle by William Finn (2003)
“It's Time” by Dilallo/Harris from Written in the Stars (2003)
U.S. combat forces and their allies conduct all-out military campaign against Iraq. George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair stand jointly behind the invasion.
Maureen releases “Works of Heart,” an album for patients and caregivers, as part of her charitable foundation.