Music – 60s London research project

In this blog post I will be talking about the music in the 60s what the cultural impact of it was. I will be also mentioning how the Krays had involvements with people in the music industry.

Rolling stones

Rolling stones was a rock and roll band that formed in 1962. They were a massive success in the 60s making such songs as Paint it black, Sympathy for the Devil and Satisfaction. This meant they had a massive impact globally and nationally. Coming from London as well this meant that they had influences in London culture and way of living which had on effect on the Krays due to owning many nightclubs and pubs. The rolling stones were also at the forefront of the media and music  due to their way of living with drugs and drinking, this had an impact on people in the 60s but also reflected the 1960s as a whole and the attitude at the time. Ronnie Kray also mentioned the rolling stones in his book that he published in the 1990s.

“They called them the swinging sixties. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were rulers of pop music, Carnaby Street ruled the fashion world… and me and my brother ruled London. We were fucking untouchable…”

– Ronnie Kray, in his autobiography, My Story


Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor. Gaining fame in the 1950s for songs such as Come fly with me and You make me feel so young. He continued to be find great success in the 1960s with songs such as That’s life, Fly me to the moon and My way. Frank Sinatra was a massive impact to music in the 60s, due to being a cultural icon and to having massive hits globally with his records. He also found success starring in films in the early 60s such as The Manchurian Candidate and the original Ocean’s 11. This made him very influential in the 1960s. However he also had several ties with the Mafia and had experienced run-ins with the Krays when he visited London due to needing protection. This didn’t have an effect on his career though, maybe even making better due to rumours saying that he got some his acting roles through the Mafia.


Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was an American singer, he gained stardom almost instantly with his album jailhouse rock. He later continued his success into the 6os with songs like Can’t Help Falling In Love and Suspicious Minds. Becoming an massive influence globally with his hit records and still having an impact today, shows how important he was in the 1960s. Making him a pop culture icon to the masses, still having a massive effect to this day.

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, “it was Elvis who made rock ‘n’ roll the international language of pop.”

This shows how much of an impact elvis had on the world with his style, this is why I feel it is important to mention him in my research about music that was popular in the 60s.



Overall the reason why I chose these three was because of how they were big in the 60s and how they had a impact on music in that time period. This is important because in order to make a film you need to know what was going on at the time culturally so you can make a authentic film related to that time period.


Mallinson, E. (2016) ‘Cultural impact of Elvis Presley’, in Wikipedia. Available at: (Accessed: 25 November 2016).


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