Back in the late 60s one of my favorite groups was Spanky and Our Gang.
This group had a few hits in 1967 and 1968. They were easy listening. A lot like the Mamas and Papas. In fact, Spanky McFarlane would actually sing with the Mamas and the Papas after Mama Cass Elliott died.
Groups like this along with Herb Alfred and the Tijuana Brass, the Fifth Dimension and lots of others were the music we played in the high school pep band. (And a lot of these same songs are still being played in high school gymnasiums!)
Just in case someone under the age of 45 is reading this, yes, we really did dress like this back then.
And records really were made out of vinyl.
This Herb Alpert album was considered obscene by some people. I thought it was rather creative especially since the title song was Whipped Cream (i.e. a song used for the Dating Game show). It has some of the Tijuana's Brass's best cuts on it.
Take a few minutes and travel back to 1968. While the Stones and Beatles and Rod Stewart and others were making hard rock, there were a lot of groups that sounded like this.
I liked both the hard rock and the easy listening from those days. I still do.