Today in NC State History: Concert hits a moral high note

March 25, 2015
By Chris Saunders

historyIconCivil unrest, drugs and protests did much to change the social landscape throughout the 1960s, a period not known for its harmony.

But one group felt they had just the panacea society needed, and 130 of its members showed up in Reynolds Coliseum on this day 49 years ago with the solution — music.

Singout ’66  was a show “billed as a sing-out, speak-out musical endorsement of a patriotic and moral way of life,” according to The Technician, and it was associated  with what was known as the Moral Rearmament movement. It was made up of high school and college students who toured the state during that year.

Singout '66 performers. Photo courtesy of The Technician.

Singout ’66 performers. Photo courtesy of The Technician.

“In previews at a combined ROTC meeting in Riddick Stadium Tuesday and before state office workers at the State Legislature building  earlier that day, Singout ’66 displayed an entertaining show of songs and testimonials to the goodness of moral living,” the paper reported. “Most of the musical arrangements in the show are compositions by its members and the staging and showmanship has been admired by many observers.”


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