Retired Ruth’s 5 O’ Clock World


“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. ~ David Weatherford             

This song request came about quite differently then most others have. Our follower, Ruth from “retiredruth Life in the 50’s and beyond” has  asked about a tune she recalled from a brief visit in Monterey, California USA.  She only recalls liking the song quite enough to listen to it over and over again on a local radio station while visiting California in 1966. That she heard the song repeatedly  on the radio is telling that it appeared to be getting a lot of air time. The hints Ruth can recall are astonishing really, since when she returned back to the Mid West where she is from she never heard this tune again,  despite trying to find it,   Thus song  has remained with her to this day.  Don’t you just love that about music when it affects you like that?

{ To Ruth, this is the song  we talked about that popped into my head at the first reading of your hints. There was no happy results from a search using the hints as tag search words. It became immediately obvious none of the results were the song you are looking for. If this  song  5  O : Clock World is not you song know only that we tried and hope you enjoy this tune anyway in its place. }

Ruth’s hints;  a clock,  passing of time, the year was 1966 that the song was popular and receiving a lot of radio air time, and she was in Monterey California. She also added that it is a light pop/rock tune. So it is with this that we are posting 5 O Clock World.  It is a great song that will move your toes in time ti the music. One that we thought worth posting and taking the chance we could be giving Ruth her song. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions about this search for Ruth’s song we would love to hear from you. We are open to them always.

A different focus; this post will feature information on the venue of Monetery California USA.

Monterrey, California, the city itself known for its superb venue for live music performances is as well  known for its historic influence on America’s Rock, Pop, & Jazz Industry. The San Francisco music scene, with bands like Quick Silver Messenger Service, It’s  a Beautiful Day, Santana,  & The Grateful Dead became a genre of their own to their fans. Using Ruth’s memory which stems from her c visit to this southern California  city in 1966 is a perfect segue into  this post about this multifaceted Music City venue.

The Monterey, California (USA)  Music Venue:

What has now become known as The Monterey Jazz Festival The Monterey Pop Festival‘s beginnings go back to 1958, with performing artists  like  Louie Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday.

The festival  now claims to be “the longest running jazz festival in the world” ( as reported since the Newport Jazz Festival moved locations). This original three-day concert was held the 16th-18th of June 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The “Summer of Love’s” peak as it is thought of today. It was the first of its kind to be-a promoted and heavily attended rock festival,  The concert reportedly had an estimated 200,000 total attendees with 55,000 to 90,000 people present at the event’s peak at midnight on Sunday. This was the  first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and blues artist Otis Redding.

The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 20-22, 2013 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California

For , more info about the 2013 jazz Festival Season:

For More information about The Monterey Pop Festival:


4 responses »

  1. I love that you have tried to find my song! 5 O’clock World does fit the description I gave you. I really like how you led into the Monterey Scene, too. I have watched the Jimi Hendrix video at that festival many times (it was one of the featured videos at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.) As my memories fade with time, I wonder if that song really existed. I have a feeling it was just too local and probably not a major record label so maybe it’s lost to me forever.
    My heartfelt thanks goes out to you and the time you spent searching. 🙂 ♫♪..

  2. I have no doubt Ruth that you heard the song that is in your head, and heard it in Monterey. But as you said it may have been not released out side of the local market. Sometimes band managers would get a DJ to play a song and if the listeners liked it there would be more play. It was such a different time then. Now we have YouTube.

    Your prompts made the searching well worth what I found along the way. It was an enjoyable if not fruitful search. Thank you for all you said. It’s such a fun thing to share music with you from our teen years. Always my pleasure. ~

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