Friday, October 13, 2017

1967 BONUS #46

Hi Kent,  
Thank you so much for posting the photo of the handsome Ray Graffia Jr. and his lovely wife Bonnie.  Happy 50 years together!  
What a thrill for Ray to write "I Love You So Much" for his wife!  
Long Live My Favorite Chicago Group:  The New Colony Six!!!  

Hi Kent: 
The passing of Shindig producer Jack Good caught my attention in your Wednesday newsletter. Good was born in the suburb of Greenford in West London. That happens to be where I lived while I was serving with the US Navy in the late Sixties. The area's other claim to rock and roll history occurred in April of 1964 at the Oldfield Hotel and Tavern in Greenford. 
The Who had been paying their dues while regularly performing there as an R&B cover band in 1963 and 1964. That was where they first encountered Keith Moon. Seventeen year old Moon brazenly approached the group while boasting that he was a better drummer than the one they had. Despite being half drunk and nearly demolishing the drum kit, he was invited to join the band. I've also learned that they regularly played at Douglas House. That was where the US Armed Forces enlisted men's club was located in the Lancaster Gate area near Hyde Park. 
The first time I heard of The Who was when "My Generation" was being played on either WLS or WKYC (Cleveland) back in late 1965 / early 1966.  
Mike G  
Yes, they took a little while to catch on here in The States, originally touring here as the opening act for Herman's Hermits!  (Imagine THAT combination live in concert!!!)  Their popularity grew, however, as they got more experimental with things like their "Tommy" Rock Opera ... which then made folks go back and discover some of the great, flat out rock and roll material they had done earlier.  Some of those earlier cuts like "I Can't Explain," "My Generation," "The Kids Are Alright" and "Substitute" barely made a dent on the charts here ... but little by little ("Happy Jack," #24, 1967; "I Can See For Miles," #9, 1967; and "Magic Bus," #25, 1968) paved the way for monster Top Twenty Hits like "Pinball Wizard" (#19, 1969); "See Me, Feel Me" (#12, 1970); "Won't Get Fooled Again" (#15, 1971) and many more.  (kk)  

"You see, brother, Hugh did things without any agenda whatsoever. Our country should understand that.”
-- Dick Gregory to Harvey Kubernik, 2014 
Read All About It  (from 1967 A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love).  
Playboy magazine’s reporting on the contemporary music scene of 1967 helped broadcast the counterculture revolution to a wide audience. Their Jazz & Pop Poll ballot of October, 1967, reflected the impact of current audio culture.
In the Male Vocalist category, Marty Balin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, John Mayall, Scott McKenzie, and Johnny Rivers were now listed with Frank Sinatra, Gene Pitney, Sammy Davis, Jr., Al Martino, and Mose Allison. The Female Vocalist listing now found Janis Joplin, Cass Elliot, and Grace Slick right alongside Dionne Warwick, Julie London, Anita O’Day, Jackie DeShannon, and Eartha Kitt. 
Besides showcasing and advertising state-of-the art ’67 home audio equipment, Playboy gave ink to well-established and emerging FM-radio-playlist recording artists. Summer of Love turntable favorites Charles Lloyd and Ravi Shankar were both profiled in a fall ’67 issue. Moby Grape, Brenton Wood, and Chris Darrow of the Kaleidoscope, now shared the glossy pages with Bill Evans, Oliver Nelson, Andre Previn, and Chico Hamilton — further proof that Playboy’s reputation as “only a skin magazine” was now completely over. A psychedelic-themed front cover graced its ’67 Gala Christmas issue.
-- Harvey Kubernik

And, speaking of Harvey Kubernik, you can catch his recent appearance on Tom Barnard's Radio Program via the link below ...

On October 11th, Harvey Kubernik was a 30 minute interview guest discussing his 1967 A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love book on the Tom Barnard's Show radio program, the KQ92 Morning Show from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Barnard is a 2017 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee.    Here ya go ... this is the link to the interview:

>>> I recognize a few of these titles ... The Hardly Worth-It Players (who had the hit with their novelty version of "Wild Thing" earlier this year) are still hanging on with something called "The Congressional Record" ... would love to hear that one! (Although another title grabbed my curiosity first ... anybody got a copy of "Two Bananas In Love"???  (lol) kk

I had not heard this before, but here is a link to "The Congressional Record"  

From Gary Theroux ... 

You mentioned on the posting of the records from MS Distributors if anyone had a a copy of the song TWO BANANAS IN LOVE. I don't have a copy but years ago I did have the opportunity to buy a copy. I didn't, however, because the record didn't apPEEL to me.  THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD by the Hardly Worth It Players is to the tune of OLD MACDONALD. I found it on you tube and quit playing it after about 30 seconds. You probably have already done that by the time you get this email
OK, these are awful!!!  The scary part is that some highly paid record executive thought these recordings were potential hits!  Even in the "Anything Goes '60's" this crap couldn't make it.  Makes you wonder what a complete list of EVERY released single would look like from 1964 - 1970!  A Hardly Worth-It Players rip off of their own Bobby Kennedy parody / novelty hit, followed by a "Winchester Cathedral" rip-off.  I'm not sure even Dave The Rave would play these tracks on his "Relics And Rarities" program!!! (kk)  

Hi Kent: 
Here are a couple more Milwaukee Surveys you can use the next few weeks. 
Ken Freck

I love some of the local slant ... The Robbs and The Messengers, of course, had a big impact here in The Midwest (if limited success elsewhere), but it's cool to see acts like Shag (love it!) and The Last Word making chart appearances, too.  Chicago's Buckinghams, Spanky and Our Gang and American Breed are also represented.

I can't believe the year is almost over.  I worked so long and so hard on putting the 1967 Calendar Series together and we're now down to less than 90 days before the series wraps up.  Kinda sad as I hate to see it go.  (Then again I HAVE considered permanently posting it on the other website as a source of future reference ... only time will tell if I ever have enough free time to do so!)  kk 

And here's one from Oklahoma ...  

Thought you might like to know what was happening here in OKC 50 years ago. I would imagine there are a record or two or three that you've never heard of.
Larry Neal
Yep, I'm thinking quite a few of these may raise an eyebrow or two.  Always cool to see what was happening in other cities and then comparing those charts when the ones we grew up with here in Chicago.  Thanks, Larry!  (kk)

Great coverage of the 1967 World Series.  Well done.
It was a very exciting series, wrapping up a very exciting season if you were an American League fan like I was.  I love all the vintage Topps baseball cards ... I probably HAD most of these!!!  
It's amazing to me that 50 years ago yesterday the 1967 World Series was over ... and now, 50 years later, we've still got a whole 'nother stretch of playoff series before the World Series even gets underway.  Heck, 50 years ago they talked about shortening the baseball season because it went on too long and meant playing games in the cold of October ... now October's already half over and the big showdown hasn't even begun.  (I swear at some point games will be postponed because of snow!)  I feel for the health and safety of the players ... the weather for some of these late night games (last night's contest between The Cubs and The Nationals went on past midnight, local time) is just brutal!   (kk) 

I missed out on the 67 series because of age, but 68 was a different story, 7 years old and my team won the world series. 
Somehow after losing two to Gibson and coming back from a 3 games to 1 deficit, Mickey Lolich managed to beat Gibson in game 7. 
The whole city of Detroit was buzzing all Summer long. This song was a big local hit that year locally.
Frank Sennish
Ah yes ... and Denny McLain making all his television appearances playing the organ ... those were the days! (lol)  The Tigers where phenomenal in 1968 with many of their players having career years.  Say what you will about Denny McLain ... nobody's won 30 games in a season since!  He was unstoppable.  (kk)
31 - 6 ... and in jail at least a few times since ... but you're right, he had an incredible year.

October 10th was the fifty year anniversary of the ten year anniversary of the Milwaukee Braves winning the World Series in 1957 over the Yankees. How’s that for a stretch? Here’s a trivia question: 
After the Milwaukee Braves moved to Milwaukee from Boston, They led the league in attendance every year up until 1957 when they won the World Series. During that time period they drew over two million fans per year. After 1957 they did not achieve this attendance status again.  What happened between 1957 and 1958 to create this situation?...... 
Answer: The Braves management would no longer allow the fans to bring their own beer into the ballpark anymore.  
Only in Wisconsin.  

December, 2017, will mark the 50th anniversary of the retail release of Leonard Cohen's debut LP "Songs of Leonard Cohen." Might be something for your viewers to know about. Leonard was signed to Columbia records by the legendary A&R man / record producer John Hammond, who inked Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan to the label.  
The Leonard Cohen-endorsed website, he actively collaborated with the portal,, is now displaying my 14,000 word multi-voice narrative memoir piece on Leonard. There are a lot of rock 'n' roll voices in the print journey: Charlie Daniels, Chris Darrow from the Kaleidoscope, Andrew Loog Oldham, Clive Davis, Al Kooper, Bob Johnston, Peter Lewis of Moby Grape, and Jim Keltner added to my multiple interviews I conducted with Leonard.  
My 2015 book on Leonard Cohen is now out in paperback edition in the UK from Omnibus Press.
Cohen's debut disc was issued the last week of December, 1967, an advance acetate test pressing were circulated in the previous November, and, alongside Bob Dylan's "John Wesley Harding," so both highly influential endeavors are in your pivotal ongoing salute to year 1967. Although their impact really became monumental during 1968 and continue to this day. 
Harvey Kubernik

Saturday, September 30, 2017

1967 BONUS #45

I heard back from Andrew Solt after our piece ran on Sunday about The Doors' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show ...  

As most of you know, Andrew's company, Sofa Entertainment, owns the rights to all of the old Ed Sullivan programs. 

You can read our tribute to The Ed Sullivan Show ... including commentary from several guests who appeared on Ed's program ... here:  
And our interview with Andrew Solt here):

This gave me the chance to ask about the episodes currently running on The Decades Channel as well ...  

ANDREW SOLT / SOFA ENTERTAINMENT:  Thank you for devoting space to our special 50th Anniversary.  I'm sure you saw that the Decades Channel ran The Doors / Ed Sullivan episode on Friday Night.  

KENT KOTAL / FORGOTTEN HITS:  Yes, I did.  I'm curious how that came to be ... the deal with The Decades Channel that is ... did they approach you or did you approach them? 

AS:  We have been in discussions with them for awhile and we came to an agreement to have them put Sullivan back on the air, which was the idea.  

kk:  How many segments will they have access to ... and how long will these run?

AS:  There are 115 half hours and three two-hour specials that we originally broadcast on CBS.

kk:  Man, with SO many hours available, it sure would be great to produce some new episodes, too, showing some things that haven't been circulated before.  (Funny 'cause some of this stuff looks really dated ... yet others are still every bit as fresh and exciting as they were when they first aired.) 

AS:  These are cut-down shows that are coming back to air again. Creating new programs is on the TO DO LIST for sure, but it takes sizable budgets to clear the music rights. That's the challenge and gaining financing for a show that went off the air almost 50 years ago is no easy feat. 

kk:  The Rolling Stones changing the lyric to "Let's Spend The Night Together" was part of the same Doors episode that they aired - unfortunately, neither had commentary on Ed's ridiculous demands. 

AS:  Commentary on content like you are suggesting is in our various specials and in the Sullivan 36 Rock n Roll Classics series. Decades is primarily running "The Best Of" half hours back to back. We're trying to keep them as they aired, more or less. 

kk:  People need to know how much television standards have changed ... today you can get away with saying just about ANYTHING!!!  Mick and the boys sure had fun mugging for the camera in such a knowing and telling way.  (But didn't he look ridiculous gyrating to the ballad "Ruby Tuesday"?!?!?  It was almost comical!)  Hopefully you will continue to mine the archives and bring this material to the public ... sadly, the generation who will most appreciate this material is dwindling ... but how cool to show new generations the excitement of live, variety television!!! 

AS:  Thanks, Kent.  By the way, I like the photo of you and your wife!  

kk:  Thank you - lol - not QUITE as vintage as The Ed Sullivan Show ... but probably from a good 15-16 years ago now!  (lol)  Please keep us posted as any new material becomes available.  

Meanwhile, readers can add to their home video libraries from

Some GREAT stuff here!!!  (kk)

Speaking of The Doors, they're celebrating the 50th Anniversary of "Strange Days" ...

And, after our piece ran on Friday about The Rolling Stones severing ties with their manager and record producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, we got an email from Andrew, reflecting back on those past fifty years.  Suffice to say it's short but sweet ... but ALWAYS cool to see who's reading Forgotten Hits!!!  (kk)  

I remain lit as to my contribution to our world via my work with the band ... the songs, the music ... the very idea .... all continue to resonate daily.   Feels more like 50 minutes ago.

One of the folks I work with saw a Summer Of Love Concert last weekend in Naperville, IL, and said it was a really good show, featuring a lot of the music you just don't hear bands attempt to perform in concert, including "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum along with material by Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills and Nash and more.  (Their forte seems to be on the music from The Summer Of Love, 1967, through Woodstock, 1969.)
The group, led by Glen Burtnik, hail from New Jersey and, unfortunately, don't have any other gigs lined up here in the Chicago area ... but a visit to their website lets you know when and where you CAN see them.  (Glen's had an interesting career ... everything from playing Paul McCartney in the stage show "Beatlemania" to co-writing the #2 Patty Smyth / Don Henley hit "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" to working with Styx, ELO and Randy Travis.)
Read more about the show via the link below ... and send us your review if you happen to catch the live show.  (kk)  

Two similar mixed race groups combining infectious pop and r&b with a hint of ska found major chart success in the UK in the late Sixties. They both featured West Indies immigrants with Caribbean accents on vocals.

The Foundations, led by Jamaican born Clem Curtis, took their name from the basement supports where they rehearsed. UK producer and songwriter Tony Macauley provided them with their first single release in late September, 1967. It went nowhere in the UK charts until Radio One presenter Tony Blackburn got behind it. By November 8th, "Baby, Now That I've Found You" was #1 in England. After it's late December release in the US it peaked at #8 (Cashbox) and #11 (Billboard)in early 1968. In 1995 Alison Krauss won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance with a cover version of the song. The Foundations would chart six more times in the UK until the end of the decade. Who can forget "Build Me Up Buttercup" from 1968? 

The Equals got their name because the blacks and whites in the group considered each other as equals. "Baby Come Back" was first released as a b-side in 1966 but failed to chart. It was released again in 1967 but did zilch. When released for a third time in 1968 a West German deejay flipped the single over and, after becoming a big hit in Europe, it reached #1 in the UK. In the US it would reach #26 (Cashbox) and #32 (Billboard).  Seven other hits by the group would chart in the UK. If you lived in England, who can forget "Viva Bobby Joe" from 1969?

Lead singer Eddy Grant, originally from Guyana, would find even greater success as a solo act. His "Electric Avenue" single in 1983 would reach #2 in both the UK and US.
Mike G

While this isn't a radio station survey, it is a list of records from M.S. Distributors, from 5/8/67. They were an independent record distributor out of Chicago. Essentially they handled labels too small to be able to afford their own distribution network. Most of the records listed here never got within sniffing distance of airplay, let alone of a top 40 chart. By my count, just three of these appeared on a WLS survey, maybe a couple more in various other regions. If one is looking for obscurities, look no further. 
I would end up working for them a decade later. All these were long gone. Believe me, if they were still around, I would have found them. I certainly would have told you about them, Kent, when you had your business going. I've had a bunch of these sheets, from a two year period, mid 1966 to mid 1968, for a number of years, but never really looked at them.
I recognize a few of these titles ... but this list is chock full of obscurities.  Neat to see "The Pink Floyd" single we recently featured, "Arnold Layne" ... and how about "Hey Joe" by The JIM Hendrix Experience!!!  "Try It" would be a regional hit in other areas for The Standells ... but not here ... and The Hardly Worth-It Players (who had the hit with their novelty version of "Wild Thing" earlier this year) are still hanging on with something called "The Congressional Record" ... would love to hear that one! (Although another title grabbed my curiosity first ... anybody got a copy of "Two Bananas In Love"???  (lol)  
Thanks, Jack ... cool list!  (kk) 

"Flowers In The Rain" was the first record BBC presenter Tony Blackburn played when he signed on Radio One for the very first time at 7 am on September 30, 1967. He has since said things were so hectic in the control room that it was only by chance The Move's record was the first 45 he
picked up and placed on the turntable. But the song's place in British pop music history doesn't stop there. In fact it caused more notoriety than perhaps any other British single ever. 

At that time there were so many good rock bands in the UK that groups turned to gimmicks to stand out from the crowd. Tony Secunda, The Move's manager, had the group dress like 1930's Chicago gangsters and their lead singer (Carl Wayne) smash tv sets on stage with an axe. And then, without telling the band, he concocted a scheme that caused them much consternation and embarrassment. He sent out postcards promoting their latest release, "Flowers In The Rain", with a cartoon of then British Prime Minister Harold Wilson naked and in bed with his scantily clad secretary. The John Profumo - Christine Keeler sexual affair that brought scandal to the British government was still fresh in the public's mind. Wilson sued them in court for libel. The judgement had the group forfeiting the royalties from "Flowers In The Rain" and the b-side "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" in perpetuity, which the PM donated to charity. The band (especially songwriter Roy Wood) was infuriated and Secunda was fired. The publicity might have motivated record buyers to purchase the record and it reached #2 in the UK charts on October 7. Roy Wood's friend Jeff Lynne's group (The Idle Race) had wanted to release a cover of "The Lemon Tree" as their first single but it was withdrawn. It's estimated that Wood has lost a small fortune over the years from this event. In 1970 Lynne joined The Move and in 1972 the group was transformed into The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).   
50 Years In Broadcasting - A Tribute To Tony Blackburn:
Mike G

The "67" feature is definitely a touchdown with a two-point conversion!  
Keep up the GREAT work!
Tim Kiley

Sunday, September 17, 2017

1967 BONUS #44

Today Marks 50th Anniversary of The Famous Moment
When The Doors Defied Ed Sullivan and CBS ... 
Original Unperformed Replacement Lyric Recently Unearthed in Sullivan Archives  

50 years ago tonight, on Sunday, September 17, 1967, the Doors shocked Ed Sullivan and CBS by refusing to change the word “higher” while performing their #1 hit, “Light My Fire”.

Recalled Doors’ drummer John Densmore, “'You will never do this show again,' Ed fumed after we'd directly disobeyed his censorship requirements. Jim turned to him and remarked, 'Hey, that's okay - we just did The Ed Sullivan Show.'” 

Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger’s reaction was. “We thought they were joking - who were they kidding?  Wanting us to change the lyrics on the number one song in America??  We decided to just do the song as-is and maybe they would forget all about it.  What could they do?  After all, it was live television! So, yeah, we never played the Ed Sullivan show again. But we didn't care.” 

It may seem ridiculous today, but their action created an absolute furor and media firestorm. Almost anything goes on today’s television, but America’s prudishness about drugs, sexuality and “the counterculture” in the 1960s was extreme by modern standards. In fact, just a decade earlier, Lucy and Desi had to sleep in twin beds, and the word “pregnant” couldn’t be uttered on television.  “Light My Fire” was not the first time The Ed Sullivan Show, a Sunday night viewing ritual in American homes, had censored pop music performers — Elvis and The Rolling Stones included.  The Doors’ famous moment was dramatized in the 1991 Oliver Stone film The Doors.

As Doors’ co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek explained in an interview filmed in 1991, Jim Morrison and his bandmates decided they would not buckle to the network censors. Manzarek promised the CBS executive just before the performance that they would go ahead and replace the offending lyric.  But they would be performing live, so The Doors knew that they could get away with singing the controversial song as it was written. In the process, the Doors won their battle with CBS and made television history.

Until producers at SOFA Entertainment decided to dig into the Sullivan production files a week ago, they had no idea what lyrics the network was suggesting Morrison sing instead of the song’s infamous line.  
Andrew Solt of SOFA Entertainment, the company that owns the Sullivan archive, relates how the discovery occurred. “Greg Vines and I discussed how good it would be if we could find the word CBS wanted Morrison to sing instead of “higher”. When Greg returned from the vault, he was elated. ”You won’t believe it. We not only have the word, we have the whole line! Instead of ‘Girl we couldn’t get much higher’ Jim was asked to sing, ’Girl, there’s nothing I require’. It’s laughable. Imagine Morrison singing ‘require instead of higher’?”

[What??? - not, "Girl, your love makes me perspire"???  ... "Can't wait till Old Ed retires"??? ... "Changing words makes me a liar" ... "JFK, they did conspire" ... "Is it the red or blue wire?" ... God, there are SO many other options!!! -kk]  

JAM, Inc’s Jeff Jampol, manager of the Doors, and of the Morrison Estate, was also surprised by the discovery of the absurd suggested replacement lyrics. “It’s fascinating to get an inside peek at how television, the media and corporate culture continually conspired to censor art and free expression, all in the name of selling more cereal, while at the same time, they were co-opting pop culture themselves (and definitely not for the betterment of art). But even more scintillating to me is to take a look back at a time when artists took a stand, not only for their art, but for their ideals and for freedom of expression – their own, as well as others’. It’s a refreshing reminder and contrast to so many of today’s mainstream artists who seemingly refuse to take a stand, to speak out against injustice, or who are unwilling to put their wallet (and sometimes, their entire career) on the line to take a stand for anything, let alone freedom of artistic expression. Thank God for Jim Morrison; thank God for The Doors.” 

To get a behind the scenes look at the historic moment and to access more details about this story, go to You will be able to view clips from “Light My Fire” and you can also watch Ray Manzarek’s interview where he explains what went down backstage. One can also check out the altered lyrics and the director’s shooting script. Finally, the story can be told. 

The Ed Sullivan Show gained notoriety for two other high profile censored rock moments – when Elvis Presley was filmed from the “waist up only” on January 6, 1957, and eight months before the Doors’ appearance, when the Rolling Stones were pressured to change the lyrics to their hit, “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together.” Mick Jagger also made TV history by rolling his eyes for the home audience during the band’s forcibly-altered performance.  

The Doors remain one of the most beloved and influential rock bands of all time. They have over 16 million followers on Facebook alone, and every year their records continue to sell in the millions. 

With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture. The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics, but also of something much bigger - a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. The Los Angeles quartet relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans. Though they've had scores of imitators, there's never been another band quite like them. And 50 years after their debut album, The Doors' music and legacy are more influential than ever before.  

The Doors: The Singles - a brand-new collection of all the band’s singles and b-sides available together for the first time as a two-CD collection, an expanded two-CD/Blu-ray version and a limited-edition vinyl version featuring twenty 7-inch singles.    
Available now at  

The Ed Sullivan Show is the longest running primetime variety show in American television history. It ran on CBS for 23 years and is currently broadcast daily on the Decades Channel, a digital broadcast network, which is a joint venture between CBS and Weigel Broadcasting.  

Be sure to check out our daily calendar page for more on this memorable night of rock and roll television!

>>>My personal favorite set for the four songs we do would be "It Could Be We're In Love," "I Wanna Meet You," "Up On The Roof," and "Sugar And Spice."  But there are three of us in the group and some of us want to do songs one way and others want to do things another way. The secret to us playing currently is compromise.  I do have an idea. Maybe we could have the fans give us an idea of the four songs they would like us to perform. They can either send them into you at Forgotten Hits, they could send them to the Cryan' Shames website on Facebook or they can send them to my page, or Jim Pilster's page, or James Fairs' page.  I want all of you to know that I consider it a great joy to be able to play this music still. Even though we will never be able to capture the magic of our youth, hearing the songs again can give all of us great memories of a magical time passed.  (Tom Doody) 
>>I'm up for taking votes but my guess is they'll come in exactly the way you've listed them here.  If taken in the true spirit of "Majority Rules," then the set list should be golden.  And, I would encourage you guys to do some shows outside the realm of Cornerstones so you can have it both ways as a means of satisfying EVERYONE in the band ... think how many more cool songs could be added.  (James had suggested "Hey Joe" and has even written a new track ... honestly within the context of a stand-alone Cryan' Shames show, the prospects are limitless!  And I'll betcha fans would LOVE to see it!)  But, for the sake of Cornerstones, put your very best foot forward ... and give the fans what they came to hear.  (kk)

Honestly, I didn't expect much reaction to Tom's "Programming The Set List" suggestion ... let's face it, in all likelihood, the band's going to do whatever they're going to do regardless ... so what possible influence might our readers' votes have on such an outcome?

Much to my surprise, however, we actually received 65 ballots of the IDEAL Cryan' Shames Four-Song Cornerstones Set List and, just as I suspected, the four songs that Toad selected are also the Top Four Fan Favorites.  A review of the short list of titles suggested may be food for thought for any gigs the band may be planning outside the Cornerstones umbrella.  (I know they've got a show coming up at The Arcada Family Theatre at Pheasant Run on October 27th ... hopefully they can find a way to squeeze all of these fan favorites into that setting.)

#1 - SUGAR AND SPICE - This was the only track named on all 65 ballots - clearly, the group's signature song and biggest national hit ... (#39, 1966) ... and the one that broke the band 

#2 - IT COULD BE WE'RE IN LOVE  (59 votes)

#3 - UP ON THE ROOF  (48 votes)

#4 - I WANNA MEET YOU  (41 votes)

And not too far behind, #5 - MR. UNRELIABLE  (32 votes)

The remaining votes were split between (in alphabetical order) Cobblestone Road, Dennis Dupree From Danville, First Train To California (two votes ... not counting James'! - lol ... and currently their show opener), Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles David Smith And Jones, Hey Joe (probably because James mentioned this one), If I Needed Someone (now THAT one surprised me!), Sunday Psalm and We Could Be Happy ... all excellent choices for a full-blown Shames show (and I'd like to be there for that one!!!)  kk

P.S.  For the "really big show" I'd also like to nominate "I Was Lonely When", "Young Birds Fly", Jim Pilster's great take on "Pretzel Logic" and maybe one each by the band's early influences, The Beatles, The Byrds and The Rolling Stones as a means to recreate the old club days.  (kk)   

I have had requests for Requiem For The Masses during my Saturday night show.  A caller told me recently that the only reason they knew that song was because a bar they used to frequent had Never My Love on the jukebox and someone used to play Requiem instead of the bigger hit side.  That happened to me several times.  I would plow my way to the jukebox and look for the read out, only to find it was a b-side.  There are younger listeners today that have no idea what was a hit and what was not.  They find songs they like on line.  A young man recently wanted to hear Otis Redding's song My Girl.  He listened to the song on youtube and did not even know the Temptations had the hit version.
Phil Nee / WRCO 

"Cat in the Window" was one of the few departures for Pet Clark from the Tony Hatch hit machine.  My late friend, Alan Gordon (and Gary Bonner), penned the song and Pet recorded the song here in the US, if I remember right, without any Tony Hatch involvement.  Great tune, but with the top ten hits the writing team was constantly giving the Turtles in '67, she returned to the Hatch fold.  As I mentioned previously, there was at least ONE 45 in the Billboard Hot 100 and/or Bubbling Under chart every week of 1967 except one and that week, the Turtles' LP containing several of his songs was riding the top 50, so basically, Bonner-Gordon rode the Billboard chart every week of the amazing year of '67! 
As far as "Get Together" goes, the song was a mid-charter in '67, indeed.  The We Five had a medium hit with it in 1965 as "Let's Get Together."   I never heard the song until 1969 when the Cryan' Shames put it on their album "Synthesis" (also as "Let's Get Together") and was surprised by the Youngbloods having a hit with it shortly after the Shames LP rode the charts!  The Cryan' Shames version was, I believe, sung with a lead vocal by Alan Dawson, if I remember correctly.  Alan told me once that he sang lead on one of the "Synthesis" tracks and I thought it was this song.
Clark Besch
The songwriting team of Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon provided four straight Top 20 Hits for The Turtles in 1967 ... "Happy Together" (#1), "She'd Rather Be With Me" (#3), "You Know What I Mean" (#12) and "She's My Girl" (#14).  (Kinda reminds me of the whole Jim Holvay thing going on with The Buckinghams at the time ... stick with the formula that's working for you!  (kk)

Kent man, 
Furvus of The Fifth Estate here!
I wanted to do a little piece for the '67 page on The Fifth Estate (it was exactly 50 years ago that we just finished a national tour with the Buckinghams and all), mainly about our struggles with having a "hit" follow up to "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead." 
As some may recall, we did The Witch on a dare and a bet from some folks at a NYC party that it couldn't be made into a hit.  Remember that we were basically a quirky, underground, rock and roll dance band out of Greenwich Village.  But we liked doing weird stuff.  Well, we won the bet!!  Now what next to follow-up something like that!!??  AND that was one pretty good party as I barely recall. AND record as well!! 
While we were out on tour with The Bucks, Easies, Music Explosion, Happenings, Dio, and Pitney, our record company released as a follow-up another tune off the album - "The Goofin' Song."  Not a bad choice really for the Summer Of Love - kind of a nice day in the park, layin' on the grass, takin' the sun, havin' fun kind of thing.  BUT it wasn't a big hit.  It got airplay and it helped us.  But all the programmers seemed to want from us was another Ding Dong!  Well, there just aren't that many Ding Dongs layin' around out there if you know what I mean.
But THEN on the next one we came pretty close, exceeded Ding Dong in musicianship and vocals in my opinion, with "Heigh Ho."  Actually another tune which was kind of put on us to do by the record company.  We recorded it just now, 50 years ago, as we got back from the Pitney tour.  The band always called it "High Ho" just to give ourselves a little something to go on and laugh about in doing this also rather insane thing. BUT the band had always done insane things, very quirky things and this fit quite well actually.  It made the top 40 in Canada and did well in other places around the world.  We had some good success with that one, but we liked it better when we got more of our own original rocking stuff out which was the real natural place for the band.  
We had another US charting tune in 1968 with "Do Drop Inn."  "That's Love" did particularly well in Brazil.  And one of my favorites of all of ours, "Morning Morning," was a hit in Australia.  So we did rather well considering we were a Village underground band who never really had any big hit making aspirations. We were basically happy just putting out our versions of rock and roll dance music as we liked it.   
Also, I wanted to let you know that that Rock and Roll History of Connecticut book I said was coming just came out.  They had asked me to write the Foreword and there are extensive 5E interviews in there. 
AND we are the only band to make the cover!!! :)  Right under Weezer at the top, and standing on Allen Freed's door step in Stamford, CT, our home town.   Well, we were #1 on CTcharts and all around there at the time.

The Fifth Estate, circa 1967:  
Wayne  Wadhams, Furvus Evans, Doug Ferrara, Ricky Engler and Bill Shute

Jamming before a show with Furvus Evans (me, on drums), 
Dickie Diamond of The Easybeats and Marty Grebb of The Buckinghams                                          

I'm a little bit late getting this survey to you. Forgot all about it really. The Number one record by Ray Charles did not chart nationally
You're right ... it "bubbled under" at #105 in Billboard ... but was a #1 Hit in Oklahoma City.  Go figure!  (That's what I LOVE about these regional charts!!!)  kk 

I really appreciate all the 1967 details on Forgotten Hits. A lot of fun to see some of the things I wasn't aware of.  Thanks,
Ted Gstalder
Gaithersburg, MD 20877