Wow ... we've made it to FIFTY Bonus Posts regarding our 1967 Series ...
And with only three weeks to go before the whole thing wraps up, who knows ... we may even be able to post a couple more!
Thanks again to everybody who stuck with us this past year ... I can't believe how fast it went. (A full year to prep and then it was over in a heartbeat!)
Here are some of your most recent comments and memories ...
Don't know how you keep up with all the info, but I sure enjoy the read, Kent.
'67 was a crazy year for everybody in the biz.
Thanks for all the work, my friend.
Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.
Barry Winslow / The Royal Guardsmen
Here's a GREAT piece on the Smothers Brother Comedy Hour posted this past weekend. Just as Janis Ian is mentioned on FH as playing on the show this past weekend 50 years ago, here in this article are MANY of the great clips from the show. It was lucky that E! played many of these shows about 30 years ago and I was able to tape them. Great stuff.
This IS really good stuff. I've always loved The Smothers Brothers ... tried to get them to comment for our 1967 Series but it seems they are sticking to their "retirement" announcement. Too bad ... can you imagine some of the stories they could have shared?!?!?
Those shows have never come out on DVD ... instead they started to release their choices for best episodes of each season IN REVERSE ORDER (who does THAT?!?!?) many years ago and they never got to Season One ... the collection ended after just Seasons Three and Two. (Would LOVE to see the whole thing, intact, exactly as it aired ... plus some of the scenes that were cut by the censors, which I'm sure seem INCREDIBLY tame by today's standards.) Thanks for sharing this, Clark. (kk)
Rewound Radio ran an incredible year end Top 30 Countdown this past weekend hosted by multi-award winning announcer (WAY too many to mention here!), Johnny Holliday.
It was a very interesting countdown because it presented The Top 30 Biggest Hits of the Year from a San Francisco perspective ... quite a bit different than what we experienced on a national level (and here in Chicago). Holliday worked for KYA at the time, a big Top 40 outlet. Interestingly enough, several times during the broadcast he mentioned the game he was going to be doing the play-by-play for later that week. Of course, this is how we all best know him ... so it was kinda cool to hear those seeds being planted way back in '67.
I talked with Allan Sniffen to see if perhaps this program would be archived somewhere on their website ... and even offered to post it on our brand new 1967 Listening Station site ... but unfortunately this was a one-time airing. (I'm hoping some of you got to hear it. And whether you did or didn't, I WAS able to find a copy of the actual countdown broadcast that day!)
It was especially fun to hear some of the vintage commercials that ran during this original broadcast (including what seems to be the Forgotten Hits Fan Favorite, Heaven Scent!) And the one where you can "put yourself in a brand new 1967 Jaguar for only $4478!!! (Can you even imagine?!?!?)
Rewound Radio continues to play a WIDE variety of music from the '50's, '60's, '70's and beyond ... and seem to have an endless library of music to choose from. (Hey, after a MAJOR plug for Forgotten Hits on the air, they even played MY request for The New Colony Six's "I'm Just Waitin', nticipatin'" after the show on Saturday ... and let me tell you, it sounded GREAT!)
These DeeJay Hall Of Fame shows run every weekend ... and they're a lot of fun, as are the special salutes to some of the AM Radio Giants of our past, featuring lengthy airchecks from a variety of jocks from a particular radio station ... you really should give them a listen on a regular basis ... it's radio like it used to be ... and I think you'll be VERY impressed by the music you hear. (They also run our FH Buddy Gary Theroux's History Of Rock And Roll feature three times a day, Monday thru Friday)
Be sure to check 'em out here ... they continue to prove their credo on a daily basis ... "It's not how OLD it is ... it's how GOOD it is!"
http://rewoundradio.com/ ... GREAT stuff! (kk)
A big anniversary was celebrated this past week for brand new Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees (it's about frickin' time!!!) The Moody Blues. In fact, it looks like they'll be celebrating for quite awhile with their upcoming "Days Of Future Passed" Tour (we just told you about The Moodies Cruise, too, which will feature Chicago's very own Ides Of March this year!), the release of a brand new deluxe edition of their classic album reissue, some RRHF acceptance speeches and live jammin' ... and even a short stint in Vegas!
(See our FH Buddy Harvey Kubernik's tribute below):
The Doors' "Strange Days" album is also getting the 50th Anniversary treatment ... read more about it here ...
Speaking of The Doors, they'll be the subject of a brand new book by Harvey Kubernik, coming out in February ... more details via the press release below ...
Otherworld Cottage Industries Announces Harvey Kubernik's new book,
"The Doors: Summer's Gone," scheduled for publication in February, 2018
Publication of this second of Otherworld's three-part series of Kubernik's pop-culture explorations (the first was "It was Fifty Years Ago THE BEATLES Invade America and Hollywood"), is scheduled for February 12, 2018, honoring the birthday of Doors co-founder, Ray Manzarek.
Incidentally, the December issue of "Ugly Things" magazine, #46, spotlighting Kubernik's 4,500 word feature article, "A Stand Against the Electric Swarm, Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' 50 Years On," also displays a Kubernik-penned article in its DVD Reviews section about the Otherworld Cottage release of "Grumpuss 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition," starring our prolific enchanter, sixties' rocker, Travis Pike.
Kubernik has the cover story in the December, 2017 issue of "Record Collector News" magazine, exploring Bob Dylan and his "gospel years" multi-disc box set, "Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981."
To stay abreast of Harvey's on-going activities, broadcast bookings here and abroad, up-coming publications, or to review works like his critically acclaimed 2017 Sterling/Barnes and Noble published "1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love," be sure to visit the Kubernik's Korner webpage, hosted and regularly updated by the minions of Otherworld.
The Beach Boys have a follow-up release to their earlier 1967 "Sunshine Tomorrow" CD - this one's got nearly 150 tracks(!) featuring more rare, never-before-released studio takes and a TON of live material, all recorded during 1967.
That would make THIS the first-ever pop music festival ... so how is it that nobody's ever heard of it?!?! (For 50 years that honor has always gone to Monterey Pop ... AMAZING!!!)
(It all took place at the 4000 seat Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, high atop the mountain in Mount Tamalpais State Park in Marin County. Reports say that over 36,000 people attended the two-day event. (Where'd they sit?!?!) Because the event took place one week later than originally advertised (due to inclement weather), several of the acts originally scheduled to perform were unable to reschedule ... which is probably why the list looks as long as it does.
However, I did find one website that lists all of the performers spread over the two-day event (including Captain Beefheart's 10:30 am show on the 11th!) I'm just amazed that we missed this!!! So thank you, Harvey, for letting us know!!! (kk)
Saturday, June 10
Sunday, June 11
I had to cross the pond in 1968 to first hear what has become my all time favorite Gene Pitney song.
"Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" was written by the highly successful UK songwriting team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway (who also performed as David and Jonathan).
Starting in 1964, Pitney frequently toured the UK and had become more popular there than in America. He had ten Top Ten Hits in the British charts in the Sixties compared to only four in Billboard in the US. He took Randy Newman's "Nobody Needs Your Love" to #2 in the UK in 1966 (It didn't chart in the US).
Pitney's dramatic vocal rendering of "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" peaked at #5 on December 9, 1967, and stayed in the UK charts for three months. It inexplicably went unnoticed by American radio and only bubbled under here. That's perceived as the reason why EMI decided against a US release of Pitney's duet remake of the song with Marc Almond that became #1 for four weeks in the UK in 1989. It sold more than one million records just in Europe. In 1981 Almond (as one half of the duo Soft Cell) had his first UK#1 and that year's top UK single with a cover of Gloria Jones' "Tainted Love". David and Jonathan's 1967 recording of "Softly Whispering I Love You" would be remade into a worldwide smash hit by The English Congregation in 1971.
Nope, I've never heard it before ... and it's a very nice track. As always, thanks for sharing, Mike! (Gee, what are YOU going to do when the 1967 Series is over?!?! lol I'm going thru '67 Withdrawal myself right now!) kk
How about a Montana chart from 50 years ago!!!
Wow, there are some pretty unusual titles on this one ... competing head to head with some of the biggest hits of the day. Seriously? Robert Goulet? Steve Lawrence? And little known tracks by The Arbors and even Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Definitely some odd ones on this list! (kk)
Speaking of which ...
I am sending you the top 50 hits for OKC, 1967, according to WKY if you would like to use them at the end of this year.
Thanks, Larry ... a few surprises on this list, to be sure! (We'll be running our Top 67 of '67 on January 2nd ... that's just three weeks away as our special 1967 Series draws to a close ... but this seemed like a good spot to run your list. We also have the Year-End Charts coming up for both WLS and WCFL, whose weekly charts we have featured throughout this year-long series.) kk
As you've remarked yourself, this year has really flown by and your great series reliving the glory days of 1967 is nearly at an end.
And, this Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on Top Shelf Oldies (www.topshelfoldies.org), will be my last Randy on the Radio show on which I feature a pair of debuts from the SuperCharts Top 100 of 50 years ago.
This week's debuts include songs by a one-(minor)hit wonder from Long Island, and one of the biggest British Invasion hitmakers, from Tottenham, England. As usual, my show will also feature a Mystery Oldie, a '70s Double Play and several rare stereo mixes among the playlist of great uncommon oldies.
All my shows are archived at http://www.ramtownlive.com/randyontheradio.html.
– Randy Price
You keep bringing up "The Jungle Book" and it would seem that that movie was as popular in late 67 / early 68 as "Star Wars" would have been in 1977.
In March of 1968, the movie was still so popular that it re-opened at the State - Lake theater. Attached is a clip from our radio tapes of WCFL with an ad for the movie "opening Friday at the State - Lake." Interestingly, the theater would close in 1985 and become the studios for WLS-TV! The ad runs at the end of 4 minute condensed piece of history.
The audio on this is as we heard WCFL in Dodge City, Kansas, long distance on a good day! We could get WLS MUCH better, but both stations were just great to tune in to. Here, Ron "King B" Britain is in fine form one evening in March, 1968. We'd just heard a cool H.I.S. commercial and on comes the Cyrkle doing their amazingly great 7-Up commercial. When Sundazed Music was doing their Cyrkle CD reissues, I sent this to Bob Irwin and he tracked down the original tape and released it on a 45! Then we go into a WCFL Mini-Spin (condensed for space here) in which CFL played about a minute of a top hit in a 3-song medley to appear to play MORE music than WLS did. Our faves, the NC6 get featured. Then, a funny Allen Chevy ad that might not run today. Then, the Jungle Book ad followed by the newest Human Beinz song, a followup to the current Super Charts #83 song that is about to break out. Ron quips that he is NOT broadcasting in stereo, which was just becoming an issue for AM/FM battles soon thereafter. A slice of Chicago radio that makes me shiver to wish I was still back there in Dodge at out Bell reel to reel and 1940 Hallicrafter receiver fine tuning to record the latest releases from all over the country.
A big point of our 1967 series has been how, in 1967, ANYTHING goes ... the fact that The Summer of Love and Sgt. Pepper, the pure fun of the Monkees and the heaviness of Jimi Hendrix and The Doors, The War in Viet Nam, and movies like "Jungle Book" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" could co-exist, side by side, just drives this point home even further. The WLS / WCFL "radio wars" was at an all-time high that year ... and we went back and forth between them all day long in an effort not to miss a thing. A VERY exciting time indeed ... on ALL levels. (kk)
Hi Kent –
I am very much enjoying your 1967 reprise from up here in Toronto. I will be sad to see it end. Every Monday is a joy as I compare your chart with the ones I did myself every week in 1967, like the chart geek I am. And your commentary is always fascinating.
One thing I’ve noticed over the almost year of Super Charts is the amazing number of classics that stall outside the Top 10. This week it’s Everlasting Love by Robert Knight. Maybe after year-end, you could compile your own list of faves from the year that didn’t make the grade.
Thanks again for a memorable year.
I've actually done a couple of countdown shows of personal favorites now, many of which are not the mainstream, overplayed Top 40 Hits of this incredible year. (In fact you can find some of these posted here for your listening enjoyment ... http://fh1967listeningstation.blogspot.com/
But if I WERE going to pick a Top Ten List of SHOULDA BEEN A HIT's from '67, I'd venture outside The Top 40 and still come up with some incredible gems. Using Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual as a point of reference (it lists the peak position of EVERY single to make Billboard's Hot 100 Chart between 1955 and 2016), these ten would DEFINITELY make my list ... (I've listed Billboard's peak position to show you just how shy it fell of Top 40 hit status) ...
My World Fell Down - Sagittarius (#70)
Summer Wine - Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood (49)
Walk Tall - 2 Of Clubs (#92)
It Could Be We're In Love - The Cryan' Shames (#85)
You're Gonna Be Mine - New Colony Six (#108)
I'm Just Waitin', Anticipatin' - New Colony Six (#128)
Tiny Bubbles - Don Ho (#57) - c'mon ... it's a GREAT song ... just try NOT singing along!
You Don't Know Me - Elvis Presley (#44)
No Fair At All - The Association (51)
Love You So Much (#61)
And how about "It's Cold Outside" by The Choir (#68), "Anything Goes" by Harpers Bizarre (#43), "Grizzly Bear" by The Youngbloods (#52), "Let's Spend The Night Together" by The Rolling Stones (#55), "Dancing In The Street" by The Mamas and the Papas (#73) and "Requiem For The Masses" by The Association (#100) kk
Got this from Designer Jeff Carlson, who saw it on a website he frequents and wanted to share it with our readers. (Jeff is my expectant father son-in-law, who wasn't even born yet when The Monkees burst on the scene ... but it's fun to view this particular type of design tactic, aimed at pre and young teens back in 1967, trying to get them to shell out every available dollar they could get their hands on, putting it toward virtually ANYTHING that became available involving their music idols.) Hey, it worked!!! These Tiger Beat Spectaculars ran for nearly two years ... and disappeared off the magazine racks just as fast as the next one appeared!
Very cool ... very vintage ... very effective! (kk)
Got this from a design publication I subscribe to. Thought it would bring you down memory lane.
12.8.17 / Hey, Hey, We Were The Monkees
During the 1960s, before the advent of Crawdaddy and Rolling Stone as “underground” rock n’ roll magazines, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine ruled the fanboy and fangirl roost. They publicized the prince and princesses of pop and garnered many tween and teen fans in the process. Tiger Beat‘s Monkee Spectacular made an impression on me as a wannabe publication designer. It was no Herb Lubalin or Alexey Brodovitch design, but it was the model I used for making layouts in underground music mags.
I have to admit, it WOULD be pretty cool to have a complete collection of these!!! (kk)
Only three weeks to go ... don't miss the Daily Calendar Page as our 1967 Series draws to a close ...http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/