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 www.EdSullivan.com. 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. www.TheDoors.com  

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 http://bit.ly/2wWWnUd  

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. www.EdSullivan.com  

Be sure to check out our daily calendar page for more on this memorable night of rock and roll television!
http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/

>>>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) 
http://www.arcadalive.com/event/cryan-shames/   

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 
 

Kent, 
"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.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y857s15nc98&index=18&list=PLoRJKjaf7A2gkhijnldymzLFWjHqIyDEw
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.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN2HTB1-L4Y&list=PLoRJKjaf7A2gkhijnldymzLFWjHqIyDEw&index=17  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. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdnEz6GLfD0&index=1&list=PLoRJKjaf7A2gkhijnldymzLFWjHqIyDEw   
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.
http://www.goldminemag.com/giveaway/goldmine-giveaway-connecticut-rock-n-roll-book-fifth-estate-interview#
Furv

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                                          


Kent,
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
Larry
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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1967 BONUS #43

I got this from Ray Graffia, Jr., who took the time to write while on holiday with his entire family, celebrating his 50th Wedding Anniversary ...
Just a quick hello from Barcelona, Kent! 
Family all here and just sharing this to send greetings! 
Back in the states tomorrow night and back to work Tuesday unless jet lagged.
Had time to catch up a bit here; wonderful pieces as always!  (Loved your / Ron O's stuff re: the Lewis family)
I showed your anniversary post to Bonita (all call her that in Europe though she will again become Bonnie once we are back in the states) said "Oh, my God; you have to show this to the kids!"  And so I did, my friend. 
Final note is that Mrs. G's folks requested that I cut my hair for the wedding, which I did not, but did hair spray it mostly behind my ears, which may not be apparent from the picture. And with that, it's off to dinner at a place my son researched and is only a 5-minute walk from the Granados 83 Hotel where we will rest tonight! 
Blessings and peace to you and yours and all our FH friends --- from the entire G, Jr. clan!
Ray

LOL ... I wondered about the haircut thing!  (lol)  Looked like you kept as much length as you could ... (hey, you were a rock star after all!!!) ... but it also reminds me of that classic Seinfeld episode! (lol)  Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you and Bonnie again ... sounds like you guys enjoyed a well-deserved Mediterranean vacation.  (kk)

Kent: 
This week's edition of Randy on the Radio, 8:00 p.m. ET on Wed., Sept. 13, on Top Shelf Oldies (www.topshelfoldies.org), will feature my usual mix of forgotten hits and uncommon oldies, including two debuts from this week's SuperCharts Top 100. These two are a solo performance by an R&B singer from Evanston, Illinois, who originally charted with a group version of the same song a few years earlier; and a lesser-remembered hit by a Detroit group who had a long string of big hits in the '60s and early '70s. All shows are archived at http://www.ramtownlive.com/randyontheradio.html.
– Randy Price


kk: 
LOVED seeing you proudly tout "The Fugitive."  Last week The Los Angeles Times did a huge two page story on "The Fugitive." Go find it.  
Harvey Kubernik  
I did!  Sharing it now with the others ... http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-et-st-fugitive-fiftieth-anniversary-20170828-story.html  

I thought your piece on The Fugitive was outstanding - and loved the way you split it up into two parts just like the finale.  Always great stuff in Forgotten Hits. 
Ted 

Hi Kent,
Boy, did Carl Giammarese nail it on getting screwed by "our trusted team" ... so spot on with small differences pertaining to us, (The Royal Guardsmen), getting the "Royal Treatment" too !!!  
I hope those that are still alive from our era have a hard time sleeping.  Of course with all the money they've ripped from their artists, it probably doesn't bother them that much.  
Ok, off my soapbox ... lol  
Keep up the great work, my friend.  
Later -   
Barry Winslow 
The Royal Guardsmen   

Andrew Loog Oldham’s new radio series looking 
back at the year 1967 & the ‘Summer of Love’
Following up on his popular music radio series earlier this year on Resonance FM the original Rolling Stones manager and legendary British music Svengali Andrew Loog Oldham returns to the digital airwaves – and this time for a new seven part series looking back at the year which is still very much celebrated today as the acclaimed ‘Summer of Love’ 1967 – the music, politics, lifestyle, hopes/dreams and its renowned drug culture. 
Drawing on Danny Goldberg’s “In Search of the Lost Chord,” Eric Luft’s “Die at the Right Time” and Harvey Kubernik’s “1967 – A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love” – Oldham breaks down the years true psyche, appeal and creative influences like only he can for this new series titled ‘Sixty Seven‘ on Resonance FM.  
Beginning on Friday, September 15, you can hear ‘Sixty Seven’ live at resonancefm.com between 7pm-8pm (BST). Each week’s show will repeat on Sunday between 11 am-12 pm.   
Programmes will also be available on the Resonance FM Mixcloud account after they air (https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/
follow Andrew Oldham on Twitter – https://twitter.com/loogoldham  
or Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/andrewloogoldham/  
The 50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones' dismissal of Andrew Loog Oldham is coming up soon ... be sure to bookmark our daily calendar page to find out ALL the latest news ... from exactly fifty years ago!  (kk) http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/  

"Requiem For The Masses" is such a beautiful song and so right for the time of the 60's.  
I always thought it was the "A" side!  
Karen 
It got some scattered airplay (but only charted at #100) ... the A-Side is a '60's classic ... "Never My Love" ... according to The Association, the second most played song on radio of all time.  (kk)   

Two songs debut on the chart dated 9/9/67 that will not make the Top 40 this year but will become top 10 hits two years later.
#83 -- Get Together -- The Youngbloods 
#97 -- I'll Never Fall In Love Again -- Tom Jones  
Guess both songs were ahead of their time in 1967.
By the way, I have been totally enjoying this look back at 1967.  
Sincerely,  
Joe Cantello 
Both 1967 chart runs went virtually unnoticed ... "Get Together" peaked at #62 during its 8-week stay on the charts in 1967 ... and then leaped up to #4 when it was re-released in 1969 (thanks, in some part, to its use in an advertising campaign by The National Council For Christians and Jews). 
"I'll Never Fall In Love Again" peaked at #42 in a 7-week run in 1967 ... then climbed all the way to #5 two years later.  It was part of a string of five straight Top Ten Hits for Jones (now hosting his own television show) that included "Love Me Tonight" (#7, 1969); "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (#5, 1969); "Without Love (There Is Nothing)", #3, 1970; "Daughter Of Darkness" (#10, 1970) and "I (Who Have Nothing):, #10, 1970.  Five months later he would top the charts for the first and only time with the Paul Anka tune, "She's A Lady."  
Another overlooked gem from 1967 (and mentioned here in our last 1967 Bonus Feature) was "Nights In White Satin" by The Moody Blues.  Recorded for their "Days Of Future Passed" album, released toward the end of that year.  It was first released as a single in February of 1968, where it peaked at #93 in Cash Box (and only "bubbled under" in both Billboard and Record World.)  The world finally caught up to this track in 1972 when it went to #1.  (kk)

I just saw "Cat In The Window" on one of your 1967 surveys.  I heard Petula sing it on Ed Sullivan Show the other night. 
Frank B. 
I haven't had a chance to check out these Ed Sullivan Episodes running several times a day now, Monday thru Friday, on The Decades Channel, but the fact that this was included tells me they must have done some re-editing along the way, which is exactly what I was hoping for.  This a little known song that I always kinda liked.  (I always thought that Olivia Newton-John would do a good version of that one.)  The Turtles covered it, too, because it was written by the same guys who gave them "Happy Together" ... but with nowhere near the same results.  This has to be the program that was broadcast almost exactly fifty years ago today (September 10th, 1967) as we even covered this in our daily calendar!   I'd like to see that one again ... so here it is!  (kk)


Hi Kent,
Man, thanks for posting that Top 100 ... forgot all about "Wednesday" popping in at 100.
Sure was a great time for us.
Thanks my friend -
Barry Winslow
The Royal Guardsmen  


One of the very first "famous" people I ever met and shook hands with as a kid was Joel Horlen.  He spoke at our college in Dodge City, Kansas, when I was probably 13 years old or so.  Having grown up as a big baseball fan, I was thrilled to shake hands with him.  Other than the stars of Gunsmoke coming to Dodge often, we had few stars in the 60's coming to the desolate gunslinger town.  The only other one I remember was meeting Glenn Yarborough at our new strip mall opening in JC Penney in probably 1967 or so.  SO, you Chicagoans who got to see all my fave 60's bands and DJs, FEEL LUCKY!!!  
Clark Besch
PS.  We DID get to meet and get autographs from Roger Miller and Gary Lewis and the KOMA DJs in 1965 in OKC.  A BIGGER thrill by far than all of the above. 

>>>Although "Guitar Man" by Elvis failed to chart at all on Billboard's Country Singles Chart in 1967, it would reach #1 on that chart when it is re-released in 1981.  (kk) 
Jerry Reed's original version did chart on the Country charts in Billboard (#53) and Cash Box (#37) in 1967. 
– Randy Price  

I find it pretty incredible that Hurricane Beulha hit exactly fifty years ago and was considered to be the worst hurricane in history at that time - while our Southern United States are being pummeled by tropical storm after tropical storm right now, all being measured as the worst hurricanes of all time.  The fact that three separate hurricanes can potentially hit land at the exact same time is unfathomable ... and yet it appears that this is actualy about to happen.  Some things are simply beyond our control. (I say blame it on the eclipse!) 
Jane  

Mention the song "The House That Jack Built" and Aretha Franklin's 1968 hit single comes to mind.  But a year earlier The Alan Price Set had a UK #4 chart hit in September, 1967, with an altogether different song that had the same title. The nonsensical tune, unabashedly influenced by British music hall, was Price's biggest self-penned hit. 
Alan Price is best remembered in the US as the organist on some of the greatest hits of The Animals, who were originally called The Alan Price Combo. When "The House Of The Rising Sun" was recorded, only Price was given credit for the arrangement, reaping alone most of the royalties when it became one of the biggest hits of the Sixties. Needless to say this created ill will amongst the others in the group. 
In 1965, Price suddenly developed a fear of flying and quit the band. He formed a new group, The Alan Price Set, and had six UK hits in the Sixties. Other than the Animals-like "I Put A Spell On You" in 1966 (Billboard #80), Price never charted again in the US.
Mike G



>>>Have the songs become even more rewarding because they now stood up to the test of time; 20 years on public display?  (Harvey Kubernik) 
>>>It’s funny, but that kind of thing probably happens more for listeners than for us playing them. We selected new songs we had never played before. And of the songs we had done years ago, we tried to diddle with them a little bit so that we’d feel fresh to play them.  (Walter Becker) 
hmmmm ...
James Fairs 
OK ... I have to admit ... you win the prize, hands down, for giving me my biggest smile of the day today. 

Thank you, James!  (kk)

Monday, September 4, 2017

1967 BONUS #42

I had the rare opportunity to listen to oldies radio for eleven consecutive hours on Friday so I split my time between Rewound Radio, The True Oldies Channel and Me-TV-FM.

I was struck by a few things ... first how many of the same songs they each played during a given random three hour stretch (stressing again that other than those occasional "wow" songs they each slipped in, everybody's still playing it safe for the most part by featuring the generic play list adopted by radio for the past several decades) ... and secondly (as mentioned here before) just how many songs from 1967 are still in heavy oldies rotation (proving again just what an incredibly strong year it was for timeless, long-lasting music.) 

Rewound Radio and Me-TV-FM seem to be the most "adventurous" when it comes to programming surprises off the the traditional grid ... each station played one or two unexpected gems every hour, which is kinda disappointing when one considers that only Scott Shannon is bold enough to call his network "The True Oldies Channel," thus displaying the dreaded and forbidden "oldies" word proudly for all the world to see ... which might make one think that HE should be the one featuring more goodies and surprises than anyone else (but instead he seems to be playing it safe for the most part) ... but during my full, extended day of listening, all three stations relied heavily on the music magic of 1967.

In random order, I heard (during an 11 hour stretch):  

"Daydream Believer" by The Monkees (twice), 
"Windy" by The Association (twice), 
"Groovin'" by The Young Rascals, 
"The Letter" by The Box Tops, 
"Light My Fire" by The Doors (I also heard the Jose Feliciano version from '68), 
"Happy Together" by The Turtles, 
"Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles, 
"Respect" by Aretha Franklin (twice), 
"Kind Of A Drag" by The Buckinghams, 
"Incense And Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock,
"Penny Lane' by The Beatles, 
"Little Bit O' Soul" by Music Explosion, 
"The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills,
"Never My Love" by The Association, 
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli, 
"A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" by The Monkees, 
"Come Back When You Grow Up" by Bobby Vee, 
"It Must Be Him" by Vikki Carr, 
"Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees, 
"Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" by Johnny Rivers, 
"San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie (twice), 
"I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, 
"Good Thing" by Paul Revere and the Raiders,
"There's A Kind Of Hush" by Herman's Hermits, 
"Don't Sleep In the Subway" by Petula Clark, 
"Mercy Mercy Mercy" by The Buckinghams, 
"Higher And Higher" by Jackie Wilson, 
"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" by The Casinos, 
"Gimme Some Lovin'" by The Spencer Davis Group, 
"For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield, 
"Let's Live For Today" by The Grass Roots, 
"Gimme Little Sign" by Brenton Wood (twice), 
"C'mon Marianne" by The Four Seasons, 
"I Dig Rock And Roll Music" by Peter, Paul and Mary, 
"A Girl Like You" by The Young Rascals (twice), 
"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, 
"I'm A Man" by The Spencer Davis Group, 
"Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees, 
"On A Carousel" by The Hollies, 
"Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song" by The Buckinghams,
"Heroes And Villains" by The Beach Boys, 
"Keep The Ball Rollin'" by Jay and the Techniques, 
"Museum" by Herman's Hermits, 
"Happy" by The Blades Of Grass and 
"Nights In White Satin" by The Moody Blues (a hit in 1972 but recorded and first released in 1967).

Do the math ... if each station typically programs 16 songs per hour ... and I listened for 11 hours ... that means I had the potential to hear about 175 songs.  If 50 of those all came from 1967, that accounts for an astonishing 28.5%!!!  When one considers that the other 71.5% were split between the roughly remaining 30 years of music that fits the oldiesformat, this becomes an almost staggering ratio.

But hey, we've been telling you that all year long!!!  1967 was THE year for music ... and there are at least another 50 songs from 1967 that are also regularly featured in somewhat heavy rotation that I just didn't happen to hear during my eleven hour stretch.  Amazing!!!


Here are the Top 40 British Charts for September, 1967, courtesy of our FH Buddy Rockin' Lord Geoff Lambert:  

According to Record Retailer the top thirty singles on the UK charts for week ending September 9th 1967 were:

WK LW TW 
03 - 03 - 01 - Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz
09 - 01 - 02 - Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)
07 - 02 - 03 - Tom Jones - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
03 - 07 - 04 - Rolling Stones - We Love You
04 - 13 - 05 - Keith West - Excerpt from 'A Teenage Opera'

06 - 05 - 06 - Tremeloes - Even the Bad Times Are Good

05 - 04 - 07 - Alan Price Set - The House That Jack Built
09 - 06 - 08 - Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her
09 - 08 - 09 - Anita Harris - Just Loving You
03 - 11 - 10 - Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains
04 - 10 - 11 - Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
04 - 12 - 12 - Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
09 - 09 - 13 - Beatles - All You Need Is Love
02 - 21 - 14 - Flowerpot Men - Let's Go To San Francisco
03 - 18 - 15 - Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Burning Of the Midnight Lamp
04 - 20 - 16 - Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On
01 - NE - 17 - Diana Ross and the Supremes - Reflections
02 - 27 - 17 - Traffic - Hole In My Shoe
03 - 25 - 19 - Frankie Vaughan - There Must Be A Way
09 - 15 - 20 - Johnny Mann Singers - Up, Up and Away
04 - 21 - 21 - Cliff Richard - The Day I Met Marie
06 - 17 - 22 - Mamas and the Papas - Creeque Alley
12 - 16 - 23 - Vikki Carr - It Must Be Him
06 - 19 - 24 - Amen Corner - Gin House Blues
08 - 14 - 25 - Dave Davies - Death of a Clown
02 - 30 - 26 - Cat Stevens - A Bad Night
16 - 28 - 27 - Engelbert Humperdinck - There Goes My Everything
08 - 29 - 28 - Otis Redding and Carla Thomas - Tramp
08 - 23 - 29 - Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
01 - NE - 30 - Dubliners - Black Velvet Band

According to Record Retailer the top thirty singles on the UK charts for week ending September 16th 1967 were:

WK LW TW
04 - 01 - 01 - Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz
08 - 03 - 02 - Tom Jones - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
05 - 05 - 03 - Keith West - Excerpt From 'A Teenage Opera'
10 - 02 - 04 - Scott Mckenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
05 - 12 - 05 - Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
07 - 06 - 06 - Tremeloes - Even The Bad Times Are Good
04 - 04 - 07 - Rolling Stones - We Love You
03 - 14 - 08 - Flowerpot Men - Let's Go To San Francisco
02 - 17 - 09 - Diana Ross And The Supremes - Reflections
10 - 09 - 10 - Anita Harris - Just Loving You
06 - 07 - 11 - Alan Price Set - The House That Jack Built
10 - 08 - 12 - Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her
04 - 10 - 13 - Beach Boys - Heroes And Villains
05 - 21 - 14 - Cliff Richard - The Day I Met Marie
04 - 15 - 15 - Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
05 - 11 - 16 - Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
04 - 19 - 17 - Frankie Vaughan - There Must Be A Way
01 - NE - 18 - Move - Flowers In The Rain
03 - 17 - 19 - Traffic - Hole In My Shoe
10 - 13 - 20 - Beatles - All You Need Is Love
02 - 30 - 21 - Dubliners - Black Velvet Band
05 - 16 - 22 - Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On
07 - 22 - 23 - Mamas And The Papas - Creeque Alley
01 - NE - 24 - Eric Burdon And The Animals - Good Times
07 - 24 - 25 - Amen Corner - Gin House Blues
01 - NE - 26 - Temptations - You're My Everything
09 - 25 - 27 - Dave Davies - Death Of A Clown
10 - 20 - 28 - Johnny Mann Singers - Up, Up And Away
01 - NE - 28 - Bee Gees - Massachussetts
09 - 29 - 30 - Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice

According to Record Retailer the top thirty singles on the UK charts for week ending September 23rd 1967 were:

WK LW TW
05 - 01 - 01 - Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz
06 - 03 - 02 - Keith West - Excerpt From 'A Teenage Opera'
06 - 05 - 03 - Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
09 - 02 - 04 - Tom Jones - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
04 - 08 - 05 - Flowerpot Men - Let's Go To San Francisco
03 - 09 - 06 - Diana Ross And The Supremes - Reflections
11 - 04 - 07 - Scott Mckenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
02 - 18 - 08 - Move - Flowers In The Rain
08 - 06 - 09 - Tremeloes - Even The Bad Times Are Good
11 - 10 - 10 - Anita Harris - Just Loving You
04 - 19 - 11 - Traffic - Hole In My Shoe
06 - 14 - 12 - Cliff Richard - The Day I Met Marie
05 - 07 - 13 - Rolling Stones - We Love You
05 - 17 - 14 - Frankie Vaughan - There Must Be A Way
05 - 13 - 15 - Beach Boys - Heroes And Villains
11 - 12 - 16 - Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her
05 - 15 - 17 - Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
07 - 11 - 18 - Alan Price Set - The House That Jack Built
02 - 28 - 19 - Bee Gees - Massachussetts
03 - 21 - 20 - Dubliners - Black Velvet Band
02 - 24 - 21 - Eric Burdon And The Animals - Good Times
01 - NE - 22 - Box Tops - The Letter
06 - 16 - 23 - Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
06 - 22 - 24 - Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On
01 - NE - 25 - Frankie Mcbride - Five Little Fingers
01 - NE - 26 - Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billy Joe
01 - RE - 27 - Engelbert Humperdinck - There Goes My Everything
01 - NE - 28 - Frank Sinatra - The World We Knew
11 - 28 - 29 - Johnny Mann Singers - Up, Up And Away
02 - 26 - 30 - Temptations - You're My Everything

According to Record Retailer the top thirty singles on the UK charts for week ending September 30th 1967 were:

WK LW TW
06 - 01 - 01 - Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz
07 - 02 - 02 - Keith West - Excerpt From 'A Teenage Opera'
03 - 08 - 03 - Move - Flowers In The Rain
04 - 06 - 04 - Diana Ross And The Supremes - Reflections
05 - 11 - 05 - Traffic - Hole In My Shoe
07 - 03 - 06 - Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
05 - 05 - 07 - Flowerpot Men - Let's Go To San Francisco
10 - 04 - 08 - Tom Jones - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
06 - 14 - 09 - Frankie Vaughan - There Must Be A Way
12 - 07 - 10 - Scott Mckenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
07 - 12 - 11 - Cliff Richard - The Day I Met Marie
02 - 22 - 12 - Box Tops - The Letter
03 - 19 - 13 - Bee Gees - Massachussetts
12 - 10 - 14 - Anita Harris - Just Loving You
09 - 09 - 15 - Tremeloes - Even The Bad Times Are Good
04 - 20 - 16 - Dubliners - Black Velvet Band
01 - NE - 17 - Seekers - When Will The Good Apples Fall
06 - 13 - 18 - Rolling Stones - We Love You
02 - 26 - 19 - Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billy Joe
02 - 25 - 20 - Frankie Mcbride - Five Little Fingers
03 - 21 - 21 - Eric Burdon And The Animals - Good Times
06 - 15 - 22 - Beach Boys - Heroes And Villains
12 - 16 - 23 - Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her
01 - NE - 23 - Herd - From The Underworld
06 - 17 - 25 - Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
01 - NE - 26 - Mindbenders - The Letter
02 - 27 - 27 - Engelbert Humperdinck - There Goes My Everything
07 - 24 - 28 - Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On
01 - NE - 29 - Hollies - King Midas In Reverse
01 - NE - 30 - Georgie Fame - Try My World
Take care, 
Rockin’ Lord Geoff (in England)


>>>I really enjoyed your coverage of the 50th anniversary of the final episode of The Fugitive. That stands as one of my personal Top 5 significant TV moments of all time. I can still hear announcer Hank Simms' voice saying "August 29th, 1967 - The Day The Running Stopped."   (David Lewis) 
>>>That wasn't William Conrad?  Check out this clip ... and listen to that famous line ... where the heck did THIS come from?!?!?  (kk) 
Wow - It was indeed William Conrad who spoke that line. Dick Wesson and Hank Simms both shared announcing duties for the credits (but not the narration), and I though Hank had said that line -- but it was Conrad for sure. As for the other question, the final episodes must've been delayed a week in some markets, perhaps Hawaii? We all heard August, but this is Bill Conrad saying September 5, without the year.
David 
I was shocked to hear the alternate date ... the only way I've ever heard it was "August 29th".  (kk)  

Kent,  
So many comments to make regarding your recent posts.
First up, Roy Orbison as a gun fighter just did not work for me -- or for the public, I think.  For one thing, without his signature sunglasses, it was odd to see HIS face!  Plus, the best song on that soundtrack, if I remember correctly, was not even in the film.  "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" was the song that I bought the soundtrack for.  In the mid-60's, this could have been a very important song for him amidst all the war turmoil, but no one ever heard it.  It rivals "Waist deep in the big Muddy" by Pete Seeger.  If only the Smothers would have had Roy on to sing this in 1967!

Also ... Charlie OFD wrote: The "Ode To Billie Joe" clip led me to "Harper Valley PTA" from '68, but two songs that compliment one another (at least in my head). 
I agree with Charlie.  I always think about "Billie Joe" knocking the Beatles off the top and then revenge came in '68 with "Hey Jude" besting "PTA". 

I am also loving the banter between the Cryan' Shames members.  Great memories.  Sorry, I cannot vote on top four songs by them, as they change constantly.  Wink 

As for Carl Giammerese's and JC Hooke's "no money" thing, it happened so much and yet ... it made us fans remember you guys for 50 years!  Without Bonafede and DJs like Dex Card, who knows if you would have been remembered at all, or signed with Columbia. 

Clark Weber commented about liking "Zip Code."  I agree that it is a great record, but when I worked with Sundazed Music on their Five Americans CDs, I told them that WCFL's "Winter Gold" various hits album had a long version of the song not available elsewhere.  This was when Clark had moved over to 'CFL in '69.  Maybe he got the song for that LP.  Anyway, Sundazed eventually bought the entire Abnak Records masters and did a new CD that included the long version that Kent posted.  The original 45 version had a shorter mid-solo and ending. 



The back cover showed all the CFL jocks, of which MOST were on WLS not long before!

I have to agree with you ... Roy Orbison just doesn't look right without his trademark sunglasses. (Think "Shades" in "That Thing You Do"!!!)
Simply put, he's not a handsome man ... or what you would expect as "leading man" material in a motion picture!  (A likely factor in this being his only screen role.)  I remember when WLS DJ Fred Winston got in trouble for introducing a Roy Orbison song as being by "the ugliest man in show business"!  lol
I wasn't familiar with the track you featured but I really like it.  Again, I agree ... this could have been a very timely hit for Roy in 1967.
I'll have to look for another copy of "Zip Code" (the single mix) ... the only copy I have is the one I posted, which came from the Sundazed collection you mentioned.
And how many of us bought those WCFL compilation albums back in the days before K-Tel cornered the market!!!  I'm sure I still have a complete set buried around here somewhere!
Thanks, Clark!  (kk)  

Out this week (Friday, September 8th), is a brand new Beatles documentary "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today," exploring The Beatles during their "Sgt. Pepper" era.





 
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