Tuesday, January 10, 2017

1967 Bonus #3

Don't miss the daily posts at http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/

Meanwhile, here are more of your comments, coming in at a steady stream since this series launched on December 30th ...

Hey Kent,
I’m really enjoying this whole 1967 series!  Brings back so many memories of that crazy year for The Buckinghams. From having five top ten hits, to touring and playing 300 dates that magical year.
I remember we rented a house in the Hollywood Hills up on Mulholland Drive that summer, so we were there recording our album Portraits and we also performed on some of those great TV shows at the time. Great memories of playing the Hollywood Bowl with Donovan that summer.
The Sunset Strip was crazy that year. Someone told us to check out this band playing at the Whisky a GoGo that everyone was into … turned out to be The Doors!
Yeah, what a year! Seems like a lifetime ago.
Carl Giammarese / The Buckinghams
And one HELL of an education for a young kid not quite yet twenty years old!  (lol)  Thanks, Carl!  (kk)

Carl and Nick ... then ...
And now ...
The Buckinghams are performing "A Salute To The '60's" on January 21st at Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana, and we're taking six of our readers with us to see the show!  (Congratulations to Judy Glatfelter, Marlene O'Malley and Steve Sarley, who each won a pair of tickets to the show!) 
This is gonna be a good one!
Tickets are still available through the Star Plaza Online Box Office here:

Hey Kent ...
Although 1967 wasn't much of a year for me in the Billboard charts, I am loving your 67 blog.
I released "It's Now Winters Day" in 1967, which I had great expectations for, but it never really caught on chart wise.
1966 was a big "Bubblegum" Year for me with "Sweet Pea" and "Hooray For Hazel," and I didn't get back into the Billboard Top 10 until 1969 with "Dizzy, which went to number 1, and stayed at the top of the Billboard chart for four weeks. I guess you might say In 1967, and 68 I was lost in chart wilderness until I got back on my "Bubblegum" train. 
However, I must say I am really enjoying the comments of all the great artists who did have chart success during this period of music history, many of them friends of mine and some who I have never had the privilege of meeting ... but all deserving of great respect.
Loving it! Great job my friend!
Your pal,
Tommy  (Roe)
"It's Now Winter's Day" was a Top 20 Hit here in Chicago (#11 on the WCFL Chart and #14 on WLS) and I always liked this song ... definitely a departure for you ... not sure you'd ever really done a ballad before as a single.
Plus, looking at the calendar, you spent a lot of time that year appearing on "Where The Action Is", which every one of us kids raced home to see after school each weekday afternoon.
Please help us to spread the word to some of the other artists you're still in contact with ... would LOVE to share some of their comments with our readers along the way.  Thanks, Tommy!  (kk)

Hi Kent,
Hey, Buddy ... here's one I stumbled onto in my old folder ... I believe this was '78 or '79 while we were clubbing ... we were trying to put together a "new" Royal Guardsmen album at that time ... but you know how stuff goes sometimes ... lol ... still, it's a fun tune.
Be safe, mi Amigo.
Barry (Winslow / The Royal Guardsmen)
Thanks, Barry!  (kk)

Hey kk, 
Great reading!  I especially enjoy hearing from WLSCLARK, the great fan from out on the Plains.
Will you be doing a piece on the great concerts and shows, even at some of the 'teen clubs'. Some unbelievable stuff was happening then.
Keep up the work,
Jimmy P (Pilster / The Cryan' Shames)
Hi Jimmy!  Happy New Year!
Would love to share ANY memories you'd care to send along.  Have already received quite a few emails from James Fairs with some really good stuff and hoping that more is on the way.  Heard from Tom Doody, too ... so keep it all coming!  Special dates ... highlights ... photos (?) ... whatever you guys can come up with.  To have THREE of the original Cryan' Shames represented is incredible!  (VERY big year for you guys!)  Thanks!  (kk)
Speaking of James Fairs, here is some very heavy insight from The Cryan' Shames' guitarist and chief songwriter ...

My name is James Fairs ...
I graduated High School in 1966, and by the spring of that Summer, 'Sugar and Spice' was a hit; huge on WCFL and WLS, and played in every possible city and town in the Midwest and somewhat throughout the nation.
Our band was a hit. Did it happen too fast? Yes and no. We weren't 'seasoned', but that was part of the 60's process. And I was hungry to get into the studios where all those great records were being made. I had more ideas than I had songs; a formula which has somewhat reversed over time.
The most astounding thing was the intense energy of the audience. They were beyond ecstatic to be alive, and were way past plugged in. A song would be released, and everyone would be discussing and describing it in school. The same thing is happening now with Virtual Reality, and in the future, millennials will be writing articles just like this one.  
There was no 'killer' technology in 1967 that might compare to what we have today ... but there is a form of comparison:
We were at the front edge ... multi-tracking instruments and vocals, trying new techniques for adding layers of instruments, and pushing what was at the time an 'immediate marketing response' with radio call-ins each night for fab responses to new songs. 
The first two albums were based on hit material, with songs like 'Sugar and Spice', I Wanna Meet You', 'Up On The Roof', 'First Train to California', It Could Be We're In Love', and more stacked into the song collections. 
We played some amazing live gigs, but also played some questionable gigs, where we couldn't hear what one another were playing. One night in a gymnasium in Iowa stands out. The PA wasn't set to overcome the cavernous space ... just to enhance what we played, and it was great (!) In my mind, it showed what we could do when the circumstances were right
All the best,
(The Cryan' Shames)

Me-TV is keeping the '67 Anniversary alive ...
Here's their latest quiz  (see how YOU do!!!)

For What It’s Worth, here are my Top 7 of ’67 at the time.
Here Comes My Baby - Tremeloes
Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
Who Do You Love - Woolies
For What It’s Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Pushin’ Too Hard - Seeds
Talk, Talk - Music Machine
It’s Cold Outside - The Choir
I've got SO many favorites from 1967 I'm not sure I could scale it down to a Top 200!  But I've been trying to get a couple of the jocks on the list to pick six of their favorites and feature them alongside six of MY favorites and devote and hour to talking about the new series on the air.
Still no takers yet ... but I'm still hoping to get a few willing participants!  (kk)  

Your posting of BEND IT in today's FH reminded me that that version didn't chart here in OKC. For the week of  February 16, 1967, the song made its initial chart position by a local group called the Noblemen. They were one of the top garage bands to come out of the state of Oklahoma. Their version was on CJL records with a flip called STOP YOUR RUNNING AROUND. A  month later, for the week of March 16, the record peaked here in OKC at song position #2. Couldn't topple Mitch Ryder's SOCK IT TO ME.
Some extra added information for you ...
The first week in January, 1967, here in OKC, the record at the bottom of the survey, affectionately known as the PICK HIT OF THE WEEK, was your own KIND OF A DRAG. SNOOPY VERSUS THE RED BARON was #1 for the second week in a row.
Larry Neal
Although Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich never made much of a chart impression here in The States ("Zabadak" was their biggest hit in 1968 ... and it peaked at #52), they were quite huge back home in The UK, scoring eight Top Ten Hits (and five others that made The British Top 40).  Amongst the biggest were "The Legend of Xanadu" (#1, 1968); "Bend It" (#2, 1966); "Zabadak!" (#3, 1967); "Save Me" (#3, 1967); "Hold Tight" (#4, 1966) and "Okay!" (#4, 1967).
In the book "Guinness World Records:  British Hit Singles And Albums", they are referred to as a "quirkily named UK quintet, very popular in the late 1960's", charting for a total of 141 weeks between December of 1965 and December of 1969.  That puts them on the chart for 67% of that time period!  (kk)

Hi Kent - 
I just wanted to send you this quick note on how much I'm enjoying the 1967 Super Charts. The latest week ending January 14 edition has two low charters that are favorites of mine and my family going all the way back to that year, "Oh Yeah!" by the Joe Cuba Sextet and "At The Party" by Hector Rivera. Those two tracks really took me back to the days of our huge family basement parties in Passaic, NJ with all of my relatives.
P.S. Stay warm (if you can)!
Santiago Paradoa
Miami, Florida
It's funny because I had never heard "At The Party" before ... and then Mark Dawson played it on his "Making Noise" /  Our Generation radio program Thursday Night when he saluted many of the hits from the first week of 1967.  That was a new one on me!
Glad you're enjoying the series and the charts.  I know a lot of work went into these so kudos again to Randy Price for putting these together ... we'll be running EVERY single Super Chart for 1967 in Forgotten Hits!  (And be sure to catch Randy's radio program this Wednesday Night on Top Shelf Oldies).
Links for BOTH programs are provided below:
Randy on the Radio:  http://www.topshelfoldies.org (Wednesday Night, 8 PM Eastern)
Making Noise With Mark Dawson:  www.ourgenerationradio.com  (Thursday Night, 9 PM Eastern)

Got a comment or two to make about your chart ending January 14. Song position #90 is by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66. I haven't really heard that group mentioned in a long time Wonder if nowadays they are known as Sergio Mendes & Brasil '17? In a way I am half joking and also half serious. Also, I noticed in THE NEXT TEN that Bobby Darin's song of LOVIN' YOU came in at #110. Later on here in OKC, the flip AMY, made it to number one.
Actually Sergio Mendes was just here a few months ago but we couldn't get tickets.
Stay tuned for a special feature on "Lovin' You", culled from our month-long Bobby Darin series.  It seems that "Amy" got played in a LOT of cities ... but still never charted.  (kk)

Don't forget to mention Illinois politician Senator Dirksen's reading of "Gallant Men" being a top 40 hit.  He got lots of play in the Chicago area and was on the radio talking constantly.  BTW, CBS' "Sunday Morning" TV former host, Charles Osgood wrote that top 40 hit!  Charles Wood is his real name.
Clark Besch
To quote Paul McCartney (who had a pretty good 1967 himself ... you may remember a little album called "Sgt. Pepper"!), "it's comin' up!"  (kk)