And be sure to keep up with all the extras via our brand new Bonus Website ... right here!
Great thread about 1967.
As you know, I grew up in the Midwest and was a fan of bands like The Buckinghams and The Cryan' Shames. We were all so young then and just wanted to be a part of the music we were hearing on stations like WLS and WCFL.
In 1967, The Shondells and I could have gone either way ... become one or two hit wonders with garage sounding records like "Hanky Panky" and "Say I Am (What I Am)" and disappear ... or get to the next level.
I Think We're Alone Now" was the record we needed to succeed. You haven't gotten to it yet in your Super Charts list, but it was our first hit of '67 and our first #1 (in Flint, Michigan!). When it reached #1 in Chicago, we couldn't believe it. There we were with The Stones, The Turtles, Mitch Ryder ... all these fantastic bands doing such exciting music.
We had a total of five hits that year. When "Mirage" went Top 10 at WLS, The Buckinghams had a #1 with "Don't You Care," and at WBZ in Boston, The Rascals were on top with "Groovin'."
Every time you turned around, there was another great band with a great record on the radio.
I became good friends with many of the singers and groups that were around at that time, and am so glad to have been a part of the 1967 music scene.
Thanks for all the memories, Kent. Look forward to your next posts.
- Tommy James
Thanks, Tommy. "I Think We're Alone Now" is right around the corner ... and it was a HUGE hit here in Chicago (where "Mirage" also topped the charts that year!) kk
My name is Jay Proctor, and I am the former lead singer of Jay and the Techniques.
I'm enjoying the forgottenhits ... brings back lots of memories ... thanks!
Evenin' Kent ...
Thanks for posting the song ... it was great fun ... and thanks for tons of memories!!!
Good to see a lot of bands we knew and some we played gigs with.
Bless ya, my friend.
Barry Winslow / The Royal Guardsmen
Amazing content, Kent. You really are the best.
I never saw that Hollies video. Wow. Classic!
Keep up the great work for those of us who really care.
Warm regards -
(Jim Peterik / The Ides Of March)
Do yourself a favor and pick up this Hollies documentary ... it'll blow you away ...
I've learned over the years that ALL of the Chicagoland '60's groups were heavily influenced by The Hollies, who always did pretty well on the charts here in Chicago, too. Trust me ... you'll LOVE this! (kk)
Here's our original review from when this dvd was first released ...
Because they were in the process of changing labels here in The States, The Hollies had SIX Top 50 Chart Hits in 1967. (Incredible!) They were (in consecutive order) "On A Carousel" (#7); "Pay You Back With Interest" (#28); "Carrie Anne" (#9); "Just One Look" (#44); "King Midas In Reverse" (#46) and "Dear Eloise" (#40). A pretty impressive body of work, especially coming after their last two chart hits of 1966, "Bus Stop" (#3) and "Stop Stop Stop" (#5). kk
January, 1967! What a time to be "in your backyard" of Chicago land teen clubs!
Here from the 1-19-67 Arlington Heights Herald "High School Highlights" page comes what's going on in the clubs mid-January, 1967. "Exam schedule?" Wouldn't kids just be getting back in class now?
I honestly don't remember hearing this one before. The Vouges reinvented themselves a couple of times ... this one peaked at #97 nationally in 1967. A year later they'd be up near the top of the charts with the lush sounding "Turn Around, Look At Me" Their 1965 Hit "Five O'Clock World" was a #1 Record here in Chicago, too. (kk)
I've always loved the chiming Byrds-like guitar on the Nightcrawler's "The Little Black Egg". It was first released in 1965 and I remember hearing it on WKYC Cleveland back then. I have both the Kapp 2:44 minute deejay copy single and the extended 3:23 version on a cd. Working at a Florida radio station in 66-67 we played the inferior Music Explosion version which predates their "Little Bit O' Soul" hit. The Cars did it on their anthology cd released in 1995. Later in 1967 we played a Nightcrawler's single "I Won't Tell" but by then they were calling themselves Conlon and the Crawlers. I always thought the egg song was about miscegenation.
How diverse were the music charts back in 1967? Scroll back to our January 13th posting to see that "Little Black Egg" by The Nightcrawlers and "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho both premiered on the charts the same week! Man, music was fun back then! (And am I the only one out there that thinks Don Ho sounded an awful lot like a "slightly more sober" Dean Martin?!?!?) kk
I am a great fan of the show and a friend of Lou's. Happy New Year!
And, speaking of Jimi Hendrix ...
Thanks for posting the note on Jimi Hendrix recording Purple Haze. Most people don't know he actually used a Telecaster, not a Stratocaster when he recorded the track.
1967 was a very big year for Hendrix. He signed a record contract with Track Records and, on January 11th, The Jimi Hendrix Experience held a recording session at DeLane Lea studios, laying down a basic track for “Purple Haze” and also working on “The Wind Cries Mary” and “51st Anniversary”.
That’s right. Roger Mayer has acknowledged in previous interviews that Jimi’s Strat was damaged at a gig before the recording session and Noel Redding had to go and borrow a Telecaster he once owned from one of his own bandmates for the session. Chris Adams tracks the details and history of that guitar in the new book The Grail Guitar.
Mitch Mitchell recalls, “With ‘Purple Haze,’ Hendrix came in and kind of hummed us the riff and showed Noel the chord and the changes. I listened to it and went, ‘Okay let’s do it.’ We got it on the third take as I recall.”
Chas Chandler recalls, “We were recording the B side of ‘Purple Haze’ and there was 20 minutes left in the studio and Jimi had written ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ the night before at home. Mitch and Noel had never heard the song before. It was recorded, including five guitar overdubs, in the 20 minutes.”
-- Ken Voss
Our well-acclaimed Hendrix article is permanently posted on the Forgotten Hits website here ... http://forgottenhits.com/jimi_hendrix ...
And Ken posts a daily Hendrix Chronology Page. If you're interested in joining his group, please drop him a line at
After being off network TV for eight years, "Dragnet", starring Jack Webb returned to NBC for four seasons. Webb tried to get Ben Alexander to rejoin him as his partner Frank Smith, but Alexander was committed to an ABC police series, "Felony Squad," and its producers would not release him. Reluctantly Webb recast the role of Joe Friday's partner as Bill Gannon, played by movie and TV veteran Harry Morgan.
Harry Morgan had starred in several TV Series before he joined "Dragnet", including comedies like "Pete And Gladys". After the departure of McLean Stevenson on "M*A*S*H, a lot of people wondered if they could hold their audience, especially since McLean was such a "call out" star ... but Colonel Sherman Potter (how weird ... he's a Harry and a Potter!) stepped right in to fill the void ... and Stevenson's career went virtually nowhere after that.
I'd like to mention a record released in December, 1966, that failed to chart in the US but did for one week in England in January, 1967. It's Tim Hardin's beautiful heartfelt "(How Can We) Hang On To A Dream".
You Tube (and also by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and by the Moody Blues). Hardin also penned "If I Were A Carpenter", "Reason To Believe", "Don't Make Promises", and the autobiographical "The Lady Came From Baltimore". Admired by his peers, he was a songwriting genius who was tragically addicted to heroin and died from an overdose exactly three weeks after John Lennon's death. He was 39 years old.
I am enjoying my daily dose of FH1967.
January 15, 1967 -- Go Pack Go!
– Randy Price
Thanks, Randy ... and it looks like we'll be doing Mark Dawson's first show in March celebrating our new 1967 Series, too! (We'll send a reminder Listen Live Link as we get closer to airtime) And we're going to be on Phil Nee's "Those Were The Days" program in February. (More details to come.) kk
Just say the word, and it's on!!!
See you at Star Plaza ...
Hey Kent ...
***FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th ... by popular DEMAND ...
THE BOX TOPS return to Bethlehem, PA ...
Happy Together Confirmed Tour Dates:
(more dates coming ... stay tuned!)
REMEMBERING A DEAR FRIEND:
Charlie Ingui, left, and his late brother, Richie, in a recent performance as The Soul Survivors
Launched The Sound Of Philadelphia