Saturday, February 25, 2017

1967 Bonus #10

Wow!  TEN Bonus Emails already (and it's still only February!!!)  I never would have expected the need for this many supplemental emails ... but it seems folks are TRULY diggin' our look back at 1967. 

Be sure to get ALL of the latest news (from 50 years ago today anyway!) right here ...

Start your day each morning with Forgotten Hits ... and don't miss a thing!  (kk) 

Kent ...

Great job with 1967.

After 1967, you only have about 14 other years to do. (1955 - 1970)! (?)

Frank B.

This one pretty much wiped me out!  (lol)  I've gotta give props to guys like Ron Smith, Bob Dearborn and the folks behind "On This Date In Rock And Roll History" ... their postings cover EVERY year ... I devoted all of my efforts to 1967!

I gave some thought to doing 1971 ... it would be my 50th Year High School Graduation Anniversary ... but NOTHING matches the music and events of '67 for me.  (kk)

Hi Kent;
As you wind down your month long salute to the oldies of 1967, a huge round of applause for all the work you put into the program! Nice job!
Oh, and one other thing ...
Let me put the Weber / Riley feud to rest with this observation.
In my mind, Ron Riley will always remain about five French fries short of a Happy Meal!
Clark Weber
Hey, we're just getting started!!!! This thing'll run ALL YEAR LONG ... so LOTS more goodies to come!  (kk)

My name is Dex Card. I was part of the music scene before and after 1967.  
1967 was my last year hosting the afternoon show on WLS Chicago. At the time, WLS was the most listened to radio station in the entire United States. 
In 1968 I began a syndicated radio show and also opened five Wild Goose Teen clubs in the Chicago suburbs. I hired national acts and also many Chicago groups, including: the Cryan' Shames, the Buckinghams, the Ides Of March, the New Colony Six, the Shadows Of Knight and, most importantly, STYX. 
In 1975, I began acquiring radio stations in Wisconsin.  I retired to Florida twenty-one years ago. 
Hey, Dex - thanks so much for chiming in ... and please keep those memories coming.  Man, you couldn't go ten minutes without hearing an ad for The Wild Goose on the radio back in the late '60's and early '70's.  (Any of you Chicago folk remember Steve Cronin's "Starbeat Presents What's Happening" jingle???  Try getting THAT one out of your head tonight!)  kk

Chuck Buell here, Kent! ~~~

In last Sunday's FH Bonus #9, my Ole On Air Broadcasting Buddy on WLS of some years ago, Clark Weber, wrote you saying he thought it was I who was the tag voice on the Coca Cola Neil Diamond Radio commercials. 

Well, nope, 'twas not I!

But he wasn't far off! Fast forward a bit, and it was me on some of the other Coke spots. I did tag the commercials for B. J. Thomas, the Brooklyn Bridge and a couple of others, I think.

One for which I was called upon to voice the tag lines was the spot that ended up being perhaps the most famous Contemporary Artist Coca Cola Radio commercial of them all!

It and the Hit Song that followed are attached!

CB ( which stands for "Coke Boy!" )

Actually that comment came from Clark Besch, who often signs his name as WLSClark.  (It's confused folks before ... including Clark Weber!!! lol)
I thought you had done voiceovers for a number of these spots, which ran nationally all over the country.  Happy to share the one you sent along.  Thanks, Chuck!  (kk)
Two artists who enjoyed an incredibly good year in 1967 will be performing together at The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, March 25th ... 
That's the night they present Tommy James and the Shondells with Special Guests The Association ...
And a select number of tickets are still available through The Genesee Theatre Online Box Office ...
But you'd better hurry 'cause they're going fast!

Check out this hit list ... between them, these guys had TEN Top 100 Hits in 1967 alone ...
I Think We're Alone Now (#3 ... and #1 here in Chicago)
Mirage (#7 ... and #1 here in Chicago)
I Like The Way (#20 / #12)
Gettin' Together (#14 / #12)
Out Of The Blue (#31 / #14)
Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies (#19 / EX)
No Fair At All (#51 / #18)
Windy (#1 / #1)
Never My Love (#1 / #2)
Requiem For The Masses (#100 / --)
Check the website today (2/25) and you'll find Tommy telling the story behind hearing "I Think We're Alone Now" for the very first time.


Speaking of The Genesee Theatre, it looks like quite a few of you took advantage of the special Pre-Sale Offer for Cornerstones of Rock tickets ... tickets are now on sale to the general public ... and I fully expect this show to sell out, just like every other performance they've done.
Talk about your "Who's Who Of Chicago Rock" ... ALL of these guys provided the soundtrack for growing up in The Windy City in the late '60's and early '70's.  Don't miss your chance to catch The Buckinghams, The Cryan' Shames, The Ides Of March, The New Colony Six and The Shadows Of Knight ... all performing together in ONE BIG SHOW on May 20th at The Genesee Theatre.
Ticket link below:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1967 BONUS #9

Hi Kent: 
Just wanted to let you know that I love the idea of highlighting 1967 this whole year.
Carol Kaye 

Thanx for all your 1967ness, when I was 22.  One of the luckiest things that ever happened to me is being born in 1945 and being at just the right age in 1955 to experience the HUGE rock'n'roll boom heard 'round the world and following it thru to the present.  It would have been lovely had I been paid for it, but I do believe you could set me down anywhere on earth and I'd find a way to be happy as long as I had access to my music.  That's reason enough for me to ask God to continue to Bless America!   

Kent - 
From your 1967 update today:  

>>>"Penny Lane" / "Strawberry Fields Forever", described as a "double A-side", is released by The Beatles.  It will top the charts in America a few weeks later.  (Thanks to "Release Me" by Engelbert Humperdinck, it did NOT reach #1 in the UK).  kk  

That’s me, 49 years later, with the actual mellotron (and, as we know, a very new and experimental instrument at the time) used on Strawberry Fields Forever.    
One of my faves from the R&R HOF - Cleveland 2016.

I’m really enjoying your daily 1967 updates … 
Thanks for the memories!  
Mike Stineman  

Fabulous WSPT / Stevens Point chart.  I never knew they had their own surveys.  
Tony Waitekus 

Great read.  I liked hearing the Gary & the Hornets ad as well.  I'd never heard that before. 
Rebel Baker  
Despite the concerns of Herman's Hermits' record label, Gary and the Hornets never really caught on ... their biggest chart hit, "Hi Hi Hazel", peaked at #92 in November of 1966.  The best that their version of "There's A Kind Of Hush" could do was "bubble under" at #114 in Cash Box ... it stopped at #127 in Billboard during a three week chart run.  So yeah, I'd say that commercial is pretty rare!  (kk)    

Hope all is good with you, Bro ...  
Stumbled on to this pic ... first tour with Tommy James, Sam the Sham, and Keith and the Wild
Kingdom ... man, youth was fun! ... lol.  

Enjoy the week, my friend  
Later -  
Barry Winslow / The Royal Guardsmen
Good morning, Kent,  
Seeing the photo of Mickey Dolenz as “Circus Boy” was a nice surprise. When I was a kid, I watched Mickey Braddock (as he called himself then) playing Corky that TV program (which aired in 1956 and ’57). According to IMDB, the TV show producers decided to send Mickey on a singing tour to promote the show, and prepared him by first enrolling him in guitar lessons. By the way, Mickey attended and graduated from U.S. Grant High School in Van Nuys, Calif. — the same school from which Barry “the Fish” Melton of Country Joe and the Fish graduated in 1965.  
Best regards,
Jeff March  

On Friday, 2/24/67, ABC and WLS-TV aired a show about the teen music situation called "The Songmakers."  
Here's a clip from the show showing the Wrecking Crew working with the Mamas & Papas.

Hi Kent - 
Love your '67 blog.   
Though I'm residing in New York City now, I lived my halcyon days in Utica, NY, where I listened to WLS after 10 PM at night, when I received the signal via my transistor radio.  
I told my friends about these groups, and all of us fell in love to these sounds.  'Scratch in the Sky' is still my favorite album, and 'You Wouldn't Listen to Me' is still my favorite single.  
Because of these guys, I became a singer / songwriter with a Grammy nomination. My new CD is entitled 'Celebrate'. My artist name is Joseph G.  The 12 songs of 'Celebrate' and 18 of my oldies are available on i-Tunes, Spotify, Google / Play and YouTube (search Top Tracks - Joseph G.) ... or just go to my secret website for free listening:  
I have always wanted to come Chicago for music and a visit to The Oriental Institute to view its magnificent Egyptian wing (my Grammy nominated song, 'You're a Treasure', contains a reference to Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti).  
If I am fortunate enough to win the tickets to the Cornerstones show, I will make plans to come to Chicago to see this show and fulfill a lifetime dream to see your beautiful city.  
Thanks for the memories, 
Joseph G.  
Would love to see you fulfill that dream ... so good luck, Joe!  (We probably received at least two dozen ticket requests on Day One ... and still don't know for certain how many we'll have to give away ... so stay tuned ... fortunately the show is still three months away so we'll see what we can come up with in the meantime!)  kk   

>>>Lovin’ the attention to ’67! Looking’ forward to more!  (Jerry Reuss)    
Is Jerry Reuss the same Jerry Reuss who pitched in the major leagues?  That would make sense on many levels because as I recall he was a competent musician during his playing days.   
Rich Klein  
I dunno ... let's ask him!  (kk)  

Hi Kent, 
Yes, I’m the former pitcher.  
I’ve enjoyed your blog for some years now. You as well as many of your readers have provided much insight into the world of music and rock ’n’ roll that I can’t get anywhere else. I appreciate all the time and effort that goes into it.  
Keep up the good work as I look forward to my daily read!  
Wow!  Now how cool is THAT?!?!  
And Jerry knows a thing or two about 1967 ... that's the year he was drafted by The St. Louis Cardinals. 
He pitched for 22 major league seasons, spending time with our very own Chicago White Sox from 1988 - 1989 as well as stops with The Houston Astros (1972 - 1973), The Pittsburgh Pirates (1974 - 1978), The Los Angeles Dodgers (1979 - 1987) as well as The Cincinnati Reds, The Milwaukee Brewers and The California Angels.  
Along the way he won 220 games and struck out 1907 hitters - was a two time All Star, a 1981 World Series Champion and pitched a no hitter against The San Francisco Giants on June 27, 1980! In 1988, while with The Chicago White Sox, he became the second pitcher in Major League History to win 200 games without ever having a 20-Win Season.  (The first was Milt Pappas)  
After baseball he did commentary nationally for ESPN as well as for The California Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.  
Welcome aboard, Jerry ... and thanks again for the very kind words!  (kk)

I'd like to mention a couple of Florida regional top 10 hits in February 1967 that never charted nationally. 
The Tropics was a Tampa group that got a Columbia recording contract after winning a 1966 battle of the bands in Chicago. Their single "Time" always reminded me of Colin Blunstone and the Zombies.
Grady Lloyd's "Lay Down Your Arms" was a cover of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier Of Love" from 1962. The Beatles recorded it in 1963 and it can be found on their Live At The BBC album. Both of these singles were big hits in the sunshine state.  
Mike G

The 1967 Grammy Awards were handed out on March 2nd in four different cities.  Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York all had ceremonies handing out the trophies for best music of 1966.  The Beatles' "Michelle" won the Best Song of the Year.  
Local Mercury Records was disappointed by only one win out of eight nominations.  
Although Chicagoland locals, the Buckinghams, had been number one on Billboard's Hot 100 the previous week ... however, the song would not have been eligible until the following Grammy year and was never nominated for anything.  "Up Up & Away" took most trophies home that year.  
The only time a Best New Artist award has not been given out (since The Grammy's inception in 1959) was 1967!  Maybe the Bucks SHOULD have been given the award? 
The Buckinghams, however, can say they had a Grammy night performance!  They actually opened the Chicago Grammy Awards Program by performing "Kind Of A Drag" live onstage!  How cool!  
BTW, the Mercury Records winner that night?  The best "Contemporary (Rock & Roll) Recording" went to "Winchester Cathedral"!!!!  Contemporary must have meant 1920's to the Grammys?  
Lots of things have not changed.  Last night, the late David Bowie won four Grammys for his song "Blackstar", including best rock song.  Hmm, 40 year old sounding song wins in 1967 and 50 years later a rock star from 40 years earlier wins, too? 
Here's the lowdown as Billboard presented it in their 3/11/67 issue for the Chicago part of the presentations:

and the nominees and winners:

Sure, nowadays, you can get all the Grammy nominees on a CD by going down to Target, BUT.....
50 years ago, that was not the case.  The closest was this EXTREMELY rare DJ LP that stations were supplied with.  It's almost like a 1967 - 69 montage of the biggest hits of the years.  OK, so it's all Columbia Records artists, but still.  It's like Clive Davis and Joel Whitburn combined on an album project based on Billboard charts!!  
The album is titled: "Columbia Records Hall of Fame 1967 - 1968 - 1969."  At the top of the album, it proudly proclaims: "All selections contained in this album hit Billboard's Top 10 in the years 1967 - 1968 - 1969."

As you can see below, side one is chock full of Buckinghams hits (tracks 3, 6, 8!).  

The back cover has a montage of the artists:

And notes by Billboard contributor, Joe Teras!

The Buckinghams synopsis:

TAKE THAT, Adele! 
Neil Diamond did car karaoke last night at the GRAMMYS???  Hard to believe, but true.  
Here's what he was doing in 1967 and I think our FH member Chuck Buell is doing the announcer voice overs!  

Thanks Clark ... Interesting observation.  
I saw an article about the first Grammy Awards event out here in LA. I think it was in the ballroom at a Holiday Inn or something.  
Even though there were fantastic artists at the time with number one records, Andy Williams and Henry Mancini won everything. Crazy. 
Unfortunately at the time, “popular music and rock n’ roll” (don’t even mention R&B) wasn’t considered a worthy art form as compared to the movies and the Academy Awards.  
It was extremely political. Everyone on both of those voting boards (Oscars & Grammys) were old, establishment white folks.  
With that said, you can see why “Winchester Cathedral” with their mega-fone vocal trak and the poetic lyric of “Oh bow-dee-oh-dough” would garnish an award. (ha, ha)   
I stopped watching the Oscars when “Talk To The Animals” won for best song of the year over “Alfie”. 
Back in the day, generally speaking if you were a minority artist or on a small, indie label you weren’t going to be acquiring many votes. They wouldn’t know who the hell you were (?)   
Marshall C. winning an award for R. Lewis was an exception. Leonard and Phil over the years probably donated a boatload of money to NARAS. (ha, ha)  
In hindsight with Kent’s (Forgotten Hits) recent acknowledgement of the Bucks and the “horn sound”, you would’ve thought a light would’ve gone on in the heads of the folks on the board at least in Chicago.  
That tells you how out-of-touch those people were with the music of the day.  
Isn’t there a story that Elvis, The Beatles and God knows who else NEVER earned a Grammy? 
James Holvay 

If there is, it simply isn't true ... although Elvis' recognition came for his religious albums rather than his contribution to the evolution of rock and roll.  Incredibly The King Of Rock And Roll only one THREE Grammy Awards ... and he didn't win his first one until 1967 when he took home the honors for Best Scared Performance for his "How Great Thou Art" album.  He won again in 1972 for "He Touched Me" (Best Inspirational Performance) and in 1974 (for "How Great Thou Art" again) for Best Inspirational Performance, Non-Classical.  
The Beatles (both as a group and individually) have won a TON of Grammys over the years.  
Here is a recap we did almost exactly nine years ago today, significant because it was the VERY FIRST Forgotten Hits web page post (February 9th, 2008) ...  
By the way, as related to our 1967 Series, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" won two 1967 Awards (presented in 1968) - one for Best Contemporary Album and the other for Album Of The Year.  
The very first Grammy Ceremony was held at The Beverly Hilton (slightly more upscale than The Holiday Inn!  lol)  You can read all about it here:  
The first TELEVISED ceremony came a year later ... that's the one we talked about in our Bobby Darin Series as it pitted Bobby up against Frank Sinatra in four categories.  (They each won two ... Bobby took his home for Best New Artist and Song Of the Year ... "Mack The Knife") 
You're right ... for the longest time the winners were determined by a group of old fuddy-duddys, who had absolutely NO clue when it came to the new sound sweeping the nation, rock and roll.  Today, however, the voting panel seems far more in tune with the latest contemporary sounds.  (kk)   

As we're seeing on a daily basis, 1967 was a revolutionary year in music.  While it was "Sgt. Pepper" that garnered most of the attention that year on the album charts ... it literally changed the way albums were made and conceptionalized overnight ... there were a number of OTHER albums released this year that raised the bar ... they just weren't recognized as such at that moment in time. 
One such album would have to be "The Velvet Underground and Nico".  
Another would have to be "Days Of Future Passed" by The Moody Blues ... in which full orchestrated rock and roll music ... presented in almost a classical vein ... were merged for the very first time.  (Incredibly, despite initiation this HUGE leap forward in the rock arena, The Moody Blues STILL have not been inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!) 
But, as I said, the album went virtually unnoticed at the time.  The following year "Tuesday Afternoon" was edited down for single release and it went to #24 on the pop charts.  The big #1 Hit from the album, however, wouldn't realize its significance on the pop charts until 1972 ... a full five years later ... when "Nights In White Satin" hit the #1 spot on both the Cash Box and Record World Charts.  (It peaked at #2 in Billboard).  
Upon its first release in 1967, it "bubbled under" in Billboard and Record World and barely caused a ripple with its #93 showing in Cash Box.  (It was on and off the chart in just two weeks!)  I guess the world just wasn't ready for this revolutionary landmark.  (Hey, America paid no attention to The Beatles in 1963 either ... timing, as they say, is everything!)  
Well now The Moody Blues are going out in full support of their landmark LP with a 50th Anniversary Tour of "Days Of Future Passed", performing a two set extravaganza with a full orchestra ... 
Set One will consist of all their greatest hits (and they've had PLENTY ... everything from "Question" (#19, 1970); "The Story In Your Eyes" (#14, 1971) and "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band" (#8, 1973) to "Gemini Dream" (#12, 1981) and "The Voice" (#15, 1981).   

Vintage Vinyl News is reporting it this way ...  

The Moody Blues will return to North America in June and July to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their album Days Of Future Passed.  
The show will be divided into two halves with their greatest hits during the first act and a full playing of Days Of Future Passed in the second.  
Released in November of 1967, Days Of Future Passed was The Moody Blues second album and their first where they merged rock music with a full symphony orchestra.  Credited as an early example of progressive rock music, the band only performed at the same time as the orchestra in the last section of Nights In White Satin.  Otherwise, they were alternating passages.  
At the time of its release, Nights In White Satin was not a hit in the U.S. and peaked at 19 in the U.K.  The follow-up, Tuesday Afternoon, went to 24 on the Hot 100.  Nights was re-released in 1972 to much greater success, going to 9 in the U.K. and 2 in the U.S.  
Justin Hayward said of the album "Little did we know when we made Days Of Future Passed that it would eventually change our lives — it took five long years to make it the top of the charts. But we mustn’t take all the credit for this remarkable project — there were many creative minds who contributed at the time, and who believed in us when we were young and inexperienced. We just wrote the songs — about every-man. My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place. It will be a joy to return to it, live."   

The Dates:
06/03 - Rancho Mirage, CA - Agua Caliente Casino
06/04 - Pala, CA - Starlight Theater
06/06 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
06/07 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
06/09 - Portland (Troutdale), OR - Edgefield 
06/10 - Seattle (Woodinville), WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle
06/11 - Seattle (Woodinville), WA  - Chateau Ste. Michelle
06/17 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl 
06/18 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre  
06/20 - Denver (Englewood), CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
06/27 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre  
06/28 - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Summerfest   
06/30 - Chicago (Highland Park), IL - Ravinia Park

07/01 - Dayton (Kettering,) OH - Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts

07/02 - Cleveland (Northfield), OH - Hard Rock Live  

07/06 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre For Performing Arts

07/07 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre For Performing Arts

07/09 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre 

07/10 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 

07/12 - Wantaugh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

07/13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

07/15 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts  

07/16 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center 

07/18 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Events Center 

07/19 - Baltimore, MD - Pier 6 Pavilion   

07/20 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap 

07/22 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

07/23 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre