This is great, I’ll bet your ‘Hits’ are growing exponentially!
FH1967 is super.
Keep up the good work,
What a project you have taken on! I am LOVING every day of 1967 all over again!
And pretty well confirmed to me at that point too!
~~~ Chuck Buell
A rare spoken word record, "Gallant Men," charted in early '67. It was a poem written and recited by Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen at the height of the Vietnam War. The background music was co-written by CBS news guy Charles Osgood, using his real name of Charles Wood III. Of course, the only member of Congress that ever had a #1 record was Rep. Sonny Bono!
- Larry Cave
Regarding The Electric Prunes: Circa '79, I took a weekly ASCAP songwriting workshop from Annette Tucker, co-writer of "Too Much To Dream ..." and now a facebook friend.
On January 25th you asked about the Felice Taylor song "It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring)". I barely remember that song but it sounded a lot like The Supremes. Living in London in the late sixties, I do recall her big 1967 UK#11 hit "I Feel Love Comin' On" also sounding like Diana Ross. I've always liked that song and have it on an old reel-to-reel tape. It's considered a Northern Soul classic in England.
Northern Soul is akin to Beach Music in the Carolinas. I understand that she was discovered by a
young Barry White and he wrote and produced her songs. In the seventies he recorded them all
over again with Love Unlimited and Orchestra.
Kent man -
Furvus here and really digging the '67 thing ... right down to the "fan" quoting Nietzsche to hype a song, even as good a song as it may be!!!
I doubt what the "fan" had to say as much as I've always doubted most of what Nietzsche had to say. After all - most believe Nietzsche died of syphilis while alone in a cave ... two things I have been trying to avoid all my life!!! So far, so good.
Kent, don't believe anything anyone who quotes Nietzsche has to say. The fact is you and Forgotten Hits will now last as long as the internet and cyberspace exists - maybe longer - if we really care to think about it and how things will be by then.!!?? So you are carved in stone, man!!! At least!!! Not to worry!!!!!
But let's get back to now ... which is the end of January, 1967, I believe, isn't it? Seems to me.
And we, The Fifth Estate, are recording an album at Select Sound Studios, 21st floor (penthouse), 1790 Broadway, NYC.
The first session went on for 17 hours. Other sessions were necessarily interspersed with the constant touring we were doing, including trips to Chicago and playing some of the blues clubs in Old Town.
When we put the "Witch Is Dead" tune down, Mickey Eichner, label president, was running up and down the hallways shouting, "It's a hit!!! It's a hit!!!" From there, they steered the album material more toward that song and market rather than the live touring material we were doing like "Bright Lights, Big City", "Back Door Man", etc. and the Greenwich Village stuff we were doing, which was completely original and slightly more Fuggish for lack of a better likeness.
To complete the album once we had a hit twp months later (ahh the good old days), a number of our home recordings were tweaked a little and used to fill out the album. One of our semi-commercial Greenwich Village tunes, which we had home recorded, did get on there that way with just Wayne's lead vocal doubled in NYC ... otherwise that is just us playing in our basement studio with very few mikes. Same with "Lost Generation" and a few others on that album.
Fun days! Long days! 50 years ago - TODAY!
(Ken Evans / The Fifth Estate)
If not a permanent record for the rest of civilization to enjoy, I'd like to think all my efforts are at least etched in Jello!!! (Then again, maybe it's all just a disposable / consumable best enjoyed when served hot off the stove ... who knows!) In either event, thanks for the kind words. (I've got to make this work now that my life-long Plan B is off the table ... there's no more circus to join!)
I found these photos in the archives ... something you had sent me AGES ago ... from the program booklet of the Gene Pitney Tour you guys did with The Buckinghams. (I remember sharing other photos ... and lots of fun memories from this tour back in the day ... probably all long since lost to numerous computer crashes since then.) These, however, survived ... and I'm guessing THEY'RE all from 1967 as well ... so enjoy (again) as we continue our trek through this incredible year! (I especially like the "group shot" showing many of the participants of this fun tour!) kk