Saturday, March 18, 2017

1967 Bonus #16

Here's a fun challenge from our friends at Me-TV ...

What were YOUR viewing choices back in 1967?
(And why were there so many better options back in the day when there were only three channels than there are today with over 500?!?!?)

Final Reminder ...
This is your last chance to take advantage of our special Buy One, Get One Free ticket offer to see Tommy James and the Shondells (along with special guests The Association) NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT (March 25th) at The Genesee Theatre.
Just click on the link below ... and enter the special promotion code FORGOTTENHITS at the online box office.  There are a few great seats still available but you need to hurry ... this special offer expires at 10 am on Monday, March 20th.

Any Forgotten Hits e-mail which includes "Western Union" by The Five Americans, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by The Buckinghams and "Mechanical Man" by Bent Bolt & the Nuts can't help but brighten ANY day.
Along with those tracks you featured "Mairzy Doats" by The Innocence -- who, of course, were actually The Trade Winds ("New York's a Lonely Town"), recording under another name.  But where did a crazy song like "Mairzy Doats" come from?  
Well, as it turns out, one day the four year old daughter of songwriter Milton Drake came home from school singing "Cowzy tweet and sowzy tweet -- and liddle sharksy doisters."  When Mr. Drake asked the little girl what the song meant, she slowed it down.  “Cows eat wheat -- and sows eat wheat -- and little sharks eat oysters.”  That in itself was an old English nursery rhyme.  Wondering if something new be made of that kind of double talk, Milton made up his own lyrics and got Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston to set them to music.  Then for a year that trio tried to get any music publisher interested in the result -- but every single one turned down such a silly song.  Finally, in 1944, Al Trace & his Silly Symphonists took a chance on the tune -- and within weeks there were five hit versions of "Marizy Doats" all on the charts at the same time!   This one by The Merry Macs reached #1. 
Gary Theroux
"The History of Rock 'n' Roll"
I was familiar with the tune before The Innocence released it as a single in 1967 ... my mom must have sung it around the house or something because I don't recall ever hearing the record before.  Kind of an odd choice to come out during the psychedelic sounds of the mid-to-late '60's ... but one has to remember that one of the things I love the most about the music of 1967 is that this was a period of Anything Goes ... which, coincidently, was a hit for Harpers Bizarre when they revived the old Cole Porter tune!
Although it didn't do nearly as well nationally, "Mairzy Doats" was a #21 Hit here in Chicago on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey!  (kk)

Chuck Buell recalls that on March 21st, 1967, in Denver, Colorado, Top 40 KIMN Radio continued its consistent Total Market Dominance, this time by driving KBTR Radio off their short-lived attempt with their unsuccessful Hot 100 music format to switch to --- All News.
~ KIMN's On-Air Radio Personality Dominators were led in part by (left to tight):
Hal 'Baby' Moore / Early Evenings; Chuck Buell / Afternoon Drive; Gary Todd / Morning Drive; and Johnny Presley / All Night Drive ~

CB (which stands for "Conquering Boy!")

I sang the praises of "My Foolish Pride" last week on The Ides Of March ... where we also world premiered four brand new tracks WEEKS before they'll be available anywhere else.

Excellent Kent!!!   Thanks for the premier!   Looks and sounds great.  
Happy Ides Of March and thanx for all you do for us and the whole nostalgia music community.  
Rock steady!!!  

Here is an excerpt from my interview with Jim Peterik in conjunction with their deluxe box set being released a few years ago ...

KENT KOTAL / FORGOTTEN HITS:  Next to "You Wouldn't Listen", "My Foolish Pride" is my all-time favorite Parrot track by The Ides Of March ... yet I don't recall EVER hearing it on the radio and, as such, it died a quiet death, completely unnoticed.  In hindsight, it acts as the perfect precursor to your horn period to come in 1970. In fact, from this point forward you'll find horns featured on nearly every Ides Of March track.  If only given a chance, this one absolutely should have been a hit.  The Ides hinted at a brassy sound with "My Foolish Pride" ... tell us a little bit about how that track came to be ... and how that sound was developed.     

JIM PETERIK / THE IDES OF MARCH:  My Foolish Pride was very Rubber Soul inspired (reference Girl). I wrote it on this cheap little Performachord organ that Larry had sitting around and in fact that sound made it on to the record and contributed to its unique character. Steve Daniels had just joined the band on trumpet and I wrote a cool line for him to play.  We joked around by changing the title to My Polish Bride.  

kk:  It is, without question, one of my all-time favorite Ides Of March tracks.  This song should have been a monster hit.  Was this an attempt to take the band in another direction?

JP:  To an extent, since this was really the first use of horns on an Ides record.   

kk:  Honestly in hindsight it sounds a little Tijuana Brassy ... but it has SUCH a great feel to it ... there isn't another Ides record that I can think of that captures so many different moods in under three minutes!  

JP:  It's a really bittersweet ode.  Many moods as you say.  And that cheesy Performachord organ really makes it. Yes, Tijuana Brassy for sure.  The Lonely Berwyn Bull.

>>>Speaking of "My Foolish Pride", notice a similar guitar intro to the Jimi Hendrix song "Purple Haze" ... which wouldn't come out here in The States for another five months!  Hmm ... kinda makes you wonder ... which came first?!?!?  (kk)

I'm not sure exactly when "My Foolish Pride" was recorded, but "Purple Haze" entered the UK singles chart the week of March 23,1967, so it was likely recorded in January or February at the latest (possibly as early as late October 1966, when the first sessions for the tracks on Are You Experienced took place).
– Randy Price
Doing a little fact checking, it looks like Hendrix started recording "Purple Haze" on January 11th, 1967 ... and finished it up during sessions held between February 3rd and February 8th.  It was released in Great Britain on March 17th and premiered on the chart a week later.  (Here in The States, however, it didn't come out until August, nearly six months later.)
I'd have to say that the odds of a teenage kid still in high school in Berwyn, IL, hearing this British release are pretty slim ... so probably more likely that both tunes have a similar guitar lick.  (Since Jimi's tune has probably been played a few more times over the years, we gave the nod to The Ides in our special feature!) 
All of that being said, according to the Ides Box Set, "My Foolish Pride" was released in "Winter, 1966" ... which could mean anything from December of 1966 thru early March of 1967 ... so I'm thinking The Ides actually completed their recording first ... and it's just a happy coincidence that both tracks start off with a similar guitar sound.  (kk)

>>>"For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" by Bobby Vinton moves up to #75 from #99.  (Does ANYBODY even remember this recording???)  kk
You asked if anyone remembered Bobby Vinton's FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW. Personally, this was a new one on me. Just now played it on you tube. Probably did a lot better on the Adult Contemporary charts at the time as opposed to Hot 100, I don't know.
I'll go out on a limb and say of all your readers, maybe not more than two remember it.
Again, I don't know.

Well, one who does is Randy Price, who compiled The Super Charts for our very special 1967 Series.  

"For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" reached #54 on The National Pop Charts.  (It peaked at #66 in Billboard.)  Actually, it didn't make their Easy Listening / Adult Contemporary Chart at all!  (kk)
Not that it's one of my favorites, but I do remember hearing it quite a few times on WMCA (New York) 50 years ago, where it peaked at #21 on the Fabulous 57 survey (
– Randy Price

And, speaking of the Super Charts ...

Will you have access to every week of the Super Charts for 1967?  These are great and I am saving any you post, but I only saw one from January 1967 and the last two weeks of February - any way I can get the ones I am missing? 
Rocky River, Ohio
EVERY chart will run during our 1967 series ... and we haven't skipped one yet, so I'm not sure why you're missing some.  They typically go up on Sunday or Monday ... scroll back and check again ... they should all be there.
We are hoping to generate enough interest in these charts to FINALLY get them published.  I still maintain that they are the most accurate representation of what was happening on the charts nationally, thanks to pooling information collected by all three major trades and their resources of radio stations and record shops.  (Aside to Joel Whitburn ... now that you've had a look, what do you think?  I know Lou Simon at Sirius / XM was interested at one point ... and maybe Bob Merlis, too???  I think fans and collectors would LOVE to get their hands on a complete set of charts like these ... which I believe run from 1955 thru 1982.  Let us hear from you if you're interested.  We've been trying to find a home for these for about a decade now!  (kk)

Hi Kent:
You may already be aware of this, but comedian Gilbert Gottfried's "Amazing Colossal Podcast" has had several guests that you and your followers might enjoy. 
Since we're now deep into your 1967 series, featuring many acknowledgments to the Monkees' success that year, take a listen to both Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith during their separate visits to Gilbert's podcast (Dolenz was December 7, 2014, Nesmith was May 11, 2015). 
I realize Gilbert is not everyone's cup of tea (I happen to think he's a comic genius), but he and co-host Frank Santopadre get into great -- and very funny -- discussions with current A-list stars of film, TV, and music, as well as older entertainers who have lived fabulous lives in show business, but who don't get interviewed very often these days.
Other 60's music stars like Howard Kaylan, Bobby Rydell, and Mark Hudson have also been on, and all of the episodes (and the shorter, mid-week mini-episodes) are available to hear for free.
Anyway, Mike Nesmith's appearance was especially hilarious and informative, especially the story about how the statistic that the Monkees at one time sold more records than the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined came to be.  According to him, that was something he made up, to sort of test a young reporter, to see if it would actually get printed -- which it did, and then made it onto the news wires around the world. Great stuff!
Just thought I'd pass it along.
-- Garry Berman
Will definitely have to check this out.  I got to visit with both Micky and Michael after a Star Plaza show a couple of years ago ... who would have EVER thought that this little TV show that lasted two seasons FIFTY YEARS AGO would afford them a lifetime of fame and fortune?!?!?  And with the release of their "Good Times" album last year ... one of their strongest LP's EVER ... the legend just keeps on growin'!  (kk)

It was so good to hear George Carlin's "Al Sleet - Your Hippy Dippy Weatherman" again last week. I remember watching him perform this bit on The Ed Sullivan Show.  But I'm surprised - they actually released this as a single?  And it charted?
They did ... I have a copy of the RCA 45 (catalog number 47-9110).  It "bubbled under" in Record World, reaching #129.  The intended A-Side ("Wonderful W-I-N-O", which also got some airplay here in Chicago) got to #133 in Record World.  (Billboard and Cash Box passed on both sides.)
Here in Chicago "Al Sleet, Your Hippy Dippy Weatherman" got to #20 on the WCFL Chart and reached #17 on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey, where it spent seven weeks on the chart.  (Like I keep saying, it was "anything goes" back in 1967!!!)  kk

I listened to you and Mark Dawson pick your '67 faves.  There are a couple that are on my list as well.  
You guys did a great job and maybe you should consider doing a regular program together. 
The only thing that I can't agree with is picking the worst.  That year was so good, it is even hard
to find a bad one.  Even though Let It Out by the Hombres is weak in many regards, I still don't mind hearing it once in a while.  It is proof that just about anything went on the charts during that year.  As
a side note, a guy that works at the station saw the Hombres in '67 and thinks that may have been the only song they played ... and it was about a 20 minute version of it!
Can't wait to do our Top 10 lists my show coming up on April 8th.
Phil Nee - WRCO
Several people have commented on how well Mark and I worked together on that ... which, as you know, is sometimes hard to do over the phone when you can't react as quickly as you might being in the same room ... but maybe he'll have me on again later this year as the series continues.  (I'm still working on my Top Ten ... with literally 200 faves to choose from, it's tough to narrow it down to ten ... and still try to keep it different enough from The Top Five we've already done ... but I honestly think ... with a couple of repeats here and there ... I could probably do two months of Top Ten Favorites if tasked with doing so ... there was just SO much great music that came out in 1967!)

For anyone who hasn't heard the "Makin' Noise With Mark Dawson" show we did a couple of weeks ago, you can still check it out online via the link below: