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Rolling Stone Magazine celebrated the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album cover photo shoot with some little known facts about the design concept (including a few things I didn't know about ... check out that Dutch Beatles LP Cover from 1964!) kk
If one takes a magnifying glass to the doll wearing the "Welcome the Rolling Stones" shirt on the Sgt. Pepper's album, they can see written on the sleeves "WMCA Good Guys", a reference to one of the great NYC radio stations of the day.
With the actual album you don't even need a magnifying glass to see it ... homage, I guess, to the time they spent with Murry The K on their first trip to America. (kk)
If you look at the posts in the 1910 Fruitgum Company Fan Page on FB there is a story about a medallion that I made in March of 1967 where I talk about its significance in the forming of the 1910 Fruitgum Company. I thought you might want use it in your blog.
On April 21, adverts on the survey for the then months old Personality Magazine end and "Super Summer" hype begins on WLS' survey and on the air. On April 28, it begins with a look back at the best sellers of the 60's with "Music Spectacular." It's amazing how many people chose those weeks to record WLS. I think there was great interest in those weeks, partly because you could not just go out and GET those old records as easily and many just wanted to hear their old faves again.
Even more interesting was the survey name change for the first time to "Super Summer Survey". That lasted all summer and then back to Silver Dollar Surevy throughout the year until the first week of '68 when it became the Hit Parade.
One thing that always has bugged me is how people constantly said WLS never played the bottom 10 songs, just listed them. I know that CFL jocks and Gene Taylor have said that the top 20 was mainly gauged well and the lower ones were a bit of a hit and miss always for sales plotting. However, we recorded MANY of the lower position songs as well as MANY extras played over the years on the big 89. The thing I find interesting is how WLS switched from "weeks played" to "last week position" on April 28 survey. ALSO interesting is that the last week position showed positions as low as #75! that means there must have been an "inside" chart listing up to 75 records a week. I have NEVER seen a copy of such, so I'm wondering if Clark can shed light on this. After a month of showing these dramatic (at times) leaps into the top 40, they switched to just a blank space when a song moved into the top 40 for the first time.
I'm guessing the lower reaches could have included LP cuts, older 45's as well as up and comers?? The "in house" charts I have from KRLA from 67 showed 45s listed into 60's some weeks as well as listing songs "on cart" which were sometimes "exclusives" not available yet on record. ABC sister station WABC listed 77 songs on their chart until 1962 and then 40 and then less as years went along, but there was a brief period about like what I mention here, where their top 20 actually listed songs moving in from the 40's also. It did not last either.
Comments or insight welcome. Clark, maybe your secretary would remember any in house typed charts she made up for you? I sure would LOVE to see one if you or her have one.
I've been a Forgotten Hits follower for quite some time. I truly love this thing you're doing with 1967. In a way, I hope you keep doing it through the next four years.
These were my High School years, which pull down plenty of memories. Plus this was the first year I really started collecting my 45's and plus collecting all the radio surveys from then and more.
I'm kinda waiting to see if you're going to cover some baseball. As a Cub fan, it was the start of some really exciting times at Wrigley Field. I am an original Bleacher Bum ... but hate to say that other team on the southside had a good year also. The July 2nd day stands out the most for me, but just a few short weeks later it would be over. The biggest memory I have from that was everybody's beloved Harry Carey crying out "The Cardinals are coming Tra-La, Tra-La". To this day when anybody tells how great Harry Carey was as a Cub announcer I get upset to my stomach.
Alright keep the memories coming and I'll keep getting up at six o'clock to see what the new story is coming up next.
Thanks so very much,
Thanks, Randy, I appreciate that. (Didn't know you were a Chicago boy! Awesome!)
You'll see sports creep in from time to time ... 1967's Opening Days are just a week away ... and both The Cubs AND The Sox had pretty incredible seasons that year.
My first year of high school was 1967, too, graduating in '71. We won't keep it up for four years but we'll ALWAYS look back ... and hope good folks like you will continue to share your memories with our readers.
Thanks again. (kk)
I sooo enjoy your site and sooo appreciate all the work you put into it. One can tell your love of your work.The site is marked as a favorite and is checked everyday. I also go to your web page to read stories and gather information.I have sent this information out to roughly 50 people I know. We do exchange emails about items we remember and / or have participated in ... the "remember when we" category.When I have additional time I will write and tell why this site is important to me personally. Coming froma rural area, KOMA & WLS were my go to saviors for music.
Keep up the good work.
Thank you, John, I appreciate that. (kk)
You asked today how one uses your calendar information. What I do early in the morning is I scan the info, then later on in the day read it word for word. Now, I don't play all of the songs that you post. It may be that I wasn't too fond of them at the time they came out. The ones I do play are those I truly liked for one reason or another or maybe haven't heard it in ages.
Now today's posting reminded me of two things. First, the Jimi Hendrix tune FIRE reminded me of a version by a group known as the Five by Five on Paula Records. (1968). Turned out to be a hit here in the OKC area. Also, when I saw and played YELLOW BALLOON, that reminded me that the same song is on the flip side. However, it is recorded backwards with the group's name being NOOLLAB WOLLEY
The Five By Five version of "Fire" was a HUGE hit here in Chicago, going all the way to #5 on both the WLS and the WCFL charts. And, believe it or not, the backwards version of "Yellow Balloon" actually received a few votes in our Favorite, Forgotten B-Sides Poll a few years back! (If nothing else, I'm sure long-time list member Alex Valdez voted for it! lol) kk
Speaking of Yellow Balloon ...
Your Forgotten Hits blog is never short of surprises, and your latest issues are no exception.
When I found a couple of my "never thought I would see nor hear of these again" favorites, it made my day, so thank-you.
The "Yellow Balloon" got a ton of airplay in Minneapolis, and when I saw "Sunday For Tea" by Peter & Gordon on the WLS survey, I couldn't believe it -- one of my all-time favorites by Peter & Gordon -- never even knew it ever saw the light of day, let alone show up on the WLS charts!
Peter & Gordon's music was always well-produced and I certainly can see why Peter Asher went on to a giant career in music production to include albums by Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Cher, and others. The stereo production on Peter & Gordon's "I Go To Pieces" and "Nobody I Know" is simply excellent.
'67 vintage ... I don't know what it was like for wine, but for music it was a helluva great year, and thank-you for spot-lighting it all year! And, all of your hard work to capture the era and distill it into a year-long feature is greatly appreciated -- again,
Ah! 1967 ... I was only 12 then. lol ... Just kidding!
Thanks for the nostalgic journey through this time of budding adolescence. "Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone." I know that song. lol ...
Funny, 1967 seems like only yesterday. I love the Buckinghams ... always have and always will.
The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album cover naturally is a classic. I have since learned more about the faces on the album cover. Yesterday, I actually came across some information about one of the faces being that of famous British author Stephen Crane, which I never knew.
And those fabulous Monkees! Davy Jones ... gone too soon. I liked Mike Nesmith more than I realized. He was the "brains behind the operation." I like smart men. His mother must have been brilliant, with the "white out" and all. As an ad min I am very familiar with that product. lol ...
Thanks again, Kent, for the fond memories.
I began collecting radio station surveys from WLOF and in 1966 (when I was 16), my family moved to Central New York. Being in the northeast, late night, I could hear WKBW (Buffalo); CKLW (Windsor-Detroit); WOWO (Ft. Wayne, Indiana), WABC (NY), WBZ (Boston) and WCFL & WLS (Chicago). I became a rabid chart freak (buying the Billboard Whitburn books faithfully since 1970) and after college, pursued a career in radio. To this day, I seek out chart information and being retired in South Florida, I've been able to make connections with retired DJ's in Orlando and post WLOF related chart info from 50 years ago, this year, on the WLOF Channel 95 Facebook page. To make a long story short, I find your past and present info regarding Chicagoland fascinating, as I grew up on WLS and WCFL from 1967 - 1975. Love your weekly top 100 chart and look forward to analyzing it every weekend.
Next time, I'll include some vintage chart data for you. In the meantime, you may remember this jingle package
Dennis Chip Chapman
You'll see every WLS and WCFL posted every week during our 1967 series.
And, being a chart-aholic like me, you may be interested in these Birmingham, Alabama surveys that one of our readers, Ray Edwards, mentioned recently. (We've already received a couple of responses on these.) kk
As I've mentioned before, I was a deejay at a Florida radio station in 1967. There was a Sandie Shaw song in the top 20 of our station's Singalong Survey.
Since search engines were decades away, I knew nothing about the story behind the song. On April 8, 1967, the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Vienna, Austria. Although mostly oblivious to Americans, I found out living in London while serving in the US Navy that it is a really big deal in Europe. Participating countries have representatives perform original songs while the contest is simulcast live across Europe. Twenty year old Sandie Shaw, already a successful UK pop artist known for performing while barefoot, was chosen to represent the UK that year.
Shaw auditioned five original songs on a UK tv variety show and the public voted to pick their favorite. To her dismay the song chosen, "Puppet On a String," was her least favorite. The Eurovision Song Contest had begun in 1956 and the UK had never won.
With it's circus atmosphere, "Puppet On A String" won the contest by a landslide. It even beat out the first ever version of "Love Is Blue". The very next year, Paul Mauriat's instrumental "Love Is Blue" would become the only US number one to ever originate in France. "Puppet" meanwhile became a worldwide number one hit but failed to chart nationally in the US.
I had no idea regarding the history of this song (and event). I've seen "Puppet On A String" on the British Charts for years now and just always assumed it was the Elvis tune ... quite a surprise to hear this (as you called it) "circus atmosphere" track! Thanks for sending. (kk)
Bejeesus, Kent, you’ve started a trend! In fact, you may have actually started a ‘movement’ and if your readers do it in harmony in groups of three, they may think its an organization and if 50 readers ... that’s just 50 readers mention it, it WILL be a Movement!!! (Regrets to Arlo on his ’67 homage to beating the draft.)
Man, this is better than leaving old tires wrapped in toilet paper to look new to scam passers by and yelling ‘Sucker’ at them ... man our ‘innocent youth’ ... what fun. Have a great weekend,
And then, literally four minutes later we got this email from Guy Arnston!
Various Artists (Jon Savage) - Jon Savage's 1967 - The Year Pop Divided - Ace Records
Hmmm ... maybe it IS true! (Or at least those select few reading and enjoying Forgotten Hits may think so!) kk
I noticed that one of our comments in the last 1967 Bonus Edition got cut off ...
And, speaking of "on the radio", we'll be on Phil Nee's "Those Were The Days" radio program this Saturday Night on WRCO, broadcasting out of Richland Center, Wisconsin, playing more of our favorite tracks from 1967.
It's always a fun time on Phil's show - and he's run several of our features through the years. This time around, we each picked ten of our favorites from '67 ... and had a lot of fun doing so ... so we hope to be able to bring it to you shortly. (kk)