When I found out that I was one of the winners of the contest, I picked up the shirt from the radio station and took it with me (sans the wooden support) when I met the Stones. In the course of conversation, Mick Jagger noticed the shirt I was holding and asked if it was for him. I said, of course he could have it. He held it up and that was the last that I saw of it!
I was later interviewed by Ann Hill for Hit Parader Magazine a year later. The story was in the August, 1966 edition. When the Sergeant Pepper album came out in May of 1967, someone at the radio station recognized the shirt. I first found out when I read about this in a local newspaper. There was no photograph in the paper, so I rushed out to the closest record store as soon as the album was released to check it out. There was my shirt ... in living color! Needless to say I was shocked, thrilled ... go ahead and add any other expletives of disbelief!
I did write a letter at one time to the record company inquiring about the whereabouts of the shirt. That being in the day of snail mail and the absence of the internet, I really did not know how to pursue my research.
I would really like to know what happened to that shirt. I heard some years back that the cover was recreated somewhere. I wondered if the shirt was included. I would love to see it again, if not to have it back. Do you know anything of its whereabouts?
By the way, I still have the newspaper article and the Hit Parader magazine as well as my Stones autographs on the concert program.
Thanks for your interest in the story of my "claim to fame."
How many versions of these songs does anyone need? I bought the album when it was originally issued, I played it, liked it, played often, but that was then, this is now If I feel the need to listen to it I still have the original. Right now I'm listening to the music of 2017!
In the early days of Forgotten Hits, one of our readers wrote in and said "Quit living in the past!" (lol) NEVER!!! That's EXACTLLY what Forgotten Hits is and is all about!
Check out this video for "Yellow Balloon." It's from KTLA's "Shebang!" hosted by Casey Kasem and recorded on the field after an Angels game in Anaheim where they hosted the Washington Senators. As most know, Don Grady (Robbie from "My Three Sons") was in the band. Casey is wearing an Angels uniform and the group is lip syncing on the dugout roof. Very strange clip. Soooooo 60's. Gotta love it!
- Larry Cave
I think it's great! Thanks for sending. (That's Forgotten Hits Member Alex Valdez singing the lead vocal on this one) kk
By the way, Forgotten Hits Readers can now listen to Phil Nee's "Those Were The Days" radio program from last Saturday night, when each of us picked ten of our 1967 favorites. I think it came off very well ... and it's now posted here so all of you can enjoy it, too! (kk)
We've already heard from a couple of satisfied listeners! (kk)
Glad to hear that there are good comments coming in. Poor Side Of Town peaked in November of 1966 according to Billboard. I guess I did screw up, although the station has it grouped with 1967 songs. I presume it still could have been charting very early in the year.
Looks like now The Boston Globe is following your lead by celebrating ’67 and how that band of ragamuffins led by the boisterous Dick Williams delivered an “Impossible Dream” season and re-invigorated America’s Pastime in New England.
Speaking of The Cryan' Shames, we just got this email from their original lead singer, Tom Doody ...
Hey, maybe Dex can help us solve this one, too ...
>>>The thing I find interesting is how WLS switched from "weeks played" to "last week position" on the April 28, 1967 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 anyone 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. Maybe Clark Weber's secretary would remember any in house typed charts she made up for him? I sure would LOVE to see one if you or her have one.
Every Friday evening I hosted a countdown program of our radio station's top 40 weekly survey. Time permitting, I would play a few interesting new releases.
station subscribed to). Then I was pleasantly surprised that July to find that the record had been re-released with a different B-side and was listed as a climber in Cashbox.
But according to Cashbox, "Come Back" (his career comeback record) was the 15th best selling record of 1967, his first top 10 hit since "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" in 1962. And he followed it up with another top 40 single that I also liked that year, "Beautiful People". Both were cover songs.