Here’s a great clip recounting the teaming of Jimi Hendrix and The Monkees and their infamous, short-lived tour during The Summer of Love, sent in to us by David Salidor …
We told you about Tommy Roe’s new single last week (available on iTunes) at which time he also told us that he’s been keeping up with our 1967 Series …
Hi Kent ...
I have been following and really enjoying your 1967 series.
I haven't been able to communicated with you much due to my lack of any chart action in 1967. That year as well as 1968 wasn't a very productive period for me, so I don't have much to contribute.
I’m glad you like my new single. I thought I would go back to my Rock 'a' Billy roots. We are doing a big splash to radio on my birthday, May 9th. I still love recording and who knows, there just might be one more hit in me.
Doesn't matter though … I just love what I do, even if it's only for my family and friends.
Hope all is well with you and family.
Still a big fan,
With accolades from pop music critics such as "possibly the most beautiful song of the rock and roll era", on May 11, 1967, Ray Davies' nostalgic masterpiece "Waterloo Sunset" was released in the UK. The song began life as "Liverpool Sunset" because Davies had fallen in love with that northern port city after his band, The Kinks, performed there frequently when Merseybeat ruled the UK. But, after The Beatles released "Penny Lane" in February, he decided to change the title to pay homage to his own hometown, London. In the song he wistfully observes the activity surrounding Waterloo Tube Station near Waterloo Bridge on the River Thames. With its unmistakable descending bass intro, it's one of the first records I remember hearing when I arrived in London for duty with the US Navy.
I had been a Florida deejay in 1967 and I just couldn't believe I had never heard this fantastic single, now my favorite Kink's song. Was it too sentimentally British for the US during the Summer Of Love? 2-3 years earlier anything from the UK was pure pop gold. Remember "Ferry Cross The Mersey"? Or was it a result of The Kinks being banned (by The American Federation Of Musicians) from performing in the US for the duration of the sixties after an incident on Dick Clark's WHERE THE ACTION IS tv show? Other Kink's late sixties UK hits, "Days" and "Autumn Almanac", also never charted in the US.
"Waterloo Sunset" reached #2 in the UK -- held from the top spot by The Tremeloes "Silence Is Golden". It was the first Kink's single released in stereo. Now considered one of The Kink's signature songs, it is #42 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
Coincidentally "Penny Lane" also reached #2 in the UK charts. It is #449 on the Rolling Stone list.
In 1984 Ray Davies became a filmmaker by
both contributing original songs and directing the UK made for tv movie RETURN TO WATERLOO.
THE BRITISH CHARTS – May, 1967
Rockin’ Lord Geoff (in England)