Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1967 Bonus #29

Our recent interview with Geoff Dorsett in the UK is now available online via this link: ttp://  
It’s my first overseas interview for Forgotten Hits so this was kind of a big deal for me … International kk!!! 
Geoff’s been a FH Reader for several years now and his weekly programme is also syndicated and airs right here in Chicago on WRLR on Saturday afternoons.  He has interviewed something like 7000 major rock and roll acts over the years … and now me!  (Unreal!!!) 
We cover a lot of ground in a very brief amount of time so give it a quick listen.  (Despite the fast pace of the show, we somehow still managed to squeeze in not only a plug for our website and the 1967 Calendar Series but also mentions of the great things going on here locally on Me-TV-FM, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Paul Revere and the Raiders … as well as what seems to have become our signature song for 1967, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”!  Be sure to check it out via the link above.  (kk) 

Hi Kent,
Been enjoying the daily features on 1967. That was the year I graduated from high school, signed a professional contract and entered SIU, so it does have a special meaning. Always look forward to reading what appears on the daily menu! 
By the way, I just finished a story on The Buckinghams’ “Kind Of A Drag”, which I am submitting to the editor of our local newspaper, the Las Vegas Review Journal … hopefully, this might become a weekly feature.
Many thanks for the great hours of reading and for your time with my project! 
Jerry Reuss  
Thanks, Jerry. 
I would be very interested in running some of these article in Forgotten Hits, too, as they relate to the 1967 era we’re currently covering … or even as special “bonus” mailings that you can see we do from time to time. 
Please let me know if you might like to share some of these with our readers.  Thanks!  (kk)

By the way, Jerry sent me a picture of The Buckinghams from back in late 1966 / early 1967 and we helped to confirm the identity of the individual far left in the back row.  (The timing was such that this could have either been Marty Grebb, who spent most of ’67 with the group, or original keyboard player Dennis Miccolis and, quite honestly, ALL of the guys here look so INCREDIBLY young, I just couldn’t be sure … so it is great to have the luxury to be able to contact ALL of these guys and nail down the details.  (In addition to the answer to The Mystery Buck, Carl Giammarese also shares an interesting story below.)

For the record that’s Bass Player Nick Fortuna and Guitarist Carl Giammarese kneeling in the front row … these are the two guys who have kept The Buckinghams’ music alive for the past 32 years now (and still going strong) … while the back row consists of original keyboard player Dennis Miccolis, founding member Jon Jon Poulos on Drums and lead singer Dennis Tufano in the photo below.  (kk)

Hi Kent,
That's me in the back left hand corner. It was incredible being an original, founding member of The Buckinghams and to have recorded "Kind of a Drag". What a great era for music! 
Dennis Miccolis

Hi Kent,
This photo was taken at the Holiday Ballroom probably early 1966 and that’s Dennis Miccolis standing on the left. It was soon after George LeGros left for the army after he was drafted. We had done several “All Time Hits” shows on WGN before George left. When George suddenly left, we saw him off at the train station and had to play that night at the Holiday Ballroom. George LeGros did a lot of the lead singing at the time so when we played that night Dennis was singing harmony on a lot of songs with no lead. It’s funny now thinking back, but it wasn’t at the time. 
The Buckinghams  
Too funny!  There are several clips of The Buckinghams from the WGN / “All Time Hits” television program available on YouTube … including this 17 minute compilation posted by Dennis Miccolis.  (The group at this time also included Curtis Bachman, who is also a Forgotten Hits Member!)

Check out their version of The Beatles’ hit “I Should Have Known Better” … yes, they really should have!  (lol)  Thankfully the band got better from here!!!  (Especially in regards to Beatles cover tunes ... their version of "I Call Your Name" would be a Top 15 Hit on our local charts MONTHS before the group broke out nationally with "Kind Of A Drag.")

And check out those suits … and that hair!!!  Funny to look at now, knowing the way this group evolved (and so quickly, too!)  They were really all just babies back then (as such, please consider this clip as archival footage of “The Baby Buckinghams”) … but they grew into one of the most significant recording artists of 1967 … a MAJOR force on the charts … and that’s really saying something … because, as you’ve seen, 1967 was one HELL of a year for great music.  (kk)

Incredibly, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” topped the charts in Great Britain this past week, making it the #1 Album in the Country both today … and exactly fifty years ago today!!!  What an incredible feat … certainly a first in music history … and a true testament to the power of The Beatles and their music some fifty years later.  (The original LP topped the chart for 27 weeks back in ’67 … this one will probably be dethroned in two … but who cares … it is an AMAZING achievement for an amazing band.)  kk 

Wow! Who would have thought that good old Sgt. Pepper would be back at number one 50 years on?  It’s great news and all of us are well chuffed. Pepper rules!
-- Paul McCartney   

Speaking of "Sgt. Pepper", Rolling Stone Radio put together an anniversary special commemorating the 50 Year Anniversary with lots of special guests dating back to that era, including two music superstars who were afforded an early listen to tracks from the LP before it was commercially released (or even officially finished being recorded!) 
Check out the comments from David Crosby and Micky Dolenz via the link below ... 

FH Reader David Salidor (who just happens to be Micky's PR Guy!) sent in this photo from the session ... 

Micky Dolenz was on Rolling Stone radio Friday talking PEPPER ... tremendous.  

L-R: Ron Sheffield; Micky; Andy Greene and host Brian Hiatt
(pic courtesy dis COMPANY)

Micky was there right at the beginning of the Sgt. Pepper sessions and was taken in as a confidant of The Fab Four to see what they were working on.  (The Monkees themselves were putting together their own first self-produced album, “Headquarters”, at the time, which was a quantum leap forward for them as a band.  It has aged VERY well some fifty years later and shows just how talented they really were … and committed to making themselves a REAL band other than the one fabricated for television purposes.)  It worked … and “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd.” catapulted them to an even higher level by years end.
Micky had some privileged time with The Beatles (and Paul McCartney in particular) during their first visit to England.  (kk)

And the Sgt. Pepper Anniversary celebration continues this weekend on the East Coast ...  

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the East Coast's only Beatles Music Festival, the "Fab 4 Music Festival" will be held this Saturday, June 10th, from 1 pm – 10 pm.   
The full-day of Beatle-themed entertainment will "come together" at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT, where there will be 20 bands playing on two stages. Half of the groups will be performing indoors, under the "Pepperland" Dome, while the other half will be playing outside on the Octopus' Garden Patio. 
Special Guest of Honor for the festival is Gene Cornish of The Rascals (and the Young Rascals), one of the greatest American rock & roll bands of the sixties. Between 1966 – 1968, The Rascals reached the Top 20 with nine singles, including "Good Lovin'" and Groovin'." Lead guitarist Gene Cornish and the other members of The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1997. The Rascals were very connected to The Beatles as their manager, Sid Bernstein, was also the promoter who brought The Beatles to America in 1964 and produced the Shea Stadium concerts in 1965 and 1966. 
Special Guest of Honor Gene Cornish will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, take photos with attendees and be part of the festivities. Guests are encouraged to bring copies of their Rascals records to be signed. Along with Gene Cornish, there will be a roster of performing talent that includes performing acts: The Hofners, Mystery Tour, Penny Lane, The Oh Nos, Number Nine, The Taxmen, Rotary, BeatleHead, The WayBack Machine, Fools On The Hill, Pat Horgan & Thunder Road, Al Ferrante's Country Gentlemen, Corporation TeeShirt, Dramatic Turn, Tim Palmieri (Beatles A-Z Show), Scott Ringle (formerly of the Blue Meanies), Double The Dial, David Tessier's Pre-Fab Monkees All-Star Show, Jeffrey DiCera, Eric Herbst (of DizzyFish) and others. 
The family-friendly Festival features the music of The Beatles, their solo material and songs from the sixties. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of "Sgt. Pepper" and the year 1967, advance "Ticket to Ride" general admissions are only $19.67. There are also V.I.P. tickets available. Admission is $25 at the door. Advance tickets available at Ticketmaster / 
The "Fab 4 Music Festival" on Saturday, June 10, 2017, is presented by Live Nation is association with Liverpool Productions, the same Beatles fan club that presented "NYC FAB 50: The Beatles' 50th Anniversary Celebration" in New York City, and organizes the annual fan vacations to Liverpool and London known as the "Magical History Tour." Charles F. Rosenay!!! and Ken Michaels are MCing the show. Benefiting charity is Wallingford-based "Concert With Causes." 
With a full day of fab 4 fun, 20 bands and non-stop music, as The Beatles sang, "It's Guaranteed to Raise a Smile."
For further info, visit the website: or call (203) 795-4737 
DATES: Saturday, JUNE 10 2017
HOURS: 1:00 pm until 10 pm 
LOCATION: Toyota Oakdale Theater,  95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT 06492  
TICKETS $19.67 / $25 Door 
PHONE(203) 795-4737   

Hi Kent:
Sometimes I really wonder what people who put Compilation CD’s together are thinking. I looked at the track listing for the Getting Together / Summer of Love CD.  That’s the best they could do? Let’s look at some basic facts. Harpers Bizarre is from March, Bowling Green is April, Next Plane to London is a national hit in October, The Mojo Men is February, Hip Hug Her is March, The Electric Prunes is from late ’66 and Vanilla Fudge is a much bigger hit in ’68. Also, most people will not remember the West Coast Pop Experimental Band. Finding big or influential hits from the Summer of ’67 just isn’t that tough!! The songs themselves are fine, many just aren’t really from the Summer! Just very curious what the thinking and criteria was. Sometimes these Choices for Comps are real head scratchers. 
Ken Freck  
I agree … especially when specialized lists like this are so readily available.  (One need only consult The Forgotten Hits Website to see what I mean!) 
Phil Nee of WRCO will be counting down The Top 40 Songs Of The Summer Of Love later this month … (and word is that I may be helping him) ... while Me-TV-FM here locally has been using our lists as the basis for their annual Summer Of Me feature, which this year spotlights not only the Biggest Hits of Summer, 1967, but also the Biggest Hits of EVERY Summer (a chart for which can also be found on The Forgotten Hits Website!)  
Take advantage of this material.  (In other words, "Use Us"!!!)  Our team has already done all of the heavy lifting … and created a valuable and definitive source on the subject matter … it’s there for ALL of you to enjoy … and radio stations all over the country now have the material needed to make this come alive in their own market … use it … that’s what we did it for!!!  (Several years ago when we first developed these countdowns, about a dozen radio stations across the country jumped on the bandwagon and did their own "Favorite Songs Of Summer" countdowns.  This is the kind of special you can do EVERY year ... and then encourage YOUR listeners to call in or email in THEIR Summer Favorites to play as "extras"!)  kk 

And, speaking of 1967 Radio Specials, Author Harvey Kubernik is still making the rounds promoting HIS new book on The Summer of Love ...  

In Weekend Warrior, Hour Two, Doc retells his stories about visionary and inspiring moments of 1967 in sports, art and medicine. Doc's examples are the 1967 USC vs UCLA game, Dr. Christiaan Barnard and the songs of the summer of 1967. Doc welcomes Harvey Kubernik, who talks about his new book surrounding the 1967 Summer of Love and how the events carry on to music and life today. 

I remember the day in early June, 1967, when the Florida radio station where I worked received five debut singles from a new California based group, Moby Grape. 
In a publicity stunt dreamed up by management, ten songs from their first album were released by Columbia Records as A and B sides simultaneously. I've since read that a purple elephant was paraded on the Sunset Strip, helium balloons with the band's logo were launched at Golden State Park, and a horse and cart delivered bunches of grapes to Hollywood journalists. Rock author Lillian Roxon called it one of the most dunderheaded (a.k.a. stupid) hypes ever conceived in musicdom. 
The band took its name from the punch line to the joke "What's purple and lives at the bottom of the sea". This ludicrous attempt at instant notoriety was confusing and failed to make much impression on the charts. Only two of the five singles ever charted. "Hey Grandma" was the first single to chart for two weeks in July and peaked at #94 in Cashbox. I've read that "grandma" might have alluded to cute hippy girls wearing long granny dresses and granny glasses. I never understood the verse about "Robitussin and elderberry wine". Was that mixture supposed to produce a cheap high? 
We now know that Moby Grape's immense talent and potential was sabotaged by drug abuse. "Omaha" was next to chart for two weeks in Cashbox reaching #70 (Billboard #88). None of the ten songs were ever added to our radio station's playlist. 
Their critically acclaimed LP, MOBY GRAPE, was more successful than the singles and reached #24 in the album charts. It is #121 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time and is now considered to be a country rock / psychedelic classic. Moby Grape was the opening act on the second evening of the Monterey International Pop Festival. "Hey Grandma" was covered by The Move on their UK debut album. The bizarre introduction of the five singles at once is now just a footnote in rock and roll history.  
Mike G

The Moby Grape make today's daily calendar page (although not necessarily in a very GOOD way!!!)   

>>>And coming on June 25 (by my count), it will be time to play this last great classic by Teddy & the Pandas, "68 Days 'til September."  The idea is along the lines of the Happenings' "See You In September" from two years earlier.  Absolutely shoulda been a HIT!  (Clark Besch)  
>>>Wow! Someone else besides me remembers Teddy and The Pandas? Maybe because they were a Boston band, I saw them a few times opening for bigger stars. I didn't know this song, but I think they had a hit, in Boston at least, with "Searchin' For the Good Times". I want to say I saw them with Gene Pitney, and could they even have opened up for the Rolling Stones? I have a ticket stub somewhere with their name on it!!!!  (Eileen) 
Never heard this song before; thanks for (indirectly) steering me to it.  
Ever heard "We Can't Go On This Way" by them? 
That's the one I've known for a number of years (but not back in the 60's) 
As mentioned before, we’ve covered Teddy and the Pandas a few times before in Forgotten Hits and featured a few of their songs over the years.  When the group first reformed, they sent me a copy of what amounts to their Greatest Hits CD, which is still available on their website.  It includes the tracks “Once Upon A Time”, “We Can’t Go On This Way”, “Searching For The Good Times”, “68 Days Till September”, “Lovelight” and several others. 
It’s good, ‘60’s, infectious pop … so if you’re not familiar with them, check them out!  (kk)  

You might want to change your verbiage regarding the expanision of The National Hockey League in 1967.
When the NHL expanded to 12 teams, they put all 6 new teams into the same division as you correctly noted.
However, the way the NHL playoffs then worked for the next three years was each division would have playoff series and this is correctly noted in this passage lifted from Wikipedia:
A new format for the playoffs would also be introduced which would see the top four teams in each division qualify for the post-season with the first and third and the second and fourth place teams in each respective division pairing off in a divisional semi-final series. The winners of the latter would then compete for their respective division's championship. 
As such, the correct verbiage for this sentence should read:
All six expansion teams were initially placed into their own division. The playoff rounds were played within each division,  thus insuring that one of the new teams would earn a finals playoff berth.
Rich Klein  
I stand by the article as written … it states the same result as fact … how they GOT to that point is an incidental piece of information that doesn’t change the outcome of the end result. 
In your wildest dreams you can’t imagine how many hours were spent putting together our 1967 calendar series … documenting dates and the fact-checking and cross-checking and cross-checking again trying to find, once again, “the most accurate truth” that Forgotten Hits has always prided itself on. 
We found SO many discrepancies out there … and consulted dozens and dozens and dozens of sources trying to nail all of this down and while I won’t say that I never consulted Wikipedia along the way (because I certainly did … but usually as a “tie-breaker” or a means to find another source reference that I hadn’t already considered), over years and years of doing this, I have found a significant amount of information printed there to be somewhat unreliable.  (And this is coming from somebody who has been quoted in Wikipedia now at least 200 times, thanks to articles I’ve written for Forgotten Hits over the past 18 years.)   
The most likely cause for this inaccurate information is most likely because they don’t do any real fact-checking of their own … literally ANYBODY can submit unsolicited information on any topic that will eventually get published.  Don’t get me wrong … I’m sure your more detailed explanation is right on the money … but for our purposes here, it’s overkill.  The fact remains that one of the expansion teams was guaranteed a playoff spot … period.  
I DO appreciate your input, however, and that of the many other Forgotten Hits Readers who have chimed in since our year-long series began, as it has caused me to confirm again and often amend some of the facts presented here when weighed against some new piece of information that we didn’t come across during our original research.  (You would not believe the amount of information out there that is continually repeated as “fact” just because somebody read it in one place … it’s unreal … and VERY frustrating to me as a journalist.)  So thank you … seriously … because between ALL of us, we’ll just continue to come closer to the most accurate truth we constantly strive for.  Your more detailed explanation, while interesting, simply doesn’t take us any further than where we already got on our own.  (kk)