Phil Nee and I counted them down on Saturday, June 24th, and that program is now permanently posted on our brand new 1967 Listening Station website. (You’ll find some of the other 1967 radio specials we've done posted here, too … and we’ll continue to post new programs as they happen!) kk
I continue to love the 1967 stuff and you are doing a great job with it!
Thanks and keep up the good work
-- Henry McNulty
Absolutely loving the 1967 project.
In the promo for your 1967 Summer of Love Countdown you refer to Jeff Taylor as being part of Michael and the Messengers ... but he was actually with The Messengers and not the Michael group. I don't recall if you have my books, but Jeff Taylor was with the original Milwaukee band. The Michael band came from Boston to take over the Messengers gigs that a Chicago agent was booking. There is much more to the overall story.
Gary E. Myers / MusicGem
I have been enjoying your daily 1967 spotlight postings.
My favorite song on The Monkees’ HEADQUARTERS album and the one that a lot of radio stations played back then was "Shades Of Gray".
You know how you get a song stuck in your head?
I remember this one was playing over and over subliminally when I was on my way to Chicago for US Navy boot camp and not knowing what lay ahead for me. Davy Jones and Peter Tork shared lead vocals on this beautiful track. The group played all of the instruments except for the French horn and cello featured on the song. Although the Prefab Four picked the songs on the album themselves, they only received songwriting credits on half of the LP's 14 songs. This one was composed by the married team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who wrote so many of the songs that are the soundtracks of baby boomers’ lives. These include
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "Kicks", "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", "Shape Of Things To Come", "Only In America", and so many more hits.
"Shades Of Gray" was first released in 1966 by a New York folk rock trio, The Will-O-Bees, but failed to chart. It is certainly one of the best Monkees album tracks ever.
However Phil Nee and I counted down The Top 50 Biggest Hits From The Summer Of Love as the stacked up right here in Chicago on the WLS and WCFL charts … and you can now find that countdown permanently posted on our brand new 1967 Listening Station website.
Meanwhile, across town, WCFL was giving WLS a run for the money back in '67 ... a VERY competitive time in "Radio Wars". They also published their own weekly survey ... and used to do daily "Capsule Countdown" of that week's Top Ten Hits. Here are two we found on YouTube. (I used to LOVE hearing these!) kk
Speaking of the local area charts, FH Reader Ken Freck just sent us photos of two surveys (one from Tucson, AZ, and another one from Milwaukee, WI), both about to celebrate their 50th anniversaries the second week of July, 1967.
Here's what was hot on the radio fifty years ago today in Arizona and Wisconsin ...
Wow! Interesting to see Janis Ian's "Society's Child" at the top of one of these lists (KOLD) as this record was banned on a number of radio stations at the time. (Note that it isn't listed at all on the WRIT chart ... so I'm guessing this station may very well have been one of them!) kk
Can you believe it???
Our 1967 Celebration is officially half over!!!
(I never thought things would fly by this quickly!)
To help celebrate the half-way point, here are a few episodes of the daily History of Rock And Roll feature sent into us by its creator, Gary Theroux, all spotlighting 1967 artists doing very well on the charts at the time. (These segments run twice daily during the week on Rewound Radio ... check 'em out!)