Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1967 BONUS #33

Hi Kent,
I was wondering if you're going to keep all the 1967 info on the site as a place to come back to for reference -- sort of like the Eight Days a Week Book?  I sure hope so. It's absolutely awesome. 
The entire calendar will remain posted by its original publication date ... meaning if you want to know what happened on a specific date in 1967, you'd just have to look for that exact date in 2017 to find the details.  (The search engine should also be able to take you there ... or at least help you out if you remember the event but not the date.)  Our website postings go all the way back to the very first one in 2008 ... you literally could spend YEARS here just browsing around, reading up on some of your favorite topics!  (kk)

The 1967 Series just keeps getting better and better.  I love the fact that it's not just about the music but covers EVERYTHING that happened that year in the way of major events.  Your All-Star Game issue was an exceptional delight.  You're right - that 1967 line-up represents a Who's Who of Hall Of Famers ... and to think that they were all playing ball together at the very same time!

This is great stuff, Kent ... Thanks! 

When I first saw your All Star Game line-up I didn't think I'd recognize any names from 50 years ago.  I was just a kid at the time ... but I saw each and every one of these guys play. What an amazing list of future hall of famers - all in the same line-up. 30 strike outs - first televised night all star game - who knew.  Great stuff.

I found this in Switzerland while on vacation.  It is the German pressing and it cost me five Swiss franks (about five dollars American.)  I enjoyed reading about Alternate Title on your post this morning. 
I went to four record shops while I was there and much of the music was from American artists and the records were pressed in the States as well.  I wanted records made in Europe.  Since there was not much room in my suitcase, I just bought a few.  I found a Best of Los Bravos that is not bad.  I had only ever heard Black Is Black.  Attacking A Straw Man was priced at 24 franks (dollars), but I already have a couple of copies.  I would have bought that if it would have had foreign writing on the album, but it did not.


That's actually a GREAT pairing ... two solid tracks from The Monkees' "Headquarters" LP ... gotta wonder about the cheezy picture sleeve 'tho!  (lol)  kk

Speaking of Record Collectors and Shows, Gary Theroux tells us about an interesting one coming up ... with heavy ties to 1967 (and we're all about 1967 this year!!!)  I know we've got a lot of record collectors ... and dealers on our list ... so be sure to check it out ...   

Sounds like quite an event!   Wish it was just a tad closer to Norwalk, CT!  






Thanks to Phillip Rumore for being with us last month as he told about his dad, Joe Rumore, one of Birmingham's, and Alabama's favorite DJ and radio personality. We all had a great time hearing some of Phillip's insights into the way it was having a popular radio show presented from the basement of the house he grew up in. It really was 'from our house to yours'. 
It's time to get things ready for our upcoming record show. At this month's meeting we'll be preparing our postcards used to advertise the show. We'll need all hands on deck as we label and stamp over 1500 postcards. Come and help with this very important part of show prep.  

We are just 1 month away from presenting the 2nd largest record show in the US. Over 125 tables of vinyl, CD's, and memorabilia will fill the Gardendale Civic Center August 18-20. For the first time ever we will be open to the public on Friday this year.  
We will need lots of volunteers to make the show run as smoothly as possible so be sure to pitch in and help somewhere – set-up, front table, clean-up, runner, whatever is needed I hope you can help out. 

Here is the schedule for the weekend. Information is also available on the BRC website, 

Friday, August 18 - 7:00 - 11:00 set up and dealer load-in. 11:00-4:00
BRC members and 2017 dealers only.
Not a member? Join during this time for our early-bird for $25 (1 year) or $50 (lifetime).
4:00-9:00 open to the public. 
Saturday, August 19 - Doors open from 9:00 - 5:00 
Sunday, August 20 - Doors open from 10:00 - 4:00

Facebook Users!!!! 
One thing I would like to ask those of you on facebook is to be sure to put the record show info on your page so all your 'friends' will see it and hopefully the message will continue to be spread on social media. Facebook, websites, and other social medias such as this has become the best way to make sure all ages of people hear about events and happenings such as ours. Please help out. Thanks.  

Special Note To Local Former Band Members And To Those Who Collect Local Music  
There is always a good selection of local music for those who want to find it and those who were in the bands that recorded the songs who may want a copy for their own but I wanted to mention that I know of two new collections being sold this year that has many, many of the 45's from this area and all across Alabama.  So drop by and hopefully you can add to your own Alabama collection.   

2017 Birmingham Record Collectors Music Hall of Fame 
Our 17th class of inductees include two well known Birmingham radio personalities, Joe Rumore and Paul Dudley White, aka 'Tall Paul' White. If you grew up in the Birmingham area you know these names. They were such an influence on their listeners and special in the lives of all Birmingham residents. I'll have the bios for you next month.  
'Way Back When' 
A line from the Steely Dan song, 'Hey Nineteen' goes, 'Way back when, in 'sixty-seven'. It's funny the composer used the term, 'way back when' since the song came out in 1980 only 13 years since '67. That is not a long time compared to what is now, 50 years. I saw an article that mentioned the 50 year anniversary of the release of The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP and started thinking about 1967 and the term, 'summer of love' came to mind. Who, what, when, where was the summer of love? I will attempt to give a concise history of those times and what it was all about although it will be a poor man's version but hopefully it will be fun. 

The 1967 'summer of love' actually had its beginnings in 1966. A gathering called the Love Pageant Rally took place on October 6, 1966 in an area of the Golden Gate Park in San Fran. California had just passed a law against a new drug called LSD which went into effect on that date and the counter-culture group met to show opposition to it. At that event some of the organizers decided to have an even larger event to celebrate what was the birth of the hippie generation.  The next event took place on January 14, 1967 also at the Golden Gate Park. It was called the Human Be-In. It supported all the same ideas and counter culture thoughts that was put forth at the Love Pageant Rally. Many things would come from this event including the musical, 'Hair', psychologist and writer Timothy Leary's rallying call of 'turn on, tune in, drop out', hippie fashions would go public due to the media coverage, and the summer of love was about to come about with the convergence of tens of thousands of young people coming to San Fran beginning with the spring breaks of '67.

The Human Be-In had about 30,000 in attendance while about 100,000 young people would come to San Fran not for an event but to stay for a while causing overcrowding, no housing, hunger, drug problems, and crime. Local officials were determined to stop the influx of people but the media coverage only publicized the gathering and the crowd just grew. A free clinic and a free store were established to help those in need.  
John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas wrote the song, 'San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)' to popularize the 'flower children' of San Fran and also to promote an upcoming concert he was helping organize, the Monterey Pop Festival. The song was recorded by Scott McKenzie, a friend of Phillips and was released on May 13, 1967. It would chart at # 4 in the US and # 1 in the UK. The pop festival was held June 16-18. The crowd started at 30,000 the first day but swelled to 60,000 by the third. Acts included The Who, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Animals, The Byrds, and Otis Redding.  Otis' manager wanted to use the event to expose him to more than just the mainly black audiences he had played for.  It was one of his last major performances.  He would die six months later in a plane crash.
I am in no way educated enough on the subject to know what the 100,000 people who took over the Haight-Ashbury area of San Fran were offered to do other than the Monterey Pop Festival, which was about 100 miles from them, or go to a protest every now and then. I guess there was enough of something or nothing to keep everyone around.   
Other cities had similar crowds arriving during that summer. At a concert in Manhattan held on Memorial Day of 1967 an incident with the police made one local underground newspaper predict that 50,000 young people would flock to the area. I didn't read anything that said how many, if any came. The incident, by the way, occurred after police asked that the volume of the speakers be turned down and in response the crowd started throwing thing. Thirty eight people were arrested. In London there were 'gatherings' at different places mainly for concerts and although the events in London and Manhattan were in conjunction with the convergence on San Fran as far as I know the crowds at the other cities came and went during that summer and didn't stay around as long as what occurred in San Fran.  
At the end of the summer as the young people were leaving San Fran and heading back to college those who remained held a mock funeral to commemorate the event. Called, “The Death of the Hippie”, the organizers wanted to get a message out to the young people. One of the organizers explained it this way, 'We wanted to signal that this was the end of it, to stay where you are, bring the revolution to where you live and don't come here because it's over and done with.”   Events in San Fran will be held throughout this summer to commemorate the 50th anniversary.  In Liverpool, England, a festival called '50 Summers of Love' was staged based on the 50th anniversary to he release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.
Some writers and journalist have written that what came out of the summer of 1967 had its beginning of the end during the summer of 1969. That summer the Manson Family murders took front page all across the US. When pictures of Charlie Manson and his 'family' members were published showing their 'hippie' look and stories were told about the drug use in the group, the American public became very leery of the hippie culture. Later in 1969 at a free concert put on by the Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway near San Fran four people died including one who was stabbed and beaten by the security the Rolling Stones had hired. The security was the Hell's Angels. Again, this event, where long hair, drugs, free love, flowers in their hair, and hippie fashions were on parade tarnished the 'make love, not war' image the hippies had hoped would catch on across America. 
Two things I take away from the summer of love. First off, how many of the young people involved in going to San Fran are still in the 'hippie' mode. How many got jobs in large corporations such as IBM, Dupont, 3M, Bristol-Myers, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor, GM, etc, etc, etc. How many had 2 ½ kids, a dog and a 2 car garage. How many never left the campus life becoming grad students and then profs. I jest a little but I wonder what became of those 100,000. Second of all, I have always been intrigued by the way the baby boomer generation gets a lot of blame or glory for changing our culture. But the thing to realize is that all the 'leaders' at the time, Timothy Leary, Michael Bowen, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Kesley, Jerry Rubin, etc were products the late 1920's through the early 1940's. One, David Dillenger was born in 1915. To me it seems a much older group wanted to change what was culturally acceptable and lead younger people into helping with their causes. 
So, have a great summer full of fun, good memories, love and music, and lots of vinyl. Come to the BRC record show and find that LP or 45 from the Summer of Love and enjoy! 

Women Is Losers - Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin  (1967) 

San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon & The Animals  (# 4 - 1967) 
See ya,

Looks like EVERYBODY is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Summer Of Love.  Forgotten Hits Reader Frank B sent me a copy of the July / August Saturday Evening Post, which is being billed as a special "1967 Flashback Issue!" featuring articles on "The Summer Of Love" and "The Rise Of Youth Culture".  Thanks, Frank!  I'll have to check this out.  (kk)  

Thanks again Kent for mentioning the Royal Guardsmen ... Airplane Song was fun.
Bless ya, my friend, and have a safe 4th

Big year for you guys to be sure ... five chart hits including "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" (#1), "The Return Of The Red Baron" (#14), "Airplane Song" (#46), "Wednesday" (#80) and "Snoopy's Christmas" (#10) ... so definitely more to come!  (kk)

A very unusual pop music anomaly nearly topped the UK charts in the summer of 1967. It was the tale of Grocer Jack (the village grocer who was taken for granted until he died), dubbed "Excerpt From A Teenage Opera" as co-written and recorded by Keith West. 
It was record producer Mark Wirtz's brainchild. Wirtz and Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick had worked on it at the same time the latter was mixing The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. But when Wirtz approached the EMI bosses with the
recording, it was rejected. The idea was scoffed at and he was told that a record with a kiddie chorus would never sell or be a hit. 

Not deterred, Wirtz took the acetate to the pirate radio ships in mid-July, 1967 , and it became an almost instant sensation with the British public. EMI had to do a quick about face and rush release the single. It peaked at #2 in the UK charts in September behind Englebert Humperdinck's "The Last Waltz". 
A big worldwide chart topper, it merely bubbled under in Billboard in the US. A record similar to Grocer Jack,the grandiose "Sam", was released in November by West as another excerpt but disappointingly only reached UK #38 (possibly because the pirate ships were by then defunct). Keith West was the lead singer for the popular UK psychedelic group Tomorrow. Facing renewed resistance from EMI, and sort of like Brian Wilson's SMILE, the A TEENAGE OPERA project was shelved until finally completed piecemeal by Wirtz and released in 1996. 
A rock opera is a collection of rock music songs with lyrics
that relate to a common story. The most well known is Pete Townshend's TOMMY, which may have been inspired by A TEENAGE OPERA.
Mike G


Hey Kent,
Time to feature one really great summer of love 67 song at #40 on WLS!  There are stereo re-recordings around, but here's the cool 67 single version that the Big 89 played for a short time.  GREAT TUNE fer sure! 
I definitely don't remember this one ... according to Ron Smith's book, it charted for two weeks, ultimately peaking at #35.  Anybody else?  (kk)

Here's another 50th anniversary special for the summer of 1967... it's just three weeks away ... and it's absolutely FREE! 
Mike Baker / 
The Forgotten 45s

Wednesday, August 2nd will be the 50th anniversary of the first “Mod Night” at Ravinia.  Mod is a term used in the sixties for young people subculture and liking of soul music.

On August 2, 1967, Ravinia featured The MOB the first hour and The Association the second hour.  The MOB is the first group from Chicago to incorporate a full horn section and are now known as Chicago’s original horn rock band.  The MOB influenced other bands from Chicago including The Buckinghams, Chase, Chicago and The Ides Of March.  When John Blackstone interviewed​​ Lee Loughnane from the group Chicago on CBS Sunday Morning (July 17, 2016) he was quoted: “We were initially going to be a show band in Vegas.”  Robert Lamm from the group Chicago replied: “Like The MOB.”  At the time, The Association had the number one song “Windy” to add to their hits “Along Comes Mary” and “Cherish.”

This event set an all-time attendance record of 17,320. The previous record was 14,142 on July 24, 1959, with the Kingston Trio and Gerry Mulligan.  The attendance record was mention in the Chicago Tribune and suburban newspapers.

For the 50th anniversary, Lyons Township High School’s radio station WLTL will present a special hosted by former WLS Program Director Michael La Crosse.  Note that founding member of The MOB Jim Holvay is a LT alum from the class of ’63, an LT Hall Of Fame inductee and songwriter for some of The Buckinghams' hits (“Kind Of A Drag”, "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song", "Don't You Care", etc.).

There will be a rebroadcast on Saturday, August 5th at 8pm. If you are able to read the Forgotten hits blog, you will be able to listen to this radio special.

Thanks, Mike!  We actually commemorate The Association breaking the attendance record that night on our August 2nd calendar page as well.  (I didn't know, however, that The Mob were the opening act for this event so I have quickly added this information to our posting.)  We'll send out another reminder the week the program airs so listeners remember to tune in and hear your anniversary celebration.  (kk)