I was in a Bookstore over the weekend ...
Just some amazing music on the WLS chart this week in '67! I can't look at this chart enough and see how cool that was. A note also on "Blues' Theme" as aired on WLS.
When they played the record on air, they completely cut out the motorcycle opening. Mr. Weber, do you know why? WLS did do a few edits occasionally, such as "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin. One that WLS played the whole version and WCFL edited was "Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde." For some reason, 'CFL edited the gunfire part. Of course, 'CFL was all about more music via mini spins and twin spins and short edits that kept the songs changing faster.
"Excerpt from a Teenage Opera" was an absolute fave of mine when it was out. WLS played it on the Brit Billboard show and WKYC Cleveland also played it in regular rotation then. The DJ 45 here in the states featured a full and 2+ minute edit. It took quite a while to find it in stereo and I was so happy to finally get it.
Also mentioned this week in Forgotten Hits ...
I got to see Eddie Matthews play for the Astros in the Astrodome just a month from now, in August, 1967!
Cool, since he hit most of his HRs with Braves and I am a lifelong Braves fan.
Found another Summer of ’67 survey from North of The Border!!!
>>>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.) kk Have you heard of the TV show “The Mod Squad”? The term “mod” was used in the sixties. This concert was Ravinia’s first attempt to attract the youth to their venue. And attract, Ravinia did. The all-time attendance record was published in the Chicago Tribune on August 3, 1967, and a review August 4, 1967. Analysts thought because of The MOB being a show band and The Association a pop band, was the formula for the attendance record. Many suburban newspapers also published the attendance record the day after (Daily Herald, Roselle, Kenosha, etc)
Included is the Chicago Tribune clipping along with the WLTL splash.
Great to see the photo of "The Mob" when they opened for The Association!.
When they first came out, I saw them play at the old" GiGi A Go Go" in Lyons, IL, and did they ever put on one FANTASTIC show ... I was sure they would become more popular than they did!
I am fortunate to have their album with their only hit "I Dig Everything About You". Every song on that album was "Groovy", as we used to say!!!
A true bunch of talented guys.
Thank you for the memories of them!!!
The Mob's record only reached #83 on The Billboard Chart but was a Top 20 Hit here in Chicago on WCFL. (Surprisingly, WLS, who ALWAYS supported our local talent, didn't play the record.) As popular as they were and as big a draw as they were, I've never understood why they didn't score bigger on the national scene. (Maybe folks just couldn't accept the idea of Mob Hits on the musical level.) kk
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Michael Skill To Release New Solo Single “67 Riot”
New song evokes time when Detroit burned during“Summer of Love”
Much has been done over the past fifty years to romanticize The Summer Of Love (no Romantics pun intended) ... we tend to only want to remember the good that happened ... the happy sounds ... the flowers in your hair ... but it was also a very turbulent time in America. There was a war raging halfway around the world that more and more Americans were beginning to describe as "senseless" and "unwinable". And there were problems right here at home, too, with race riots breaking out in cities across the country ... perhaps none worse than Detroit. The devastation there was tremendous.
Skill's song has an angry feel to it ... but imagine being a young boy at the time, watching your streets being torn up right before your eyes ... a truly helpless and confusing feeling.
Our 1967 calendar celebrates the joy of 1967 ... but also touches on some of the hate that was going on during The Summer Of Love. It's embarrassing in hindsight to think that so many Americans acted this way. Over the last couple of decades, we seen Americans rally together to show the world "the heart of America" with a renewed patriotism thanks to others around us trying to have their way with our great country. As such it's almost impossible to believe that at one point we were willing to tear it apart from the inside out with some of the senseless acts going on right here at home. Some of the footage shown in this video should help to bring some of this home to you, some fifty years later. America needs to stand together. Hopefully we're smarter than this now.
The big catch phrase of the '60's was "We're Gonna Change The World" ... and we did ... just not always for the better. (kk)