SO many artists got cheated out of enjoying the success of songs that should have been MUCH bigger hits than they were simply because of missing this "unified" momentum. (We've got more than a few of them from right here in Chicago ... with perhaps none bigger than The Cryan' Shames' hit "It Could Be We're In Love", a #1 Record in Chicago for FOUR WEEKS ... yet a #85 record in Billboard. It did reach #52 in Record World, however ... another 30-point spread ... which is why we still say there are NO charts more accurate than our Super Chart, which takes the data from ALL of the resources used to calculate the Billboard, Cash Box and Record World charts ... and compiles our own unique representation of what was REALLY going on on the music scene at the time.) kk
Just a quick reminder about the WLTL-FM radio special airing next Wednesday Night, August 2nd at 8 pm (central), celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mod Night at Ravinia, which featured a then record-breaking crowd on hand to see The Association and The Mob perform live in concert.
Well, noted media columnist Robert Feder is reporting that all of these episodes (can you believe there were 273?!?!?!) will be available thru a new podcast series starting on August 2nd! (The series was created by Dick Orkin, who has done literally THOUSANDS of classic commercials in the years since.) He came up with the idea of "The Most Fantastic Crime Fighter The World Has Ever Known" while working for WCFL in 1966. His voice is instantly recognizable.
Rhino Records is celebrating The Summer Of Love in a very big way ...
TUNE IN: SUMMER OF LOVE PODCAST, EPISODE 1
It was ... the Summer of Love.
In the first edition of our four-part podcast celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer Of Love, we'll dig in to the origins on both East and West coasts of the United States and set the mood with music from the Grateful Dead, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Arlo Guthrie, Love, and The Beau Brummels. Tune in here.
Feeling the groove? Check out all the Summer of Love offerings here and head to your local record shop every Tuesday in July for new releases.
Speaking of The Summer of Love, our British DJ Buddy Geoff Dorsett has just recorded another Radio Special on the subject ... (this is fourth such special over the past six months!). You can download the link through Dropbox and listen to it for yourself here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/
I've also heard that there's a "Summer Of Love" special running on PBS right now, too ... exploring the migration to San Francisco and the Haight / Ashbury area ... the beginning of the "hippie" movement ... the change to the music and the new concentration on peace and love ... and psychedelic colors and fashions. (I haven't personally seen this one yet ... but check your local PBS listings to see if it's airing in your area. It may even be available "On Demand".)
And be sure to check out the Decades Channel - available thru most cable outlets ... every Friday they're taking a look back at 50 years to 1967 ... this week (as in tonight!) they'll be profiling the music of The Beatles and the appeal of Batman. (Check local listings for channel numbers and airtimes) kk
Have you see the advertisements for the new film opening August 4th called "Detroit"? It depicts the out-of-control riot scenes of 1967, deemed by many as the worst riot in our country's history. Obviously a dramatized perspective but this looks like some pretty powerful stuff, intercut with actual footage from actual events. Looks to me like something worth checking out ... again, despite all of the "Summer of Love" stuff going on, there was also a fair amount of hate and protest. Hopefully this film puts all of this into perspective. (kk)
This week's 1967 chart of WLS is just so awesome, with SO many local band songs packed in, especially since most of them are in the top 20! Time for the Shames to bypass the Bucks to the top. Seeing "You Need Love" listed as #15 must mean that a typo took place, listing The Beatles as the artist. Everyone knows "You Need Love" is an Ides song! Haha.
Wow. Thx for the heads up, Clark.
Sounds like they dodged the bullet. Just ...
For some inexplicable reason, WLS listed "All You Need Is Love" as "You Need Love" and "It Could Be We're In Love" as "We're In Love" for each song's entire chart run. Never made sense to me - especially since these were both HUGE summer hits in '67. (kk)
More good press for Harvey Kubernik's book ...