Friday, July 28, 2017

1967 BONUS #35

We just hit the week where Davie Allan's "Blues' Theme" hit its peak of #3 on the WCFL Chart.

Incredibly, this record stayed on the chart for something like 23 weeks ... nearly HALF the year! ... yet only peaked at #27 nationally (#37 in Billboard) because it never had enough of the same momentum at the same time in all the necessary cities to make it as big a national hit as it should have been - yet it made The Top Five (and even #1) in a good many of them.  As such, it really shoulda been one of the biggest records of the year. Instead, it's just one of those songs that everybody remembers when they hear it - but an otherwise forgotten hit - the perfect example of what we do here!  (kk)

You really said it all here!!!
I have the chart from 8/24 that also shows it at #3. That means it did the same as it did here on KHJ. It went to #3 (from #19) and stayed there for four weeks. 
I'm actually doing another album. (I pulled myself back up after the nightmare that occurred with the previous one).
Thanks again, Kent -
And think about that ... August 24th is a full month LATER than the Chicagoland Chart we just ran!  And this is FOUR MONTHS after the record first starting charting back in April, where it also did very well in certain cities!!!  A perfect illustration of what I'm talking about.  
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.

RAVINIA’S MOD NIGHT 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2ND AT 8 PM ON WLTL-FM 88.1 AND STREAMING AT WLTL.NET.  (There will be a rebroadcast on Saturday, August 5th at 8 pm.)

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 a founding member of The MOB, Jim Holvay, is a Lyons Township alum from the class of ’63, an LT Hall Of Fame inductee and songwriter of some of The Buckingham’s biggest hits (including “Kind Of A Drag,” "Don't You Care," "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song" and "Susan".)

Chicagoans grew up enjoying Chickenman (He's everywhere! He's everywhere!) on Super 'CFL back in 1967.  
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.
Twenty episodes of the classic serial spoof about The Winged Warrior will be available through the Earwolf Comedy Podcast Network (, starting on August 2nd. The full 273 episodes of the original series will be available through Stitcher Premium Podcasts.  (
And, you can catch over seven hours of Chickenman here:  (That's a WHOLE lotta Chicken!!!)  kk

Rhino Records is celebrating The Summer Of Love in a very big way ...
They've started a 4-Part Summer Of Love Podcast ... and placed a number of items associated with The Sounds of '67 for sale on their website.  (This includes GREAT music by The Monkees, The Young Rascals, Arlo Guthrie's timeless classic "Alice's Restaurant", The Electric Prunes, Vanilla Fudge, Love, The Association and more.
You can check out all of the details here:





It was a musical renaissance. It was a political awakening. It was the birth of the counterculture.
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:

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)

Hi Kent:  

Didn’t know I had this one. Might save it for later. Should be familiar to you Chicago-ites!


Wow ... "Ode To Billie Joe" a Top Ten Hit on the SOUL Chart?!?!  (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.

Is it time for a lawsuit, Jim?  When at the movies last week, I was "treated" (for lack of a better word) to the trailer of "My Little Pony: The Movie."  When the music kicked in, I took notice that it was another "Eye of the Tiger" ripoff. Check about a one minute into the trailer below.  

Clark Besch

Wow.  Thx for the heads up, Clark. 
Sounds like they dodged the bullet.  Just ...

You Need Love by the Beatles. Lol!  


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 ...

1967: A Complete Rock History of the Summer of Love, by Harvey KubernikSterling Publishing Co. 

The name Harvey Kubernik undoubtedly rings a bell with anyone who is moderately interested in rock history; as a journalist, he’s covered music for national — and international — publications for decades, additionally working in A&R for the MCA label and producing numerous records over the years. More recently, he published handsome coffee table books about Neil Young (Heart of Goldreviewed here at BLURT) and Leonard Cohen (Everybody Knowsditto here). With 1967, issued not-so-coincidentally just ahead of the much-ballyhooed 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, he extends his authorial winning streak, once again in a colorful, graphics-rich 9 ¾” x 11 ½” coffee table format and once again well-stocked and – organized with text, commentary, archival, and interview materials that belie the general stereotype of “coffee table” book-as-mere-eye-candy.

In a nutshell, Kubernik, a longtime California resident who was making the nature(al) hippie scene back in the day, traces that epochal year, first introducing numerous major players of the era such as LSD prophet Timothy Leary, concert impresario Bill Graham, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, and members of the Jefferson Airplane, then pushing the narrative forward month by month via media accounts and firsthand quotes. Key events are highlighted, from the release of the Doors’ self-titled debut in January to the release of D.A. Pennebaker’s Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back in May to the arrival of the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine in November. Along the way sundry key moments deserving of extended navel-gazing get their props — the Monterey Pop Festival, of course, which Kubernik previously documented in detail in a 2011 book, A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival; and, uh, a little album called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — but Kubernik puts plenty of energy into, and sets aside plenty of space for, smaller items on his sunshine checklist that he feels wielded an impact upon the times and the culture worth documenting.

To wit: The hippies of San Francisco may have dominated the conversation that year, but there was a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in nearby L.A., where the Seeds were laying the, ahem, seeds for the eventual Nuggets-ian rediscovery of garage rock; across the continent in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where a collection of studio rats who would one day be known as “the Swampers” were creating sonic magic behind some of the Sixties’ greatest funk/soul voices; and halfway across the world, where a conflict in the split country known as Vietnam was steadily growing, and along with it, American G.I.s were learning how to leaven their terror and stress with marijuana and underground records.

One of my favorite tangents in the 266-page book arrives on page 206, where Kubernik details the rise of the underground press, including the aforementioned Rolling Stone, the Berkeley BarbRamparts, and The Realist. The latter wielded a huge influence on yours truly, ensnaring me in its us-against-The-Man!, oftentimes surreal / silly aesthetic. Meanwhile, Kubernik rightly points out that the mainstream (relatively speaking) media likes of Playboy provided plenty of coverage to the emerging counterculture and the people behind it, with musicians in particular leading the pack. Among all the naked women and bachelor pad gear reviews was coverage of Jimi and Otis, Janis and Grace, Ravi Shankar, Chris Darrow of the Kaleidoscope, and others.

Did I mention the graphics and layout? Oh boy. Suffice to say that the hot-pink-yellow-green neon-day-glow outer cover of this hardback is clue enough that a visual feast awaits one inside—as do stunning photos and eye-catching fonts, along with respondents’ quotes blocked off into their own sections, effectively allowing the reader to graze and skim at will, should that be desired, over start-to-finish consuming. That’s the coffee table-book factor working nicely in Kubernik’s favor alongside the hungry rock-geek effect.

Kubernik includes a four-page appendix, an alphabetized “Playlist” of tracks that no so-called self-respecting Scholar of Summer of Love would be caught dead without on their personal mixtape or Spotify roundup; for all you newbies out there, it gives you a chance to delve into far more than the usual suspects, given the presence of The Hombres (“Let It All Hang Out”), Friend & Lover (“Reach Out of the Darkness”), The Wild Cherries (“Krome Plated Yabbie”), and a slice of classic soul by the eternal James Carr that messes my mind up every time I hear it (“You Got My Mind Messed Up”). Throw in exhaustive quote sourcing for each chapter and an equally comprehensive bibliography that proves Kubernik is, first and foremost, a veteran reporter who personally interviewed most of the quoted individuals cropping up in his book’s pages, and you’ve got a scholarly tome that should be on the required reading list of any college course that purports to delve into the cultural history of the Sixties. [ —FRED MILLS]

And this one's coming up right around the corner (man, we are FLYING through 1967, aren't we?!?!)

FH Reader Fred Glickstein sent in this link to a newly enhanced mono mix of The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" soundtrack, available on  (He says to be sure to read the comments ... you'll really appreciate them!)  kk