Saturday, September 30, 2017

1967 BONUS #45

I heard back from Andrew Solt after our piece ran on Sunday about The Doors' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show ...  

As most of you know, Andrew's company, Sofa Entertainment, owns the rights to all of the old Ed Sullivan programs. 

You can read our tribute to The Ed Sullivan Show ... including commentary from several guests who appeared on Ed's program ... here:  
And our interview with Andrew Solt here):

This gave me the chance to ask about the episodes currently running on The Decades Channel as well ...  

ANDREW SOLT / SOFA ENTERTAINMENT:  Thank you for devoting space to our special 50th Anniversary.  I'm sure you saw that the Decades Channel ran The Doors / Ed Sullivan episode on Friday Night.  

KENT KOTAL / FORGOTTEN HITS:  Yes, I did.  I'm curious how that came to be ... the deal with The Decades Channel that is ... did they approach you or did you approach them? 

AS:  We have been in discussions with them for awhile and we came to an agreement to have them put Sullivan back on the air, which was the idea.  

kk:  How many segments will they have access to ... and how long will these run?

AS:  There are 115 half hours and three two-hour specials that we originally broadcast on CBS.

kk:  Man, with SO many hours available, it sure would be great to produce some new episodes, too, showing some things that haven't been circulated before.  (Funny 'cause some of this stuff looks really dated ... yet others are still every bit as fresh and exciting as they were when they first aired.) 

AS:  These are cut-down shows that are coming back to air again. Creating new programs is on the TO DO LIST for sure, but it takes sizable budgets to clear the music rights. That's the challenge and gaining financing for a show that went off the air almost 50 years ago is no easy feat. 

kk:  The Rolling Stones changing the lyric to "Let's Spend The Night Together" was part of the same Doors episode that they aired - unfortunately, neither had commentary on Ed's ridiculous demands. 

AS:  Commentary on content like you are suggesting is in our various specials and in the Sullivan 36 Rock n Roll Classics series. Decades is primarily running "The Best Of" half hours back to back. We're trying to keep them as they aired, more or less. 

kk:  People need to know how much television standards have changed ... today you can get away with saying just about ANYTHING!!!  Mick and the boys sure had fun mugging for the camera in such a knowing and telling way.  (But didn't he look ridiculous gyrating to the ballad "Ruby Tuesday"?!?!?  It was almost comical!)  Hopefully you will continue to mine the archives and bring this material to the public ... sadly, the generation who will most appreciate this material is dwindling ... but how cool to show new generations the excitement of live, variety television!!! 

AS:  Thanks, Kent.  By the way, I like the photo of you and your wife!  

kk:  Thank you - lol - not QUITE as vintage as The Ed Sullivan Show ... but probably from a good 15-16 years ago now!  (lol)  Please keep us posted as any new material becomes available.  

Meanwhile, readers can add to their home video libraries from

Some GREAT stuff here!!!  (kk)

Speaking of The Doors, they're celebrating the 50th Anniversary of "Strange Days" ...

And, after our piece ran on Friday about The Rolling Stones severing ties with their manager and record producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, we got an email from Andrew, reflecting back on those past fifty years.  Suffice to say it's short but sweet ... but ALWAYS cool to see who's reading Forgotten Hits!!!  (kk)  

I remain lit as to my contribution to our world via my work with the band ... the songs, the music ... the very idea .... all continue to resonate daily.   Feels more like 50 minutes ago.

One of the folks I work with saw a Summer Of Love Concert last weekend in Naperville, IL, and said it was a really good show, featuring a lot of the music you just don't hear bands attempt to perform in concert, including "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum along with material by Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills and Nash and more.  (Their forte seems to be on the music from The Summer Of Love, 1967, through Woodstock, 1969.)
The group, led by Glen Burtnik, hail from New Jersey and, unfortunately, don't have any other gigs lined up here in the Chicago area ... but a visit to their website lets you know when and where you CAN see them.  (Glen's had an interesting career ... everything from playing Paul McCartney in the stage show "Beatlemania" to co-writing the #2 Patty Smyth / Don Henley hit "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" to working with Styx, ELO and Randy Travis.)
Read more about the show via the link below ... and send us your review if you happen to catch the live show.  (kk)  

Two similar mixed race groups combining infectious pop and r&b with a hint of ska found major chart success in the UK in the late Sixties. They both featured West Indies immigrants with Caribbean accents on vocals.

The Foundations, led by Jamaican born Clem Curtis, took their name from the basement supports where they rehearsed. UK producer and songwriter Tony Macauley provided them with their first single release in late September, 1967. It went nowhere in the UK charts until Radio One presenter Tony Blackburn got behind it. By November 8th, "Baby, Now That I've Found You" was #1 in England. After it's late December release in the US it peaked at #8 (Cashbox) and #11 (Billboard)in early 1968. In 1995 Alison Krauss won the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance with a cover version of the song. The Foundations would chart six more times in the UK until the end of the decade. Who can forget "Build Me Up Buttercup" from 1968? 

The Equals got their name because the blacks and whites in the group considered each other as equals. "Baby Come Back" was first released as a b-side in 1966 but failed to chart. It was released again in 1967 but did zilch. When released for a third time in 1968 a West German deejay flipped the single over and, after becoming a big hit in Europe, it reached #1 in the UK. In the US it would reach #26 (Cashbox) and #32 (Billboard).  Seven other hits by the group would chart in the UK. If you lived in England, who can forget "Viva Bobby Joe" from 1969?

Lead singer Eddy Grant, originally from Guyana, would find even greater success as a solo act. His "Electric Avenue" single in 1983 would reach #2 in both the UK and US.
Mike G

While this isn't a radio station survey, it is a list of records from M.S. Distributors, from 5/8/67. They were an independent record distributor out of Chicago. Essentially they handled labels too small to be able to afford their own distribution network. Most of the records listed here never got within sniffing distance of airplay, let alone of a top 40 chart. By my count, just three of these appeared on a WLS survey, maybe a couple more in various other regions. If one is looking for obscurities, look no further. 
I would end up working for them a decade later. All these were long gone. Believe me, if they were still around, I would have found them. I certainly would have told you about them, Kent, when you had your business going. I've had a bunch of these sheets, from a two year period, mid 1966 to mid 1968, for a number of years, but never really looked at them.
I recognize a few of these titles ... but this list is chock full of obscurities.  Neat to see "The Pink Floyd" single we recently featured, "Arnold Layne" ... and how about "Hey Joe" by The JIM Hendrix Experience!!!  "Try It" would be a regional hit in other areas for The Standells ... but not here ... and The Hardly Worth-It Players (who had the hit with their novelty version of "Wild Thing" earlier this year) are still hanging on with something called "The Congressional Record" ... would love to hear that one! (Although another title grabbed my curiosity first ... anybody got a copy of "Two Bananas In Love"???  (lol)  
Thanks, Jack ... cool list!  (kk) 

"Flowers In The Rain" was the first record BBC presenter Tony Blackburn played when he signed on Radio One for the very first time at 7 am on September 30, 1967. He has since said things were so hectic in the control room that it was only by chance The Move's record was the first 45 he
picked up and placed on the turntable. But the song's place in British pop music history doesn't stop there. In fact it caused more notoriety than perhaps any other British single ever. 

At that time there were so many good rock bands in the UK that groups turned to gimmicks to stand out from the crowd. Tony Secunda, The Move's manager, had the group dress like 1930's Chicago gangsters and their lead singer (Carl Wayne) smash tv sets on stage with an axe. And then, without telling the band, he concocted a scheme that caused them much consternation and embarrassment. He sent out postcards promoting their latest release, "Flowers In The Rain", with a cartoon of then British Prime Minister Harold Wilson naked and in bed with his scantily clad secretary. The John Profumo - Christine Keeler sexual affair that brought scandal to the British government was still fresh in the public's mind. Wilson sued them in court for libel. The judgement had the group forfeiting the royalties from "Flowers In The Rain" and the b-side "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" in perpetuity, which the PM donated to charity. The band (especially songwriter Roy Wood) was infuriated and Secunda was fired. The publicity might have motivated record buyers to purchase the record and it reached #2 in the UK charts on October 7. Roy Wood's friend Jeff Lynne's group (The Idle Race) had wanted to release a cover of "The Lemon Tree" as their first single but it was withdrawn. It's estimated that Wood has lost a small fortune over the years from this event. In 1970 Lynne joined The Move and in 1972 the group was transformed into The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).   
50 Years In Broadcasting - A Tribute To Tony Blackburn:
Mike G

The "67" feature is definitely a touchdown with a two-point conversion!  
Keep up the GREAT work!
Tim Kiley

Sunday, September 17, 2017

1967 BONUS #44

Today Marks 50th Anniversary of The Famous Moment
When The Doors Defied Ed Sullivan and CBS ... 
Original Unperformed Replacement Lyric Recently Unearthed in Sullivan Archives  

50 years ago tonight, on Sunday, September 17, 1967, the Doors shocked Ed Sullivan and CBS by refusing to change the word “higher” while performing their #1 hit, “Light My Fire”.

Recalled Doors’ drummer John Densmore, “'You will never do this show again,' Ed fumed after we'd directly disobeyed his censorship requirements. Jim turned to him and remarked, 'Hey, that's okay - we just did The Ed Sullivan Show.'” 

Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger’s reaction was. “We thought they were joking - who were they kidding?  Wanting us to change the lyrics on the number one song in America??  We decided to just do the song as-is and maybe they would forget all about it.  What could they do?  After all, it was live television! So, yeah, we never played the Ed Sullivan show again. But we didn't care.” 

It may seem ridiculous today, but their action created an absolute furor and media firestorm. Almost anything goes on today’s television, but America’s prudishness about drugs, sexuality and “the counterculture” in the 1960s was extreme by modern standards. In fact, just a decade earlier, Lucy and Desi had to sleep in twin beds, and the word “pregnant” couldn’t be uttered on television.  “Light My Fire” was not the first time The Ed Sullivan Show, a Sunday night viewing ritual in American homes, had censored pop music performers — Elvis and The Rolling Stones included.  The Doors’ famous moment was dramatized in the 1991 Oliver Stone film The Doors.

As Doors’ co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek explained in an interview filmed in 1991, Jim Morrison and his bandmates decided they would not buckle to the network censors. Manzarek promised the CBS executive just before the performance that they would go ahead and replace the offending lyric.  But they would be performing live, so The Doors knew that they could get away with singing the controversial song as it was written. In the process, the Doors won their battle with CBS and made television history.

Until producers at SOFA Entertainment decided to dig into the Sullivan production files a week ago, they had no idea what lyrics the network was suggesting Morrison sing instead of the song’s infamous line.  
Andrew Solt of SOFA Entertainment, the company that owns the Sullivan archive, relates how the discovery occurred. “Greg Vines and I discussed how good it would be if we could find the word CBS wanted Morrison to sing instead of “higher”. When Greg returned from the vault, he was elated. ”You won’t believe it. We not only have the word, we have the whole line! Instead of ‘Girl we couldn’t get much higher’ Jim was asked to sing, ’Girl, there’s nothing I require’. It’s laughable. Imagine Morrison singing ‘require instead of higher’?”

[What??? - not, "Girl, your love makes me perspire"???  ... "Can't wait till Old Ed retires"??? ... "Changing words makes me a liar" ... "JFK, they did conspire" ... "Is it the red or blue wire?" ... God, there are SO many other options!!! -kk]  

JAM, Inc’s Jeff Jampol, manager of the Doors, and of the Morrison Estate, was also surprised by the discovery of the absurd suggested replacement lyrics. “It’s fascinating to get an inside peek at how television, the media and corporate culture continually conspired to censor art and free expression, all in the name of selling more cereal, while at the same time, they were co-opting pop culture themselves (and definitely not for the betterment of art). But even more scintillating to me is to take a look back at a time when artists took a stand, not only for their art, but for their ideals and for freedom of expression – their own, as well as others’. It’s a refreshing reminder and contrast to so many of today’s mainstream artists who seemingly refuse to take a stand, to speak out against injustice, or who are unwilling to put their wallet (and sometimes, their entire career) on the line to take a stand for anything, let alone freedom of artistic expression. Thank God for Jim Morrison; thank God for The Doors.” 

To get a behind the scenes look at the historic moment and to access more details about this story, go to You will be able to view clips from “Light My Fire” and you can also watch Ray Manzarek’s interview where he explains what went down backstage. One can also check out the altered lyrics and the director’s shooting script. Finally, the story can be told. 

The Ed Sullivan Show gained notoriety for two other high profile censored rock moments – when Elvis Presley was filmed from the “waist up only” on January 6, 1957, and eight months before the Doors’ appearance, when the Rolling Stones were pressured to change the lyrics to their hit, “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together.” Mick Jagger also made TV history by rolling his eyes for the home audience during the band’s forcibly-altered performance.  

The Doors remain one of the most beloved and influential rock bands of all time. They have over 16 million followers on Facebook alone, and every year their records continue to sell in the millions. 

With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture. The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics, but also of something much bigger - a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. The Los Angeles quartet relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans. Though they've had scores of imitators, there's never been another band quite like them. And 50 years after their debut album, The Doors' music and legacy are more influential than ever before.  

The Doors: The Singles - a brand-new collection of all the band’s singles and b-sides available together for the first time as a two-CD collection, an expanded two-CD/Blu-ray version and a limited-edition vinyl version featuring twenty 7-inch singles.    
Available now at  

The Ed Sullivan Show is the longest running primetime variety show in American television history. It ran on CBS for 23 years and is currently broadcast daily on the Decades Channel, a digital broadcast network, which is a joint venture between CBS and Weigel Broadcasting.  

Be sure to check out our daily calendar page for more on this memorable night of rock and roll television!

>>>My personal favorite set for the four songs we do would be "It Could Be We're In Love," "I Wanna Meet You," "Up On The Roof," and "Sugar And Spice."  But there are three of us in the group and some of us want to do songs one way and others want to do things another way. The secret to us playing currently is compromise.  I do have an idea. Maybe we could have the fans give us an idea of the four songs they would like us to perform. They can either send them into you at Forgotten Hits, they could send them to the Cryan' Shames website on Facebook or they can send them to my page, or Jim Pilster's page, or James Fairs' page.  I want all of you to know that I consider it a great joy to be able to play this music still. Even though we will never be able to capture the magic of our youth, hearing the songs again can give all of us great memories of a magical time passed.  (Tom Doody) 
>>I'm up for taking votes but my guess is they'll come in exactly the way you've listed them here.  If taken in the true spirit of "Majority Rules," then the set list should be golden.  And, I would encourage you guys to do some shows outside the realm of Cornerstones so you can have it both ways as a means of satisfying EVERYONE in the band ... think how many more cool songs could be added.  (James had suggested "Hey Joe" and has even written a new track ... honestly within the context of a stand-alone Cryan' Shames show, the prospects are limitless!  And I'll betcha fans would LOVE to see it!)  But, for the sake of Cornerstones, put your very best foot forward ... and give the fans what they came to hear.  (kk)

Honestly, I didn't expect much reaction to Tom's "Programming The Set List" suggestion ... let's face it, in all likelihood, the band's going to do whatever they're going to do regardless ... so what possible influence might our readers' votes have on such an outcome?

Much to my surprise, however, we actually received 65 ballots of the IDEAL Cryan' Shames Four-Song Cornerstones Set List and, just as I suspected, the four songs that Toad selected are also the Top Four Fan Favorites.  A review of the short list of titles suggested may be food for thought for any gigs the band may be planning outside the Cornerstones umbrella.  (I know they've got a show coming up at The Arcada Family Theatre at Pheasant Run on October 27th ... hopefully they can find a way to squeeze all of these fan favorites into that setting.)

#1 - SUGAR AND SPICE - This was the only track named on all 65 ballots - clearly, the group's signature song and biggest national hit ... (#39, 1966) ... and the one that broke the band 

#2 - IT COULD BE WE'RE IN LOVE  (59 votes)

#3 - UP ON THE ROOF  (48 votes)

#4 - I WANNA MEET YOU  (41 votes)

And not too far behind, #5 - MR. UNRELIABLE  (32 votes)

The remaining votes were split between (in alphabetical order) Cobblestone Road, Dennis Dupree From Danville, First Train To California (two votes ... not counting James'! - lol ... and currently their show opener), Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles David Smith And Jones, Hey Joe (probably because James mentioned this one), If I Needed Someone (now THAT one surprised me!), Sunday Psalm and We Could Be Happy ... all excellent choices for a full-blown Shames show (and I'd like to be there for that one!!!)  kk

P.S.  For the "really big show" I'd also like to nominate "I Was Lonely When", "Young Birds Fly", Jim Pilster's great take on "Pretzel Logic" and maybe one each by the band's early influences, The Beatles, The Byrds and The Rolling Stones as a means to recreate the old club days.  (kk)   

I have had requests for Requiem For The Masses during my Saturday night show.  A caller told me recently that the only reason they knew that song was because a bar they used to frequent had Never My Love on the jukebox and someone used to play Requiem instead of the bigger hit side.  That happened to me several times.  I would plow my way to the jukebox and look for the read out, only to find it was a b-side.  There are younger listeners today that have no idea what was a hit and what was not.  They find songs they like on line.  A young man recently wanted to hear Otis Redding's song My Girl.  He listened to the song on youtube and did not even know the Temptations had the hit version.
Phil Nee / WRCO 

"Cat in the Window" was one of the few departures for Pet Clark from the Tony Hatch hit machine.  My late friend, Alan Gordon (and Gary Bonner), penned the song and Pet recorded the song here in the US, if I remember right, without any Tony Hatch involvement.  Great tune, but with the top ten hits the writing team was constantly giving the Turtles in '67, she returned to the Hatch fold.  As I mentioned previously, there was at least ONE 45 in the Billboard Hot 100 and/or Bubbling Under chart every week of 1967 except one and that week, the Turtles' LP containing several of his songs was riding the top 50, so basically, Bonner-Gordon rode the Billboard chart every week of the amazing year of '67! 
As far as "Get Together" goes, the song was a mid-charter in '67, indeed.  The We Five had a medium hit with it in 1965 as "Let's Get Together."   I never heard the song until 1969 when the Cryan' Shames put it on their album "Synthesis" (also as "Let's Get Together") and was surprised by the Youngbloods having a hit with it shortly after the Shames LP rode the charts!  The Cryan' Shames version was, I believe, sung with a lead vocal by Alan Dawson, if I remember correctly.  Alan told me once that he sang lead on one of the "Synthesis" tracks and I thought it was this song.
Clark Besch
The songwriting team of Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon provided four straight Top 20 Hits for The Turtles in 1967 ... "Happy Together" (#1), "She'd Rather Be With Me" (#3), "You Know What I Mean" (#12) and "She's My Girl" (#14).  (Kinda reminds me of the whole Jim Holvay thing going on with The Buckinghams at the time ... stick with the formula that's working for you!  (kk)

Kent man, 
Furvus of The Fifth Estate here!
I wanted to do a little piece for the '67 page on The Fifth Estate (it was exactly 50 years ago that we just finished a national tour with the Buckinghams and all), mainly about our struggles with having a "hit" follow up to "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead." 
As some may recall, we did The Witch on a dare and a bet from some folks at a NYC party that it couldn't be made into a hit.  Remember that we were basically a quirky, underground, rock and roll dance band out of Greenwich Village.  But we liked doing weird stuff.  Well, we won the bet!!  Now what next to follow-up something like that!!??  AND that was one pretty good party as I barely recall. AND record as well!! 
While we were out on tour with The Bucks, Easies, Music Explosion, Happenings, Dio, and Pitney, our record company released as a follow-up another tune off the album - "The Goofin' Song."  Not a bad choice really for the Summer Of Love - kind of a nice day in the park, layin' on the grass, takin' the sun, havin' fun kind of thing.  BUT it wasn't a big hit.  It got airplay and it helped us.  But all the programmers seemed to want from us was another Ding Dong!  Well, there just aren't that many Ding Dongs layin' around out there if you know what I mean.
But THEN on the next one we came pretty close, exceeded Ding Dong in musicianship and vocals in my opinion, with "Heigh Ho."  Actually another tune which was kind of put on us to do by the record company.  We recorded it just now, 50 years ago, as we got back from the Pitney tour.  The band always called it "High Ho" just to give ourselves a little something to go on and laugh about in doing this also rather insane thing. BUT the band had always done insane things, very quirky things and this fit quite well actually.  It made the top 40 in Canada and did well in other places around the world.  We had some good success with that one, but we liked it better when we got more of our own original rocking stuff out which was the real natural place for the band.  
We had another US charting tune in 1968 with "Do Drop Inn."  "That's Love" did particularly well in Brazil.  And one of my favorites of all of ours, "Morning Morning," was a hit in Australia.  So we did rather well considering we were a Village underground band who never really had any big hit making aspirations. We were basically happy just putting out our versions of rock and roll dance music as we liked it.   
Also, I wanted to let you know that that Rock and Roll History of Connecticut book I said was coming just came out.  They had asked me to write the Foreword and there are extensive 5E interviews in there. 
AND we are the only band to make the cover!!! :)  Right under Weezer at the top, and standing on Allen Freed's door step in Stamford, CT, our home town.   Well, we were #1 on CTcharts and all around there at the time.

The Fifth Estate, circa 1967:  
Wayne  Wadhams, Furvus Evans, Doug Ferrara, Ricky Engler and Bill Shute

Jamming before a show with Furvus Evans (me, on drums), 
Dickie Diamond of The Easybeats and Marty Grebb of The Buckinghams                                          

I'm a little bit late getting this survey to you. Forgot all about it really. The Number one record by Ray Charles did not chart nationally
You're right ... it "bubbled under" at #105 in Billboard ... but was a #1 Hit in Oklahoma City.  Go figure!  (That's what I LOVE about these regional charts!!!)  kk 

I really appreciate all the 1967 details on Forgotten Hits. A lot of fun to see some of the things I wasn't aware of.  Thanks,
Ted Gstalder
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1967 BONUS #43

I got this from Ray Graffia, Jr., who took the time to write while on holiday with his entire family, celebrating his 50th Wedding Anniversary ...
Just a quick hello from Barcelona, Kent! 
Family all here and just sharing this to send greetings! 
Back in the states tomorrow night and back to work Tuesday unless jet lagged.
Had time to catch up a bit here; wonderful pieces as always!  (Loved your / Ron O's stuff re: the Lewis family)
I showed your anniversary post to Bonita (all call her that in Europe though she will again become Bonnie once we are back in the states) said "Oh, my God; you have to show this to the kids!"  And so I did, my friend. 
Final note is that Mrs. G's folks requested that I cut my hair for the wedding, which I did not, but did hair spray it mostly behind my ears, which may not be apparent from the picture. And with that, it's off to dinner at a place my son researched and is only a 5-minute walk from the Granados 83 Hotel where we will rest tonight! 
Blessings and peace to you and yours and all our FH friends --- from the entire G, Jr. clan!

LOL ... I wondered about the haircut thing!  (lol)  Looked like you kept as much length as you could ... (hey, you were a rock star after all!!!) ... but it also reminds me of that classic Seinfeld episode! (lol)  Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you and Bonnie again ... sounds like you guys enjoyed a well-deserved Mediterranean vacation.  (kk)

This week's edition of Randy on the Radio, 8:00 p.m. ET on Wed., Sept. 13, on Top Shelf Oldies (, will feature my usual mix of forgotten hits and uncommon oldies, including two debuts from this week's SuperCharts Top 100. These two are a solo performance by an R&B singer from Evanston, Illinois, who originally charted with a group version of the same song a few years earlier; and a lesser-remembered hit by a Detroit group who had a long string of big hits in the '60s and early '70s. All shows are archived at
– Randy Price

LOVED seeing you proudly tout "The Fugitive."  Last week The Los Angeles Times did a huge two page story on "The Fugitive." Go find it.  
Harvey Kubernik  
I did!  Sharing it now with the others ...  

I thought your piece on The Fugitive was outstanding - and loved the way you split it up into two parts just like the finale.  Always great stuff in Forgotten Hits. 

Hi Kent,
Boy, did Carl Giammarese nail it on getting screwed by "our trusted team" ... so spot on with small differences pertaining to us, (The Royal Guardsmen), getting the "Royal Treatment" too !!!  
I hope those that are still alive from our era have a hard time sleeping.  Of course with all the money they've ripped from their artists, it probably doesn't bother them that much.  
Ok, off my soapbox ... lol  
Keep up the great work, my friend.  
Later -   
Barry Winslow 
The Royal Guardsmen   

Andrew Loog Oldham’s new radio series looking 
back at the year 1967 & the ‘Summer of Love’
Following up on his popular music radio series earlier this year on Resonance FM the original Rolling Stones manager and legendary British music Svengali Andrew Loog Oldham returns to the digital airwaves – and this time for a new seven part series looking back at the year which is still very much celebrated today as the acclaimed ‘Summer of Love’ 1967 – the music, politics, lifestyle, hopes/dreams and its renowned drug culture. 
Drawing on Danny Goldberg’s “In Search of the Lost Chord,” Eric Luft’s “Die at the Right Time” and Harvey Kubernik’s “1967 – A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love” – Oldham breaks down the years true psyche, appeal and creative influences like only he can for this new series titled ‘Sixty Seven‘ on Resonance FM.  
Beginning on Friday, September 15, you can hear ‘Sixty Seven’ live at between 7pm-8pm (BST). Each week’s show will repeat on Sunday between 11 am-12 pm.   
Programmes will also be available on the Resonance FM Mixcloud account after they air (
follow Andrew Oldham on Twitter –  
or Facebook –  
The 50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones' dismissal of Andrew Loog Oldham is coming up soon ... be sure to bookmark our daily calendar page to find out ALL the latest news ... from exactly fifty years ago!  (kk)  

"Requiem For The Masses" is such a beautiful song and so right for the time of the 60's.  
I always thought it was the "A" side!  
It got some scattered airplay (but only charted at #100) ... the A-Side is a '60's classic ... "Never My Love" ... according to The Association, the second most played song on radio of all time.  (kk)   

Two songs debut on the chart dated 9/9/67 that will not make the Top 40 this year but will become top 10 hits two years later.
#83 -- Get Together -- The Youngbloods 
#97 -- I'll Never Fall In Love Again -- Tom Jones  
Guess both songs were ahead of their time in 1967.
By the way, I have been totally enjoying this look back at 1967.  
Joe Cantello 
Both 1967 chart runs went virtually unnoticed ... "Get Together" peaked at #62 during its 8-week stay on the charts in 1967 ... and then leaped up to #4 when it was re-released in 1969 (thanks, in some part, to its use in an advertising campaign by The National Council For Christians and Jews). 
"I'll Never Fall In Love Again" peaked at #42 in a 7-week run in 1967 ... then climbed all the way to #5 two years later.  It was part of a string of five straight Top Ten Hits for Jones (now hosting his own television show) that included "Love Me Tonight" (#7, 1969); "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (#5, 1969); "Without Love (There Is Nothing)", #3, 1970; "Daughter Of Darkness" (#10, 1970) and "I (Who Have Nothing):, #10, 1970.  Five months later he would top the charts for the first and only time with the Paul Anka tune, "She's A Lady."  
Another overlooked gem from 1967 (and mentioned here in our last 1967 Bonus Feature) was "Nights In White Satin" by The Moody Blues.  Recorded for their "Days Of Future Passed" album, released toward the end of that year.  It was first released as a single in February of 1968, where it peaked at #93 in Cash Box (and only "bubbled under" in both Billboard and Record World.)  The world finally caught up to this track in 1972 when it went to #1.  (kk)

I just saw "Cat In The Window" on one of your 1967 surveys.  I heard Petula sing it on Ed Sullivan Show the other night. 
Frank B. 
I haven't had a chance to check out these Ed Sullivan Episodes running several times a day now, Monday thru Friday, on The Decades Channel, but the fact that this was included tells me they must have done some re-editing along the way, which is exactly what I was hoping for.  This a little known song that I always kinda liked.  (I always thought that Olivia Newton-John would do a good version of that one.)  The Turtles covered it, too, because it was written by the same guys who gave them "Happy Together" ... but with nowhere near the same results.  This has to be the program that was broadcast almost exactly fifty years ago today (September 10th, 1967) as we even covered this in our daily calendar!   I'd like to see that one again ... so here it is!  (kk)

Hi Kent,
Man, thanks for posting that Top 100 ... forgot all about "Wednesday" popping in at 100.
Sure was a great time for us.
Thanks my friend -
Barry Winslow
The Royal Guardsmen  

One of the very first "famous" people I ever met and shook hands with as a kid was Joel Horlen.  He spoke at our college in Dodge City, Kansas, when I was probably 13 years old or so.  Having grown up as a big baseball fan, I was thrilled to shake hands with him.  Other than the stars of Gunsmoke coming to Dodge often, we had few stars in the 60's coming to the desolate gunslinger town.  The only other one I remember was meeting Glenn Yarborough at our new strip mall opening in JC Penney in probably 1967 or so.  SO, you Chicagoans who got to see all my fave 60's bands and DJs, FEEL LUCKY!!!  
Clark Besch
PS.  We DID get to meet and get autographs from Roger Miller and Gary Lewis and the KOMA DJs in 1965 in OKC.  A BIGGER thrill by far than all of the above. 

>>>Although "Guitar Man" by Elvis failed to chart at all on Billboard's Country Singles Chart in 1967, it would reach #1 on that chart when it is re-released in 1981.  (kk) 
Jerry Reed's original version did chart on the Country charts in Billboard (#53) and Cash Box (#37) in 1967. 
– Randy Price  

I find it pretty incredible that Hurricane Beulha hit exactly fifty years ago and was considered to be the worst hurricane in history at that time - while our Southern United States are being pummeled by tropical storm after tropical storm right now, all being measured as the worst hurricanes of all time.  The fact that three separate hurricanes can potentially hit land at the exact same time is unfathomable ... and yet it appears that this is actualy about to happen.  Some things are simply beyond our control. (I say blame it on the eclipse!) 

Mention the song "The House That Jack Built" and Aretha Franklin's 1968 hit single comes to mind.  But a year earlier The Alan Price Set had a UK #4 chart hit in September, 1967, with an altogether different song that had the same title. The nonsensical tune, unabashedly influenced by British music hall, was Price's biggest self-penned hit. 
Alan Price is best remembered in the US as the organist on some of the greatest hits of The Animals, who were originally called The Alan Price Combo. When "The House Of The Rising Sun" was recorded, only Price was given credit for the arrangement, reaping alone most of the royalties when it became one of the biggest hits of the Sixties. Needless to say this created ill will amongst the others in the group. 
In 1965, Price suddenly developed a fear of flying and quit the band. He formed a new group, The Alan Price Set, and had six UK hits in the Sixties. Other than the Animals-like "I Put A Spell On You" in 1966 (Billboard #80), Price never charted again in the US.
Mike G

>>>Have the songs become even more rewarding because they now stood up to the test of time; 20 years on public display?  (Harvey Kubernik) 
>>>It’s funny, but that kind of thing probably happens more for listeners than for us playing them. We selected new songs we had never played before. And of the songs we had done years ago, we tried to diddle with them a little bit so that we’d feel fresh to play them.  (Walter Becker) 
hmmmm ...
James Fairs 
OK ... I have to admit ... you win the prize, hands down, for giving me my biggest smile of the day today. 

Thank you, James!  (kk)