I was struck by a few things ... first how many of the same songs they each played during a given random three hour stretch (stressing again that other than those occasional "wow" songs they each slipped in, everybody's still playing it safe for the most part by featuring the generic play list adopted by radio for the past several decades) ... and secondly (as mentioned here before) just how many songs from 1967 are still in heavy oldies rotation (proving again just what an incredibly strong year it was for timeless, long-lasting music.)
Rewound Radio and Me-TV-FM seem to be the most "adventurous" when it comes to programming surprises off the the traditional grid ... each station played one or two unexpected gems every hour, which is kinda disappointing when one considers that only Scott Shannon is bold enough to call his network "The True Oldies Channel," thus displaying the dreaded and forbidden "oldies" word proudly for all the world to see ... which might make one think that HE should be the one featuring more goodies and surprises than anyone else (but instead he seems to be playing it safe for the most part) ... but during my full, extended day of listening, all three stations relied heavily on the music magic of 1967.
In random order, I heard (during an 11 hour stretch):
"Daydream Believer" by The Monkees (twice),
"Windy" by The Association (twice),
"Groovin'" by The Young Rascals,
"The Letter" by The Box Tops,
"Light My Fire" by The Doors (I also heard the Jose Feliciano version from '68),
"Happy Together" by The Turtles,
"Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles,
"Respect" by Aretha Franklin (twice),
"Kind Of A Drag" by The Buckinghams,
"Incense And Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock,
"Penny Lane' by The Beatles,
"Little Bit O' Soul" by Music Explosion,
"The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills,
"Never My Love" by The Association,
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli,
"A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" by The Monkees,
"Come Back When You Grow Up" by Bobby Vee,
"It Must Be Him" by Vikki Carr,
"Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees,
"Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" by Johnny Rivers,
"San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie (twice),
"I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles,
"Good Thing" by Paul Revere and the Raiders,
"There's A Kind Of Hush" by Herman's Hermits,
"Don't Sleep In the Subway" by Petula Clark,
"Mercy Mercy Mercy" by The Buckinghams,
"Higher And Higher" by Jackie Wilson,
"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" by The Casinos,
"Gimme Some Lovin'" by The Spencer Davis Group,
"For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield,
"Let's Live For Today" by The Grass Roots,
"Gimme Little Sign" by Brenton Wood (twice),
"C'mon Marianne" by The Four Seasons,
"I Dig Rock And Roll Music" by Peter, Paul and Mary,
"A Girl Like You" by The Young Rascals (twice),
"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison,
"I'm A Man" by The Spencer Davis Group,
"Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees,
"On A Carousel" by The Hollies,
"Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song" by The Buckinghams,
"Heroes And Villains" by The Beach Boys,
"Keep The Ball Rollin'" by Jay and the Techniques,
"Museum" by Herman's Hermits,
"Happy" by The Blades Of Grass and
"Nights In White Satin" by The Moody Blues (a hit in 1972 but recorded and first released in 1967).
Do the math ... if each station typically programs 16 songs per hour ... and I listened for 11 hours ... that means I had the potential to hear about 175 songs. If 50 of those all came from 1967, that accounts for an astonishing 28.5%!!! When one considers that the other 71.5% were split between the roughly remaining 30 years of music that fits the oldiesformat, this becomes an almost staggering ratio.
But hey, we've been telling you that all year long!!! 1967 was THE year for music ... and there are at least another 50 songs from 1967 that are also regularly featured in somewhat heavy rotation that I just didn't happen to hear during my eleven hour stretch. Amazing!!!
Here are the Top 40 British Charts for September, 1967, courtesy of our FH Buddy Rockin' Lord Geoff Lambert:
According to Record Retailer the top thirty singles on the UK charts for week ending September 9th 1967 were:
WK LW TW
03 - 03 - 01 - Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz
09 - 01 - 02 - Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)
07 - 02 - 03 - Tom Jones - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
03 - 07 - 04 - Rolling Stones - We Love You
04 - 13 - 05 - Keith West - Excerpt from 'A Teenage Opera'
>>>I really enjoyed your coverage of the 50th anniversary of the final episode of The Fugitive. That stands as one of my personal Top 5 significant TV moments of all time. I can still hear announcer Hank Simms' voice saying "August 29th, 1967 - The Day The Running Stopped." (David Lewis)
>>>That wasn't William Conrad? Check out this clip ... and listen to that famous line ... where the heck did THIS come from?!?!? (kk)
Wow - It was indeed William Conrad who spoke that line. Dick Wesson and Hank Simms both shared announcing duties for the credits (but not the narration), and I though Hank had said that line -- but it was Conrad for sure. As for the other question, the final episodes must've been delayed a week in some markets, perhaps Hawaii? We all heard August, but this is Bill Conrad saying September 5, without the year.
I was shocked to hear the alternate date ... the only way I've ever heard it was "August 29th". (kk)
So many comments to make regarding your recent posts.
First up, Roy Orbison as a gun fighter just did not work for me -- or for the public, I think. For one thing, without his signature sunglasses, it was odd to see HIS face! Plus, the best song on that soundtrack, if I remember correctly, was not even in the film. "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" was the song that I bought the soundtrack for. In the mid-60's, this could have been a very important song for him amidst all the war turmoil, but no one ever heard it. It rivals "Waist deep in the big Muddy" by Pete Seeger. If only the Smothers would have had Roy on to sing this in 1967!
I agree with Charlie. I always think about "Billie Joe" knocking the Beatles off the top and then revenge came in '68 with "Hey Jude" besting "PTA".
The back cover showed all the CFL jocks, of which MOST were on WLS not long before!
I have to agree with you ... Roy Orbison just doesn't look right without his trademark sunglasses. (Think "Shades" in "That Thing You Do"!!!)
Simply put, he's not a handsome man ... or what you would expect as "leading man" material in a motion picture! (A likely factor in this being his only screen role.) I remember when WLS DJ Fred Winston got in trouble for introducing a Roy Orbison song as being by "the ugliest man in show business"! lol
I wasn't familiar with the track you featured but I really like it. Again, I agree ... this could have been a very timely hit for Roy in 1967.
I'll have to look for another copy of "Zip Code" (the single mix) ... the only copy I have is the one I posted, which came from the Sundazed collection you mentioned.
And how many of us bought those WCFL compilation albums back in the days before K-Tel cornered the market!!! I'm sure I still have a complete set buried around here somewhere!
Thanks, Clark! (kk)
Read more here:
And here's an interesting "Best of '67" clip I found this weekend on YouTube:
You can hear us count down some of our 1967 Favorites here: