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 (www.topshelfoldies.org), 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 http://www.ramtownlive.com/randyontheradio.html.
– 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 ... http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-et-st-fugitive-fiftieth-anniversary-20170828-story.html  

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 resonancefm.com 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 (https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/
follow Andrew Oldham on Twitter – https://twitter.com/loogoldham  
or Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/andrewloogoldham/  
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) http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/  

"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)