But the REALLY cool part was that Gary Lewis and the Playboys were up next. They, too, sang a brief hits medley (obviously lip-synched) behind a giant banner that said "Bye Bye Gary."
Sullivan announced that Gary was soon going off to the Army, which was the story that kicked off our 1967 Calendar Series back on January 1st. He then brought out a young lady to give Gary a farewell kiss, ala "Bye Bye Birdie," a film in which Ed Sullivan also starred! (Who can forget the great Paul Lynde song "Hymn For A Sunday Evening," the motion picture's tribute to Ed Sullivan!!!) Gary then sang a verse of "One Last Kiss" from the film before planting one on the cutie (who's now probably every bit of 70 years old!) Again, another REALLY cool clip. (Interestingly enough, Sullivan also showed a photo of Gary's father Jerry performing with his then-partner Dean Martin on Ed Sullivan's very first Toast Of The Town show from 1948. (I've often asked Andrew Solt, who owns the rights to ALL of the Ed Sullivan broadcasts, about resurrecting this clip for either a television special or commemorative DVD release but he told me that the clip is forever lost to the ages ... it was never saved or preserved. Makes sense ... who would have ever thought that Ed's first show from 1948 would have led to a television series that lasted on the air for 23 more years?!?!?) kk
That is Ray Graffia...
Ray responds ...
Wow, Kent! I am floored by the love from C.C.! He was and is a great friend and not a bad roadie "in the day" either; so very much touched by knowing he did indeed enjoy working with us as much as we loved having him on the team. And look how unbelievably far he has out-distanced us in the long run.
>>>British songstress Petula Clark is the host of The Hollywood Palace tonight and performs "Imagine" (kk)
This being 1967, this was obviously not the John Lennon song. This "Imagine" was a song written by Francis Lai and Sammy Cahn for the movie "The Bobo," and was a track from Petula's These Are My Songs LP, and was later released as a Warner Bros. promo single in early 1968 (http://www.45cat.com/record/pro261).
Jose Feliciano's version of Light My Fire ...
I got it From Ron Smith's book.
Here are The British Top 30 Pop Charts for October, 1967, courtesy of Rockin' Lord Geoff Lambert ...
hit "Someone Saved My Life Tonight". It seems that in 1969 Baldry convinced a distraught Elton John not to go through with his impending marriage to a woman he didn't really love.
It was the very first song I recall hearing on the radio when I arrived in London in 1968.
Interesting ... and not at all the style one might expect from Long John Baldry. Thanks for sharing. (I just noticed that this song also charted here in Chicago on WLS where it reached #27 ... but I don't remember it at all.) kk
Why did you write “The so-called 'March On The Pentagon' — I was there and it was very real ... the “so-called” seems, in a way dismissive to me. History tells us that it had a tremendous impact. Happy to say I wasn’t one of the 600+ who were arrested, but I was tear gassed ... nothing "so-called" about that.
Nothing dismissive intended ... I simply meant that this is how it became to be known. (I don't know that they called it that at the time ... I think this was more a case of "we need to call it something" ... "we need to refer to it in some way" ... so that's what it became known as. It certainly wasn't my intention to diminish the importance or the motives in any way.
On a personal note I would have never picked you as such a rebel! (Lol)
It was a different time - and a different mind set -
I always say "we wanted to change the world" - and in many ways we did - just not always in the way we may have originally intended to. (kk)
Here’s me at the mic back then — that’s Bob Weir on guitar right behind me and, I think, Bill Kreutzman tuning up his drums (could have been Mickey Hart since they had two drummers) and you see Jerry Garcia’s striped shirt and guitar strap at the lower left.
You might remember Jeff Lind from the Illinois Entertainer late 70's articles he wrote on Chicago 60's music. Over 10 years earlier, he was loving this music as a kid just like me. He left Chicago for Rockford College station WRCR where he started writing columns in the Roselle, Illinois paper at times. Below is one of his first commentaries from the April 28, 1967 issue, in which he sounds just as excited as I was in that era.
One of his record comments is of the Easybeats' "Friday On My Mind," of which co-writer George Young just passed away a few days ago. Along with writing partner Harry Vanda, they wrote and performed some great music with the Easybeats over the late 60's and early 70's.
Thanks, Eddie ... I still can't believe it's almost over ... only two more months to go ... but it's been one heck of a ride!
I am looking into other ways of permanently posting this series ... as well as recapping all that went out by email over the past year ... so that others can enjoy it, too. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come! (kk)