Monday, November 27, 2017

1967 BONUS #49

Happy 50th, Kent ... 
Man, It has been awhile, huh Bro? 
Many thanks for posting Dean's video ... what memories it brought back.  
Seems like a long long time ago ... in a galaxy far far away.  :O)  
It was a great, great time.  
Be blessed, my friend  
Barry Winslow / The Royal Guardsmen   

Around this time in 1967, WLS DJs were on strike (actually, this happened a couple weeks back or so that year).  GM Gene Taylor and a host of secretaries and a fake robot carried the DJ chores, as well as Clark Weber if he was in management then.  Our faves like Larry Lujack, Ron Riley and Art Roberts were out on picket lines (remember those?).  When I interviewed Gene Taylor in the 1990's he spoke of those strikes.  He said Art came to him begging to work because he had his family to take care of and Gene told him he should have thought of that before the strike.
Here's a taste of the silliness that went on during the strike as Gene (and Clark?) struggled to keep someone on the air vs. WCFL during the confusion.  
I wish I had time to do a capsule of aircheck top 40 in Chicago right now, as it was great, but alas, Christmas is a comin' and I am a wreck.  

>>>This week The Monkees' new single, "Daydream Believer", "bubbles under on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart at #101.  By the end of the month it will be #1.  (Once again, you'll see the record is already a Top Ten Hit here in Chicago, back in the days when WLS and WCFL were on the cutting edge of programming!)  kk   
It's not surprising that local radio station surveys appeared to be a step or two ahead of the national charts. The posted WLS survey, dated Nov. 10, showed "Daydream Believer" jumping from #40 to #15; the concurrent WMCA (New York) survey, dated Nov. 8, had that record jumping from #46 to #10, nearly the same outcome. 
There are two reasons why the national charts appeared to lag behind: 
1) these local surveys were factored into the national chart results, which were then published a week or more after the local charts; and  
2) as we've discussed before, the national music trades used week-ending dates on their charts, which made them appear to lag behind the local charts by yet another week. So, taking these factors into account, the national charts were always about two weeks behind the major markets' local charts for out-of-the-box hits by popular groups like the Monkees.   
– Randy Price  
I get it that the local charts drove the results on the national scene ... and back then it was a VERY competitive time to see who could get their hands on the brand new releases first and play them on the air, often with some type of announcement playing over or thru the tune announcing that station's exclusivity in this regard. 
As for the "week ending" thing, yes, it's come up numerous times before ... but check out out the date of the companion WCFL survey for the very same week ... which shows as the Week Ending November 16th ... and places "Daydream Believer" premiering at #9 after three weeks of airplay.  (Honestly, that's a bit deceiving, too ... once a record ... especially a proven hit record like this one ... started airing on the station, it IMMEDIATELY made the local chart ... there was never a three week lag in this regard.)  Records flew up the charts faster (and disappeared in 10-12 weeks back then) because there was so much NEW product being released each week they had to make room for it all.  Think about it ... in 1967 alone The Monkees charted with FOUR different albums, had four Top Five Singles, did their first major tour and still had time to fly to England to meet the press and film the first season of their television series!!!  Artists today taking six YEARS between albums have NO idea what a hectic pace it was back then to keep your name on the radio and the magazine covers ... or risk losing your spot on either!  (kk)

Sorry to hear about Robert Knight. I think “Everlasting Love” was my Fave Soul 45 of 1967.  

Hi Kent, 
I am playing catch up on your blog this evening and ran across your mention of Long John Baldry.  I remember I always loved this song by him.  When he goes from his story open to the song intro it simply kicks ass.  It definitely sounds like the Savoy Brown Blues Band backing him.  
Just ran across this Long John Baldry video from 1965----thought you'd recognize some of the other people in the video too!  
Tim Kiley  
Bob Stroud used to play the Long John Baldry version of "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll" on his Rock And Roll Roots program quite a bit ... he even featured it on one of the (now highly sought-after and collectible) CD collections that accompanied his long-running series.  (The big hit here, of course, went to Crow, which went to #13 here in Chicago and #35 nationally ... again, a much lower showing in Billboard at #52.)  Baldry's version peaked at #73 a year later.  (Actually, I like both of them!)  Incredibly, it didn't chart at all in England!  And check out the line-up on this 1965 clip that Tim sent ... Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Eric Burdon, Stevie Winwood and Julie Driscoll!!!  All performing together at the Fifth National Jazz and Blues Festival!  (kk)

>>>Kent:  You posted are-recording of "You Can't Roller Skate," even tho you can be excused for that I suppose.  (Clark Besch)  
Really???  I'll have to listen to that.  I know I have the original.  (kk) 
Don't worry ... you can be happy if you've a mind to. 
LOL - I checked and my copy came from Roger Miller's Golden Hits LP, which should have been the original  Doing a quick check on iTunes, nearly all of the copies offered seem to be the re-recording, although only certain ones are marked as such.  I downloaded the version from the 20th Centry Masters CD, which is designated as "the single version" ... so I'm assuming it's the right one ... and it has since been replaced.   Thanks, Clark.  (kk)  
Yep, that's the right version of "Buffalo Herd" ... now that everyone has quite reading FH because of my comment!
(Gee, I hope not!!! lol) - kk 
Not his best, but can youy imagine telling someone that IT was a Top 40 Hit and the Cryan' Shames 45s were not???  Why, even the follow-up hit "My Uncle Used To Love Me But SHE Died", was better!  
Anyway, I have listened to my radio tapes 100's of times and spotted the reissued song quickly because of my tapes.  several of Roger's songs sound slightly different on the hits packages, but as with this one, they are VERY welldone and CLOSE to the orginal.  But just imagine ... "Hey Roger, now let's re-record "Buffalo Herd", OK?" 
Clark Besch
Regular 1967 contributor Mike G offers these three tidbits for our latest Bonus Feature ...

Hi Kent: 
I found this video of Glen Campbell and the Smothers Brothers doing an "Americanized" version of The Scaffold's "Thank U Very Much":
Mike G  

I actually remember this episode!!! (Now how scary is that?!?!?)  Thanks, Mike, for sending.  (kk) 

I've mentioned it before that "Georgia Pines" by The Candymen is one of my favorite records from 1967. About how they became Roy Orbison's touring band and he renamed them after his 1961 hit "Candy Man". Their rock family tree includes Bobby Goldsboro and members who made up The Classics IV and The Atlanta Rhythm Section. The composers of the song were Buddy Buie and Candymen lead guitarist John Rainey Adkins. Buie was songwriter / producer / manager of all three groups. He wrote almost all of the latter two group's more familiar hits.
The story goes that he moved to New York City in 1964 with a songwriter contract. Recalling being homesick for his deep South roots and missing his future wife inspired the lyrics. Although he was from L.A. (aka Lower Alabama), I suppose Georgia sounded better phonetically. Rodney Justo was the vocalist on "Georgia Pines" and was also The Atlanta Rhythm Section's original lead singer. 
Another Alabama band that Buie managed, Wilbur Walton and The James Gang, put it out first in 1965. I don't
know exactly when The Candymen recorded it but the Florida radio station where I worked got a copy several months before it charted nationally in November, 1967. Being more of a regional hit, it only reached #54 (Cashbox) and #81 (Billboard). The Candymen performed it on Dick Clark's American Bandstand on December 2. It's been playfully called "The Hymn Of The South". It's one of those records I never get tired of hearing. It always
reminds me of when I was a young man living in Georgia in the mid-Sixties. Good times.
Mike G
I actually heard this one on the radio the other day!!!  (And that's gotta be a first for me!)  But now that I have Sirius/XM 60's, it was one of the first tracks I heard them play!  (kk)

It's not as if someone being released from prison hasn't been put to song before. Jimmy Ruffin's 1967 hit "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got" is one example.
But what if the jailbird was a female? 
On November 24, 1967, The Zombies released "Care Of Cell 44" in the UK and simultaneously in the US.  It was a unique blend of pop harmony that at first listen sounded radio friendly. Disappointed when it wasn't the sure fire hit they imagined, the band called it quits in December.  Nevertheless, the song would be the first track on their ODESSEY AND ORACLE album released four months later in the UK to little fanfare. Because "Care Of Cell 44" failed to chart, Columbia Records decided not to release the album in the US.
But after Al Kooper discovered the album while in England (as did I), he convinced Columbia's Clive Davis to release it a year later. Although "Time Of The Season" from the album became a Cashbox #1 single in 1969 (it didn't chart in the UK), the LP only reached #95 on the Billboard album charts.
After a very brief reunion, the group members moved on to other things. Rod Argent formed the band Argent and Colin Blunstone became a solo artist in the UK.
ODESSEY AND ORACLE is number 100 on Rolling Stone's Greatest Albums Of All Time list and compares favorably to PET SOUNDS and RUBBER SOUL for it's brilliant creativity. It was recorded on the same four track tape machine The Beatles had used at Abbey Road Studios to record SGT. PEPPER'S.  
Mike G

Hi Kent: 
Here is another Milwaukee Survey from 50 years ago! 

And h
ere’s a Boston Survey for you from 50 years ago!

I sent in that clip of Larry Lujack that you played from this time in 1967.  It certainly brings back great times.  
I never heard Donahue's shows back then, but have the CD pictured and have an aircheck from '67 of the Grateful Dead playing and commenting on their record collection they brought to the studio to play on Tom's show.  Despite NOT being a Dead fan, the idea was innovative and I actually enjoyed the comments about the records and some were surprising choices, too.  Tom would have had my ear to some extent, I'm sure, had I lived in LA.  KHJ would have, too, for the upbeat DJs and music, in contrast.
Clark Besch

Hey Kent, 
Thanks for your great blog of 1967 ... it will be sad to see it end soon.
Joe Cantello

Hi Kent - 
I'm hoping to put together a 1967 year end countdown which could air a final tribute to your excellent series over the last two Saturdays of the year (December 23rd and 30th).  I would still do my regular request show, but also countdown the 40 biggest ... maybe the first 20 on the 23rd and the Top 20 on the 30th. 
Phil Nee -
I know we've been talking about doing this and I think it would be a GREAT way to end the series.  (I'm actually running a list of The Top 67 of '67 on January 2nd ... so you'd get the "scoop" if you aired the countdown early.
Let's see if we can time things out correctly so that this fits both of our schedules.
The 1967 Calendar has been a blast!  Readership has been good as have the reviews along the way ... so let's send it off with a fitting finale!  (kk)  

We've got just 37 chapters left to go in our 1967 Calendar Series ... hoping you'll all stick with us till the end ... it's been one hell of a ride!  (kk) 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

1967 BONUS #48

Wow! 50 freakin' years ago, a half century. Friday, November 10, I will celebrate my 50th anniversary as a road manager with Ray Graffia and The New Colony Six. Back in November, 1967, I hauled my first Fender amp and booked my first hotel reservations for what is simply one of Chicago's greatest and most historic rock  bands. My role will take about 90 seconds. I plan to introduce the band before it begins its show at Ronnie Onesti's place at Pheasant Run.
Five Things that come to mind
about my "Tour" with the Six:
Being at  2120 S. Michigan Avenue the day the band tracked the ethereal, "I Will Always Think About You."
Playing Ottumwa, Iowa?????
Doing a guest spot on Don Webster's Teen Beat in Cleveland along with the Union Gap.
Playing the Mike Douglas show in Philly.
The bonds I developed with Ray and Ronnie Rice.
*****Making 50 bucks a week and loving it.
I hope the group plays to a full house. The Colony never fails to put on a solid gold, world class show. Can't wait to see you there, champ.!
Chet Coppock
Author: Otis Wilson - If These Walls Could Talk" 

Wish we could be there Firday Night as this is going to be a great show but we have another concert commitment.  Ray had invited us up on stage as well, which would have been a real kick ... YEARS ago (when daughter Paige was maybe 11???), he called her up on stage to sing "Roll On" with the band ... certainly a memorable moment in our household!

And who can forget the day you, me and Ray took to the microphone before their fund-raising benefit at The Arcada a few years ago?

Wishing the band continued success, some fifty years later.  There are still a few seats available for the Pheasant Run show on 11-10  ( ... but you'd better order soon.  Their Cornerstones gig on November 25th sold out a long time ago ... but ALL these great artists will be back in April to do it again at The Arcada Theatre.

Chet's memories of his 50th anniversary with the New Colony Six brings up these clippings from November, 1967, and the band. 
Nov 25 "happening":
11-17-67 Roselle NC6.JPG 
Their equipment got STOLEN the week Chet joined.  Chet, did you STEAL their gear??? Haha.

Just before Chet joined, some great acts in Chicago including the Six
10-25-67 Itasca register NC6.JPG
And Dec 28, a gig at Ottumwa, Iowa that Chet may be referring to?
Another clipping for the first "happening" mentioned above
Chicago Herald 10-18-67 NC6.JPG

Clark Besch

Rhino Records has announced the brand new SUPER Deluxe Version of The Monkees' second album, "More Of The Monkees," out December 15th with more bonus tracks (including the earliest known live tracks The Monkees ever recorded).  (Good ... because I've already got the Deluxe Edition ... and the Bonus Tracks edition ... and the original edition ... and the newly remastered version ... and the mono / stereo edition ... and probably at least eight or nine other versions of this same album released over the past fifty years!!!)  Just keep telling yourself ... I am NOT buying it again, I am NOT buying it again, I am NOT ... well, you get the idea ... but it is SO tempting to buy it again because there is SO much new stuff here it's almost impossible NOT to buy it again!!!)

This is an awesome set for Monkees fans.  
Now, where's the Cryan Shames "Red Albums" 3 CD boxed set? 
By the way, this new release includes several versions of the song that would be chosen for the first American Breed single a few months later, "I Don't Think You Know Me."
Clark Besch
Hola Kent,
Boy, what a great series FH67 is ... I really love it.  Thank you for all your hard work and research.

Just saw your posting for today, Nov. 7. Hope you have a great day. You most definitely are one of the most BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.

You posted a re-recording of "You Can't Roller Skate" even tho you can be excused for that, I suppose. 
Really? I'll have to listen to that - I know I have the original.  (kk) 
Don't worry, you can be happy if you've a mind to. 
LOL ... I checked and my copy came from Roger Miller's Golden Hits LP, which should have been the original.  Doing a quick check on iTunes, nearly all of the copies offered seem to be the re-recording, although only certain ones are marked as such.  I downloaded the version from the 20th Century Masters CD, which designates this as the "single version" so I'm assuming it's the right one ... and it has since been replaced.  Thanks, Clark!  (kk)
Odd timing ...
We're at the point in '67 where Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love" (damn cool song) is solidly in the Top 20.
Sadly, Mr Knight passed away over the weekend. 72.
Bob Frable

I was surprised to hear the news but only because I thought Knight had died years ago.  Interestingly enough, I was approached about a year ago about interviewing Nashville songwriter Buzz Cason, who had a brand new CD coming out.  (And it wasn't half bad as I recall either!)  Buzz wrote "Everlasting Love," a hit several times over, not only for Knight, who had the first hit with it back in 1967 (#11) but also for Carl Carlton (#6, 1974), Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet (#32, 1981) and Gloria Estefan (#27, 1995).  ALL of these versions tended to be uptempo, almost disco versions, including Knight's, which came out eight years before there even was such a thing as disco!  But, as we've pointed out numerous times here before, a good song is a good song is a good song ... and this was a REALLY good song.  (I loved it the first time I heard it.  Knight's version went all the way to # here in Chicago.  Sad to hear of his passing.  Sadder still that "Everlasting Love" was his only real hit, as he had a GREAT voice and style, especially when one considers that "Everlasting Love" was originally more of a country tune written by a country songwriter and sung by a southern gentleman.  (kk)

UPDATE:  By the way, when I declined to review Buzz's new CD because I didn't think it fit our format in Forgotten Hits, but said that I would be happy to talk to him about his song, "Everlasting Love," since I knew we would be covering it in our 1967 Series, I was told that they had no interest in putting that conversation together ... so we never had the chance to talk with him.  It IS odd that Robert Knight should pass now, exactly fifty years after his big hit first broke into The National Top 20.  (kk)

Hi Kent -
Loved the story about Long John Baldry
Regards - 
Geoff Dorsett

He was a member of a Liverpool musical trio specializing in satire and sophisticated comedy. He was expressing his gratitude over the phone to his older brother Paul for the 1966 Christmas gift of an expensive Nikon camera when the idea for a song popped into his head. He shared his idea
with Paul who thought it trite and wouldn't work. It was one of the few times that Paul McCartney was wrong about a song's hit potential. 

"Thank U Very Much" was released in early November, 1967, and only big hits by The Beatles and Tom Jones kept it from topping the UK charts. Even England's Prime Minister said it was his favorite song. 
Michael McCartney took the stage name Mike McGear and along with Roger McGough and John Gorman formed The Scaffold in 1962. They were managed by Brian Epstein and recorded on Parlophone Records, just like The Beatles. The "Aintree Iron" mentioned in "Thank U Very Much" has befuddled Britons ever since 1967 and Michael has never revealed it's meaning. 
The single even managed to reach US #66 (Cashbox) and #69 (Billboard). 
As a comedy, poetry and music troupe The Scaffold paved the way for UK entertainers like The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Monty Python. At the end of 1968 The Scaffold did top the UK charts for four weeks with their farcical rewrite of an old folk song about Lynda Pinkham and her medicinal compound, calling it "Lily the Pink". Elton John, Graham Nash, Jack Bruce and Keith Moon were among the backing
studio musicians on their recordings.
Mike G

Hi Kent:
Just an FYI. I will be on WMSE 91.7 in Milwaukee Again this Friday. The show is Dewey’s Corner and is archived. We start at 6 pm, and are playing a Survey Countdown Show. We will play the WRIT Top 40 Survey from November 6, 1967. Plus a few Xtras & Hot Prospects. (Oh yeah ... we play records!!!)  Speaking of which, here's another '67 Milwaukee Survey ...