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 ...