Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24th

Neil Diamond sings "You Got To Me" and "Solitary Man" on "Where The Action Is".

"I Think We're Alone Now" begins its fifth week at #1 on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey ...

Meanwhile, you'll find "Happy Together" by The Turtles holding down the #1 spot on WCFL, where these two titles have ping-ponged the top position for the past few weeks.

Local Heroes The Cryan' Shames, The Buckinghams (with TWO Top 40 Hits), The Shadows Of Knight, The Riddles and The New Colony Six all hold down spots on this week's local charts.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23rd

The highest debut this week (and for the year so far) belongs to The Monkees as their brand new single, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" premiers in the #32 spot.  "Sunday For Tea" by Peter and Gordon bows at #70 and The Spencer Davis Group have a new single at #75 that will go on to become a classic rock staple … "I'm A Man", will be recorded by numerous artists over the years.  

Roger Miller premiers at #79 with "Walkin' In The Sunshine" and ? and the Mysterians, who topped the chart in 1966 with their first hit, "96 Tears", debuts in the #90 spot with a track called "Can't Get Enough Of You, Baby", a song that will gain far more recognition twenty years from now when it's covered by Smash Mouth.  

The Cyrkle perform "Turn Down Day" on "Where The Action Is".  Billy Stewart is also on hand.  

After spending fifteen hours in the recording studio yesterday, The Monkees are back at it today for another twelve hour session.  "For Pete's Sake" is recorded today.  It's a great Peter Tork tune (sung by Micky) that would play over the television show's closing credits during its second season.  They also worked further on "Shades Of Gray".  (Peter Tork explained that "Mike wrote the horn and cello parts for 'Shades Of Gray' and I notated them.  Mike wrote the two of 'em in his head and sang them to me.  I had to coach the French Horn Player on what to do.  By the time I got it done, I thought 'this is one of my favorite things that I've ever done.")

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 22nd

"Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley moves from #58 to #41, a jump of 17 places, "Tell Me To My Face" by Keith climbs from #73 to #54, a move of 19 places, "Don’t You Care" by The Buckinghams jumps from #95 to #65, a leap of thirty places, "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got" by Jimmy Ruffin (brother of Temptations vocalist David Ruffin) climbs from #89 to #66 (that's a 23 point move), "At The Zoo" by Simon and Garfunkel climbs twenty spots from #88 to #68 and "On A Carousel" by The Hollies makes a 17 point leap from #90 to #73.  

The Monkees spend fifteen hours in the recording studio today working on "Early Morning Blues And Greens", "No Time" and "Shades Of Gray" for their upcoming "Headquarters" LP.  (Some will say because the core group weren't really proficient in the recording studio, EVERYTHING took longer than it should have … and even the various band members admitted as much in hindsight.  But still this was a valiant effort to pull together some usable tracks for the LP.  

Principal photography for "Clambake" finally begins in Hollywood.  Meanwhile, Elvis' latest movie, "Easy Come, Easy Go" opens in movie theaters.  (Was anybody really still going to these in 1967?!?!?)  Apparently so … by week's end it will be the #1 Movie at the Box Office!  However overall it is considered to be a stiff, grossing less than $2 million and ranking at #50 at the end of the year's box office receipts.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21st

Prior to entering the studio to record the backing vocal tracks to "It's Getting Better", John Lennon took his first major LSD trip and, once in the studio, began freaking out.

In the now infamous story, Producer George Martin didn't know what to make of it and, thinking John was sick, took him up to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air, not at all realizing for a moment the danger he was actually placing The Beatles' leader in (who just as easily could have believed he could fly down in his severely altered state.)   

When George returned to the studio to continue the session and informed Paul McCartney and George Harrison where John had been taken, they rushed up to the rooftop to carefully bring him back inside.  (The roof had no railings and was a 30foot drop to the ground below!)  So as not to completely waste the evening, The Beatles worked on the piano track for "Lovely Rita" that night instead.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20th

Popular British DJ Brian Matthew records John Lennon's and Paul McCartney's acceptance speeches for the three 1966 Ivor Novello Awards they won:  "Yellow Submarine" (winner of "The A-Side of the Record Issued in 1966 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales in the Period 1st January, 1966 through 31st December, 1966" … Whew!  Just announcing the name of that category would use up more than the allotted time for an acceptance speech on an American TV Awards Show!); "Michelle" (winner of "The Most Performed Work Of The Year") and "Yesterday" (Runner-Up to the Most Performed Work of the Year).  These speeches would be broadcast on The BBC on March 27th.  

Popular fashion model Twiggy arrives in the US for a one week stay.  

The "Monkee Mother" episode airs tonight, starring Rose Marie of The Dick Van Dyke Show.  Songs include "Sometime In The Morning" and "Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow".  

After another eleven day delay, Elvis finally returns to the studio to begin rehearsals for "Clambake".

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19th

There's only one new Top Ten entry this week as Buffalo Springfield finally make The Top Ten when "For What It's Worth" climbs from #12 to #9.  The Beatles hold on to the #1 spot with "Penny Lane", holding The Turtles and "Happy Together" off for another week … they're stuck at #2.  But what a killer top four … The Mamas and the Papas have the #3 record with their version of "Dedicated To The One I Love" and Herman's Hermits are right behind them with "There's A Kind Of Hush", up four places to #4.  

Big Top 40 movers include "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James and the Shondells (up from #19 to #13 ... it's already been #1 in Chicago for a month!), "This Is My Song" by Petula Clark (up to #15 from #24), "The Return Of The Red Baron" by The Royal Guardsmen (climbing from #21 to #16), "The 59th Street Bridge Song" by Harper's Bizarre (#19, up from #26), "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" by Aretha Franklin (up to #21 from #29), "Jimmy Mack" by Martha and the Vandellas, which climbs from #27 to #22, "Bernadette" by The Four Tops, up seven spaces from #30 to #23, "Western Union" by The Five Americans, cracking The Top 40 at #27 in a leap of 17 places from their #44 showing the week before, "Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy and Frank Sinatra, up thirty places from #60 to #30 and the brand new track by The Monkees, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", written by Neil Diamond, which premiers at #32.  

The Monkees also hold the #1 spot on the album chart with "More Of The Monkees".  

Johnny Rivers appears on The Ed Sullivan Show and performs "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'".  The Lovin' Spoonful also perform three songs on this episode … "Bald Headed Lena", "Do You Believe In Magic" and "Daydream".  

Meanwhile The Turtles are back on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  

Number One at the Box Office:  In Like Flint.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 18th

"Penny Lane" by The Beatles is certified gold.  

The timeless and extremely popular Pirates of the Caribbean exhibit / attraction officially opens at Disneyland in California.  

The Monkees take a crack at the Nilsson song "The Story Of Rock And Roll".  It doesn't really go anywhere but Producer Chip Douglas will remember the track and bring it to The Turtles after the "Headquarters" sessions have been completed.

"Oh, That's Good, No, That's Bad," the eighth chart record by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, premiered on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 18, 1967. 
The song was written by Dewayne Blackwell. Stan Kesler produced the session for MGM Records. A female trio called the Sham-Ettes (at times also spelled Sham-ettes or Shamettes) joined the five Pharaohs on the recording. The single peaked at No. 54, and remained on the chart for six weeks. 
Group leader Domingo "Sam" Samudio had acquired his "Sam the Sham" nickname four years earlier, in early 1963, after a band named Andy and the Night Riders hired him as their keyboard player and thought he had more experience playing the instrument than he did. "The musicians started introducing me as Sam the Sham because they knew I couldn't play the organ. Shamming also refers to cutting up, and I did a lot of that," Sam told authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March for their first book, "Echoes of the Sixties."

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17th

Some great debuts this week as "Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy and Frank Sinatra premiers at #60, "Tell Me To My Face" (a cover of The Hollies song) premiers at #73, as the follow-up release to Keith's recent Top Ten chart hit, "98.6", and, speaking of The Hollies, "On A Carousel" earns them the #90 spot in their first week on the chart.  

Other personal favorites this week include "No Fair At All" by The Association (a much bigger hit here in Chicago than it was nationally), which falls from #55 to #59 this week, "Love You So Much" by The New Colony Six, a #2 record in Chicago that falls from #58 to #62 on our Super Chart, "Oh That's Good, No That's Good", the latest from Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (a novelty hit that premiers at #84), "At The Zoo", the latest from Simon and Garfunkel, debuting at #88, "Summer Wine" a GREAT duet (and one of our readers' All-Time Favorite, Forgotten B-Sides based on a poll we took several years ago) by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, "Friday On My Mind" by The Easybeats, new on the chart at #92, "Walk Tall" by The 2 of Clubs, still holding on at #94 in its eighth week on the chart and "Don't You Care", the brand new Columbia single release by The Buckinghams (debuting at #95).  

The Beatles record "She's Leaving Home", another strong, controversial track for their upcoming "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.  ("Meeting a man from the motor trade" … was she having an abortion?  That's what everybody thought at the time!)  The session featured a couple of Beatles firsts … because George Martin was not available, the orchestral arrangement was prepared by Mike Leander, making this the first time a Beatles song was not arranged by Martin.  Also, harpist Sheila Bromberg, who was part of the string section that played on this track, became the very first woman to ever play on a Beatles recording.  

Bobby Vee records "Come Back When You Grow Up", which will chart later this year.  

The Jimi Hendrix single "Purple Haze" is released in The UK.  (It won't come out here in America until the end of August.)  Although Hendrix was born and raised in The United States (Seattle, Washington, to be exact) he would first rise to fame in England, thanks to former Animals bassist Chas Chandler, who managed his career.  Hendrix immediately bowled over the British Musical Elite, making immediate fans out of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and more.  

The Monkees record early versions of "No Time" and "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind".  

This week's issue of "Life" Magazine features Peanuts characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy on its cover.  (You'll see that the cover also  mentions Jimmy Hoffa going to jail, something we told you about a few days ago.)  Thanks to the extremely popular daily cartoon series published "in the funny papers" around the world, a few hit television specials (and now a hit Broadway musical!) and a series of hit records by The Royal Guardsmen, the lovable Charles Schultz character Snoopy has officially become a Pop Culture Icon!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16th

The Monkees record versions of "Shades Of Gray" and "You Just May Be The One" for their up-coming "Headquarters" album.  They also play around with the "Peter Gunn" theme, adlibbing and improvising during the ensuing jam session.  Some of this will show up 40+ years later on the "Headquarters Sessions" CD box under the title "Peter Gunn's Gun".

Here's some of that back-and-forth action I mentioned earlier between "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James and the Shondells and The Turtles' latest hit, "Happy Together".

Last week "Happy Together" knocked "I Think We're Alone Now" out of the #1 spot on the WCFL Sound 10 Survey.

Next week you'll see that they've flip-flopped again!

(Interesting, too, to see Peter and Gordon pictured on this week's chart ... they split up a few weeks ago!!!)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15th

Chart Movers earning bullets this week include "Western Union" by The Five Americans (up 23 places from #67 to #44), "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley, up from #80 to #58, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by The Buckinghams, which climbs 24 places from #93 to #69 and "For He's The Jolly Good Fellow" by Bobby Vinton, up to #75 from #99.  (Does ANYBODY even remember this recording???)  

Tommy Roe and Sopwith Camel are back on "Where The Action Is".  

George Harrison begins recording the then-untitled "Within You, Without You".  It will ultimately bump the intended inclusion of his track "Only A Northern Song" from the "Sgt. Pepper" album.  No other Beatles appeared on this track, which was recorded exclusively by George along with numerous Indian musicians.  

Today is The Ides Of March, 1967 ... and although the group from Berwyn, Illinois, continued to record for Parrot Records well into 1967, none of these records made the national or local charts.

Here's one that absolutely should have ... it stands up there with their very best work ... "My Foolish Pride" from 1967. (Unique, too, for its early use of horns, something that would put them on top of the charts a few years later with the HUGE national hit "Vehicle".)  Notice, too, a similar guitar intro to the Jimi Hendrix song "Purple Haze" ... which wouldn't come out here in The States for another five months!  Hmm ... kinda makes you wonder ... which came first?!?!?  (Honestly, this track sorta feels like The Jimi Hendrix Experience Meets The Baja Marimba Band, no???)  All I know is this is a GREAT track that deserved a FAR better fate than it got!  It ranks amongst my all-time favorite Ides Of March tracks!

I've never seen The Ides Of March perform this song live ... but I think it would make a GREAT addition to their set list ... it really is unlike anything else they've ever done.
(You can catch our week-long, in-depth tour through The Ides Of March box set simply by scrolling back to July 7th of 2015 and then working your way forward from there.  Here's a quick link to take you there:

Don Kirshner files a $35.5 million dollar lawsuit against Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Columbia Pictures' President Abe Schneider, Screen Gems' Executive Vice President Jerry Hyams and Monkees television show creator Bert Scheider, claiming breach of contract and conspiracy behind is discharge from all things Monkees-related on February 27th.


While The Ides Of March failed to chart in 1967, that didn't mean they were sitting home twiddling their collective thumbs.

In fact, they recently came across an amateur recording of a Labor Day Concert that The Ides did on September 2nd, 1967, at Father Cornell's Corpus Christi Church in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Here's a shot of the glamorous stage at Corpus Christi Church in Sturgeon Bay where the Ides of March played the show you are hearing excerpts of on September 2nd, 1967. Thanks to Bill Knipfer for the recordings and the photos!
This was a lost chapter in Ides live history.  


The recording was made by Bill Knipfer, a high school student, of Sturgeon Bay, who recorded it on his Sony model 530.  (Jim Peterik would like to thank Sherrill Blackman for hooking us up with Bill.)

In Jim's words, "It's rough - but the Ides are all there with harmony and vibe."  (It IS a little rough ... but for historic value alone, not to mention the sheer rarity that a tape like this still exists, definitely makes it worth a listen!)

Larry Millas of The Ides remastered and mixed the fifty year old tapes and the final results will appear on "The Ides Of March Lost Tapes, Volume 2", due out later this spring ... but we've got the World Premier right here in Forgotten Hits!

How fitting that we're featuring The Ides Of March ON The Ides Of March!!!