Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28th

Many more great songs fill out The Top 40 this week.  Moving UP the list are "Light My Fire" by The Doors (#22 from #30), "Society's Child" by Janis Ian (#23 from #26), "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles (#24 from #28), "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder (#25 from #34), "For Your Precious Love" by Oscar Toney, Jr. (#26 from #32), "Mary In The Morning" by Al Martino (#28 from #33), "Pay You Back With Interest" by The Hollies (#29 from #36), "Soul Finger" by The Bar-Kays (#30 from #38), "Mercy Mercy Mercy" by The Buckinghams (#32 from #47), "Shake Rattle And Roll" by Arthur Conley (#34 from #41), "Make Me Yours" by Bettye Swann (#36 from #43), "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum (#37 from #69, a jump of 32 points!), "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" by The Dave Clark Five (#38 from #42), "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane (#39 from #56) and "More Love" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (#40 from #44).  

Holding their position or making their descent down the chart, this week's Top 40 also gives us "Do It Again A Little Bit Slower" by Jon and Robin (#21), "Release Me" by Engelbert Humperdinck (#27), "Sound Of Love" by The Five Americans (#31), "All I Need" by The Temptations (#33) and "I Got Rhythm" by The Happenings (#35).  

Spanky And Our Gang record "Lazy Day" at Bell Sound Studio in New York City.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 27th

Rounding out The Top 20, we've got great hits like "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" by Spanky and Our Gang at #11, "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead" by The Fifth Estate at #12, "The Tracks Of My Tears" by Johnny Rivers at #13, "New York Mining Disaster, 1941" by The Bee Gees at #14, "Up, Up And Away" by The Fifth Dimension at #15, "Alfie" by Dionne Warwick at #16, "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane at #17, "Seven Rooms of Gloom" by The Four Tops at #18, "C'mon Marianne" by The Four Seasons at #19 and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell at #20.  

The first automated cash machine is installed at The Barclays Bank of Enfield in England.  

Mick Jagger's possession trial began today.  He was held in jail overnight and requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson and Hedges cigarettes for his stay.  Two days later he and his Rolling Stones partner Keith Richards would be found guilty and sentenced to jail time.  The Stones later had this decision overturned on appeal.

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26th

"Windy" by The Association takes over the top spot this week in its sixth week on the chart.  But man, what a Top Ten this is … proof again of just how INCREDIBLY strong a year 1967 was musically.  

Check this out:   

#1 = Windy by The Association  

#2 = She'd Rather Be With Me by The Turtles

#3 = Groovin' by The Young Rascals

#4 = Little Bit O'Soul by The Music Explosion

#5 = Respect by Aretha Franklin

#6 = San Francisco by Scott McKenzie

#7 = Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli

#8 = Let's Live For Today by The Grass Roots

#9 = Come On Down To My Boat by Every Mother's Son

#10 = Don't Sleep In The Subway by Petula Clark 

I'd put that Top Ten against virtually any other in pop music history … they just don't come any finer than this!!!  

The #1 Album in the country this week is "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles.  By all counts, it's a masterpiece … and it will top the chart for fifteen consecutive weeks, becoming the album of the summer, the decade and (some might argue) of all time.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 25th

On a television program called "Our World", beamed via satellite to 25 countries around the world, The Beatles perform "All You Need Is Love".  An estimated audience of 400 million people worldwide are believed to have watched this program.  

The Beatles were commissioned by The BBC to compose a song "with a message" for The United Kingdom's entry … and they came up with a doozie!  "All You Need Is Love" became a universal message, aptly timed to coincide with The Summer of Love.  When it was released as a single two weeks later, it went straight to #1 … and is still considered a peace anthem to this day.  

Joining them in the studio for this very special live broadcast event were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Mike (McGear) McCartney, Graham Nash and Beatles biographer Hunter Davies.  

Earlier that same day, The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed a free afternoon concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.  That evening they were back on stage for two shows at The Filmore West.  

Shifting gears a little bit … ok, a lot … Ed Sullivan hosts Connie Francis and Ronnie Dove on tonight's program.  

Meanwhile, Jefferson Airplane make their second appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  

One of my favorite movies of 1967 … and of all time … "The Dirty Dozen" takes over the top spot at the box office this week.  It'll hold that position for a total of five non-consecutive weeks this year. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 24th

The Fifth Dimension made their television debut today on "American Bandstand", where they lip-synched their big hit "Up, Up And Away".  

Guitarist Zal Yanovsky left The Lovin' Spoonful after their performance this evening at The Forest Hills Music Festival. 

The Monkees arrive in Paris, France, where some of their antics will be filmed for an upcoming episode of their TV series.

Here's a look at our Chicago Charts for this week in June, 1967.  Note that The Cryan' Shames show up as one of WCFL's "Chicago Premiers" this week with their future #1 Local Hit "It Could Be We're In Love".  That means The WCFL Sound 10 Survey features SIX local acts on the chart this week!

Friday, June 23, 2017

June 23rd

Big movers outside The Top 40 include "Shake Rattle And Roll" by Arthur Conley (#57 to #41), "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" by The Dave Clark Five (#53 to #42), "Make Me Yours" by Bettye Swann (#54 to #43), "More Love" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (#76 to #44), "I Take It Back" by Sandy Posey (#60 to #46), "Mercy Mercy Mercy" by The Buckinghams (#84 to #47), "Step Out Of Your Mind" by The American Breed (#73 to #49), giving Chicago groups THREE Hits in The National Top 50 this week when you include Spanky and Our Gang's #8 hit "Sunday Will Never Be The Same", "Bowling Green" by The Everly Brothers (#66 to #51), Carrie Anne by The Hollies (#97 to #53 ... wow!  That's a jump of 44 places!), "Don't Blame The Children" by Sammy Davis, Jr. (#65 to #54), "Summer And Sandy" by Lesley Gore (#68 to #57), "You Wanted Someone To Play WIth" by Frankie Laine (#82 to #60), "Baby Please Come Back" by J.J. Barnes (#78 to #61), "Love Me Tender" by Percy Sledge (#93 to #67), "Graduation Day" by The Arbors (#89 to #73), "Who's Lovin' You" by Brenda and the Tabulations (#86 to #75) and "Black Sheep" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (#90 to #76). 

Speaking of Arthur Conley, he received a gold record for his big hit "Sweet Soul Music" today, which reached #2 on the pop charts earlier this year.  In a way, it's rather surprising … as the song is virtually a note-for-note knock-off of Sam Cooke's "Yeah Man".  Conley shared writing credit on his reworking, however … the song's official songwriters include Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Arthur Conley! 

Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, records "Chain Of Fools".  That opening guitar break was done by singer / songwriter Joe South, who would go on to have his own chart hit a year later with "Games People Play".

The Beatles fine tune the rhythm track of "All You Need Is Love" in preparation of their worldwide performance and live recording coming up on the 25th. 

Who bassist John Entwistle marries his first wife, childhood sweetheart Alison Wise.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22nd

The Young Rascals record another '60's classic, "How Can I Be Sure," in New York City today.  

It's rerun season on television … but the Lesley Gore / Pussycat / Catwoman / Batman episodes play again this evening on ABC.  

Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys plays host to British Magazine New Music Express writer Keith Altham by taking him on a tour of California.  Stops include Disneyland, where they do The Jungle Cruise, visit "It's A Small World" and embark on the brand new Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  Later that night they visit the very popular club,, "Daisy's," where they run into Barbra Streisand and Bobby Darin.  (Obviously a VERY elite club clientele!)  Bruce tells Altham about an earlier trip he made there when, at 2 am, they started playing a Frank Sinatra record.  Johnston looked around the club and saw, sitting there at a table all on his own, Ol' Blue Eyes himself.  Bruce explained "When your favorite LP of all time is 'Only The Lonely', you don't waste an opportunity to talk to a man like that.  I went over and introduced myself.  He spent fifteen minutes talking to me about The Beach Boys' records and I could not get a word in to ask him about his."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21st

Jefferson Airplane have the highest debut of the week with another one of my all-time favorites, "White Rabbit", which premiers at #56.  (Their first chart hit, "Somebody To Love", is still in The Top Ten, holding at #6.  

"Jackson", a duet by Nancy Sinatra and her producer Lee Hazlewood, debuts at #68 and a forever classic, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum premiers right behind it at #69. 

Herman's Hermits have a new record on the charts as "Don't Go Out Into The Rain" debuts at #70, followed by "For Your Love" by Peaches and Herb (#71) and "Somebody Help Me" by The Spencer Davis Group, a great little forgotten ditty that premiers at #72. 

"Silence Is Golden" by The Tremeloes, a remake of a Four Seasons B-Side, debuts at #81 (honestly, I think it blows the original away, one of those rare times where the remake is better than the original) … and Nancy Sinatra has her second debut of the week as the flipside of her "Jackson" duet premiers at #82.  (It's the title theme to the new James Bond film "You Only Live Twice).   

The Royal Guardsmen are back with a non-Snoopy song as "Airplane Song" premiers at #86.  Engelbert Humperdinck (still hanging on with a spot in The Top Ten with "Release Me") brings up the rear with his follow-up single, "There Goes My Everything", which comes in at the #100 spot on this week's chart. 

It's officially the First Day Of Summer … or, in THIS case, The First Day of The Summer Of Love!  To help celebrate, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service put on a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. 

Dionne Warwick performs "Alfie" on "The Steve Allen Show". 

The Monkees re-record an entirely new arrangement of "She Hangs Out" for their new LP.  (You may recall that a much more R&B version was issued as the B-Side of the Canadian single "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" earlier this year.) This new version is pure and simple infectious pop … and certainly one of the best tracks they ever recorded. 

Also recorded today was a jam session that ultimately became "Goin' Down" … it would eventually become the flipside of their "Daydream Believer" single later this year.  Credited to all four Monkees (and Diane Hilderbrand, who was tasked with writing the majority of the lyrics), this song didn't sound like ANYTHING The Monkees had ever recorded before.  Micky does a great jazz vocal (with just the right amount of scat-singing thrown in for good measure.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20th

After being found guilty of draft evasion (after a jury deliberated for 21 minutes!) Muhammad Ali is sentenced to five years imprisonment in a Houston courtroom for refusing induction into the military service.  He is banned from boxing for three years and fined $10,000, but is allowed free on bail, never actually serving any time of his jail sentence. 

At a recording session in New York (under the guidance of Svengali Producer James William Guercio) The Buckinghams begin recording "Susan" and "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song".  It truly was "The Year Of The Buckinghams" as these songs followed "Kind Of A Drag", "Don't You Care" and "Mercy Mercy Mercy" into The National Top Ten.  (Cash Box Magazine would go on to name The Buckinghams as "The Most Promising Vocal Group in America" later this year.)

Also in the studio today (at MGM in Culver City) is Elvis Presley, recording songs for the soundtrack to his new film "Speedway".  Sessions run from 7:00 pm until 4:00 am the following morning.  He will complete these recordings the following day.  

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys celebrates his 25th birthday.  

400 journalists attend a press conference in London today promoting The Monkees' upcoming concerts there.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19th

For the third time this year, a record returns to the #1 spot as "Groovin'" by The Young Rascals displaces Aretha Franklin's hit "Respect" to reclaim the throne four weeks after they last vacated it.      

Franklin slips to #3 and The Turtles sneak into the #2 position with "She'd Rather Be With Me", up two places from the week before.  "Windy" by The Association continues its climb from #7 to #4 and "Little Bit O' Soul by The Music Explosion climbs from #8 to #5 … any one of these last three tracks has enough momentum to become the next #1 Hit in America.     

Also making large strides this week are "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli (up to #7 from #12), "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie (climbing from #24 to #9), "Come On Down To My Boat" by Every Mother's Son (#17 to #13), "The Tracks Of My Tears" by Johnny Rivers (#26 to #16), "New York Mining Disaster, 1941" by The Bee Gees (#23 to #17), "Don't Sleep In The Subway" by Petula Clark (#27 to #21), "Up, Up And Away" by The Fifth Dimension (#29 to #22), "C'mon Marianne" by The Four Seasons (#30 to #23), "Society's Child" by Janis Ian (#36 to #26), "Light My Fire" by The Doors (#51 to #30), "For Your Precious Love" by Oscar Toney, Jr. (#40 to #32), "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder (#48 to #34), "Pay You Back With Interest" by The Hollies (#47 to #36), and "Soul Finger" by The Bar-Kays (#50 to #38). 

Herb Alpert's reign at the top of the Albums Chart lasted all of a week … because THIS week The Monkees are back on top with their third #1 album in a row, "Headquarters".  

For the first time The Monkees are in complete control on this LP, performing most of the instruments themselves, having full say in the final song selection and even helping out with some of the production duties.  The celebration would be short-lived, however … next week a brand new album by The Beatles will take over the top spot on the chart … and remain there for the next fifteen weeks!

While perched on top of the albums chart this week, The Monkees are already recording tracks for their NEXT LP. Today, it's the Michael Nesmith composition "Daily Nightly", which by year's end will appear on what will be their fourth album to chart this year.  Micky Dolenz will later overdub some strange sound effects when he receives his newly ordered Moog synthesizer.  (The Monkees have also come a long way in a very short time frame ... this is a huge step forward musically from the teeny-bopper pop they were recording on their first two LPs ... especially when one considers that they were first hired as actors to portray a rock and roll band ... and then actually became one!)

Elvis reports to MGM Studios to begin work on his next film "Speedway".  He presents a brand new car to his costar Nancy Sinatra that has the word "Speedway" painted on one door and "Starring Nancy and Elvis" on the other.

In a move I've never totally understood, while The Turtles were already on the chart with "She'd Rather Be With Me", a HUGE late-Spring / early-Summer Hit, White Whale (their record company) released the title track to the new Walter Matthau / Robert Morse film, "A Guide For The Married Man" as a single.  

The record never had a chance and disappeared within a couple of weeks.  (It's got to be one of their rarest singles as it sold virtually nothing and was out of the stores virtually overnight!)

But I LOVED it!  I had just seen the movie and as soon as I heard the track, I ran out to the store to buy a copy.  (I was probably one of a select few to do so!)  It was as "Turtles-sounding" as a record could be and, perhaps had they waited a little while longer to release it ... it was only two catalog numbers apart from their current hit single ... it might have had a chance to do something on the charts.

The movie itself was a fun romp featuring Robert Morse trying to entice his good friend Walter Matthau to cheat on his wife, laying out the groundwork for what will and won't work in such a scenario.  (Clearly, the film was pure fantasy ... as Matthau was married to the stunningly beautiful Inger Stevens, something that could NEVER happen in real life!!!)

Now I will admit to having a MAJOR crush on Ms. Stevens at the time, being already familiar with her work on both "The Twilight Zone" and "The Farmer's Daughter".

But here she was, for the first time in MY life anyway, up on a big screen in living color ... which included an opening scene of her removing her top in front of good old oblivious  Walter. (OK, it was only a boob side shot ... and it lasted all of 1/100th of a second ... but I was only 13 years old at the time ... and that was the first real boob ... or half a boob ... I had ever seen!)  I knew right then and there that I would have to spend the rest of my life with her ... and that ANY man who would even CONSIDER cheating on her was an even bigger boob than what she had graciously just shown us!)

The movie featured a who's who of cheating consultants ... everyone from Lucille Ball to Sid Caesar to Carl Reiner to Joey Bishop to Jack Benny to Wally Cox to Jayne Mansfield, Art Carney, Phil Silvers and more.

Anyway, it's a GREAT scene ... and a GREAT track ... otherwise overlooked by most ... so we'll run it as a Forgotten Hits extra today!