Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March 28th

Van Morrison records his big breakthrough solo hit, "Brown Eyed Girl".  

Tommy Roe appears on "Where The Action Is".  

A Made-For-Television movie called "Ironsides" is shown on NBC.  Based around the storyline of a wheelchair bound detective, and starring Raymond Burr, long associated with the character of Perry Mason, in the title role, the program acts as a springboard pilot to Burr's new television series of the same name, which will start airing new episodes in September of this year.  It will run on NBC for a total of eight seasons.

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27th

"Happy Together" by The Turtles finally hits the #1 spot as The Beatles' "Penny Lane" falls to #4.  (After a huge leap from #11 to #3, "Happy Together" inched its way to the top, stopping at #3 and #2 before finally hitting #1).  The Mamas and the Papas are right behind it as "Dedicated To The One I Love" climbs a notch to #2.  "There's a Kind Of Hush" by Herman's Hermits does the same thing , crawling from #4 to #3.  

Biggest mover in The Top Ten?  "Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy and Frank Sinatra which jumps from #30 to #8 this week, a climb of 22 places.  Petula Clark's "This Is My Song" climbs from #15 to #5, a ten point leap while Tommy James and the Shondells move from #13 to #7 with their latest, "I Think We're Alone Now".  (You saw yesterday in Forgotten Hits that by this time "I Think We're Alone Now" had already been the #1 Record in Chicago for the past five weeks!!!)  Meanwhile, The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" finally makes The Top Ten, moving from #11 to #9.  

The rest of The Top 40 shape up this way …  

"Bernadette" by The Four Tops leaps twelve places from #23 to #11.  The Monkees are up from #32 to #13 with their latest, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You".  "Western Union" by The Five Americans climbs thirteen spots from #27 to #14.  Arthur Conley makes an impressive move as "Sweet Soul Music" climbs from #41 to #27, a move of 14 places. 

"Detroit City" by Tom Jones jumps eighteen places, from #48 to #30 … and one of the biggest acts of the '50's, The Platters, are back in The Top 40 this week as "With This Ring" moves from #44 to #33, a jump of eleven places.  

The Monkees hold on to the #1 Spot on the Album Chart again this week with "More Of The Monkees".  

The Young Rascals are in the recording studio today in New York City, recording their '60's classic "Groovin'". 

The Beatles win three Ivor Novello Awards for best-selling single of 1966 ("Yellow Submarine"), most-performed song of 1966 ("Michelle") and second most-performed song of 1966 ("Yesterday").  The ceremony takes place at The Playhouse Theatre in London.  (You may recall that John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded their acceptance speeches a few days earlier as part of an interview done with BBC Disc Jockey Brian Matthew as they were unable to attend this ceremony in person.) 

Hard to believe but tonight Fats Domino is appearing in his first ever UK Concert at London's famed Saville Theatre, performing with The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.  (After our anniversary celebration last year of the Tommy Roe / Chris Montez / Beatles concert in 1963 … after Chris and Tommy had exactly ONE big chart hit each … it is almost unthinkable that The Fat Man wouldn't make his first trip over to England until 1967 … especially when you consider the number of American artists from the late '50's and early '60's that preceded him!!!)


The Turtles had had hit records before and were certainly no strangers to the charts ... "It Ain't Me, Babe" and "You Baby" were both Top 20 Hits and they regularly appeared on all the hot television shows ... but NOTHING could have prepared them for the success of their latest record, "Happy Together", a '60's anthem that has literally kept them on the road for the fifty years since its first release back in 1967.  (The Annual Happy Together Tour is one of the most successful franchises in Rock And Roll History!)

Starting with the crudest of demos, they crafted a pop masterpiece that, once completed, they knew was destined for #1.

Here Howard Kaylan explains the evolution of "Happy Together" during an appearance at The Grammy Museum.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 26th

The Dave Clark Five are back on The Ed Sullivan Show tonight, performing their latest hit, "I've Got To Have A Reason" … as well as their follow-up single, "You Got What It Takes", which will premier on the charts by week's end.  

Number One at the Box Office this week:  Easy Come, Easy Go.  

"Cabaret" wins The Tony Award for Best Musical.  

Not to be outdone by their San Franciscan counterparts, a New York "Be-In" is staged at Central Park, with about 10,000 "hippies" in attendance.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25th

This week's edition of TV Guide examines the future of "Batman", which has recently added the Batgirl character trying to spice things up.  Incredibly, it is still airing twice a week … but the novelty is pretty much over.

The Who make their first US live appearance at The RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City.  Later this year, they'll enjoy their first tour of America as the opening act for, of all people, Herman's Hermits, before taking the stage, along with Jimi Hendrix and many others, at The Monterey Pop Festival in June.  (Also on the bill that night at the RKO … Cream, who wouldn't have their first big US hit until nearly a year later.  It was all part of a Murray The K concert extravaganza featuring a total of six bands that ran over the 1967 Easter Weekend.) 

After already topping the US charts for the past seven weeks, "More Of The Monkees", The Monkees' second album, is finally released in the UK.  That evening Davy Jones appears on The Miss Teen International Pageant, broadcast from The Hollywood Palladium on ABC Television.

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 thirty 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."