Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1st, 1967

Other big movers on the chart this week include "The Return Of The Red Baron", up from #82 to #55, a jump of 27 places.  (Looks like another big hit for The Royal Guardsmen who peaked at #2 with their debut record "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" at the beginning of the year.)  Meanwhile, "Jimmy Mack" by Martha and the Vandellas climbs 26 places (from #86 to #60).  

The Beatles begin recording "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" this evening for their new LP.  (In one of the fastest recordings for "Sgt. Pepper", they will finish this track the following night.)  

John Lennon maintained his whole life that the song title was based on a drawing his son Julian did in school and had absolutely NOTHING to do with any sort of reference to LSD, the very popular mind-expanding drug at the time.  Lucy was one of Julian's classmates and he drew a rather abstract picture of her.

When John saw it, he basically said, "That's lovely son … what is it?" to which Julian replied "It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds".  Regarded as one of Lennon's better lyrics (often compared to Lewis Carroll at the time), Paul McCartney later said that several of those psychedelically colorful couplings were his.  

Johnny Rivers sings "The Poor Side Of Town" on "Where The Action Is" this afternoon.  

Since they hadn't been paid, Eric Burdon and the New Animals were a no-show at Ottawa, Ontario's Coliseum … causing fans to riot after waiting for an hour for the band to take the stage.