Friday, March 31, 2017

March 31st

In a performance at The Finsbury Park Astoria Theatre in London, Jimi Hendrix suffers minor burns after setting his guitar on fire on stage for the first time.  (He ended his set with his popular tune "Fire" … and then set his guitar on fire as part of the grand finale.)  Also on the bill that night:  Cat Stevens, The Walker Brothers and current British Chart-Topper Engelbert Humperdinck!  (Now THAT'S a line-up you don't see every day!!!)  

The final episode of "Where The Action Is" airs on ABC-Television. (It made household names of Paul Revere and the Raiders.)  Producer Dick Clark hosts the last show and interviews series regulars Paul Revere and the Raiders, Keith Allison, Steve Alaimo and Linda Scott, who perform "The Secret Of My Success" as the final number.  Local news will fill its timeslot beginning the following week.  However Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay would be back the following year hosting a brand new Dick Clark after school music series called "Happening '68".  

Brand new on the charts this week are Nancy Sinatra with "Love Eyes" (premiering at #69), a vocal version of "Music To Watch Girls By" by Andy Williams (it's in at #77), "You Got What It Takes" by The Dave Clark Five (the song they just performed on The Ed Sullivan Show ... and another remake that premiers at #84), "My Back Pages", a new track by The Byrds, debuting at #85 and "Alfie" by Dionne Warwick, her latest collaboration with Hal David and Burt Bacharach, which comes in at #98.   (Right behind her on this week's chart are The Yellow Balloon, whose track "Yellow Balloon" premiers at #99.  The Yellow Balloon features actor Don Grady from "My Three Sons" on drums.  The song comes from a Jan and Dean album and vocalist Alex Valdez has been a Forgotten Hits Member for years!)  

The Monkees single "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" / "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" is released in the UK.  

Gordon Lightfoot performs at Massey Hall in Toronto, giving what will turn out to be the first of his annual appearances there.  He has made over 150 appearances at this theater since his March 31st, 1967 premier.

Locally, "Happy Together" finally reaches #1 on the WLS Chart ... 

Meanwhile Larry Lujack joins WCFL doing a Midnight Show ... he will go on to become one of the most iconic jocks of our time ... Super Jock in fact!