Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 6th

Records to watch this week outside The Top 40 include "Love Eyes" by Nancy Sinatra, which leaps 28 places from #69 to #41, giving Nancy THREE records on this week's chart.  (Her duet with her Dad sits at #3 and "Summer Wine", her duet with her record producer Lee Hazlewood is holding down the #72 spot.) 

"Sunday For Tea" by Peter and Gordon climbs 19 spots from #62 to #43, "Close Your Eyes" by Peaches and Herb jumps from #73 to #49, a move of 24 places while "You Got What It Takes"  by The Dave Clark Five does even better than that, moving from #84 to #53, a jump of 31 spots! 

"I Found A Love" by Wilson Pickett is up 33 spots, moving from #89 to #56, "Friday On My Mind" by The Easybeats is up nineteen places (from #76 to #57), while "My Back Pages" by The Byrds climbs 27 places from #85 to #58, "Get Me To The World On Time" by The Electric Prunes is up to #59 from #81 (22 spots) and Andy Williams' vocal version of "Music To Watch Girls By" now sits at #60, up seventeen places from last week's showing of #77. 

The first master tape of The Beatles' new LP "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was prepared today.  The Beatles insisted on two things:  the title track would crossfade into "With A Little Help From My Friends" to start the album and the "Sgt. Pepper Reprise" would crossfade into "A Day In The Life" to end the album.  They also wanted no gaps between the rest of the songs. 

Side One also had a completely different running order at this stage than what was released on the final LP:  "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" (which ultimately closed side one) was next, followed by "Fixing A Hole", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "Getting Better" and "She's Leaving Home". 

Check out this television listing from TV Guide for tonight's "ABC Stage 67" special: 

"Singer-actor Harry Belafonte produced this showcase of Negro humor, satire and self-parody.  Participants include host Sidney Poitier, Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Dick Gregory, Godfrey Cambridge, George Kirby, Redd Foxx, Diana Sands, Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley and Pigmeat Markham."  

A stellar line-up if there ever was one … but were we REALLY still calling it "Negro Humor" in 1967?!?! 

Later that night ABC will air "ABC Stage 67:  On the FLIP Side", a musical starring Rick Nelson and Joannie Sommers.  A rare soundtrack album will be released from this special … probably one of Rick's weakest moments … but it's still notable due to the fact that the majority of the songs were written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.