Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 3rd

The Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand (now THAT had to be weird), lip-synching their two recent hits "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit". 

A year has come and gone since we heard the news 'bout Billie Joe … it was the third of June and Bobbie Gentry was about to have one of the biggest hits of 1967 when she sang her "Ode To Billie Joe" all the way to the top of the charts …

But the last verse spelled it out that Billie Joe's high dive had actually happened the year before, making LAST year the 50th Anniversary of this pop culture event.

Chicago's American Breed are climbing our local charts this week in '67 ...

While a brand new "Chicago Premier" makes the WCFL Sound 10 Survey by The New Colony Six ... "I'm Just Waitin', Anticipatin' For Her To Show Up" is one of those that consistently makes the "Shoulda Been A Hit" lists we see posted all the time. 

Catchy as hell (just try to get this one out of your head today!), the tune was written by former (and soon to be again) pop music star Tony Orlando, who was working as a promotions man for Cameo / Parkway Records at the time.  (It just so happened that Cameo / Parkway was distributing Sentar Records in 1967 ... thus The New Colony Six connection ... Sentar Records [originally Centaur Records] was founded by Ray Graffia, Sr., whose son was in the band, as a means to get their music out into the homes of teenagers all over Chicagoland!)