Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17th

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of an historic night of rock and roll television.  That both of these events happened within the span of two hours is incredible.  Not since Elvis and The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show has a single night of televised rock been so memorable or left such a long-lasting impact.
(Be sure to check out our 1967 Bonus Page today for more on The Doors' appearance)

The Doors appear on "The Ed Sullivan" show to perform their latest hit "People Are Strange" along with their recent #1 Hit "Light My Fire".  Much like he did with The Rolling Stones' performance of "Let's Spend The Night Together" earlier this year, (insisting that they change the title line to "Let's Spend SOME TIME Together"), Ed forbid lead singer Jim Morrison from singing "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" on his program … which Morrison agreed to do … and then sang it anyway, infuriating Sullivan who blasted him after the show, telling him that The Doors would NEVER appear on The Sullivan Show again … to which Morrison replied, "Who cares … we've already done it." 

An hour later The Who appear on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  They performed "I Can See For Miles" and "My Generation".  This is the episode where they rigged Keith Moon's drums to explode during the  instrument-smashing finale … but apparently too many explosives were added to the mix, causing a FAR greater "boom" than original anticipated and planned for.  Guitarist Pete Townshend lost some of his hearing that night, which he has never regained. 

"Bonnie And Clyde" spends its fourth (non-consecutive) week on top of the box office charts.

The 1967 NFL Season begins today.  The Green Bay Packers will go on to defeat The Dallas Cowboys on December 31st to move into their second straight Super Bowl, this time against The Oakland Raiders, who they will defeat on January 14th, 1968, by a score of 33 -14.

A riot breaks out during a football game in Kayseri, Turkey, leaving 44 dead and over 600 injured.