Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 17th

The Tribal Love / Rock Musical "Hair" makes its debut Off Broadway at the Public Theater in New York's East Village.  It will play there for a limited engagement of six weeks.  It is then moved to The Cheetah, a discotheque at 53rd and Broadway, where it reopened on December 22nd and ran for 45 performances.  (It is interesting to note that there was no nudity in either of these original productions.)  

Some serious revamping was done before the production moved to The Biltmore Theater on Broadway in April of the following year, where it then ran for 1873 performances.   

How popular was the music from this musical? Four different Top Three Smashes by a Who's Who of Recording Artists were released from its soundtrack, including MAJOR hits by The Fifth Dimension ("Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In"), Oliver ("Good Morning Starshine"), Three Dog Night ("Easy To Be Hard") and The Cowsills ("Hair") … although ALL of those hits would come in 1969 after the musical reached mass appeal on Broadway. 

(Read our special 1969 coverage of "Hair" here ... http://forgottenhits60s.blogspot.com/2009/08/1969-hair.html)

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (along with Record Producer Phil Spector) appear on this week's episode of "I Dream Of Jeannie". 

British songstress Petula Clark is the host of The Hollywood Palace tonight and performs "Don't Sleep In The Subway", "This Is My Song", "Imagine" and "Just Say Goodbye".  The program features all British guests this week, including Noel Harrison who performs "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".  (Now THAT must have been something to see!!!) 

The Doors performed at Danbury High School in Danbury, CT. 

Bob Dylan begins recording his next album at Columbia Records’ Studio A in Nashville, TN.  The album will be completed six weeks later on November 29th and released as “John Wesley Harding”.