Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3rd

The Beatles complete filming of "Magical Mystery Tour".  BBC Television bought the film for TWO showings … first in black and white on Boxing Day, December 26th (God knows why!  But apparently there was only a small segment of Britain's viewing audience that owned color television sets in 1967) … and then again in color on January 5th on their BBC2 channel.  

Pink Floyd makes their US concert debut at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, opening the show for Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.  The tour will come to an early end, however, when Syd Barrett displays increasing strange behavior … first refusing to lip sync "Arnold Layne" on American Bandstand and then refusing to answer questions on The Pat Boone Show(Story goes that, affected by an enormous intake of drugs, Syd Barrett refused to mime their song “See Emily Play” on The Pat Boone Show, leaving Roger Waters to do it for the television cameras.  Barrett refused to speak or interact with anyone there that day.  Honestly, did Pink Floyd really belong on EITHER of these programs?!?!?)

After Sgt. Pepper, the importance of the album as its own entity changed.  (Before, you typically got one or two singles and a bunch of filler ... now LP's were standing on their own ... and being judged for their total merit.) 

In November of 1967, Top 40 Pop Radio Station WCFL published their first Albums Chart!  (Of course, seven of those Top 20 LP's were still Greatest Hits collections ... but hey, it was a start!)

Incredibly, Sgt. Pepper came in FOURTH ... behind Diana Ross and the Supremes' Greatest Hits, Strange Days by The Doors and The Jimi Hendrix Experience!