Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 6th

We've got some interesting debuts on the chart this week as Aretha Franklin takes top honors with her latest, "Chain Of Fools," new on the chart at #54.  The Young Rascals take their stab at psychedelia with their new chart hit "It's Wonderful".  (Honestly, it doesn't suit them … these guys built their entire career around their Blue-Eyed Soul sound … this attempt to "fit in" falls short of their best material.  That being said, it SURE sounded great when they opened their reunion tour with it a couple of years ago … because this is a track that radio has TOTALLY forgotten.) 

Chicago's Buckinghams are back with one of my favorites, as "Susan" premiers at #74 this week.  The Mamas and the Papas debut at #84 with "Dancing Bear," another long-forgotten gem, while The Human Beinz are new on the chart with what has proven to be a timeless classic, "Nobody But Me" (a remake of an old Isley Brothers tune), which premiers at #90.  Bringing up the rear at #98 is the latest bubblegum hit from Buddah Records … "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers.

(When I tell you how diverse and incredible 1967 was music-wise, can you even imagine a time when ALL of these songs could premier on the pop charts THE VERY SAME WEEK?!?!?)  Amazing!

Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz  performs the first US human heart transplant on a baby in Brooklyn, New York, who died six hours later.