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.