Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21st

Jefferson Airplane have the highest debut of the week with another one of my all-time favorites, "White Rabbit", which premiers at #56.  (Their first chart hit, "Somebody To Love", is still in The Top Ten, holding at #6.  

"Jackson", a duet by Nancy Sinatra and her producer Lee Hazlewood, debuts at #68 and a forever classic, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum premiers right behind it at #69. 

Herman's Hermits have a new record on the charts as "Don't Go Out Into The Rain" debuts at #70, followed by "For Your Love" by Peaches and Herb (#71) and "Somebody Help Me" by The Spencer Davis Group, a great little forgotten ditty that premiers at #72. 

"Silence Is Golden" by The Tremeloes, a remake of a Four Seasons B-Side, debuts at #81 (honestly, I think it blows the original away, one of those rare times where the remake is better than the original) … and Nancy Sinatra has her second debut of the week as the flipside of her "Jackson" duet premiers at #82.  (It's the title theme to the new James Bond film "You Only Live Twice).   

The Royal Guardsmen are back with a non-Snoopy song as "Airplane Song" premiers at #86.  Engelbert Humperdinck (still hanging on with a spot in The Top Ten with "Release Me") brings up the rear with his follow-up single, "There Goes My Everything", which comes in at the #100 spot on this week's chart. 

It's officially the First Day Of Summer … or, in THIS case, The First Day of The Summer Of Love!  To help celebrate, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service put on a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. 

Dionne Warwick performs "Alfie" on "The Steve Allen Show". 

The Monkees re-record an entirely new arrangement of "She Hangs Out" for their new LP.  (You may recall that a much more R&B version was issued as the B-Side of the Canadian single "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" earlier this year.) This new version is pure and simple infectious pop … and certainly one of the best tracks they ever recorded. 

Also recorded today was a jam session that ultimately became "Goin' Down" … it would eventually become the flipside of their "Daydream Believer" single later this year.  Credited to all four Monkees (and Diane Hilderbrand, who was tasked with writing the majority of the lyrics), this song didn't sound like ANYTHING The Monkees had ever recorded before.  Micky does a great jazz vocal (with just the right amount of scat-singing thrown in for good measure.)