Saturday, December 16, 2017

December 16th

Here's the way the Chicagoland Charts shaped up the middle of December, 1967 ...

The Beatles top both Top 40 Powerhouse stations this week ...

Also common to both Top 10's are "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees (#2 on both charts), "Judy In Disguise by John Fred And His Playboy Band (#3 on both charts), "Bend Me, Shape Me" by Chicago's own American Breed (#4 on both charts), The Royal Guardsman and Cher holding down the #5 and/or #6 spots (in one form or another) and "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap (at #7 or #9).

The Cowsills hang on to the #7 spot on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey with their first hit, "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" (it has already fallen off The WCFL Sound 10 Survey) and "Neon Rainbow" by The Box Tops sits nine places higher on WCFL than it does on WLS.

Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15th

The Beatles' brand new "Magical Mystery Tour" album is certified gold.  

The Beach Boys travel to Paris to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and study transcendental meditation.  Mike Love (who was also with The Beatles in India a few months earlier) says that he still meditates every single day, fifty years later.  (In the '70's, The Beach Boys would actually TOUR with The Maharishi, where they would perform concerts together!)

The Silver Bridge, linking Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Kanauga, Ohio, since 1928, collapses and tumbles into the Ohio River, killing 46 people in the process and leaving towns on either side stunned and grief-stricken.  (Over the years this has been linked to the so-called Mothman Mystery.)

Joe Garagiola joins NBC's "The Today Show".  He'll remain a host until 1973.  He would return to the program from 1990 - 1992.  Next year he'll be subbing for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" on the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared as live guests.  I remember Paul quipping "Came to see Johnny ... got Joe." 

John Patler is convicted of the August 25th murder of George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party.   Although he was sentenced to 20 years, he was paroled in August, 1975.

The US Age Discrimination Employment Act becomes law.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 14th

DNA is created in a test tube.  

You've got to go all the way down to #76 to find this week's highest charting debut … it's an interesting medley put together by The Lettermen that combines Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Goin' Out Of My Head" with Frankie Valli's big solo hit from earlier this year, "Can't Take Me Eyes Off You" … and it really works.  

Also new on the chart this week are The Dave Clark Five with "Everybody Knows", which premiers at #78.  The DC5 had an earlier hit with the same title a couple of years ago but there's no mixing up these two … this new version is a very lushly produced ballad … and I like it!  

Eric Burdon and the Animals are back with "Monterey", their tribute to the big folk / rock music festival held a couple of months ago in California.  Burdon (who participated in said event) sings a play by play accounting of the whole experience … and it's good enough to debut at #80 this week.  

Rolling Stone Bill Wyman has a SOLO hit premiering at #81 with "In Another Land", which also appears on the new Stones' album.  Ed Ames, who charted earlier this year with "My Cup Runneth Over" is back on the charts with "Who Will Answer", new at #82.  

And way down at #100 we find Engelbert Humperdinck with his latest, "Am I That Easy To Forget".  (With a name like Engelbert Humperdinck, I should think not!)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13th

Moving up the charts this week (with leaps of ten places or more) are "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen (#76 to #44), "Susan" by The Buckinghams (#74 to #49), "I Can't Stand Myself" by James Brown (#70 to #56), "Dancing Bear" by The Mamas and the Papas (#84 to #62), "Dear Eloise" by The Hollies (#79 to #64), "Watch Her Ride" by The Jefferson Airplane (#86 to #67), "Best Of Both Worlds" by Lulu (#89 to #71), "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers (#98 to #75) and "Dancin' Out Of My Heart" by Ronnie Dove (#94 to #84).

Jamie Foxx is born.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12th

Herb Alpert hosts The Hollywood Palace and introduces several of the artists signed to his A&M Record Label, including Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who perform a medley of Monkees hits ("I Wanna Be Free" and "Last Train To Clarksville") as well as their soon-to-be hit single "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight".  Also onboard are The Baja Marimba Band, Burt Bacharach, Wes Montgomery and Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11th

The Monkees hold on to the #1 Spot on the chart for the third consecutive week with "Daydream Believer".  The Beatles jump all the way from #12 to #2 to land right behind them with "Hello Goodbye", which premiered at #50 two weeks earlier.  Gladys Knight and the Pips are at #3 with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".  After three straight weeks at #2, The Cowsills fall to #4 with "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles climb from #8 to #5 to round out The Top Five.  There is very little action within the remaining Top Ten tunes.  

Upward movement within The Top 40 include "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C (up from #17 to #12), "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees (#18 to #13), "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap (#25 to #14), "Skinny Legs And All" by Joe Tex (#19 to #15), "She's My Girl" by The Turtles (#21 to #17), "Summer Rain" by Johnny Rivers (#29 to #18), "Honey Chile" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (#31 to #19), "Bend Me Shape Me" by The American Breed (which makes a BIG leap from #44 to #20, a jump of 24 places), "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin, which climbs 31 spots from #54 to #22, "Judy In Disguise" by John Fred and his Playboy Band (#52 to #24), "Next Plane To London" by The Rose Garden" (#33 to #28), "Different Drum" by The Stone Poneys (#35 to #29), "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (#48 to #34), "Since You Showed Me How To Be Happy" by Jackie Wilson (#42 to #35) and "It's Wonderful" by The Young Rascals (#64 to #39).  

Rolling Stone Brian Jones has his nine month prison sentence (for possession of cannabis) commuted by a London Appeals Court, after hearing testimony from three psychiatrists that Jones is "an extremely frightened young man and could not stand nine months behind bars."  Instead he was given three years probation and fined a thousand pounds.  

The Concorde, the world's first supersonic aircraft, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.  The development of this craft is the result of a joint venture between Great Britain and France.  

NBC airs the television special "Movin' With Nancy Sinatra".  

The Monkees come out on top again this week (for the third week in a row) with "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd." topping the Album Chart.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10th

Soul Singer Otis Redding (who literally stole the show at The Monterey Pop Festival a few months earlier) and four members of The Bar-Kays (Jimmy King, Ronnie Caldwell, Phalon Jones and Carl Cunningham) die in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin.  (A fifth Bar-Kay, Ben Cauley, survived the crash and bassist James Alexander wasn't on the plane.) 

The Bar-Kays had the Top 20 Hit "Soul Finger" earlier this year and Otis Redding will have the biggest hit of his career when Volt Records releases "Dock Of The Bay" posthumously in January.  The record will go all the way to #1 and stay there for four weeks in Billboard Magazine, incredibly NOT reaching the top spot in either Cash Box or Record World.  

The Hollies make an appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  

The Byrds kick off the first of an eight night engagement at Hollywood's Whisky A Go-Go.

The Steve Miller Band sign a five year contract with Capitol Records for the incredible sum of $860,000.  The deal also promises a $25,000 promotional campaign to launch their first release for the label.

OK, we teased you with it last week … returning to the #1 Spot at The Box Office this week is "The Jungle Book", reclaiming the throne in its EIGHTH week of release!!!  And it STILL managed to do over $3.4 million this week!  It has spent SIX of the last eight weeks at the top of the movie charts, never taking in less than $3.4 million in any given week … an UNHEARD of accomplishment for this classic animated film.