*Survey courtesy of Gary Pfeifer and ARSA site
12-28-68 - KLEM - LeMars, Iowa
We return to the small town Midwest for a town of under 10,000, famous for being the home of famed "Blue Bunny Ice Cream." Chicago was being represented well here with #2 Spanky & Our Gang's great "Yesterday's Rain" being quite a surprise position.
The Archies (Ron Dante) and the Banana Splits share the Saturday morning cartoon band hit parade this time. Three Dog Night begin their career slowly, but in the Midwest are #5 already with their first 45 release.
While WLS DJ Larry Lujack was changing plans for the newest New Colony 6 45, the "rocking" side, "Come And Give Your Love To Me,"** was already at #22 in Iowa as well as the Buckinghams' classic "Where Did You Come From," which, if issued a year earlier, would have been top 10 nationally. The fickle public had turned their backs on the group by late 1968, just as they had on producer James Guercio and song writers Beisber / Holvay.
One more classic song I cannot go without mentioning is by the Nazz. This Philadelphia band would include future star Todd Rundgren. You may have noticed "Hello It's Me" charting in previous weeks here in FH by the group, but now on KLEM, the true A side, "Open My Eyes" makes it to the chart. To me, this opitimizes great psych pop music of 1968. How THIS never was a hit in 68 and the "B" side was a minor hit in three different years for the Nazz as well as top 10 as a Todd solo 45 later, is beyond me. Both are really great, tho.
**By the way, the NC6 45 was a two-sided hit a on the other side of Iowa in Dubuque that very week!
THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS:
12/26/68: Led Zeppelin kick off their first North American Tour in Denver this evening as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge. The MC5 were also on the bill.
12/28 – 12/30, 1968 - The Second Miami Pop Festival is held. Acts performing include Joni Mitchell, Chuck Berry, Procol Harum, Steppenwolf, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac, Three Dog Night, Canned Heat, Marvin Gaye, Sweetwater, Jose Feliciano and others
12/29/68: Sly and the Family Stone perform a killer medley of “Everyday People,” “Dance To The Music,” “Ya Ya Y,” “M’Lady” and “Hey Music Lover” on The Ed Sullivan Show. (We’ve come a long way from the days of Pat Boone!)
12/30/68 – Peter Tork officially quits The Monkees, buying his way out of his contract for $160,000 and leaving him broke. He will rejoin the band in 1986 after MTV begins airing old episodes of their television series … and has performed with them again on nearly every reunion tour ever since.
12/31/68 - Music trade magazines report that 1968 was the first year that album product outsold the 45rpm unit.
Well, we did it ... made our way thru 1968 hitting every single state in the union ... plus Washington, D.C. and Canada.
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