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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December 9th

Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested onstage at The New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut.  Apparently before the show started Morrison got into an argument with a policeman … who then maced the singer!  (The story goes that the cop found Morrison backstage making out with an 18-year-old girl in the shower and, after an argument, maced the singer in the face.)  During the concert, while singing "Back Door Man", Morrison proceeded to tell the audience about the incident and began taunting the police from the stage, at which point the police turned on the house lights and arrested Morrison for "breach of peace" and resisting arrest.  (Well, at least he kept his pants on for this one!  Then again I can't speak as to the nature of his dress in the shower!)  The crowd began to riot once the concert was stopped and many were taken into custody.  Later that night more than a hundred protestors gathered at the police station gathered to demonstrate, which resulted in even more arrests. 

Monkees sales continue to go through the roof.  This week, Billboard Magazine is reporting that album sales are now approaching fifteen million and singles have just passed ten million.  Unreal.  (What a year!) 

This evening Michael Nesmith is in the studio recording "Circle Sky", long a fan favorite, for the "Head" soundtrack.  Once again he is the only Monkee present at the session.  He'll add overdubs on the 17th and then wrap it up for good in January.

Glen Campbell (who played on his fair share of Monkees tracks this year!) appears on "American Bandstand" to perform his first big pop solo hit, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix".

United States First Daughter Lynda Bird Johnson married Marine Corps Captain Charles S. Robb in the East Room of the White House.  Robb went on to become Lieutenant Governor and the Governor of Virginia.  He also served two terms as a U.S. Senator from Virginia.  They had three daughters together.  Lynda is currently the oldest living child of a U.S. President.

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8th

The "Magical Mystery Tour" double EP is released in Great Britain. 

The brand new LP "Their Satanic Majesties Request" by The Rolling Stones is released in both The US and The UK.  The 3-D cover is all the rage … but the music contained therein falls a little short. 

Meanwhile, we find the following tracks making their way up the pop chart this week … 

"Bend Me Shape Me" by The American Breed moves from #75 to #44, a jump of 31 places.  "And Get Away" by The Esquires is up 12 spots from #58 to #46.  Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" climbs 19 places from #67 to #48.  "Judy In Disguise" by John Fred and his Playboys Band is up 25 spots from #77 to #52.  Petula Clark moves seventeen spots from #70 to #53 with her latest, "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener," while The Doors leap all the way from #100 to #57 with "Love Me Two Times.  (That's a jump of 43 places!) 

The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus" is up 34 places (from #94 to #60) while Dean Martin climbs 31 spots, from #97 to #66, with "In The Misty Moonlight".  Bill Cosby (still one of the most-loved men in America back in 1967) has a new novelty record on the charts …"Hooray For The Salvation Army Band" climbs from #91 to #72 this week.  And The Royal Guardsmen are back with another Snoopy tune …. this time a holiday classic, "Snoopy's Christmas", which premiers at #76.   

"Itchy Coo Park" by The Small Faces starts out slow (it's only at #77 in this, its fourth week on the chart), while The Hollies jump 11 spots from #90 to #79 with "Dear Eloise" and Wilson Pickett climbs 18 spots from #99 to #81 with "I'm In Love", the flipside of "Stag-O-Lee".

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 7th

In an effort to still feature the week's biggest hits … and comply with the British Television ban on miming … "Top Of The Pops" airs cutting room floor footage and outtakes from The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" filming session at The Saville Theatre. 

Speaking of The Beatles, only John Lennon and George Harrison are in town when The Apple Shop opens at 94 Baker Street in London.  (Paul McCartney is on holiday in Scotland and Ringo Starr is in Italy filming his first solo movie role in "Candy".) 

The Temptations perform "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and "Swanee" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  Mama Cass Elliot also performs "Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue" with Tom and Dick Smothers.

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. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December 5th

The Grass Roots perform "Let's Live For Today" on The Hollywood Palace. 

Dr. Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg were arrested for protesting The War In Viet Nam. 

The Beatles' Apple Boutique opens in London at the corner of Baker Street and Paddington Street.  Paul McCartney described it as "a beautiful place where you can buy beautiful things".  (The Fab Four were in the midst of all things Apple at the time … opening night only apple juice was served … and their own record company baring the same name would debut the following year.) 

From the beginning, The Beatles had a greater affect on fashion than many give them credit for … and coming out of the very flower-powery Summer of Love (and having just donned their Sgt. Pepper uniforms and filmed the psychedelic "Magical Mystery Tour"), they felt that providing a spot where other like-minded, fashion-conscious folks could buy all the latest trendy designs was a logical step.  (It was a financial disaster and closed eight months later when they literally gave away anything that was left, down to the store fixtures.) 

The store was managed by John Lennon's old school chum Pete Shotten and Patti Harrison's sister Jennie who, as I recall, was also one of the women the Maharishi lusted for while The Beatles were in India.  "The Fool", who had painted Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce, designed the colorful mural that adorned the building. 

The Monkees are filming the 55th episode of their television series today.  Titled "Monkees Mind Their Manor", the director this week is none other than Peter H. Thorkelson … Peter Tork!  Micky Dolenz will go on to have quite a successful career as a director once the TV series ends … but seeing Peter pursue this experience this early on is a real treat.

Monday, December 4, 2017

December 4th

The Top Three Records in America hold their positions from the week before … "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees is at #1, "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills is at #2 and "Incense And Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock holds at #3.  

Moving up within The Top Ten we find "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Gladys Knight and the Pips (#9 to #4), "I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick (#6 to #5), "An Open Letter To My Teenage Son" by Victor Lundberg (#10 to #6), "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miralces (#15 to #8), "In And Out Of Love" by Diana Ross and the Supremes (#13 to #9) and "Keep The Ball Rollin'" by Jay and the Techniques (#11 to #10).  

"Hello Goodbye" makes a HUGE leap from #50 to #12 this week as The Beatles are poised once again to claim another Top Ten Hit.  "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees continues to climb, this week from #26 to #18.  "Neon Rainbow" by The Box Tops jumps ten places from #32 to #22 while "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap is up TWENTY spots from #45 to #25.  

"Next Plane To London" by The Rose Garden makes its Top 40 debut, climbing from #48 to #33, a move of fifteen places and Bobby Vee's version of "Beautiful People" is the first one to make The Top 40, moving from #44 to #34 this week.  (Meanwhile, the Kenny O'Dell version sits just outside The Top 40 at #41, also a leap of ten spots.)  Here in Chicago, WLS will play the Bobby Vee version and WCFL will play the Kenny O'Dell version so we got to hear BOTH of these back in the day!

"Different Drum" (written by Monkee Michael Nesmith and sung by Linda Ronstadt, then a member of The Stone Poneys) is up 14 spots from #49 to #35 and Donovan continues his climb up the chart as "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" moves from #52 to #39.  Rounding out The Top 40 we find Paul Revere and the Raiders and their latest, "Peace Of Mind".  

The  Monkees have the #1 Album in the Country again this week with "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd."  

Bert Lahr, who famously played The Cowardly Lion to perfection in the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz" died today.  His legacy will live on forever.  

A volcano erupts on Deception Island in Antarctica.