Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 25th

A quick check of the local scene ...

Check out "Words", showing as the A-Side, as The Monkees jump from #13 to #2 with their latest two-sided hit, "Words" / "Pleasant Valley Sunday".

Meanwhile, our FH Buddy Davie Allan has a HUGE hit here in Chicago with "Blues' Theme".

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24th

There's only one new song in The Top Ten this week as "White Rabbit" by The Jefferson Airplane inches up from #11 to #10.  There is definitely a "San Francisco feel" to the chart, however, as The Doors move into the #1 spot (up from #5) with "Light My Fire" and Scott McKenzie's "Summer of Love" Anthem "San Francisco" hangs on at #8 after three straight weeks at #4.  "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli slips to #2 and "Windy" by The Association falls to #3.  Rounding out The Top Ten are "Up Up And Away" by The Fifth Dimension (#5), "Little Bit O'Soul" by The Music Explosion (#6), "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum (up three spots from #10 to #7) and "C'mon Marianne" by The Four Seasons, which holds at #9.  

Big movers within The Top 40 include "Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees, which climbs from #50 to #26 in its second week on the chart, "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles (up 44 places from #76 to #32) and "Baby I Love You" by Aretha Franklin, which moves from #57 to #36.  Also on the rise:  "To Love Somebody" by The Bee Gees (#46 to #38), "I Take It Back" by Sandy Posey (#20 to #14), "Carrie Anne" by The Hollies (#19 to #15), "A Girl Like You" by The Young Rascals (up ten places to #18), "Silence Is Golden" by The Tremeloes (#20, up from #26), "My Mammy" by The Happenings (#24 from #32) and "There Goes My Everything" by Engelbert Humperdinck (#25 from #30).  

In a London Times advertisement, The Beatles (along with Brian Epstein and several other British groups) urge the British Government to legalize marijuana.  (All four signatures are on the petition). 

Speaking of The Beatles, the #1 Album, once again, is "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".  

And, speaking of albums, The Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" is certified gold today.  It contains their two recent Top Ten Hits, "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit".  And The Yardbirds released their final album, "Little Games" today as well. 

On-going Detroit riots forced the postponement of a Major League Baseball Game between The Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles.  Meanwhile, race riots broke out in Cambridge, Maryland, as well. 

Also on this date in 1967, The City of Milwaukee staged an exhibition game between The Chicago White Sox and The Minnesota Twins at County Stadium in an effort to prove that Milwaukee was still a viable home for Major League Baseball.  (They had lost their beloved Braves to Atlanta two years earlier.)

Forgotten Hits Reader Robert Campbell sent in this article celebrating the 50th Anniversary ... http://www.jsonline.com/story/life/green-sheet/2017/07/18/when-milwaukee-auditioned-return-big-leagues-1967/471987001/ ... which explains that over 51,000 fans showed up, proving that the city was still starving for Major League Baseball Action. 

Playing to the crowd, The White Sox started Pitcher Don McMahon, who was a rookie sensation for The Milwaukee Braves in 1957 (although he was now primarily used as a reliever.)  Sox Manager Eddie Stanky played for the minor league Milwaukee Brewers in 1942 and Minnesota Twins Coach Billy Martin also played briefly for The Braves in 1961.  

The White Sox were so impressed with the turn-out that they promised to play ten of their home games at County Stadium in 1968.  When expansion was still denied that year, The Sox returned for eleven more games in 1969.

Finally, just days before the start of the 1970 season, expansion team The Seattle Pilots filed for bankruptcy ... and Milwaukee jumped in to claim that team as The Brewers ... ironically, five future Brewers players (Rod Carew, Rich Rollins, Sandy Valdespino, Ken Berry and Jerry McNertney as well as future manager Cal Ermer) played in that 1967 Exhibition Game.  Major League Baseball would return to Milwaukee ... and it's been there ever since.  
(By the way, The Brewers went to the World Series just twelve years later.  County Stadium attendance for 1982 was just under two million ... yes, Milwaukee fans love their baseball!)

French President General Charles de Gaulle shouted "Vive le Quebec libre" (long live free Quebec!) from the balcony of Montreal's City Hall.  This was viewed as a serious breach of protocol and sparked Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to protest the remark.  (The phrase had been used by those who favored Quebec sovereignty and de Gaulle's use of it was seen as his lending support to the movement.)  Two days later, in what can only be seen as a diplomatic debacle, de Gaulle abruptly cancelled his visit to Ottawa and returned to France.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23rd

Five days of racial riots begins in Detroit, leaving 43 dead (including one policeman, two firefighters and one National Guardsman), nearly 1200 injured and close to 500 families homeless in its wake.   

President Lyndon Johnson sent 4700 paratroopers and Governor George Romney called in 800 additional police officers and 7000 National Guardsmen to restore peace to the area.  It is deemed to be the worse riot in US history.    

By the time it was all over there were more than 7200 arrests, nearly 450 fires and over 2000 buildings looted, burned, damaged or destroyed.  Dollar value at the time ranged from $40 - $80 million.   (I think people sometimes tend to forget just how out of control things really were at this time.)

"The Dirty Dozen" is back on top as the biggest movie in the country this week, topping the box office for the fourth time overall (after slipping down a notch the week before)

Philip Seymour Hoffman is born.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 22nd

The Doors perform "Light My Fire" and "Crystal Ship" on American Bandstand.
(Wow, not the kind of thing you'd expect to hear on "Rate A Record" is it???)
"Before you slip into unconsciousness ..."
It's got a good beat and you can dance to it ... not!

Author, poet, historian Carl Sandburg dies at the age of 89 in North Carolina.

From Jeff March and Marti Smiley Child:  Eight years after first hitting the chart, singer Bobby Vee struck gold. His 31st chart record, "Come Back When You Grow Up," made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on July 22, 1967. The song was written by Martha Sharp, whose composing credits include two tunes for Sandy Posey: "Born a Woman" and "Single Girl." Sharp eventually became vice president of artists and repertoire for Warners Bros., and signed country music superstars Randy Travis and Faith Hill to the label. William Hood arranged the music for Vee's "Come Back When You Grow Up" session, which Dallas Smith produced. The Liberty Records hit peaked at No. 3, remained on the chart for 16 weeks, and earned RIAA gold record certification.

Friday, July 21, 2017

July 21st

Jimi Hendrix begins a three-night stand at CafĂ© Au Go-Go in Greenwich Village, performing two shows per night.  

The Turtles perform on The Mike Douglas Show.  

Rick Nelson's new television series, "Malibu U" premiers on ABC.  A variety show, guests on the first episode included Frankie Valli, Annette Funicello and Don Ho.  The show only lasts seven episodes … but take a look at the guests who appeared on this program over this short period of time:  Lou Christie, Lesley Gore, The Fifth Dimension, The Turtles, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye and Harpers Bizarre.  (I dunno ... sounds like a hit to me!)  

Baseball Hall Of Famer Jimmie Foxx chokes to death on a piece of meat … he was 59.  (Ironically, his wife had died the year before, also choking on a piece of food.)  Foxx was the second major league player to hit 500 career home runs (Babe Ruth was the first) and hit 30 or more per season for twelve straight years.  

Actor Basil Rathbone (he did FOURTEEN movies playing the role of Sherlock Holmes!) dies at the age of 75 of a heart attack.  Rathbone also appeared in "The Mark Of Zorro", "Son Of Frankenstein", "Captain Blood", "The Adventures of Robin Hood", "The Adventures of Marco Polo", "A Tale Of Two Cities" and many others.  

ANC president Albert Lutuli died after being hit by a train in South Africa in what many believed was an assassination operation. Lutuli received the 1960 Nobel prize for his role in the struggle against whites-only rule, becoming the first African to win a Nobel Prize.

Here in Chicago, Simon and Garfunkel begin a two-night stand at The Civic Opera House.

And THESE were the most popular tunes in Chi-Town for this week in 1967 ...