Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 19th

Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Both groups perform separately and together, doing a medley of each other's hits (including The Temptations' hits "Get Ready" and "My Girl", performed by Diana Ross and the Supremes and "Stop! In The Name Of Love" and "Baby Love" performed by The Temptations.)  They then perform The Temptations' hit "(I Know) I'm Losing You" together.  Diana Ross and the Supremes also solo on "In And Out Of Love" and "Thou Swell" and "Greensleeves" while The Temptations take center stage on "Hello Young Lovers" and "Don't Look Back".   The mash-up works so well the two groups will cohost a television special together in the near future.

An hour later, Paul Revere and the Raiders appear on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour where they perform their new single "Peace Of Mind".  

Things haven't cooled down at all for Disney's "The Jungle Book".  Last week's box office receipts were just under $3.7 million … and this week … in its FIFTH week of release, box office sales only fall off to $3.6 million!  In fact, to date, the film has taken in about right around $20 million over the past five weeks.  

In Viet Nam, The Tiger Force, an elite US Army Unit of the 101st Airborne Division, achieved their 327th kill.  US Army Lt. Col. Gerald Morse had called for the 327 kills to match the name of the 327th infantry regiment.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 18th

Detroit experiences a newspaper strike, shutting down both major daily publications.  Incredibly, it will last until August 9, 1968 … 267 days. 

A photograph of Planet Earth is taken from Satellite ATS-III.  (I'm running it here because I'm guessing the folks in Detroit probably never got a chance to see it.) 

Michael Nesmith books RCA studio time for today and tomorrow to record his vanity project, "The Wichita Train Whistle Sings".  It is a collection of instrumental interpretations of some of his work (7 of the 10 tracks are Monkees tunes), and employs some of the best (and most expensive) studio musicians in California. 

The whole event is a catered affair (Chasen's) and when all was said and done, the sessions probably cost Nesmith upwards of $50,000 … and the album probably sold about a dozen copies.   (I'm one of the few who actually owns a copy of this … I've probably listened to it twice in my entire lifetime!  It's AWFUL!!!)

One mistake Michael acknowledged later was that he probably shouldn't have served alcohol until AFTER the recording session was complete.  Nesmith later explained to session drummer extraordinaire Hal Blaine "Uncle Sam was about to remove 50 Grand from my pocket and, instead of paying taxes, I decided to spend it on a raucous write-off."

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17th

Beatles right-hand man Neil Aspinall flies to The United States to deliver copies of The Beatles' new "Hello Goodbye" promotional video.  It would first air on The Ed Sullivan Show on November 26th and then again the following night on The Hollywood Palace. 

The Buckinghams perform at Shawnee Mission South High School in Kansas City, Kansas.  Their opening act?  The Who!!!  (Now THAT had to be an interesting show to see!!!) 

Surveyor 6 makes the first lunar lift-off when it takes a six-second flight off the surface of the moon. 

Davy Jones of The Monkees opens the boutique Zilch in Greenwich Village named after their bit of tom-foolery on the “Headquarters” album.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 16th

Top debuts this week include "Honey Chile" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (#61), "Goin' Back" by The Byrds (#65), "Peace Of Mind" by Paul Revere and the Raiders (#71), "Summer Rain" by Johnny Rivers (#73), "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap (#86) and "Felicidad" by The Flying Nun, Sally Field (#95).  

The Association are all over TV this month … tonight they perform on a Carol Channing television special on ABC performing "Along Comes ... Carol(?!?!?!)"

Now THAT'S something you're not going to see every day ...  

Carol Channing on top of Jimi Hendrix!!!

You'll find some new music premiering on both of our local charts this week by Chicago's very own Buckinghams  ("Susan", a Chicago Premier on the WCFL Chart, and "Bend Me, Shape Me", a future #1 Record for The American Breed!)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15th

There are three big movers just outside The Top 40 this week as "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles moves from #56 to #41, "She's My Girl" by The Turtles climbs from #58 to #42 and "Out Of The Blue" by Tommy James and the Shondells moves from #54 to #43.  

Other big movers this week include "Neon Rainbow" by The Box Tops (#67 to #49), "Yesterday" by Ray Charles (#62 to #52), "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees (#70 to #54), "An Open Letter To My Teeenage Son" by Victor Lundberg (#81 to #57), "Georgia Pines" by The Candymen (#84 to #68), "Beautiful People" by Bobby Vee (#98 to #70, now ten chart places ahead of the Kenny O'Dell version, which climbs from #96 to #80) and "O-oo, I Love You" by The Dells (#90 to #76).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14th

The Monkees earn a gold record for "Daydream Believer," which hasn't even hit The Top Ten yet!  This afternoon, Peter Tork and Davy Jones will come to fisticuffs as, according to Peter, "we were getting on each other's nerves."  Davy ended up in Cedars Of Lebanon Hospital for stitches, however, so it sounds rather serious in hindsight. 

Barney Kilgore died.  He is credited as being the visionary who made "The Wall Street Journal" a national newspaper … and has been credited as "the man who invented modern journalism". 

Pink Floyd (hot on the heels of their new album) begin their first tour of the UK with a kick-off concert at Royal Albert Hall as an opening act for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Also on the bill are The Move, Nice, Amen Corner, Eire Apparent and The Outer Limits.  The tour will continue for a total of 16 dates throughout the UK.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 13th

"Incense and Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock is the new #1 Record in America.  (Years later it is voted as your all-time favorite psychedelic song by our Forgotten Hits Readers!)

In yet another case of record companies not really knowing what they're doing, "Incense and Peppermints" was originally intended to be the B-Side of the record.  (We just had this same situation with Lulu's recent #1 Hit "To Sir With Love"!) 

The lead vocal on the record was sung by a friend of the band (16 year old Greg Munford), who just happened to be hanging around the studio during the recording session!  In fact, he never even officially JOINED the band … when they performed the song live in concert, it was sung by their Drummer Randy Seol!  How many guys other than Greg Munford can take the credit for singing on a million-selling #1 Hit  without ever actually being in the band???  (Well, we can think of a few #1 hits sung by "ghost vocalists" … but this story is really pretty unique on its own!)  

Rounding out The Top Ten, the momentum seems to have stalled in the Top Five positions … last week's #1 Record, "Soul Man" by Sam and Dave, slips to #2, "To Sir With Love" by Lulu drops from #2 to #3 and "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills and "It Must Be Him" by Vikki Carr" hold steady at their previous week's positions of #4 and #5 respectively.  "Please Love Me Forever" by Bobby Vinton is the only Top Ten hold-over showing upward movement this week … it climbs from #8 to #6.  

New entries in The Top Ten for the very first time include "Let It Out" by The Hombres (up from #12 to #8) and  "I Can See For Miles" by The Who, which makes the biggest leap of the nation's ten biggest hits, climbing from #17 to #9.

Top 20 Records earning a bullet include "It's You That I Need" by The Temptations (#16 to #11), "I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick (#24 to #13), "Everlasting Love" by Robert Knight (#20 to #14), "Kentucky Woman" by Neil Diamond (#21 to #17), "Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba (#25 to #18) and "Like An Old Time Movie" by Scott McKenzie (#28 to #20).  

Elsewhere in The Top 40 we find "Keep The Ball Rollin'" by Jay and the Techniques climbing from #27 to #21, "She Is Still A Mystery" by The Lovin' Spoonful, up from #29 to #22, "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C up from #32 to #24, "Watch The Flowers Grow" by The Four Seasons, climbing eleven places from #37 to #26, as does "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Gladys Knight and the Pips (right behind it, climbing from #38 to #27), "Stag-O-Lee" by Wilson Pickett (#36 to #28), "Beg Borrow And Steal" by The Ohio Express (#35 to #30), "Wild Honey" by The Beach Boys (#46 to #35), "In And Out Of Love" by Diana Ross and the Supremes (#60 to #37), "Skinny Legs And All" by Joe Tex (#47 to #38) and "You Better Sit Down Kids" by Cher (#52 to #40).  

But the biggest mover of all this week belongs to The Monkees, who sky-rocket from #68 to #31 with their latest, "Daydream Believer".  Looks like another smash hit for The Pre-Fab Four!  

Diana Ross and the Supremes Greatest Hits holds at #1 on the Album Chart for the fourth straight week.

Actor Steve Zahn is born.  There is music in his future when he joins The Wonders decades later for the Tom Hanks film "That Thing You Do"

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12th

The Turtles perform "Happy Together" and "She's My Girl" on The Ed Sullivan Show. 

Wow!  Disney's "The Jungle Book" unseats "Cool Hand Luke" to reclaim the top spot at the box office this week.  That gives the film three weeks on top of the chart! 

Jimmie Rodgers appears on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. 

Pearl Bailey takes over the lead role in an all black cast version of “Hello Dolly” on Broadway.  Among her costars:  Cab Calloway, Clifton Davis, Mabel Davis and a very young Morgan Freeman.  Carol Channing originated the role on Broadway in 1964.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 11th

Van Morrison performs his hit "Brown Eyed Girl" on American Bandstand.  Although this record will go on to become one of the most over-played songs in America, it will NOT be a hit in England.  This will also be Van’s only appearance ever on this program. 

As the year draws to a close, Billboard Magazine is reporting that The Monkees have now sold nearly ten million albums and almost seven million singles.  This week their new single, "Daydream Believer", "bubbles under on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart at #101.  By the end of the month it will be #1.  (Once again, you'll see the record is already a Top Ten Hit here in Chicago, back in the days when WLS and WCFL were on the cutting edge of programming!) 

Michael Nesmith is the only Monkee in the studio today as he records his latest, "Tapioca Tundra".  It will see the light of day early next year as the B-Side of their "Valleri" single.

Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10th

Other big movers on the chart this week (climbing ten places or more) include "Wild Honey" by The Beach Boys (#68 to #46), "Skinny Legs And All" by Joe Tex (#65 to #47), "This Town" by Frank Sinatra (#60 to #49), "You Better Sit Down Kids" by Cher (#69 to #52), "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (#74 to #56), "She's My Girl" by The Turtles (#89 to #58), "Yesterday" by Ray Charles (#91 to #62, a jump of nearly 30 places), "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" by Glen Campbell (#81 to #63), "Paper Cup" by The Fifth Dimension (#80 to #64), "Next Plane To London" by The Rose Garden (#84 to #72), "Suzanne" by Noel Harrison (#86 to #73), "Pony With The Golden Mane" by Every Mother's Son (#93 to #76), "Sweet Sweet Lovin'" by The Platters (#92 to #79), "Whole Lotta Woman" by Arthur Conley (#97 to #80), "Georgia Pines" by The Candymen (#96 to #84) and "You've Got Me Hummin'" by The Hassles (#99 to #87). 

The Beatles film their promotional videos for their new single "Hello Goodbye" at The Saville Theatre in London.  In all, three versions were filmed with edited bits from each making the final cut.  It is a very entertaining video, showing The Beatles dressed in their full Sgt. Pepper garb ...  as well as their original gray collarless suits!

Because of a recent BBC-Television Union ruling banning any miming for television appearances by singers and musicians, the clip was never shown in Great Britain … but on November 17th Neil Aspinall flew copies of these brand new "music videos" to The USA.  On November 26th, version one would be shown on The Ed Sullivan Show. (Incredibly on the November 21st edition of "Top Of The Pops", the new single "Hello Goodbye" was played over muted footage from "A Hard Day's Night" in observance of the miming ban.  The Beatles were reportedly furious!)

A new Moody Blues single is released today.  “Nights In White Satin” (inspired when 19 year old Justin Hayward was given satin sheets!) is a remarkable advancement in rock and roll music, merging rock and classical music as one.  (And yet these guys STILL aren’t in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!!!)  
UPDATE:  The Moody Blues FINALLY got nominated for the Class of 2018.
The record will reach #19 on The British Chart but only peak at #93 here in America (and even then, not for another four months!)  

After a string of hits between 1968 and 1972, Deram Records will re-release “Nights In White Satin” in 1972, FIVE YEARS after it was first recorded.  This time it goes all the way to #1 (everywhere except Billboard, where it peaks at #2).  Today it is considered a pop standard and a musical masterpiece.

From Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March ... 

British Decca Records subsidiary label Deram released the Moody Blues' masterwork album "Days of Future Passed" on November 10, 1967. Among the first "concept" recordings, it was a brilliantly innovative fusion of rock and symphonic music. All but two of the tracks were more than five minutes long. "Nights In White Satin" was 7:41. Initially, Decca executives opposed releasing the album, as Ray Thomas explained. "Every Tuesday, record producers took all their wares and went before the record company executives to play what they had done that week, to determine what they thought was worth backing. They were very strict, but we were lucky because a guy called Walt McGuire, who was head of London Records, which was American Decca, was at the meeting. [Producer] Tony Clarke went in and he put 'Days of Future Passed' on and the Decca executives sat through it and they said, 'What the hell is that? You spent a whole week -- a whole week, mind you -- in the studio.' Walt McGuire said, 'I think it's fantastic! If you're not going to release it over here, give it to me, because I am.' The Decca people said, 'Well, we spent all that studio time, we might as well release it," Ray told authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March for their book "Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 2." American AM "top 40" radio stations, accustomed to playing records under three minutes long, weren't sure what to do with it. But it was perfect for newly emerging "progressive rock" FM radio stations, many of which let the entire album play without interruption. "Days of Future Passed" became a must-have album for the hip listeners of FM rock stations. "Nights In White Satin" gave the band a long-awaited singles hit, reaching No. 19 on the British charts in January 1968. 

In fact, The Moody Blues may have put together the first true rock concept album ... almost a symphony of sorts ... yet it was The Beatles took home all the glory for their "Sgt. Pepper," which (in terms of concept anyway) really only extended to a total of four songs (the first and last two) ... everything else were just unrelated tracks ... but because they SAID it was a concept album (the idea of portraying somebody else in order to step outside the comfort zone of being The Beatles), the public ... and the critics ... bought the whole idea.  In hindsight it may be safest to say that The Moody Blues created a concept album with "Days Of Future Passed" ... while "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was more of a cultural and media event.  (kk)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9th

The very first issue of "Rolling Stone Magazine" is published … John Lennon (dressed in his "How I Won The War" garb) graces the cover.  Ironically it was also on this date, in 1961, that Brian Epstein saw The Beatles perform for the very first time.   

The original press run for the very first issue?  40,000 copies … and it was designed in more of a "newspaper" format at the time.

NASA launched Apollo 4 today from Cape Kennedy. (It was the first test flight for the Saturn 5 rocket, which would eventually take three men to the moon two years later.)  All three major networks broadcast the event live.

Depending on whose version of the story you choose to believe, David Crosby either quits or is fired by The Byrds.  (In both tellings of the story, Crosby and Byrds leader Roger McGuinn describe the end result as "conflicting egos.")  He is replaced by Gene Clark, who had left the band a couple of years earlier.  

Crosby won't be missing from the music scene for very long, however … within the next two years he will team with Stephen Stills of The Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash of The Hollies to form one of the very first "super groups," Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Fellow ex-Springfield guitarist Neil Young will also participate with the trio from time to time (when the mood suits him).  

Actor Charles Bickford dies.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 8th

Harry Nilsson begins recording "Everybody's Talkin'" … it won't become known until it is used in the movie "Midnight Cowboy" nearly two years later, at which point it will become a Top Ten Single. 

He first released the track on his 1968 LP "Aerial Ballet" with very little fanfare.  (RCA released it as a single in August of 1968 where it "bubbled under" in Billboard … but reached #51 and #54 respectively in Record World and Cash Box.)  A year later, Beatles' Publicist Derek Taylor suggested the song might make a good theme to the upcoming Dustin Hoffman / Jon Voight flick but Harry wanted them to use one of his OWN compositions, the very similar sounding and crafted "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City", which he felt was better suited to the film.  Taylor and producers won out … and "Everybody's Talkin'" became the very first major hit for Nilsson, peaking at #6 in the Fall of 1969.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7th

Diana Ross and the Supremes have the top chart debut this week as "In And Out Of Love" premiers at #60.  There are several other "future hits" making their first appearance on the chart this week as well … "Neon Rainbow" by The Box Tops (the follow-up to their chart-topping record "The Letter") debuts at #67 … and right behind it at #68 is the brand new single by The Monkees, "Daydream Believer.  You'll also find "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees, "An Open Letter To My Teenage Son" by Victor Lundberg, "Different Drum" by The Stone Poneys (a tune written by Monkee Michael Nesmith) and two versions of "Beautiful People" (one by songwriter Kenny O'Dell and the other by Bobby Vee) all making their first chart appearances this week. 

Carl Stokes is elected as the first black mayor of a major American city when he became the Mayor of Cleveland.  He will serve two terms in office.  Afterwards he will become a television commentator and then a judge. 

Reginald Dwight and Bernie Taupin signed their first major publishing deal in the UK.  Both sets of their parents had to be there at witnesses as both songwriters were still under age.  Dwight would change his name a short time later to Elton John … and together Elton John and Bernie Tauplin would go on to become one of the most successful songwriting duos in pop music history. 

US President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill establishing The Corporation for Public Broadcasting today.

Monday, November 6, 2017

November 6th

Sam and Dave move into the #1 position on the Pop Chart this week as "Soul Man" overtakes Lulu's hit "To Sir, With Love," dropping it to #2.  "Incense And Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock and "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills continue their climb up the chart moving from #7 to #3 and #10 to #4 respectively.  Vikki Carr's "It Must Be Him" rounds out The Top Five.  The only other Top Ten hits showing upward movement this week are by Bobby Vinton ("Please Love Me Forever", up from #12 to #8) and "A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin, which climbs from #11 to #9.  

Three other tracks earned bullets in The Top 20 this week … "Let It Out" by The Hombres, which climbs from #16 to #12, "Love Is Strange" by Peaches And Herb (up from #17 to #13) and "I Can See For Miles" by The Who, which moves up from #24 to #17.  

Big Top 40 movers include "Lazy Day" by Spanky and Our Gang (#27 to #22), "I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick (#32 to #24), "Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba (#30 to #25), "Glad To Be Unhappy" by The Mamas and the Papas (#42 to #26), "Keep The Ball Rollin'" by Jay and the Techniques (#41 to #27), "Like An Old Time Movie" by Scott McKenzie (#45 to #28), "She Is Still A Mystery" by The Lovin' Spoonful (up twenty places from #49 to #29), "Lady Bird" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood (#38 to #30), "Get Together" by James Brown (#44 to #31), "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C (#50 to #32), "Stag-O-Lee" by Wilson Pickett (#55 to #36), "Watch The Flowers Grow" by The Four Seasons (#52 to #37) and "Homburg" by Procol Harum (#47 to #40).  

The Number One Album in the Country still belongs to Diana Ross and the Supremes, thanks to their "Greatest Hits" LP.  "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles and "The Doors" by The Doors stand right behind it at positions #2 and #3 respectively.  But a brand new release crashes into The Top Ten this week as The Doors' follow-up album, "Strange Days", leaps from #100 to #4!  

The Monkees' fourth album, "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd." is released.  It will become their fourth album to occupy the #1 Spot on the National Album Chart this year … an INCREDIBLE feat for ANY band.  In all, The Monkees will spend 37 weeks (out of a possible 60 consecutive weeks) on top of the national album chart.  During this same time period, they will also have the #1 Single in America for 16 weeks.  

With Elvis' movie contract now expired (and apparently no interest in renewal on the studio's part), Colonel Tom Parker makes a deal with National General Pictures to do one film (which will become "Charro!") for which Elvis will be paid (or, perhaps more accurately, he and Elvis will split) $850,000 plus 50% of the profits.  Negotiations also begin for an Elvis Christmas Television Special with NBC that would air in 1968.  (That special would go on to turn Elvis' career around overnight.)