Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 20th

Rick and Kris Harmon Nelson welcome their twin sons Gunnar and Matthew into the world.  

In 1990, they would reach the #1 Spot on Billboard's Pop Singles Chart with "Love And Affection",  making this the first time in history that THREE generations of family members earned a #1 Record.   

Grandfather Ozzie had a #1 Hit in 1935 with "And Then Some" … 

Dad Ricky had two #1 Hits ("Poor Little Fool", the very first record to top Billboard's brand new Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart in 1958, and "Travelin' Man", which spent a couple of weeks at #1 in 1961.)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19th

Chicago's very own Spanky And Our Gang appear on The Hollywood Palace this evening to perform "Making Every Minute Count".

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18th

"The Letter" by The Box Tops moves into the #1 spot on this week's chart as "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry drops to #2, "Come Back When You Grow Up" by Bobby Vee climbs a notch to #3, as does "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay and the Techniques (to #4) and "Reflections" drops from #2 to #5.  

"Never My Love" by The Association makes The Top Ten in its fourth week on the chart, coming in at #6.  Also earning a bullet in The Top Ten this week is "Higher And Higher" by Jackie Wilson, which climbs from #16 to #9.  

Other songs in The Top 40 on an upward swing include "You Know What I Mean" by The Turtles (#17 to #13), "I Dig Rock And Roll Music" by Peter, Paul and Mary (#22 to #14), "Twelve Thirty" by The Mamas and the Papas (#19 to #16), "Getting' Together" by Tommy James and the Shondells (#23 to #19), "Gimme Little Sign" by Brenton Wood (#26 to #20),"I Make A Fool Of Myself" by Frankie Valli (#27 to #21), "Dandelion" by The Rolling Stones (#41 to #23), "Little Ole Man" by Bill Cosby (#40 to #24), "Love Bug, Leave My Heart Alone" by Martha and the Vandellas (#32 to #27), "How Can I Be Sure", up 22 points from #52 to #30 for The Young Rascals, "The Cat In The Window" by Petula Clark (#37 to #32), "Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil" by Jefferson Airplane (#44 to #33), "To Sir With Love", up 24 spots for Lulu from #58 to #34, "Expressway To Your Heart" by The Soul Survivors (#55 to #35), "Get On Up" by The Esquires (#47 to #37), "Put Your Mind At Ease" by Every Mother's Son (#45 to #38), "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song" by The Buckinghams (#66 to #39) and "A Banda" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (#53 to #40).  

The Beatles have the #1 Album in the country again … "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is clearly the album of the summer … the summer, of course, being The Summer Of Love.  Today they film the striptease scene for "Magical Mystery Tour" where, accompanied by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band performing "Death Cab For Cutie", Jan Carson strips topless.  (A "censored" sign would be edited into the film to cover her breasts for the television broadcast, as The Beatles knew the entire scene would be cut by the BBC otherwise.)  

The Beach Boys' new album, "Smiley Smile", is released.  After all the hype surrounding the originally conceived "SMiLE" LP, it was quite a disappointment, referred to by their own Carl Wilson as "a bunt instead of a home run".  Originally conceived by Brian Wilson as the album to end all albums, his inner demons prevented him from ever finishing the LP … so the remaining other members of the band threw together a hodge-podge of tracks to meet their deadline commitment to Capitol Records.  (It was regarded as the worst album The Beach Boys ever made at the time … and still ranks pretty high in that respect on their all-time list.)  

Devastated that his dream of creating the greatest musical achievement ever made wouldn't see the light of day, Brian retreated to his room where he spent the bulk of the next seven years.  For decades he insisted that the majority of the tapes for "SMiLE" had been destroyed but bootlegs circulated for years.  Finally, in 2004, Brian began performing the intended album in its entirety with his new band live in concert.  The following year, a live CD was released of this concert … and then, in 2011, a mammoth deluxe box set edition was released, featuring the album sequenced as originally intended, followed by a massive amount of session tapes showing the building of much of this material.  (I love The Beach Boys … but this truly is for die-hard fans only!)   

The track "Vegetables" on "Smiley Smile" features Paul McCartney (some say he produced the track), but save for the hit singles "Heroes and Villains" (a complete reworking of the track that Brian envisioned) and "Good Vibrations" (released as a hit single nearly a full year earlier and now tacked on to this LP to help sales), there isn't much on this LP that can be considered memorable.  

The daytime soap opera "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing" debuts on CBS Television.  The storyline features a relationship between an interracial couple, a first for a daytime soap.  CBS Censors find it too controversial and ask it to be stopped, causing show creator Irna Phillips to quit.  Despite this auspicious debut, the series ends up running until 1973.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 17th

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of an historic night of rock and roll television.  That both of these events happened within the span of two hours is incredible.  Not since Elvis and The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show has a single night of televised rock been so memorable or left such a long-lasting impact.
(Be sure to check out our 1967 Bonus Page today for more on The Doors' appearance)

The Doors appear on "The Ed Sullivan" show to perform their latest hit "People Are Strange" along with their recent #1 Hit "Light My Fire".  Much like he did with The Rolling Stones' performance of "Let's Spend The Night Together" earlier this year, (insisting that they change the title line to "Let's Spend SOME TIME Together"), Ed forbid lead singer Jim Morrison from singing "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" on his program … which Morrison agreed to do … and then sang it anyway, infuriating Sullivan who blasted him after the show, telling him that The Doors would NEVER appear on The Sullivan Show again … to which Morrison replied, "Who cares … we've already done it." 

An hour later The Who appear on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  They performed "I Can See For Miles" and "My Generation".  This is the episode where they rigged Keith Moon's drums to explode during the  instrument-smashing finale … but apparently too many explosives were added to the mix, causing a FAR greater "boom" than original anticipated and planned for.  Guitarist Pete Townshend lost some of his hearing that night, which he has never regained. 

"Bonnie And Clyde" spends its fourth (non-consecutive) week on top of the box office charts.

The 1967 NFL Season begins today.  The Green Bay Packers will go on to defeat The Dallas Cowboys on December 31st to move into their second straight Super Bowl, this time against The Oakland Raiders, who they will defeat on January 14th, 1968, by a score of 33 -14.

A riot breaks out during a football game in Kayseri, Turkey, leaving 44 dead and over 600 injured.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16th

After taking the British charts by storm just a few months ago … it was a HUGE deal when his recording of "Release Me" kept The Beatles' "Penny Lane" out of the #1 spot … a British radio station mistakenly announces that Engelbert Humperdinck has died in a car crash.  (Ironically, a few years later the whole world will be buzzing about the car crash that Paul McCartney reportedly died in the year before, thanks to the whole "Paul Is Dead" death hoax first broadcast here in America by a disc jockey in Detroit.  "He blew his mind out in a car" … and dozens and dozens of other clues supposedly left behind by The Beatles as cryptic hidden "Easter Eggs" were "discovered" as fans began to dissect every Beatles album cover and lyric, even playing tracks backwards in search of more secret messages.) 

Back in the studio today after several days of filming their new television special "Magical Mystery Tour", The Beatles record a brand new version of "Your Mother Should Know", originally worked on for consideration for the "Our World" television special back in June. 

Jimi Hendrix's first LP "Are You Experienced?" enters The Billboard Hot 200 Album Chart for the very first time.  It will remain on the chart for 106 weeks, eventually peaking at #5 and selling upwards of ten million copies worldwide.  Of those 106 weeks on the chart, 77 will be spent in The Top 40. 

The television series "Mannix" starring Mike Connors premiers on CBS.  (This was one of my Dad's favorite shows … honestly, I don't think I've ever seen a single episode.)


Friday, September 15, 2017

September 15th

Brand new debuts include "Your Precious Love" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (#65), "You Keep Running Away" by The Four Tops (#77) and "You've Made Me So Very Happy" by Brenda Holloway (a song not too many will notice until Blood, Sweat and Tears cut their version two years later), new at #84. 

I also like "Child Of Clay", a comeback record of sorts for Jimmie Rodgers (#87) and "People Are Strange" (#92) by The Doors. 

Micky Dolenz receives his new Moog synthesizer purchased at The Monterey Pop Festival in June.

Bill Cosby's got a Top Ten Record here in Chicago this week as "Little Ole Man" jumps ten places from #18 to #8.

And there's a fun Chicago Premier shown on this week's Sound 10 Survey, too ... 

It's "Treat Her Groovy" by The New Colony SIx.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14th

Little Frannie Blassingame turns seven years old today … 

32 years later she'll meet and then marry Forgotten Hits founder Kent Kotal.  
(Happy Birthday, honey!)

The television series "Ironsides" starring Raymond Burr as a wheelchair bound detective (due to an assassination attempt) premiered on NBC, running for eight years, proving once and for all that there was life after "Perry Mason".