Sunday, December 31, 2017

December 31st

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump over the Caesar's Palace Fountain in Las Vegas.  The 141 foot jump (and his subsequent crash landing) is all captured on film. 

The Green Bay Packers become the first team in the modern era to win their third consecutive NFL Championship  when they beat The Dallas Cowboys by a score of 21 - 17 in a game that has since become known as "The Ice Bowl". 

The Ed Sullivan Show celebrates New Year's Eve with Miriam Makeba ("Pata Pata"), Jay and the Techniques ("Keep The Ball Rollin'") and drumming whiz Buddy Rich, who performs an instrumental version of The Beatles' hit "Norwegian Wood". 

"The Graduate" holds on to its top spot at the box office this week, adding another $4 million to its kitty.  What a GREAT way to end the year.  It will log four more weeks in the #1 position before it's finished. 

Judy Collins and The Irish Rovers are musical guests on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour this week. 

It's New Year's Eve and Davy Jones and Peter Tork are in England celebrating at London's Speakeasy Club.  Also in attendance that night are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, Jeff Beck, Tommy Steel, "Oliver" creator Lionel Bart and actress Adrienne Posta. 

Elvis' accountants report that in 1967 Elvis earned $2,700,000 in personal income from motion pictures and $817,000 in personal income from recordings.  His taxes for the year are $1,400,000.

THE TOP 20 ALBUMS of 1967
(Based on our research of the LP Charts dated January 1, 1967 thru December 31, 1967)
 2. MORE OF THE MONKEES - The Monkees
 3. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Soundtrack
 4. THE MONKEES- The Monkees
 5. HEADQUARTERS - The Monkees
 6. SRO - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
 7. THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Soundtrack
 8. THE DOORS - The Doors
 9. GREATEST HITS - Diana Ross and the Supremes
11. SURREALISTIC PILLOW - The Jefferson Airplane
12. THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS DELIVER - The Mamas and The Papas
13. SOUNDS LIKE - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
14. GREATEST HITS - The Temptations
15. FLOWERS - The Rolling Stones
16. REVENGE - Bill Cosby
17. ODE TO BILLIE JOE - Bobbie Gentry
18. BETWEEN THE BUTTONS - The Rolling Stones
19. STRANGE DAYS - The Doors

The Monkees had THREE of the Top Five LP's of the year ... and a fourth LP, "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd." came in at #20.  (It would be the #1 Album in the Country as the year ended.)

But The Beatles still reigned supreme with an album many still consider to be the finest recording ever made fifty years later ... "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". 

Honorable Mention:   
Whipped Cream and Other Delights - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass  (have you ever seen the cover for this one?)

Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
Wonderfulness - Bill Cosby
Farewell To The First Golden Era - The Mamas and The Papas
Got Live If You Want It - The Rolling Stones
Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Spirit of '67 - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Insight Out - The Association
Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
Their Satanic Majesties Request - The Rolling Stones
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme - Simon and Garfunkel
If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears - The Mamas and The Papas
Greatest Hits - Bob Dylan       

Saturday, December 30, 2017

December 30th

Happy Birthday to Monkees Michael Nesmith (25) and Davy Jones (22), "Capricorn" and "Jones" on their new #1 LP.  


Here are the final TV Ratings for the period of September, 1967 – May, 1968):   

1.     The Andy Griffith Show  (CBS – 27.6) 

2.     The Lucy Show  (CBS – 27.0)

3.     Gomer Pyle, USMC  (CBS – 25.6)

4.    TIE:  Gunsmoke  (CBS 25.5)

    Family Affair  (CBS – 25.5)

   Bonanza  (NBC – 25.5)

7.     The Red Skelton Show  (CBS – 25.3)

8.     The Dean Martin Show  (NBC  24.8)

9.     The Jackie Gleason Show  (CBS – 23.9)

10.    Saturday Night At The Movies  (NBC – 23.6)

11.    Bewitched  (ABC – 23.5)

12.    The Beverly Hillbillies  (CBS – 23.3)

13.    The Ed Sullivan Show  (CBS – 23.2)

14.    The Virginian  (NBC – 22.9)

15.    TIE:  The Friday Night Movie  (CBS – 22.8)

      Green Acres  (CBS – 22.8)

17.  The Lawrence Welk Show  (ABC – 21.9)

18.  The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS – 21.7)

19.  Gentle Ben  (CBS – 21.5)

20.  Tuesday Night At The Movies  (NBC – 21.4)

21.  Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In  (NBC – 21.3)

22.  The FBI  (ABC – 21.2)

23.  The Thursday Night Movie  (CBS – 21.1)   
24.  My Three Sons  (CBS – 20.8)

25.  Walt Disney’s Wonderful World Of Color (NBC – 20.7)

26.  Ironside  (NBC – 20.5)

27.  TIE:  The Carol Burnett Show  (CBS – 20.1)

Dragnet ’67  (NBC – 20.1)

29.  Daniel Boone  (NBC – 20.0)

30.  TIE:  Lassie (CBS – 19.9)

 It Takes A Thief  (ABC – 19.9)

Recapping 1967's Biggest Films: 

Top-grossing films (US)
1.The GraduateAVCO Embassy /United ArtistsMike NicholsDustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft,Katharine Ross, William Daniels,Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Norman Fell$104,901,839[2]
2.The Jungle BookWalt Disney Productions / Walt Disney Feature AnimationWolfgang ReithermanBruce Reitherman, Phil Harris,Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders,Louis Prima, Darleen Carr, Verna Felton, J. Pat O'Malley$73,741,048[3]
3.Guess Who's Coming to DinnerColumbia PicturesStanley KramerSpencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier,Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, Beah Richards, Roy Glenn, Cecil Kellaway, Isabel Sanford$56,666,667[4]
4.Bonnie and ClydeWarner Bros.-Seven ArtsArthur PennWarren Beatty, Faye Dunaway,Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons,Michael J. Pollard, Gene Wilder$50,700,000[5]
5.The Dirty DozenMetro-Goldwyn-MayerRobert AldrichLee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker$45,300,000[6]
6.Valley of the Dolls20th Century FoxMark RobsonSharon Tate, Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, Susan Hayward, Martin Milner, Paul Burke$44,432,255[7]
7.You Only Live TwiceUnited ArtistsLewis GilbertSean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi,Mie Hama, Charles Gray, Bernard Lee$43,084,787[8]
8.To Sir, with LoveColumbia PicturesJames ClavellSidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall$42,432,803[9]
9.The Born LosersAmerican International PicturesT.C. FrankTom Laughlin, Elizabeth James,Jane Russell$36,000,000[10]
10.Thoroughly Modern MillieUniversal PicturesGeorge Roy HillJulie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore,James Fox, Carol Channing,Beatrice Lillie$34,335,025[11]
11.CamelotWarner Bros.-Seven ArtsJoshua LoganRichard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave,Franco Nero, David Hemmings,Lionel Jeffries$31,102,578[12]
12.In the Heat of the NightUnited ArtistsNorman JewisonSidney Poitier, Rod Steiger,Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Beah Richards, Larry Gates$24,379,978[13]
13.Casino RoyaleColumbia PicturesKen HughesDavid Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen$22,744,718[14]
14.I Am Curious (Yellow)Janus FilmsVilgot SjömanVilgot Sjöman, Lena Nyman$20,238,100[15]
15.Barefoot in the ParkParamount PicturesGene SaksRobert Redford, Jane Fonda,Charles Boyer$19,994,515[16]
16.Wait Until DarkWarner Bros.-Seven ArtsTerrence YoungAudrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin,Richard Crenna, Jack Weston,Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.$17,550,741[17]
17.Cool Hand LukeWarner Bros.-Seven ArtsStuart RosenbergPaul Newman, George Kennedy,Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet,Clifton James$16,217,773[18]
18.In Cold BloodColumbia PicturesRichard BrooksRobert Blake, John Forsythe, Scott Wilson, Paul Stewart, Jeff Corey,Charles McGraw$13,000,000[19]
19.Hombre20th Century FoxMartin RittPaul Newman, Fredric March,Diane Cilento, Richard Boone,Martin Balsam, Barbara Rush$12,000,000[20]
20.Divorce American StyleColumbia PicturesBud YorkinDick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds,Jean Simmons, Jason Robards,Van Johnson$12,000,000[21]
21.Two for the Road20th Century FoxStanley DonenAlbert Finney, Audrey Hepburn$12,000,000[22]
22.In Like Flint20th Century FoxGordon DouglasJames Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale$11,000,000[23]
23.The TripAmerican International PicturesRoger CormanPeter Fonda, Dennis Hopper$10,000,000[24]
24.Doctor Dolittle20th Century FoxRichard FleischerRex Harrison, Samantha Eggar,Anthony Newley, Geoffrey Holder,Richard Attenborough$9,000,000[25]
25.The Taming of the ShrewColumbia PicturesFranco ZeffirelliElizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton$8,000,000[26]

Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night - Mirisch, United Artists

Best Director: Mike Nichols - The Graduate

Best Actor: Rod Steiger - In the Heat of the Night

Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy - Cool Hand Luke

Best Supporting Actress: Estelle Parsons - Bonnie and Clyde

Here is how WLS and WCFL recapped their Year-End Charts:

Be sure to check back with us on Tuesday, January 2nd, and we'll show you what we came up with using The Super Charts provided by Randy Price ...

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Forgotten Hits Countdown 
The Top 67 of 1967!!!