Monday, December 4, 2017

50 Years Ago Somber & Silly December 1967

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And now, flip on the mic, let’s Rock On back to 1967 …

Somber & Silly December ‘67!

Normally a happy time on the radio, we begin December 50 Years Ago this Month with the worst music news since the 1959 airplane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. Think “That’ll Be the Day,” “La Bamba,” and “Chantilly Lace.” Iconic songs of early Rock & Roll.

On December 10th, Otis Redding and four of his six backup artists (Bar-Kays) perished in yet another devastating R&R airplane accident. This time, in Lake Monona (Madison, Wisconsin), after a performance in Cleveland.

Redding just had had two Top Ten tunes in July, “Tramp” & “Shake” (XERB 07/16/67 chart). But they were dwarfed by one of his iconic songs that captured our hearts, as described by

“‛Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay’ would be released in its ‛unfinished’ form several weeks later, with Redding’s whistled verse a seemingly indispensable part of the now-classic record. It would soon become history’s first posthumous #1 hit and the biggest pop hit of Redding’s career.”

Later in the month, as The Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye” begins its farewell tour down the chart in many cities, McCartney is upset about the showing of Magical Mystery Tour, by BBC1 on December 26th.  

Here we are in the early stages of psychedelia, with a movie personifying its vivid, swirling colors, and BBC1 chooses to show it in black-and-white. Hello 1930s! Mr. McCartney was less than pleased. BBC2 picked it up and ran it in all its glorious color, to welcome the new year, January 5, 1968.

Featured Radio Survey: The Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye” is still at the top of KHJ/Los Angeles’s Boss 30 Records—50 Years Ago for December 13, 1967. Two weeks later, it had managed to hang in at #2, but Itchycoo Park (Small Faces) muscled in and claimed the top spot into the New Year, on KHJ’s December 27th chart. Recall that awesome day when … 

Celebrate DECEMBER 1967: 50 Years Ago and … Rock On!

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