Dreamy, Restless, and Born to Be Wild!
In 1968 we sashayed toward the Psychedelic Seventies, with every dreamy and “far out” song that hit the top of the charts.
Heating up the August charts with ethereal and floating tunes, we crooned “” with , and turned retro with ’ “ .” But rebel Rock was never far from the top.
“ ” ( ) flew up the (New York) survey from the bottom, to #9, by the end of August. Can’t you just see cuing up the record and singing with us, ♪ Get your motor runnin’ | Head out on the highway … ♪
Across the country, “The Real Don Steele” spun the hits at chart spotlighted the West’s restlessness, with “Born to Be Wild” already sitting pretty at the top of the chart by August 21st. ♪ Like a true nature's child | We were born, born to be wild …! ♪
Aiming for the stars, new bands coveting that #1 spot on the chart, formed right and left; some fans said no, some yelled a resounding …
August 4th: YES! had an inauspicious start at a kids’ summer camp on this day in East Mersea, Essex. But within a year, Tony Wilson, British columnist for pioneering weekly music mag, , chose and as the two bands "most likely to succeed." Prophetic, indeed!
And through the long, hot summer of 1968, our radios blared with the added spectrum of FM on our dials while music took on every color of the rainbow … or at least it did, in our minds …
Trip on your mind-blowing memories of the Crown of Creation album (Jefferson Airplane), set to debut the following month, September 1968.
Celebrate AUGUST 1968 and … Rock On!
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LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: ; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: . Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!
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