Remembering 1967 – Video & Background of the Summer of Love

15 Aug

The Beatles on making Sgt Pepper

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the British rock band The Beatles. Recorded over a 129-day period beginning on 6 December 1966, the album was released on 1 June 1967 in the United Kingdom and the following day in the United States. Sgt. Pepper’s is often described as The Beatles’ magnum opus, and one of the most influential albums of all time by prominent critics and publications. It was ranked the greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003. Wikipedia

The Beatles try to buy an island

“Baby, You’re a Rich Man” is a song by The Beatles recorded on 11 May 1967 at Olympic Sound Studios, the first song by the band recorded and mixed completely outside Abbey Road Studios.

The song started out as two different, unfinished songs. The verses taken from “One of the Beautiful People” by John Lennon, were combined with Paul McCartney’s previously unaccompanied “Baby, you’re a rich man…” chorus. The two songs were combined in a similar fashion to “A Day in the Life”.

The song was recorded during sessions for the Magical Mystery Tour EP, but was not intended for release there (see below). The unusual oboe-like sound was created with a clavioline. Wikipedia

Procol Harum – A whiter shade of pale

“A Whiter Shade of Pale” is a song by the British band Procol Harum. The single reached number-one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967 where it stayed for a total of six weeks.  With its haunting tonality and Bach flavouring (both provided by Hammond organist Matthew Fisher), vocals by Gary Brooker, and unusual lyrics by Keith Reid, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” reached #1 in several countries all over the world when released in 1967.  Wikipedia

Dionne Warwick I Say A Little Prayer

I Say a Little Prayer (often named in error as I Say A Little Prayer For You) is a song written by songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick in 1967.  Like several Bacharach compositions, I Say A Little Prayer contains passages written in unusual time signatures. The verses are in 10/4 time (using successive measures of 4/4 + 2/4 + 4/4), and the chorus in 11/4 (using 4/4 + 4/4 + 3/4).  Wikipedia

Glen campbell – By The Time I Get To Phoenix

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” is an American pop song written by Jimmy Webb and made famous by Glen Campbell, whose version reached #3 on the U.S. Pop charts in 1967. It was originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965.

It has become a pop standard, and is reportedly one of the most covered songs in history, with thousands of different versions recorded. Covers include those by Georgie Fame, Isaac Hayes, Marty Wilde, Solomon Burke, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Wikipedia

Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billy Joe

Ode to Billie Joe is a 1967 song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. The single, released in late July, was a massive number-one hit in the USA, and became a big international seller. The title song is ranked #412 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Wikipedia

In 1967 the 44 year old Albert King releases “Born Under a Bad Sign” on Stax records and his career really takes off.

One of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with B.B. King and Freddie King), he stood at least 6′ 4″ (192 cm), weighed in at least 260 lbs (118 kg) and was known as “The Velvet Bulldozer”. He was born Albert Nelson on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi. During his childhood he would sing at a family gospel group at a church. He began his professional work as a musician with a group called In The Groove Boys, in Osceola, Arkansas. He also briefly played drums for Jimmy Reed’s band and on several early Reed recordings. Influenced by Blues musicians Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lonnie Johnson, but also interestingly Hawaiian music, the electric guitar became his signature instrument, his preference being the Gibson Flying V, which he named “Lucy”.

King was a left-handed “upside-down/backwards” guitarist. He was left-handed, but usually played right-handed guitars flipped over upside-down so the low E string was on the bottom. In later years he played a custom-made guitar that was basically left-handed, but had the strings reversed (as he was used to playing). He also used very unorthodox tunings (i.e., tuning as low as C to allow him to make sweeping string bends). A “less is more” type blues player, he was known for his expressive “bending” of notes, a technique characteristic of blues guitarists.  Wikipedia

Howlin’ Wolf released “Evil” in 1967

Born in White Station near West Point, Mississippi, he was named after Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States, and was nicknamed Big Foot Chester and Bull Cow in his early years because of his massive size. He explained the origin of the name Howlin’ Wolf thus: “I got that from my grandfather [John Jones].” He used to tell him stories about the wolves in that part of the country and warn him that if he misbehaved, they would “get him”. As a youth he listened to Charley Patton, who taught him the rudiments of guitar, as well as to the Mississippi Sheiks, Tommy Johnson, and Jimmie Rodgers, whose famous “blue yodel” Burnett integrated into his singing style. His harmonica playing was modeled after that of Rice Miller (also known as Sonny Boy Williamson II), who had lived with his sister for a time and taught him how to play. He played with Robert Johnson and Willie Brown in his youth…

Unlike many other blues musicians, after he left his impoverished childhood to begin a musical career, Howlin’ Wolf was always financially successful. Having already achieved a measure of success in Memphis, he described himself as “the onliest one to drive himself up from the Delta” to Chicago, which he did, in his own car on the Blues Highway and with four thousand dollars in his pocket, a rare distinction for a black blues man of the time. In his early career, this was the result of his musical popularity and his ability to avoid the pitfalls of alcohol, gambling, and the various dangers inherent in what are vaguely described as “loose women”, to which so many of his peers fell prey. Though functionally illiterate into his 40s, Burnett eventually returned to school, first to earn a G.E.D., and later to study accounting and other business courses aimed to help his business career. Wikipedia

Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin

Spencer Davis moved to Birmingham from London in 1960 to study. In 1963 he recruited the Winwood brothers and started the Spencer Davis Group. The band performed regularly in the city and were signed after an appearance in a local club.

The group’s first professional recording was a cover version of “Dimples”, but they came to success at the end of 1965 with “Keep On Running”, the group’s first number one single. In 1966 they followed this with “Somebody Help Me” and “When I Come Home”. For the German market the group released “Det war in Schöneberg, im Monat Mai” and “Mädel ruck ruck ruck an meine grüne Seite” (the first is from a 1913 Berlin operetta, the second is a Swabian traditional) as a tribute single for that audience, because Spencer Davis had studied in West Berlin in the early 1960s. By the end of 1966 and the beginning of 1967, the group released two more hits: “Gimme Some Lovin'” (which was re-released in a live, nine-minute version by Traffic in 1971); and “I’m a Man” (January 1967). These tracks proved to be their two best-known successes, especially in their biggest market, the U.S. Wikipedia

For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield

Buffalo Springfield was a short-lived but influential folk rock group that served as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina and is most famous for the song “For What It’s Worth”. After its formation in April 1966, a series of disruptions, including internal bickering, as well as the pressure of working in the music industry, resulted in constant changes in the group’s lineup — and ultimately culminated in the group’s disbanding after roughly 25 months.  Wikipedia

Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Driftin’ Blues

At the height of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s success, Mike Bloomfield quit the band and formed The Electric Flag with Nick Gravenites, and Bishop began playing lead guitar on The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw (1967). The album showed that Butterfield was moving to another musical direction, with a horn section and a soulful, R&B influenced sound. The album included David Sanborn, Brother Gene Dinwiddie, Bugsy Maugh and Phil Wilson, and proved to be the last of the Butterfield band’s commercial successes. Wikipedia

Young Rascals – Groovin

“Groovin'” is a single released in 1967 by The Young Rascals that became a number one hit and one of the group’s signature songs.

Written by group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and with a lead vocal from Cavaliere, it is indeed a slow, relaxed groove, based on Cavaliere’s newfound interest in Afro-Cuban music. Instrumentation included a conga, harmonica, and an effective, Cuban-based bass guitar line from ace session musician Chuck Rainey. The result was fairly different from the Rascals’ white soul origins, enough so that Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release “Groovin'”.

Lyrically, “Groovin'” is themed around a highly romantic portrayal of a couple in love:
Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly …
Groovin’ … on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn’t get away too soon —

The single became in instant hit in May 1967, bounding up the charts and then spending four weeks atop the Billboard pop singles chart. It was RIAA-certified a gold record on June 13, 1967. Showing it (and the group’s) crossover appeal, it also reached number 3 on the Billboard Black Songs chart chart, and was subsequently recorded by the likes of Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1967), Aretha Franklin (1968), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1968), and Marvin Gaye (1969). Finally, “Groovin'” was the only real hit the group ever had in the United Kingdom, reaching number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. Wikipedia

Somebody To Love/White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane

“Somebody to Love” is a rock song that was originally written and recorded by 1960s folk-psychedelic band the Great Society and later by the psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jefferson Airplane’s recording #274 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“White Rabbit” is a psychedelic rock song from Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow. It was released as a single, peaking in the USA at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2004, the song was ranked #478 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. First performed by composer Grace Slick with her band The Great Society in 1966, the song helped convince members of the Airplane to ask Slick to join their band. Wikipedia

The Doors- Light My Fire

“Light My Fire” is a song originally performed by The Doors on their self-titled first album, which was recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1967. Wikipedia

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

“All You Need Is Love” is a song written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries and watched by 400 million, the programme was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967. The BBC had commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the UK’s contribution. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the 362nd greatest song of all time. Wikipedia

Sam & Dave – Soul Man

“Soul Man” is a 1967 song written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, first successful as a hit single by Atlantic Records soul duo Sam and Dave. Wikipedia

Aretha Franklin, Natural Woman (she also released Respect in ’67)

“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” is a 1967 single released by American soul singer Aretha Franklin on the Atlantic label. The song, co-written by the celebrated songwriting-producing team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, was a big hit for Franklin (reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100) and became a standard song for her.  Wikipedia

EasyBeats – Friday on my mind

“Friday on My Mind” is a 1966 song by Australian rock group The Easybeats. Written by band members George Young and Harry Vanda, the British Invasion-style number became a worldwide hit, making #1 in Australia, #6 in the UK, #16 in the USA, and charting in several other countries. In 2001, it was voted “Best Australian Song” of all time. Wikipedia

Maarvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Ain’t No Mountain (They also released “It Takes Two” in 1967.)

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson in 1966. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell for the Tamla (Motown) label. The song became a hit a second time in 1970, when a cover by fellow Motown artist Diana Ross became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.  wikipedia

16 year old Janis Ian sings – Society’s Child

“Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking)” was a song written in 1965 by Janis Ian. It centered around the then-taboo subject of interracial romance. Ian was 13 years-old when she was motivated to write the song and completed it when she was 14.

The lyrics of the song center around the feelings of a young girl who witnesses the humiliation that her African American boyfriend receives from the girl’s mother and the taunts that she herself endures from classmates and teachers. It closes with her decision to end her relationship with the boyfriend because of her inability to deal with the social pressure.

In 1964, Ian lived in East Orange, New Jersey. Her neighborhood was predominately populated by African-Americans and she was one of very few whites in her school. Wikipedia

Dusty Springfield – The look of Love

“The Look of Love” is a popular song. Since its first appearance in the 1967 James Bond film Casino Royale, it has become synonymous with lounge and easy listening music.  The music was written by Burt Bacharach, and indeed, it was originally intended to be an instrumental. But later Hal David added the lyrics, and the song was published in 1967. According to Bacharach, the melody was inspired by watching Ursula Andress in an early cut of the film. The song was sung by Dusty Springfield for the Casino Royale soundtrack, and was nominated for an Oscar.  Wikipedia

Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze at Monterey in 1967 (From his debut LP Are You Experienced)

Jimi Hendrix huddled backstage before the Monterey Pop Festival with Pete Townshend, Janis Joplin, and Brian Jones. When Townshend insisted that Hendrix headline over the Who that day, Hendrix said, “If I’ve gotta follow you on, I’m gonna pull all the stops”.[citation needed] Hendrix then blazed through a 45-minute set capped by setting his guitar afire, then smashing it and throwing the remnants into a delirious crowd who were watching Hendrix’s first-ever American show. Hendrix is said to have taken several “hits” of LSD before his performance. Wikipedia

Jimi Hendrix, The Wind Cries Mary

Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady (He also released the LP Axis: Bold as Love in late ’67.)

Sunshine of Your Love – Cream

“Sunshine of Your Love” is a song by the British supergroup Cream, released on the Disraeli Gears album. It was Cream’s best-selling song and Atlantic Records’ best-selling to date as well. It features a distinctive guitar/bass guitar riff and an acclaimed guitar solo from Eric Clapton. It was written by bassist Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, and Clapton. In 2004, the song was named the 65th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Wikipedia

The Beatles – Penny Lane – Strawberry Fields Forever

“Penny Lane” is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, and released in February 1967 (see 1967 in music) as one side of a double A-sided single, along with John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Beatles producer George Martin has stated he believes the pairing of these songs resulted in probably the greatest single ever released by the group. Both songs were later released on the US Magical Mystery Tour album in November 1967. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week before being knocked off by The Turtles song “Happy Together”. The song features contrasting verse-chorus form and was credited “Lennon-McCartney”, although McCartney was the main contributor to the song. [1] The song’s title is derived from the name of a street in the band’s hometown, Liverpool. The area that surrounds its junction with Smithdown Road is also commonly called Penny Lane. Locally the term “Penny Lane” was the name given to Allerton Road and Smithdown Road and its busy shopping area. Penny Lane is named after James Penny, an 18th century slave trader. Wikipedia


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