In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
1967 – Pink Floyd record their first single, “Arnold Layne.”
1971 – Five months after her death, Janis Joplin starts a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Pearl. “Buried Alive in the Blues” remains an instrumental as she died before adding her vocals.
1984 – The Jacksons’ Pepsi commercial premieres on MTV.
1995 – PJ Harvey releases her first solo album, To Bring You My Love.
2000 – The Beach Boys: An American Family TV mini-series begin airing on ABC.
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1958 – Elvis Presley gets his orders to report to duty from the US Army. He is allowed a 60-day deferment so he could finish the film King Creole.
1964 – The Beatles’ first American album is released: Meet the Beatles!
1982 – During an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, someone in the audience throws a live bat onto the stage. Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, the singer picks it up and attempts to bite off its head as part of his regular act. After the ...
1967 – Declaring himself a conscientious objector, The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refuses his induction notice from the US Army.
1970 – Four days after learning that their movie Let It Be will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record “I Me Mine” for the film and soundtrack.
1970 – Davy Jones announces that he’s leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.
1974 – Bob Dylan begins a 6-week tour in Chicago with The Band, who ...
1961 – The Pendletones (later known as The Beach Boys) audition for the Stereo Masters publishing house, leading to the release of their first single, “Surfin’.”
1965 – Ford offers factory-installed 8-track tape players in its Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln models. Because this is the first time 8-track players are widely available (they don’t make it to homes for another year), the only places to purchase tapes are auto parts stores or Ford dealers.
1980 – David Bowie debuts on Broadway in The Elephant Man.
1988 – Dire Straits disbands.
1990 – Bruce Hornsby begins filling in on keyboard ...
Back in 2004, Pitchfork published their Top 100 Albums of the 1970s list, and today they’ve returned with the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s. Some of the artists who didn’t make the cut on the albums list are now here, like Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith…
The mid-1960s were an incredibly exciting time for the music world. With the release of classic records like Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Aftermath by The Rolling Stones and Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan, the ideas of what the album as an artistic medium and pop music could be were changing. Leading the charge was The Beatles, who had taken the world by storm in the early 1960s and were beginning to reach their commercial peak. What made the group truly remarkable though is that they were constantly ...
On May 16, 1966, a pop group from Southern California who called themselves the Beach Boys released a groundbreaking record that would change music forever. The tides of popular music were changing in the mid 1960s thanks to the mainstream introduction of the Beatles in 1964 and Bob Dylan in 1965. Rock music was beginning to gain an artistic consciousness way beyond what was previously thought possible, and the Beach Boys would soon be at the center of it.
1963 – The Beach Boys release “Surfer Girl,” the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced.
1966 – The Rolling Stones begin nine days of recording sessions for their next album at RCA Studios in Hollywood. Tracks recorded include “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “My Obsession,” “Yesterday’s Papers” and “Back Street Girl.”
1971 – Paul McCartney announces the formation of his first post-Beatles band, Wings. Members include his wife Linda, former Moody Blues singer Denny Laine on guitar, and Denny Seiwell on drums.
1953 – Truck driver Elvis Presley makes his first ever recording when he pays $3.98 to lay down two songs at Memphis Recording Service (later renamed Sun Studios): “My Happiness’” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The so-called vanity disc is a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called Elvis – the Great Performances.
1964 – The Rolling Stones score their first American hit when their cover of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” peaks at #48 on the Hot 100.
1968 – The Beatles record “Helter Skelter,” one take ...
Brian Wilson played ‘Pet Sounds’ in full at a show that also included a guest-filled set by ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam (with a string section, dancers, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles, and Deradoorian), and Hinds.
The album of course begins with a bang, and this performance of it did too. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” started the most amount of crowd singing/dancing that the Pet Sounds section would have all night (or maybe “Sloop John B” gave it a run for its money)…