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.
1919 – The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric.
1960 – Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine.
1962 – The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television’s People And Places. The band performs two songs: “Some Other Guy” and “Love Me Do.”
1963 – The Beatles record “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and the first of their “Christmas Records,” spoken word greetings ...
1902 – The Gibson Mandolin guitar company is formed. The first successfully commercial electric guitar, the ES-150, is produced in 1936, and in 1946 Gibson introduces the P-90 single coil pickup, which is eventually used on the first Les Paul model made in 1952.
1962 – The BBC bans the song “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett on the grounds that the song is “too morbid.”
1966 – The self-titled debut album from The Monkees is released.
1968 – The Beatles record “Piggies,” “Glass Onion,” and “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”
1943 – Frank Sinatra starts his film career when he signs a 7-year contract with RKO Pictures.
1966 – The Monkees TV show makes its debut, with four actors chosen to portray a pop band based on The Beatles. The fictional band becomes very real and they eventually play on their own recordings instead of studio musicians.
1970 – The Woody Guthrie tribute concert takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Performers include Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, and Joan Baez.
1952 – Ray Charles records his first four songs for Atlantic Records after they buy out his contract with Swingtime.
1954 – DJ Alan Freed makes his move from Cleveland to New York, where he begins broadcasting the “Alan Freed Rock ‘n’ Roll Show” on WINS.
1956 – Eddie Cochran signs a one year contract with Liberty Records. He goes on to give them three top 40 hits over the next several years, including “Summertime Blues,” “Twenty Flight Rock,” and “C’mon Everybody.”
1965 – The television trade publications Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter run an ad seeking “Folk & ...
1960 – Roy Orbison reaches #2 on the US singles chart with “Only the Lonely,” his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.
1963 – Singer Cilla Black, discovered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein at a Gerry and the Pacemakers concert, makes her first recording test for EMI.
1965 – Bob Dylan plugs in for the first time as he performs his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival, garnering boos from the audience. Conflicting opinions say the ...
1954 – Sun Records releases the first Elvis Presley single, ‘”That’s All Right,” a cover of Arthur Crudup’s 1946 tune “That’s All Right, Mama.” Only about 7,000 original copies are pressed, but the disc becomes a local hit in Memphis.
1958 – The Drifters’ manager George Treadwell, who owns the name, fires the group and replaces them with members of The Five Crowns. When Ben E. King joins the group a short time later, they become consistent hitmakers with songs such as “There Goes My Baby,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Save The Last Dance For Me.”
1958 – Fats Domino records “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.”
1961 – Patsy Cline is thrown through the windshield when she gets in a nasty car accident in Nashville. During her two-month hospital stay, her song “I Fall to Pieces” gives the singer her first Country #1 and becomes a huge country-pop crossover hit. She is also visited by the woman who will become her protégé: Loretta Lynn.
1963 – During a UK tour, Gerry and the Pacemakers support The Beatles when they play at New Brighton Tower in Wallasey. Tickets cost 6 shillings in advance.
1964 – At producers Phil Spector’s suggestion, The Rolling Stones record “It’s All Over Now,” “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and “Time Is On My Side” at Chess studios in Chicago. The band gets to meet Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Chuck Berry during the day.
1966 – The Monkees’ first recording sessions take place. Despite working with feature members of the Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles, the sessions are ultimately unsuccessful.
1966 – Janis Joplin makes her singing debut with Big Brother & the Holding Company at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom.
1961 – Chuck Berry opens the Berryland amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. The park has its own zoo, golf course, and Ferris wheel.
1961 – Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. He is honorably discharged a little over a year later after breaking his ankle during a parachute jump.
1964 – The family-friendly Dave Clark Five go on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, performing “Glad All Over.” They’re a hit with the host, who ...
As mentioned, The Monkees are releasing Good Times!, their first new album in 20 years, on May 27 with songs written by Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Andy Partridge, Noel Gallagher, and more. The RIvers Cuomo-penned “She Makes Me Laugh” is now here with a comic book-themed lyric video, and… it’s not bad!
A new -2 hour documentary about the man in black…Johnny Cash debuts this Saturday. “Johnny Cash: American Rebel” details Johnny Cash’s triumphs and hardships are documented along with how music producer Rick Rubin revitalized Cash’s ‘s career. Cash’s drug addictions … Continued
Happy Spring everyone! Celebrate the changing of the seasons with some upbeat, fun spring music. Old and new, these songs will give you that loving, dancing feeling, and so will our upcoming event on April 2nd. Click the banner below for more information!
Little Green Cars show off the green outdoors and build up to a fun dancing beat!
and Dan Croll picks up the beat a little bit more with this fun one, From Nowhere
Ben Folds and Regina Spektor definitely understand the spring fling feeling…
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars couldn’t be more fun ...
Years from now, we’ll look back on One Direction’s third release, “Midnight Memories,” as the band’s last album before everything was ruined.
Everybody knows that One Direction is simply the latest bunch of boys in a long line of boys — young men with no pedigree, lots of charm and just enough talent, a lineage that stretches back to the Monkees. These boys began as contestants on the British version of “The X Factor” (finishing in third place) instead of being forged in Lou Pearlman’s Orlando Finishing School in the manner of obvious ancestors Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync. But once it starts, it always goes the same way: The first album (“Up All Night,” 2011) is the out-of-nowhere breakthrough. The second album (“Take Me Home,” 2012) is a careful re-staging of the first album, which solidifies the band’s reign. The third album is the one where the group asserts its independence from handlers, professes a greater interest in writing its own songs and experiments with PG-13 subject material and a more mature sound.