Wednesday, January 4, 2017


For the past few months, AM has concentrated on 1966, rock's first real seminal year.  A year in which we saw, not just Rubber Soul, but Revolver, with Pet Sounds sandwiched in the middle.  1966 is the year of Blonde on Blonde, Aftermath, Freak Out and The Supremes-A-Go-Go. For this writer the joy and immersion in '66 is somewhat curtailed by the nagging fact that 50 years have passed since "Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35."  But now it's 51.

The good news, 1967 was, simply put, sublime. There is little to say; best to let the times speak for themselves - a smattering: January: The Doors, Donovan's Mellow Yellow, Dusty Sprinfield's "The Look of Love"; February: Surrealistic Pillow, Younger Than Yesterday, Aretha Franklin records "Respect"; March: The Velvet Underground and Nico, "Penny Lane," "For What It's Worth"; April: "Strawberry Fields"; May: Headquarters, The Mother's Absolutely Free, "Creek Alley," "Somethin' Stupid," "Incense and Peppermints"; June: The Summer of Love, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival (June 10th and 11th), Monterey Pop, The Hollies' Evolution, "Somebody to Love"; July: Fleewood Mac forms; August: Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Are You Experienced, Beatles perform "All You Need is Love" on the first world broadcast, Our World (June 25th), T-Rex forms, Dionne Warwick's Windows of the World; September: Strange Days, The Doors perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, "Light My Fire," Wave by Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Different Drum"; October: 1st issue of Rolling Stone, "To Sir, With Love"; November: "Soul Man," Disraeli Gears Buffalo Springfield Again, Days of Future Past, Strange Days, Magical Mystery Tour; December: The Who Sell Out, Traffic's Mr. Fantasy, "Daydream Believer," "Hello, Goodbye," Jethro Tull formed, The Graduate.