Saturday, July 15, 2017

When Rock Grew Up

Rock grew up in 1967: FM underground radio was overtaking AM Top 40, and music fans were being happily bombarded by a seemingly nonstop mix of pop singles, from the Monkees to The Boxtops. Indeed, it seems as if 1967 meant you just had to form a band (I even put them in alphabetical order): Blood, Sweat & Tears, Blue Öyster Cult, Chicago, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Electric Flag, Fairport Convention, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, The Hour Glass (with Duane and Gregg Allman), The J. Geils Band, Jethro Tull, Nazz (with Todd Rundgren), The Nice (with Keith Emerson), NRBQ, Procol Harum, REO Speedwagon, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Spirit, Status Quo, The Stooges (with Iggy Pop), T. Rex, Three Dog Night and Traffic! So, like, a few.

We talk of '67 as a catalyst year, a golden year in rock music, but it's not until you peruse the list that the reality shines through. Here's a recap for January through June:

Jan. 4—The Doors' eponymous debut released. Break on through, '67!
Jan. 9—The Monkees' More of the Monkees released; The Young Rascals' Collections album released.
Jan. 14—The Human Be-In takes place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: local rock bands, poets and other countercultural heroes mix it up with the city's hippies. Here were the seeds of the "Summer of Love."
Jan. 15—The Rolling Stones, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, ignore Ed's demand that they change the key line in "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." Jagger at first merely rolled his eyes with each mis-sung line, then finally squeezing in the controversial lyric about half way through.
Jan. 20—The Rolling Stones' Between the Buttons released
Jan. 23—Laura Nyro's debut album, More Than a New Discovery, released; The Youngbloods' self-titled debut album released; The Stone Poneys' self-titled debut (with Linda Ronstadt) released.
Feb. 1—Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow album released.
Feb. 6—The Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday released.
Feb. 13—The Beatles release "Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields Forever" double A-side single
Feb. 14—Aretha Franklin records "Respect."
Feb. 17—John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers' A Hard Road released.
Late February—The Mamas and the Papas' Deliver released
March 6—The Temptations Live! album released
March 10—Cat Stevens' Matthew and Son released; Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved a Man released
March 12—The The Velvet Underground & Nico released.
March 17—The Grateful Dead's self-titled debut album released.
March 18—Peter, Paul & Mary's 1700 released
March 25—The Who and Cream both perform their first concerts in the United States, in New York. The two British bands are part of a week long series hosted by disc jockey Murray the K; also performing are Mitch Ryder, Wilson Pickett, The Blues Project and others
Late March—Donovan's Mellow Yellow album released; Eric Burdon and the Animals' Eric is Here released.
April 29—The Turtles' Happy Together released; Aretha Franklin's "Respect" single released.
Late April—Chuck Berry's Golden Decade album released; Blues Magoos' Electric Comic Book released; The Electric Prunes' self-titled debut released; Tim Hardin's Tim Hardin 2 LP released; Gordon Lightfoot's The Way I Feel album released.
May 1—Paul McCartney reveals that all four members of the Beatles have taken LSD; Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin in Las Vegas.
May 2—Capitol Records cancels the Beach Boys’unfinished Smile  album.
May 11—Country Joe and the Fish's Electric Music for the Mind and Body album released.
May 12—The Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album, Are You Experienced, released.
May 15—Paul McCartney meets photographer Linda Eastman, later to become his wife
May 22—The Monkees' Headquarters album released.
May 26—The Mothers of Invention’s Absolutely Free album released.
May ?—The Lovin’ Spoonful’s You’re a Big Boy Now soundtrack album released; the 5th Dimension's Up, Up and Away album released.
June 1—The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band released; David Bowie's self-titled debut released; Elvis Presley's Double Trouble album released.
June 6—Moby Grape's self-titled debut album released.
June 10-11—The Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival takes place at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, north of San Francisco, featuring Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Byrds and others.
June 16-18—The Monterey Pop Festival takes place in Monterey, California. The landmark event features The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Ravi Shankar, Otis Redding, The Mamas and the Papas, Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin) and many others.
Watch The Who's explosive "My Generation" at the Monterey Pop Festival.
June 19—Otis Redding records "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay."
June 23—Small Faces' self-titled second album released in the U.K.
June 25—The Beatles perform "All You Need Is Love" for the Our World television special.
June 26—The Rolling Stones' Flowers album released.
June 28—Florence Ballard is fired from the Supremes, replaced by Cindy Birdsong
June 29—Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced to jail for drugs (they later appeal successfully).
Late June—The Hollies' Evolution album released; The Association's Insight Out album released.