Friday, December 1, 2017

That Was the Year That Was - The End - 1967

The Summer of Love may have ended with George Harrison's dismissal of hippie culture in San Francisco, but for rock's seminal year, things were far from over. Here's a timeline just for the Fall:

Sept. 18—The Beach Boys' Smiley Smile released, with the previously released "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes and Villains."

"Ode to Billie Joe" is the Billboard No. 1 Hit, with The Boxtops' "The Letter" taking over the top spot on Sept. 23.

Sept. 25—The Doors' Strange Days released, featuring "People are Strange," "Love Me Two Times" and the epic "When the Music's Over." Their second release of the year.

Sept. Unknown—Van Morrison's Blowin' Your Mind released; Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant released; Procol Harum's debut album released; Captain Beefheart's Safe as Milk released; Eric Burdon and the Animals' Winds of Change released. What? It's 50 years ago – why is this info unknown?

Oct. 3—Woody Guthrie dies at 55.

Oct. 18—Rolling Stone magazine premieres, with John Lennon on the cover.

"The Letter" with vacates the top spot for Lulu's "To Sir With Love."

Oct. 27—Ten Years After's self-titled debut released. If you don't have this one, drop what you're doing.

Oct. 30—Buffalo Springfield's Buffalo Springfield Again album released.

Oct. 31—Phil Ochs' Pleasures of the Harbor released.

Nov. 6—The Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones album released.

Nov. 10—The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed released; Cream's Disraeli Gears released

After six weeks, Lulu falls from the top position in favor of "Incense and Peppermints."

Nov. 27—The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album released

Nov. 30—Jefferson Airplane's After Bathing at Baxter's released

Nov. ?—13th Floor Elevators' Easter Everywhere released; Love's Forever Changes released; Country Joe and the Fish's I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die released; The Hollies Butterfly album released

Dec. 1—The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love album released

The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" reaches the top spot on the Billboard Chart.

Dec. 5—The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London

Dec. 8—The Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request album released.

Dec. 9—Jim Morrison is arrested onstage in New Haven for inciting a riot.

Dec. 10—Otis Redding dies at 26 in a plane crash, along with members of the Bar-Kays.

Dec. 15—The Who's The Who Sell Out released.

Dec. 18—The Beach Boys' Wild Honey album released.

Dec. 26—The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film first broadcast in, what? black and white!

Dec. 27—Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding album released; Leonard Cohen's Songs of Leonard Cohen released.

The Beatles close out the year with the No. 1 single "Hello, Goodbye."

Sgt. Pepper ends up the year's biggest selling LP, followed by The Monkees' Headquarters.

Some will argue that 1972 or 1973 are rock's greatest years, but following '67 is still, fifty years later, a nearly impossible task.