1967 Music Scene
|The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album became a cultural benchmark and won the Grammy for Album Of The the Year. It was the first rock record given that award! The album was recorded as one song flowing seamlessly on the album, which created a problem for radio stations that wanted to play just one of the songs. Recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, The Beatles released Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane in February, 1967. Both songs were later included on the Magical Mystery Tour LP. The single was the result of the record company wanting a new release after several months of no new Beatles releases. Hello, Goodbye was released as a single in November 1967, and topped the charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Norway.|
The Doors first album hits #2 and its lead single; Light My Fire; reaches #1, making it the most successful debuts of the late 60's. Appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors were to perform People are Strange (to promote their new album, Strange Days) and their hit single, Light My Fire. The Ed Sullivan show was a family type show and he made many groups change their lyrics to seem more clean. The Doors were instructed to change the lyric higher. Ed felt that the word higher was inappropriate to say on their family network. Jim did not change the lyrics and sang, 'Girl we couldn't get much higher" exactly how he did on the album and in concert. Ed Sullivan was not pleased with the Doors and did not talk to the band after their performance which was his custom.
|Disraeli Gears (1967), Cream's second album was recorded just after the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper shifted the emphasis to full albums rather than singles, it contains one of the all-time great rock riffs, "Sunshine of Your Love." Disraeli Gears was recorded in six days. It began under the direction of Atco president Ahmet Ertegun, who initially deemed "Sunshine of Your Love" to be "psychedelic hogwash," but after two days Ertegun ceded the production job to Felix Pappalardi. Instantly the tenor of the sessions changed: Pappalardi got the band to loosen up, added piles of guitar distortion, and helped Cream transform the blues standard "Lawdy Mama" into the heady "Strange Brew."|
|After initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix was influenced by blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf & Albert King. Hendrix (who was then known as 'Maurice James') began dressing and wearing a moustache like Little Richard when he performed. In 1966, Hendrix stated, "I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice."|
Psychedelic rock music was making the scene in Britain in 1967. The very first Pink Floyd album titled, Piper at the Gate of Dawn was released on August 5, 1967. Here is a rare clip of one their first interview sessions. Procol Harum, contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock. Their best-known recording is their 1967 single, A Whiter Shade of Pale. Soft Machine named after the book The Soft Machine, by William S. Burroughs helped pioneer the progressive rock genre and are considered one of the more influential underground bands of their era.
|The Summer Of Love kicks off on June 16, 1967 with the first rock festival at Monterey, California featuring explosive performances by legendary rock artists. The Monterey International Pop Festival was about music, flower children, and the celebration of life. The event was a protest manifesting in rock'n roll music, long hair, strange dress, drugs and free love. It was thrust in the face of what was then referred to as "The Establishment." Otis Redding who had performed died in a fatal airplane crash later that year on December 10, 1967.|
|1967 in Music: Highlights and Top Billboard Hits. The 9th Grammy Awards were held March 2, 1967. Aretha Franklin dominates their airwaves with her first soul records on her way to becoming the most popular female singer in rock history.|
|Absolutely Free released in 1967 is the second album by The Mothers of Invention, led by Frank Zappa. It also features one of the most famous songs of Zappa's early career, "Brown Shoes Don't Make It." The song was inspired by an event covered by Time reporter reporter Hugh Sidey in 1966 that something was up when the fastidiously dressed President Lyndon B. Johnson committed the fashion faux pas of wearing brown shoes with a gray suit. LBJ flew to Vietnam for an unannounced public relations visit later that day. Please open the Wikipedia site's detailed report on Absolutely Free.|
|Peter Green was the founder and original lead guitarist of Fleetwood Mac. In early 1966 he became the lead guitarist in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. During this period Green solidified his relationship with the rhythm section, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood; when he left the group in 1967, Green would recruit the two in order to found his own band, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Early Fleetwood Mac was a blues band as you will learn from the previous video and this clip of the band in Paris performing Homework. Check out the groovy dancers!|