1960s Music – 1967 was less of an eventful year than it appeared. While psychedelic rock was garnering a lot of the headlines and the disdain of the adults it was some of the old standbys that were actually selling the most records. The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli (solo), the Four Tops, and Johnny Rivers all had top 40 hits. This was the second year that Frankie Valli was able to chart both as a solo artist and also with the Four Seasons.
The Beatles were still the group to beat and they had four charted singles with three of them hitting #1. “Penny Lane”, “All You Need Is Love”, “Hello Goodbye” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” were all off of the “Magical Mystery Tour” album.
A new genre was being talked about by more people even though it wasn’t exactly new. “Blue Eyed Soul” referred to soul and R&B being performed by all white groups. Two groups in this genre which had #1 songs were the Boxtops with “The Letter” and the Young Rascals with “Grovin'”. Considering the backdrop of the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s the term Blue Eyed Soul was considered offensive to some people while others were just grateful to expose a larger audience to that type of music. (webmaster note: I met Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals at a “Hippie Fest Concert” in 2010. We enjoyed him off stage as much as we did on stage. He sounds as good today as he did 40 years ago and personally is a true gentleman.)
Sadly Otis Redding died in a plane crash in December of 1967 just a month before his biggest hit “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay” was released. Redding was often called “The King of Soul”. Where there is a King it follows that there must be a Queen and along comes Aretha Franklin with one of the all time greatest R&B songs, “Respect”. In her career Franklin has won 20 Grammy Awards and the title “Queen of Soul”.
Number of Charted Songs Top 40:
Beatles – 4
And The Grammy Goes To:
Record of the Year – “Up, Up and Away” – 5th Dimension
BILLBOARD #1 HITS 1967
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|# OF WEEKS||DATE|
|Kind Of A Drag||Buckinghams
|Ruby Tuesday||The Rolling Stones
|Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone||The Supremes
|Happy Together||The Turtles
|Somethin’ Stupid||Nancy Sinatra and Frank
|The Happening||The Supremes
|Light My Fire||The Doors
|All You Need Is Love||The Beatles
|Ode To Billie Joe||Bobbie Gentry
|The Letter||The Box Tops
|To Sir With Love||Lulu
|Incense And Peppermints||Strawberry Alarm
|Hello Goodbye||The Beatles