“00individual Celebrates 1967’s 50th Anniversary!” copyright 2017 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE the HISTORICAL HEIGHT of POP and ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE!
As if to literally open the doors to a whole new universe of music; the January 4th release of the debut album by The DOORS started the year and decade off with a very high-water mark that established the level of historic sounds to come.
Primed with 1966’s introduction of Psychedelic Sounds ushered in by The Yardbirds’ Shapes of Things and Over, Under, Sideways, Down, Donovan’s Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow, The Stones’ Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby? and Paint It Black, Bob Lind’s Elusive Butterfly (Of Love), The Count 5’s Psychotic Reaction, Love’s 7 and 7 is, and Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys’ Psychedelic Masterpiece Good Vibrations; 1967 was destined to become the historic Psychedelic year for Heads and Music Lovers everywhere.
January 1: The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) implements radio non-duplication rules: FM stations must broadcast at least 50% original content, and not simply simulcasts of their AM sister stations. FM DJs now had the opportunity to play the Counter-Culture’s music and connect personally with a generation without regard to AM chart status and hype.
January 4: “The DOORS” – The DOORS debut album is released and is immediately embraced by Rockers and the Counter-Culture and set the stage for ’67’s Psychedelic Vibe.
January 8: Don’t trust anyone over 30 – Elvis Presley turns 32.
January 13: The Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together” is released. Topping their monster #1 sexually-frustrated
(I Can’t Get No) “Satisfaction” single with the further-to-the-point song’s title, The Stones cemented their Bad Boys of Rock title.
January 14: Sonny & Cher release the classic, “The Beat Goes On”; a perfectly-timed anthem
and time-stamp of the liberating fun feeling in the air . . . and the beat goes on.
January 13: 00individual gets high on Marijuana for the first time! It was around the second week of January, give or take, while riding shotgun cruising around with his best friend, TFS in his ’55 Ford Fairlane, when TFS posed a question to 00individual, “If he had a joint would he smoke it with him?” 00individual eagerly said yes, as his buddy reached in his pocket and pulled out a hand-rolled tapered cigarette. He lit it, took a hit and passed it. 00individual inhaled deep as instructed and held the hit as long as he could. When he finally let out the smoke, a sense of what felt like supernatural calm overcame his physical body as well as his mind. After a couple more tokes, he looked at his buddy and they were both smiling wide, trippy smiles. And with that, at nearly sixteen, 00individual had his first profound spiritual experience – and was introduced to a highly-beneficial life-form who would become a life-long best friend – Marijuana.
January 14: The Human Be-In was an event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park . 20,000 people gathered for the Human Be-In to protest the illegalization of LSD. The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service played. It was a prelude to San Francisco’s Summer of Love, which made the Haight-Ashbury district a symbol of American Counter-Culture and introduced the word “psychedelic” to suburbia.
January 15: First Superbowl: the Green Bay Packers (NFL) smash the Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) 35-10 in the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
January 15: The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. At Ed Sullivan’s request, the band change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s spend some time together”. Jagger rolls his eyes at the camera every time he sang “Sullivan’s” lyrics.
January 16: The Monkees begin work on the album “Headquarters”, the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material.
January 17: The Daily Mail newspaper reports 4,000 potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire; and Guinness heir Tara Browne is killed in a car wreck. These articles inspire lyrics for The Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life”.
January 18: “A Fistful of Dollars” a 1964 Italian film is released in the U.S.
For the very first time the Wild West is portrayed realistic; no clean-shaven, clean-clothed cowboys who looked like they walked right out of the dressing room – no, these were dirty, grimy, flies a buzzin’, yellow teeth, unshaven men who hadn’t see a bath in weeks. With the righteous signature Spaghetti Western sound of gunfire, ample violence, superb score by Ennio Morricone, and innovative direction by Sergio Leone, this single movie changed Hollywood and the world’s image of the West to one that certainly seemed real as opposed to surreal. And then there was Clint Eastwood.
January 20: The Rolling Stones album “Between the Buttons” is released; a rockin’ follow-up to “Aftermath” packed with two sides of classic gems.
January 29: Mantra-Rock Dance, the “ultimate high” of the Hippie era thus far is organised at The Avalon ballroom in San Francisco; featuring Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Moby Grape, beat poet Allen Ginsberg and A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in support of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
January 30: The Beatles shoot a promotional film (music video) for their forthcoming single “Strawberry Fields Forever” at 1,000 acre Knole Park in Sevenoaks, West Kent, England.
The late December 1966 movies are included as they were more well known and still in theaters up into 1967, than they were at the end of 1966.
December: 17: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Japan), 20: Murderers’ Row, The Sand Pebbles, 21: Gambit, Grand Prix, 30: One Million Years B.C. (U.K.)
January 18: Born Losers, Come Spy with Me, The Venetian Affair, Warning Shot, 19: Hotel
Here’s a sample of songs from the middle of January that perfectly exemplifies the diversity of genres that were being enjoyed at the beginning of ’67 – what a mix!
Top 20 Hit Singles for January 14, 1967:
1 Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen
2 I’m A Believer – The Monkees
3 Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
4 That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
5 Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
6 Good Thing – Paul Revere And The Raiders Featuring Mark Lindsey
7 Tell It To The Rain – The 4 Seasons
8 Standing In The Shadows Of Love – The Four Tops
9 Georgy Girl – The Seekers
10 Mellow Yellow – Donovan
11 Words Of Love – The Mamas & The Papas
12 (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone – The Monkees
13 Sugar Town – Nancy Sinatra
14 At The Party – Hector Rivera
15 Nashville Cats – The Lovin’ Spoonful
16 Talk Talk – The Music Machine
17 I’ve Passed This Way Before – Jimmy Ruffin
18 Born Free – Roger Williams
19 Color My World – Petula Clark
20 (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet – Blues Magoos
OK, Cosmic Kids, 1967’s Psychedelic Train is just stokin’ up and ready to leave the station,
headed for eleven more monthly Psychedelic stops and side-trips on the way through
Historic Psychedelic 1967!
Next stop – February 1967!
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