“00individual Celebrates 1967’s 50th Anniversary!” copyright 2017 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE the HISTORICAL HEIGHT of POP and ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE!
00individual was among those blessed to be born into this existence during the most concentrated Cultural events of the late ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. To have been able to experience the slow innocent build of the ’50s as a single-digit Rocker, and of the real-time experience in his teens in the ’60s, and twenties in the ’70s, is an exceptional gift, especially for those who appreciated it then, as now.
In August the release of the Psychedelic Summer of Love albums and singles increased.
Aug 3: 45,000 US soldiers sent to Vietnam.
Aug 4: Shortwave group ANARC’s 1st convention (Chicago).
Aug 4: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
Aug 4: USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR.
Aug 5: Pink Floyd release their first album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”.
Aug 5: Bobby Gentry releases her #1 hit “Ode to Billy Joe”.
Aug 7: The Byrds’ release their Greatest Hits album.
Aug 7: Frank Zappa original release Lumpy Gravy; subsequently reedited and reissued in 1968.
Aug 18: The Rolling Stones release the single “We Love You” with Lennon and McCartney on back-up harmony vocals. This was a “Thank You” from Mick and Keith to their fans and supporters throughout their arrests – and a timely companion to . . .
Aug 19: The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” single goes #1.
Aug 25: The Beatles go to Wales to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Aug 27: The Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies of accidental overdose – The Beatles return to London.
Aug 27: Stevie Wonder releases I Was Made to Love Her.
Aug 29: Diana Ross & the Supremes release Greatest Hits.
Aug 29: Final TV episode of “The Fugitive” starring David Janssen watched by 78 million.
This was huge back in ’67! This was the first TV “event” that 00individual can remember.
“The Fugitive, a QM Production…starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent victim of blind justice. Falsely convicted for the murder of his wife… reprieved by fate when a train wreck freed him en route to the death house… freed him to hide in lonely desperation… to change his identity … to toil at many jobs… freed him to search for a one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime … freed him to run before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture.”
The Fugitive was a perfect TV series; great lead actor, David Janssen’s expressions alone told volumes and he was totally convincing in his role, as was Barry Morse as the rellentless Lt. Philip Gerard. The writing, directing, actors, storylines, and plots were all riveting, and the main storyline was pretty heady stuff back then.
The final episode was really exciting for 00indidvual because it took place at POP – Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica, an amusement park that he went to in his pre-teens and teens and that closed two months later in October 1967. This final episode would see Dr. Richard Kimble not only face the One Armed Man, but beat the Hell out of him, something every viewer vicariously enjoyed. However, in the fight atop the park’s “Mahi, Mahi” ride tower the One Armed Man wrestles away the gun given to Kimble by a wounded Gerard and . . .
This classic really great historic TV series was made into a very decent movie with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” had a one-armed character named Philip Gerard who was really, well, that would be telling.
Many years later in the mid-’80s The Fugitive was in syndication and 00individual watched it with his young son every day – in glorious black and white.
Albums with undetermined August date of release:
Make It Happen – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
United – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Big Brother and the Holding Company – Big Brother and the Holding Company
Born Under a Bad Sign – Albert King
Carryin’ On with Johnny Cash and June Carter – Johnny Cash and June Carter
Chuck Berry in Memphis – Chuck Berry
Cold Sweat – James Brown
Goodbye and Hello – Tim Buckley
Joan – Joan Baez
Love of the Common People – Waylon Jennings
Spanky and Our Gang – Spanky and Our Gang
Underground – The Electric Prunes
Vanilla Fudge – Vanilla Fudge
US Top 20 Singles for the week ending August 26, 1967:
1 ODE TO BILLIE JOE – Bobbie Gentry (Capitol)
2 ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE – The Beatles (Capitol)
3 PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY – The Monkees (Colgems)
4 LIGHT MY FIRE – The Doors (Elektra)
5 BABY I LOVE YOU – Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
6 I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER – Stevie Wonder (Tamla)
7 COLD SWEAT (Part 1) – James Brown and the Famous Flames (King)
8 REFLECTIONS – Diana Ross and the Supremes (Motown)
9 YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING – The Temptations (Gordy)
10 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procol Harum (Deram)
11 A GIRL LIKE YOU – The Young Rascals (Atlantic)
12 HEROES AND VILLAINS – The Beach Boys (Brother)
13 I THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME – Neil Diamond (Bang)
14 COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP – Bobby Vee and the Strangers (Liberty)
15 WORDS – The Monkees (Colgems)
16 SILENCE IS GOLDEN – The Tremeloes (Epic)
17 TO LOVE SOMEBODY – The Bee Gees (Atco)
18 CARRIE-ANNE – The Hollies (Epic)
19 APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE – Jay and the Techniques (Smash)
20 MY MAMMY – The Happenings (B.T. Puppy)
All right, here’s where it gets real, August 1967 explodes with
Righteous (with a capital R) Genre-Defining Movies:
August 2: In the Heat of the Night
Black Cop White Cop
gritty, sweaty Southern law and order murder case,
August 13: Bonnie and Clyde
Bad Boy Bad Girl Love Story?
classic, historic, operatic, bullet-ridden, notorious 1930’s bank robbers,
August 18: The Born Losers
Tom Laughlin’s, Billy Jack creates a brand and a trilogy
motorcycle gangs, injustice, martial arts, iconic loner heroics.
The Calm Before The Storm
While 1967 celebrated the Summer of Love, there was a curious darkness that was off in the distance in the ethers – an unknown, but serious vibe. That vibe was attained by the enlightened who were tuned into higher frequencies; for by August of the next year, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Framcis Kennedy would both be asassinated – as the Vietnam war escalated.
1968 was a harrowing time.
But in August 1967 no one could have known – this was an epic summer for anyone anywhere who tapped into the fun, magickal Vibe. The awareness that Marijuana unveiled also included a distant voice saying “Question Authority” and the true sixth sense of “justified paranoia and self-preservation while flyin’ high” began.
The loss of innocense is the cost of awareness; for while it is possible to maintain a youthful soul, awareness is a maturing process that reveals the truth – and therefore the world is never the same.
At sixteen 00individual stepped through the Veil into a New Reality; enjoying his entry-level indulgence in Marijuana, Hashish, and a Upper or Downer here or there, and the Freedom that came with a Part-Time Job, Drivers License, and a Car that facilatated Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
It was his first real sense of the Counter-Culture’s Lifestyle of Individualism that yet had an undefinable cosmic Tribal link – a Vibe, The Vibe.
From sky-surfing to off-rail mode Summer of Love beach parties, The Psychedelic Train morphs into Deep Marine Mode and takes a dip in the Pacific Ocean to cruise the Legendary Deep Sea Cities.
“The Psychedelic Train Cruises The Deep Sea Cities of the Pacific Ocean”
copyright 2017 00individual TLL
OK, Cosmic Kids, 1967’s Psychedelic Train continues crossing over psychedelic sixties landscapes and is headed for four more monthly psychedelic stops and psyide-trips on the way through Historic Psychedelic 1967!
Next stop, the Last Month of the Summer of Love:
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