“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.
April was the calm before the Cultural Explosion. What seemed like (in comparison, thus far) a mundane month, April was merely the respite needed in order to keep pace with what was soon to come.
April 1: Paul McCartney’s supposed death in a fiery auto accident on November 9, 1966, created further rumors that he was replaced by a much more talented look-alike, one William Campbell aka Billy Shears. By the end of March the truth spread outside The Beatles’ small circle of friends that McCartney did have a double, but not because he died, but because he wanted/demanded time off for writing, composing, reflecting, and family. So for all public appearances, publicity photo-shoots, limited interviews and such, the double took over while Paul was busy creating and enjoying life. Paul’s successful ruse caused animosity, as John, George and Ringo, felt used and wanted that “double” relief too. So to make peace, on the first day of April 1967, Paul agreed to resume his role and duties in the band – but the seed to go solo was planted, and as history shows three years later on April 9, 1970, Paul would announce The Beatles breakup – and accompanied with that press release was a copy of his debut solo album “McCartney” – he knew how to max a moment.
Late 1966: Paul (left) William (right) or is it . . . ?
April 7: Tom Donahue, San Francisco DJ begins new radio format – Progressive (KMPX-FM). Later he was programmer for many other stations including KPPC.
April 7: Canned Heat opened at the Avalon Ballroom.
April 8: Sandie Shaw wins 12th Eurovision Song Contest.
April 9: The Doors appear for two shows at the Cheetah on the Santa Monica Pier, Venice CA. with The Jefferson Airplane. The Doors, riding high on the success of their debut album are for the first time top billing over the biggest bands from friendly rival San Francisco and playing to their largest crowd to date of over 3,000 – a big night for the band.
April 9: The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.
April 11: Buffalo Springfield, and the Electric Chamber Orkustra appeared at the Rock Garden, 4742 Mission near Ocean.
April 12: Benefit at the Fillmore Auditorium for arrested members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. The Airplane, the Dead, and Moby Grape appeared.
April 14: Country Joe and the Fish performed in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park on the eve of the Peace March.
April 15: Antiwar Protests and Peace March held in New York and San Francisco – Draft cards burned. 100,000 people marched from Second and Market to Kezar Stadium at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Vietnam veteran David Duncan gave the keynote speech.
April 17: Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20.
April: Blues Magoos release their second album “Electric Comic Book”. Their debut in November 1966, “Psychedelic Lollipop” was one of the first albums to use the word “psychedelic” in the album title.
April 20: Howlin’ Wolf opened at the Matrix.
April 23: Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov, Russian
Cosmonaut, becomes first in-flight casualty.
April 25: Abortion legalized in Colorado, U.S.
April 25: Jules Feiffer‘s “Little Murders” premieres in NYC,
April 27: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
April 28: Muhammad Ali protests the Vietnam War and refuses induction into the Army and is stripped of his Championship Boxing Title.
April 29: Aretha Franklin releases “Respect”.
US Top 20 Singles for the week ending April 18, 1967:
1 SOMETHIN’ STUPID – Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra (Reprise)
2 HAPPY TOGETHER – The Turtles (White Whale)
3 THIS IS MY SONG – Petula Clark (Warner Brothers)
4 BERNADETTE – The Four Tops (Motown)
5 A LITTLE BIT ME, A LITTLE BIT YOU – The Monkees (Colgems)
6 WESTERN UNION – The Five Americans (Abnak)
7 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW – Tommy James and the Shondells (Roulette)
8 DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE – The Mamas and the Papas (Dunhill)
9 I NEVER LOVED A MAN (The Way I Love You) – Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
10 JIMMY MACK –Martha and the Vandellas (Gordy)
11 SWEET SOUL MUSIC – Arthur Conley (Atco)
12 PENNY LANE – The Beatles (Capitol)
13 THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH – Herman’s Hermits (MGM)
14 THE 59TH STREET BRIDGE SONG (Feelin’ Groovy) – Harpers Bizarre (Warner Brothers)
15 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound) – Buffalo Springfield (Atco)
16 BEGGIN’ – The Four Seasons (Philips)
17 AT THE ZOO – Simon and Garfunkel (Columbia)
18 WITH THIS RING – The Platters (Musicor)
19 THE HAPPENING – The Supremes (Motown)
20 DRY YOUR EYES – Brenda and the Tabulations (Dionn)
April 7: The Karate Killers (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.)April 14: It’s A Bikini World
April 19: Fitzwilly
April 24: Elvira Madigan
April 26: The 25th Hour
April 26: 8 On The Lam
April 27: Two For The Road
April 28: Casino Royale
OK, Cosmic Kids, 1967’s Psychedelic Train is in Off-Rail Mode crossing over psychedelic sixties landscapes and headed for eight more monthly psychedelic stops and psyide-trips on the way through Historic Psychedelic 1967!
“Psychedelic Train in Off-Rail Mode” copyright 2017 00individual TLL
After concerts ’til dawn in the Jam Car, the Psychedelic Train morphed into Off-Rail Mode, veered off onto the mystical Route 67 in order to stop, let the engines cool-down, and partake in “an orgasm for taste buds” breakfast at the “famous on all levels”,
Psychedelic Coffee Shop.
Once back on the rails, relax and take in the scenery.
If the landscapes, lakes, and meadows seem to have an opalescent tinge, that’s courtesy of The Psychedelic Coffee Shop’s “special” brand of coffee.
Next stop – May 1967!
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