“00individual Celebrates 1967’s 50th Anniversary!” copyright 2017 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE the HISTORICAL HEIGHT of POP and ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE!
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.
Just as amazing was the creative explosion in art that blended the past and the future into bold and extreme designs that were found in nearly every form of media and mediums. Psychedelia was hip, fun, and the visual and audio cosmic jolt that society needed, and received. Far Out!
February 1: Jefferson Airplane release “Surrealistic Pillow“
the monumental landmark album that verified the beginning of the Height of Psychedelic Culture. Nothing says Psychedelic more than White Rabbit. Eternal thanks to Grace.
February 1: The federal minimum wage in the United States increased from $1.25 an hour to $1.40 an hour.
However, Cost of a new home: $24,600.00, Cost of a new car: $2,750.00, Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.33, Median Household Income: $7,143.00, Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05, Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.49, a gallon of Milk: $1.03.
February 1: Pink Floyd signs with EMI.
February 3: Jimi Hendrix records “Purple Haze”.
February 5: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour debuts on CBS television hosted by Tom and Dick Smothers. The comedy variety show was a huge ratings success, a verifiable hoot, and dangerously funny. Credit goes to the roster of writers and regular performers; Steve Martin, Don Novello (“Father Guido Sarducci”), Rob Reiner (“Mike ‘Meathead’ Stivic”), Lorenzo Music (Carlton The Door Man on Rhoda, Garfield on Garfield and Friends, Peter Venkman on The Real Ghostbusters), perennial Presidential candidate Pat Paulsen, Bob Einstein (“Super Dave Osborne”, “Marty Funkhouser”, and “Officer Judy”), Einstein’s brother, Albert (who works professionally as Albert Brooks), and resident Hippie Leigh French (“Share a Little Tea with Goldie”). The television premiere of Mason Williams‘ hit record, Classical Gas, took place on the show, and Williams himself received an Emmy for his work as a staff writer.
The series showcased new musical artists that other comedy-variety shows rarely gave airtime to, due to the nature of their music or their political affiliations. George Harrison, Joan Baez, Buffalo Springfield, Cass Elliot, Harry Belafonte, Cream, The Who, Donovan, The Doors, Janis Ian, Yank Barry, Jefferson Airplane, Peter, Paul and Mary, Spanky and Our Gang, Steppenwolf, Simon and Garfunkel, Ray Charles, The Hello People and Pete Seeger all performed despite the advertiser-sensitive nature of their music.
The Smothers Brothers’ righteous ongoing battle with the CBS censors over their show’s “radical political and counter-cultural views” resulted in their cancellation on April 3, 1969.
February 6: Muhammad Ali WBC world heavyweight boxing champion defeats the WBA’s heavyweight champ, Ernie Terrell, at the Houston Astrodome.
February 10: The Beatles record “A Day in the Life” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing an “orgasm of noise” with Michael Nesmith of the Monkees in attendance.
February 12: Keith Richards‘ home is raided by police – no arrests were made at the time, but Richards, Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser would subsequently be arrested and convicted of possession of drugs. On June 29, Richards would be sentenced to one year in prison, and Jagger to three months. Newspaper headlines; “Nude Girl At Stones Party” were meant as lurid sensationalism of an alleged “nude Marianne Faithful on a rug with a candy bar scenario”, and was printed in hopes of further demonizing The Rolling Stones and Rock ‘n’ Roll. But it didn’t work; both Jagger and Richards’ convictions were overturned. Fraser pleaded guilty on charges of possession of heroin and was sentenced to six months hard labor.
February 13: The Beatles released the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” on the same 45 rpm record as a “double A-sided” single in the United States, with a release in the UK four days later.
February 18: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison announced at a press conference that he believed that the assassination of John F. Kennedy had been a conspiracy. As this claim gathered credibility, it would ignite the distrust of the Government, the media, the CIA, the FBI, NASA, and to all authority establishments – and serve as the trigger for the birth of the “Conspiracy Theory Era”, which is currently stronger than ever.
February 21: 00individual turns 16! For his 16th birthday he soon acquired a car that celebrated its 16th birthday also – a 1951 Buick! The car was $33.00, but new transmision seals were needed for $66.00 – so for $99.00 and 33 cents a gallon for gas 00individual and his two-door Buick Super Dynaflow were mobile and good to go. Although he had been inconspicuous while driving cars since he was 14, he was now legal, and a car meant independence, the ability to expand his territory at will, and a place to get high, and to have fantastic back-seat sex on a regular basis.
This Buick behemoth had a straight eight under the hood and a roomy, private, luxurious back-seat —->
better than some bedrooms! Groovy!
February 22: David Ferrie, 48, was found dead in his New Orleans home only four days after Jim Garrison had announced his plans to indict alleged conspirators in the John F. Kennedy assassination. Ferrie had been a flying service operator who had been accused by Garrison of being a “get-away pilot” for participants. United Press International noted at the time that Ferrie was “at least the 14th person to die who had something to do, directly, indirectly, or by the slightest of connections, with the assassination of President Kennedy and its aftermath” in the 39 months since November 22, 1963. And so it begins . . .
February 23: The Beatles make a taped appearance on American Bandstand, where they premiere their new music videos for the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever“.
February 25: The Pontiac Firebird*, the first
“Muscle Car” from the Pontiac division of General Motors, is introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.
February 25: Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader, begins speaking out at length against American involvement in the Vietnam War.
February 28: President Johnson asks the U.S. Senate for the introduction of what would become the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 (PBS).
US Top 20 Singles for the week ending
February 18, 1967:
1 KIND OF A DRAG – The Buckinghams
2 I’M A BELIEVER – The Monkees
3 RUBY TUESDAY – The Rolling Stones
4 GEORGY GIRL – The Seekers
5 (We Ain’t Got) NOTHIN’ YET – The Blues Magoos
6 LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE – The Supremes
7 98.6 – Keith
8 TELL IT LIKE IT IS – Aaron Neville
9 THE BEAT GOES ON – Sonny and Cher
10 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group
11 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME – Tom Jones
12 STAND BY ME – Spyder Turner
13 THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE – The Casinos
14 I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM (Last Night) – The Electric Prunes
15 SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON – The Royal Guardsmen
16 MERCY, MERCY, MERCY – “Cannonball” Adderley
17 PRETTY BALLERINA – The Left Banke
18 MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY – The Bob Crewe Generation
19 BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ – Johnny Rivers
20 IT TAKES TWO – Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston
OK, Cosmic Kids, 1967’s Psychedelic Train is on the move, pickin’ up steam and headin’
for ten more monthly Psychedelic stops and psyide-trips on the way through
Historic Psychedelic 1967!
“Psychedelic Train” copyright 2017 00individual TLL
Please keep all extremities, real or imagined,
inside open windows while the train is in motion!
Next stop – March 1967!
*The Firebird wasn’t the real first muscle car. The real war started in 1962 when the big three started the factory sponsorship of NASCAR. Chevy with the 409, Ford with the 427, and Chrysler with the 413 engines, even though they were in full sized cars. The real era started when GM put the 389 with tri-power (3 2-barrel carbs) in a 1964 Pontiac Tempest and called it a GTO. The big 3 went crazy until the gas crisis of 1971. – Detailed info courtesy of Monster Mike
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