Category Archives: 1967

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye

First Hit #1: December 30, 1967 The Beatles, of course, loved nonsense just as much as the Monkees, and were a much more accomplished band anyway. So we have Hello, Goodbye, which is just three or so minutes of screwy … Continue reading

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The Monkees – Daydream Believer

First Hit #1: December 2, 1967 The Monkees, the actual four men who made up the “band” which eventually turned into an actual band, liked nonsense. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Monkees movie Head, which makes absolutely … Continue reading

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Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints

First Hit #1: November 25, 1967 If there’s one thing that is always interesting about the sixties, it’s the kind of songs that can hit #1. Incense and Peppermints is the kind of thing that probably seems completely brilliant when … Continue reading

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Lulu – To Sir With Love

First hit #1: October 21, 1967 One line has always bothered me about To Sir With Love, and that’s the one about taking the singer “from crayons to perfume.” The rest of the song is a perfectly innocent tribute to … Continue reading

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The Box Tops – The Letter

First Hit #1: September 23, 1967 American Idol and its ilk is kind of a terrible way to search for the next big pop star. That might seem like a tangent, but let’s listen to The Letter for a simple … Continue reading

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Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe

First Hit #1: August 26, 1967 It’s strange what information one retains. I, for some reason, thought Bobbie Gentry was a male country singer – and I have thought this for years. I knew this song, I recognized the voice, … Continue reading

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