MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS
1967 was the year of Flower Power, the peak of the Hippy movement, the year that brought Psychedelia to the music scene, and the hot season was named the Summer of Love. Flower Power started in San Francisco, USA amongst the Hippies there, who preached "make love, not war", wore flowers in their hair and not necessarily much else. Flower Power gave us hits from the Beatles ("All You Need Is Love"), and the Rolling Stones ("We Love You"), as well as hits that name-checked San Francisco from Scott McKenzie and the Flowerpot Men. Psychedelia resulted in a number of hits with strange titles and indecipherable lyrics. These included "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", "Paper Sun", "Itchycoo Park", "Pictures of Matchstick Men", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", Kites, and several others.
The off-shore "pirate" radio stations were killed off by the government of the UK in August. They made it illegal to advertise or work on the stations, which effectively closed them down. Radio Caroline defiantly continued for a few months, but eventually gave up too. To compensate the young fans of pop radio, the BBC were forced to start the new Radio 1 in late September. Many of the pirate DJs joined the station, and continued playing records. Famously, Tony Blackburn was the first voice on Radio 1, and he is still broadcasting some 50 plus years later.
Several new acts made their debuts in 1967. One of he biggest was the American band the Monkees, who not only had a string of hit records, but their own TV show as well. Most of the new major acts in this year were British. Bands the Move, the Tremeloes (formerly Brian Poole's backing group), Traffic, and the long-lasting Bee Gees all had their first hits in 1967. Solo performer Cat Stevens started his chart run, but it was the unexpected easy-listening crooner Engelbert Humperdinck who enjoyed the greatest success, even keeping the Beatles off the top spot in March, and ending up with the top three best-selling singles of 1967.
The year also saw the return to the charts of Lulu, after her total absence in 1966, and Tom Jones finally started a consistent run of Top 10 hits through to the end of the 1960s, and into the early 1970s. The existing big hitters, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, and the Kinks all produced several hits in the year, although Manfred Mann and Herman's Hermits were a bit thinner than previously chart-wise. Ever-present Cliff Richard had three Top 10 hits in 1967, but Elvis Presley was still in the doldrums, with his biggest hit peaking at number 21.
These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart. You may not agree with my choices, but these were UK chart hits* that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as Radio Luxembourg (throughout the year), Radio Caroline, Radio London ("Big L"), and many other off-shore radio stations (until August), and BBC Radio 1 from October 1967.
* Some recordings in this list were hits in the USA only, and one was not a hit at all. Details with applicable songs.
Title: I'm A Believer
The Monkees was a band put together by American TV executives for a series featuring a group of young men who were trying to become a successful rock 'n' roll band. The personnel comprised Americans Micky Dolenz (born 8 Mar 1945), Michael Nesmith (born 30 Dec 1942), and Peter Tork (born 13 Feb 1942); plus British actor and singer Davy Jones (30 Dec 1945 - 29 Feb 2012). Although they were not primarily musicians, they made several major hit records, as well as filming the TV series, which ran from September 1966 to March 1968 in the USA. It was shown on British TV and in many countries around the world. 1967 was their main year of success in the UK, with six hit singles, four of which made the Top 10, including their debut hit which reached Number One, and they enjoyed two chart-topping albums in that year. Chart success was comparatively short-lived, however. 1968 saw them with four hits, two of which only reached the Top 20, and two others that just entered the Top 50. There were no more after that. They did not play any instruments on the first hits, but gradually they were able to insist on playing and having a greater say in the recorded output. Despite the cancellation of the TV show, they continued with concert appearances until 1971. There have been some reunion concerts in the decades since. Despite the death of Jones in 2012, a tour took place later that year, and the most recent was in 2016.
Place In The Sun
was born on 13 May 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA, but he grew up in
Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was blind almost from birth, but
began singing in a church choir as a child. He was signed to
Tamla Motown records at the age of eleven, and made several
records. In 1963, when he was 12, he had his first hit,
"Fingertips", which went to number one on the USA
charts. His next few releases, however, did not reach the
charts, and there was a danger that Motown might drop him.
However, he was given one last chance to produce a hit, and with his
Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby, he
(Everything's Alright)". The single reached number 3 in
the USA, peaking at number 14 in the UK - his debut hit there.
His career grew from there with a series of hit singles and albums
over the following years. By the end of the 20th century, he
had scored 54 hit singles and a dozen hit albums in the UK. He
has continued to record and perform until the present time, although
at greater intervals than in the earlier decades. His most
recent original album release was in 2005.
The Move was a
five-piece band formed in Birmingham, England in 1965, comprising
the former members of other Midlands bands. The main members
were Roy Wood (born 8 Nov 1947) and Carl Wayne (18 Aug 1943 - 31 Aug
2004). Wood wrote most of their hits and Wayne was the lead
vocalist, although from 1968 Wood often performed the lead vocals
instead. In 1966 they signed a contract with Decca's Deram
label, and their first release, "Night Of Fear" climbed to
number two in the UK charts early in 1967. Two further Top 10
hits graced the UK charts during 1967, and they eventually scored
ten hits by 1972. In 1968 their original bassist departed, and
the band continued as a quartet, and some other personnel changes
took place. Wayne left in 1970, and Jeff Lynne joined the
group that year. After their final hit in 1972, Wood and Lynne
evolved the band into the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
However, Wood left after the release of ELO's first album, and he
went on to form the band Wizzard, which is most famous for the 1973
Christmas hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas
Everyday". That recording reappears every December on
radio and in shopping centres. Jeff Lynne went on the have
enormous success with ELO through the 1970s and 1980s.
Cat Stevens was born on 21 Jul 1948 in central London, England. His father was Greek-Cypriot and his mother Swedish. They ran a restaurant in the West End of London, and the family lived above it. Cat developed an interest in music at a young age and at 15 had his first guitar. Once he had left school he began performing in local pubs and coffee houses. When only 18 he was spotted by a record producer who arranged a recording contract. His first hit came in the autumn of 1966, "I Love My Dog", which he had written himself, and which reached number 28 in the UK charts. His next release, "Matthew And Son", taken from his debut album of the same title, climbed to number two in the charts. He enjoyed considerable success though to the late 1970s, but in 1979 converted to the Muslim faith and went into musical retirement. At that time he changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He returned to some recording again in the 2000s under his new name.
In The Shadows Of Love
The Four Tops
are a vocal quartet from Detriot, USA. The original members were Levi
Stubbs (1936-2008), Abdul "Duke" Fakir (born 1935), Renaldo "Obie" Benson
(1936-2005) and Lawrence Payton (1938-1997). They remained together
for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in
personnel, until the death of Lawrence Payton. They began as
the Four Aims, but changed the name to the Four Tops in 1956 when
they signed with Chess records. No hits were forthcoming until
they joined Tamla Motown in 1963, following which they enjoyed a
string of hits through the 1960s. They left Motown in 1972,
but the success continued into the 1980s and beyond. Their
first Number One in the USA came in 1965 when "I Can't Help
Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" topped the charts there.
Motown, as a music genre was not established in the UK at that time,
and the recording stalled at number 23 in the UK. Their first
major hit in Britain, and Number One, arrived in 1966 with
"Reach Out I'll Be There", followed by more Top 10 entries
in 1967 and 1968. In the end they had more Top 10 hits in the
UK than in the USA - eleven to seven - the last British entry coming
in 1989. The members who have passed away have been replaced,
and the group continues to perform, with Abdul "Duke" Fakir the only
is the daughter of singing legend Frank Sinatra. Nancy was
born on 8 Jun 1940 in New Jersey, USA, but grew up in Los
Angeles. She began music and singing lessons at a young age in
Hollywood. She started appearing on TV in her early twenties,
mostly on her father's shows. She signed with Sinatra's
Reprise records in 1961, but early releases did not fare very
well. However, in 1965 she began a collaboration with
songwriter and producer Lee Hazlewood, who had crafted most of Duane
Eddy's hit records in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He wrote
"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", and produced Nancy's
recording of the song. It was an immediate hit, climbing to
Number One on both sides of the Atlantic. A year later she
reached number two in the UK with "Sugar Town", and
in the same year recorded the James Bond film theme "You Only
Live Twice". She also recorded several duets with
Hazlewood, which were hits in both countries, including the 1971
release "Did You Ever" which reached number two in the UK.
She has continued recording and performing on and off up to the
Spend The Night Together
The Rolling Stones debuted on the British charts in 1963, and started a
career which challenged the Beatles for the "top band" accolade during the 1960s. The band comprised lead
singer Mick Jagger (born 26 Jul 1943), guitarists Keith Richards (born 18 Dec 1943) and Brian Jones (28 Feb 1942 - 3 Jul 1969),
bassist Bill Wyman (born 24 Oct 1936) and drummer Charlie Watts (born 2 Jun 1941).
Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool during 1969, and was replaced by Mick Taylor,
formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Taylor left in 1974 and was replaced by Ronnie Wood
(formerly of the Faces) who remains in the band at the present time.
Bill Wyman left in 1997 and has since toured and recorded with his own band. The Stones clocked up 15 hits during
the 1960s, including eight number ones. Hits continued in the singles and album charts through the following
decades up to the present time. They still embark on world tours in the 21st century,
and toured the UK in 2018.
This was part of
the Double A-side hit with song 7 above. The two tracks were
listed together in the UK charts but separately in several overseas
countries, including the USA.
Davis Group was formed in Birmingham, England in 1963 by Spencer
Davis with lead vocalist Steve Winwood. They signed a
recording contract in 1964, and their first (minor) hit came in
November that year. More recordings were issued, but they all
peaked at low positions on the charts until December 1965 when the
single "Keep On Running" reached number one in the UK
charts. This was quickly followed by another chart-topper,
"Somebody Help Me", in spring 1966. They had two
more Top 10 hits, the first in November 1966 and the second in early
1967. Steve Winwood left the group in April 1967 to form the
band Traffic. Winwood's brother, Muff, bass player in the
group, also left to become a producer and A&R man at their record company.
Replacements were recruited and two more singles reached the Top
40. They split in 1969. However, there have been subsequent
reunion concert tours into the 2000s, but only Davis now remains from the
Humperdinck was born on 2 May 1936 in Madras, India to British
parents while his father was serving in the British army in that
country. They all returned to England in 1946 where he
completed his schooling. He began singing in his late teens
using the stage name Gerry Dorsey, and had the opportunity to start
recording in 1958, but none of his output reached the charts.
In 1965 he changed management to Gordon Mills who was Tom Jones'
manager. Mills suggested changing his name to that of a 19th
century German composer. So as
Engelbert Humperdinck, he started a
new career. His breakthrough came in 1967, when having
recorded "Release Me", he was able to perform the song on
the popular TV show "Sunday Night At The London
Palladium", standing in for the unwell Dickie Valentine.
This instantly changed his life. The record climbed to Number
One in the UK charts, remaining on the charts for an amazing 56
weeks, and keeping the Beatles off the top spot in March 1967.
Two more major hits followed in the same year, and by the end he had
the top three best-selling singles of 1967. Success continued
through the following decades, and from the mid-1970s onwards he
spent a great deal of time performing in the USA, much of it in Las
Vegas. He has continued to perform and record into the 21st
century, giving concerts in most parts of the world. An album
celebrating his 50 years in the charts was released in 2017, which
reached number five in the UK album chart. He splits his time
between homes in Leicestershire, England and Los Angeles,
Marvin Gaye (2
Apr 1939 - 1 Apr 1984) was born in Washington DC, USA. He
joined a Doo-Wop group whilst still at high school, but in 1960 he
moved to Detroit, and having been seen singing by Barry Gordy Jr, he
was signed to Gordy's record label Tamla Motown. He had a few
smallish hits in the USA from 1962, and his first British hit came
in 1964, although it only just entered the Top 50. His early
successes were duets with female performers - first with Mary Wells,
then with Kim Weston, and later with Tammi Terrell. He is
probably best remembered for his 1970s and 1980s hits which often
contained social commentary and civil rights messages. Gaye
was shot dead by his own father, when Gaye was just 44 and arguably
at the peak of his career.
Train To Clarksville
This was actually the group's debut single in the USA which was released there in August 1966, reaching Number One on the American charts in November that year. The band's TV show was not shown in the UK until later in 1966, and their second recording, "I'm A Believer", became their first hit in the UK in January 1967 (song 1). As a result, interest in the earlier release caused a lift in sales, and it entered the Top 30 whilst "I'm A Believer" was at Number One. The Monkees were in the Top 10 again in April 1967 (song 30).
Is My Song
Petula Clark was born on 15 Nov 1932 in Surrey, England.
She became a child star at the age of nine when she broadcast on
radio for the first time. This led to numerous singing
opportunities on wartime radio. In 1944 she was given her
first film role, and she had appeared in 14 films by 1950.
In the early 1950s she began making records, and her first hit
came in the summer of 1954 when she was 21 years old. Clark went on to become a major international star with
numerous world-wide hits,
particularly in the 1960s with songs written and produced by Tony
Hatch. In the 1990s and 2000s she went into stage musicals,
both in the UK and America. She was still recording and
performing in the 2010s, and issued a new album in 2016.
Comes My Baby
The Tremeloes is
a beat music group formed in Dagenham, Essex, UK in 1958.
Originally the group included vocalist Brian Poole, and they had
several hits from 1963 to 1965 as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes.
Poole decided to leave for a (unsuccessful) solo career in
1966. Although there were personnel changes both before and
after, at the time of this hit the members were Len "Chip" Hawkes
and Dave Munden, who shared the lead vocals, Rick Westwood and Alan
Blakley. Their first couple of singles failed to chart, but
"Here Comes My Baby", written by Cat Stevens set them off
on a successful chart career up to 1970. They have continued
to perform on 1960s revival tours with other bands of the era,
although Dave Munden is now the only original member.
Donovan was born
on 10 May 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland. His simple Folk music
style became popular in the mid-1960s, and some commentators dubbed
him as Britain's Bob Dylan. He and his family moved to
southern England when he was 10, and he developed an interest in
music, particularly Folk music. He learned to play guitar and
spent some time busking during 1964, as well as writing songs.
He was offered a recording deal by Pye records late in 1964 and his
first single, "Catch The Wind" was a Top 10 hit. As
time went on his songs turned more to "flower power" and
Psychedelia, which were popular movements of their time. From
1965 to 1968 he enjoyed nine hits, seven of which reached the Top
10, and he had much success in the USA as well. Hit albums
reached the chart until 1973. He continued performing and
occasionally recording through the following decades, and still
makes some appearances in the 21st century.
A Kind Of Hush
were formed in Manchester, England in early 1964, with lead singer
Peter Noone (born 5 Nov 1947). They quickly acquired a
manager who arranged a contract with EMI records and producer Mickie
Most. Their debut single, "I'm
Into Something Good", a cover of an American song, rose up
the charts and was at number one by the end of September 1964. It
was released in the USA and reached number 13. They soon
became a major band on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK
they amassed ten Top 10 hits by 1970, and eleven in America by
1967. In the USA they issued several old music hall style
songs, such as "I'm Henry The Eighth I Am", which were very
successful there. Such recordings were not issued in the
UK. Noone left the band in 1971 for a solo career. The
remainder recruited a new lead singer and they have toured for many
years. Peter Noone only had one hit as a soloist, that was in
1971. Noone now tours as Herman's Hermits starring Peter
Noone. The rival group, with only one original member, tours
as Herman's Hermits. Peter Noone is now a naturalised US citizen, currently living in Santa Barbara, California.
The Hollies was
a beat group from Manchester, England.
It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962, and by early summer 1963 they had their first hit.
In the autumn of that year they made their debut in the Top 10 with a recording of a former American chart topper,
"Stay". This started a run of fifteen Top 10 hits by the end of the 1960s, and they continued successfully
into the 1970s as well. They became one of the most successful bands of the 1960s, although
they only reached the top of the UK charts once in that decade. They finally broke into the USA charts in 1966,
and enjoyed six Top 10 hits there. In 1968, founding member Graham Nash left the group,
moving to California where he teamed up with guitarist Stephen Stills (formerly with
Buffalo Springfield), and David Crosby (formerly with the Byrds) to form one of the first
super groups, Crosby, Stills & Nash.
In 1971, Alan Clarke also left to pursue a solo career, but he returned in 1973 when the band was enjoying success
in the USA. With some changes of personnel, the group continued to perform through to the 1990s, mostly in the
guise of a sixties revival group. Clarke finally retired in 2000, but the Hollies still perform on the
Tom Jones was
born on 7 Jun 1940 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales. For over
six decades he has been an international star with TV series in the
UK and USA, and seasons in Las Vegas. In his seventies he
continues to perform and act as a judge on a TV talent contest.
He began singing with a group called Tommy Scott & the Senators
in the early 1960s. They performed in local venues and even
made a couple of records. Then in 1964 Jones was spotted by
artist manager Gordon Mills. He took Jones to London and
arranged a contract with Decca Records. Jones' first hit,
"It's Not Unusual", started a life-long career in showbiz.
In 1966 he recorded the theme to the James Bond film "Thunderball",
and had his second number one "Green Green Grass Of Home".
1967 saw him jet off for his first of many seasons in Las Vegas.
The big hits continued through the 1960s, but chart entries were
thinner after that. Nevertheless he remained immensely popular
on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 1999 he released an album of
duets, "Reload", which went to Number One in the UK album
chart. Several singles were released from the album, including
"Sex Bomb" which peaked at number three on the singles
chart in May 2000 when he was almost 60 years old. He
continues to perform on TV, issue albums, and since 2012 has been a
judge/coach on the UK version of the talent show "The
The Seekers are an Australian
group, formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1962. The four-piece
band comprised female lead singer Judith Durham (born 3 Jul 1943), Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce
They performed and recorded in Australia before going to the UK in
1964. There they were given the chance to perform on a few TV
variety shows where they met Tom Springfield. He offered them
the song "I'll Never Find Another You", which they
recorded in late 1964 and saw it rise to Number One in the UK and
Australia, and number 4 in the USA. This was followed by seven
Top 20 hits, including the UK Number One "The Carnival Is
Over" (in October 1965), through to 1967. They also
toured in the UK and Australia. In the summer of 1968, Judith
Durham announced that she was leaving for a solo career, and the
group disbanded. In 1992 the members of the group met up for
the first time in 20 years and decided to perform a reunion concert
tour during 1993, and they have performed occasionally up to the
present time, including fiftieth anniversary tours of Australia and
the UK in 2013-2014.
The Beatles were a pop group from Liverpool, England who became the most
popular and well-known music group in the world during the 1960s. They also conquered America, becoming the biggest
band there. The members were John
Lennon (9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980), Paul McCartney (born 18 Jun 1942), George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001), and
Ringo Starr (born 7 Jul 1940). All four were born and raised in Liverpool, England. They began with live
performances in Liverpool, then Hamburg in Germany. Brian Epstein saw them, and offered to be their manager.
He arranged a record deal with EMI's Parlophone label, which had producer and arranger George Martin in charge.
During the following seven years, The Beatles and Martin crafted a string of new and innovative singles and albums
that kept them at the top of the charts worldwide, and inspired countless other musicians.
They went on to have 21 consecutive Top 4 singles from 1963 to 1970, with 17 reaching number one - eleven of
those consecutive. On the album front, they had eleven number one original studio albums, the biggest being
the 1967 concept album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" which remained in the UK album chart for
a year initially, but has clocked up 149 weeks (nearly three years!)
subsequently. However, internal differences between band members
led to the band's breakup in April 1970. All four members went on to have successful solo careers.
# This recording was part of a double A-side with song 20
above. The song was primarily written by John Lennon, and he
drew inspiration from his childhood memories of playing in the garden of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army children's home near to where he grew up in
Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear
This band was
formed by keyboardist Alan Price (born 19 Apr 1942 in County Durham,
England). He had been one of the founders of the group the
Animals which had enjoyed a series of hit recordings from 1964
onwards. Price left the Animals in 1965 for a variety of
reasons, but soon formed his own band, called the Alan Price Set,
which featured a small brass section - unusual for a British pop
group of the time. Although his main musical interest was the
Blues, after his first hit he turned more to lighter pop, with songs
written by himself as well as American composer Randy Newman.
In the early 1970s he teamed up with Georgie Fame, and they made an
album together, and had one hit single. He had eleven hits in
the UK, four of which reached the Top 10. In the 1980s he
joined other members of the Animals for reunion concerts. He
was still recording into the early 2000s.
On A String
Sandie Shaw was
born on 26 Feb 1947 in Dagenham, Essex, England. She became
one of the top British female stars of the decade, and was famous
for appearing on stage and TV in bare feet, as well as being something
of a 1960s fashion icon. She won a talent contest in 1963, and
was spotted by Adam Faith who recommended her to his agent, who took
her on and arranged a contract with Pye Records. Although her
first record failed to enter the charts, her second release, the Bacharach & David song
"(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me" (year
1964, song 81), quickly climbed all the way to Number One. She went on to have 17 hits by
the end of the 1960s - many of them written by Chris Andrews.
In 1967 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, and
became the first British winner of the annual event with
"Puppet On A String". The recording was a chart
topper in the UK and seven other countries. She took a back
seat in the music business during the 1970s but returned to the
charts in the 1980s with some smallish hits. Since then she
has been involved in various projects and has appeared on TV chat
and discussion shows.
Jeff Beck was
born on 24 Jun 1944 in south London, England. He taught
himself to play guitar, and by his teens he was playing with various
local groups. In 1963 he formed his own group, but after a
year he left to join a succession of other bands, and cut a few
records, although none reached the charts. During 1964 he was
working as a session guitarist, and in 1965 he was recruited by the
Yardbirds to replace the departing Eric Clapton. However he
was fired in 1966 for his unpredictable behavior. He recorded
a couple of solo singles in 1967, including the Top 20 hit
"Hi-Ho Silver Lining". In 1968 he formed the Jeff
Beck Group, which included Rod Stewart on vocals and guitarist
Ronnie Wood. They recorded a couple of albums, but split in
1969. Stewart and Wood joined the Faces, and Beck
went to the USA where he recorded some albums in collaboration with
various American performers. He continued recording and taking
part in various concert performances into the 21st century. He
had a world tour in 2014 and issued a new album in 2016.
The Turtles was an American six-piece band, formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Their first USA hit came in late 1965, but following singles fared badly until they recorded "Happy Together" in early 1967, which became a Number One on the American charts. The follow up "She'd Rather Be With Me" (song 47) was a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It was late 1968, however, before they reached the Top 10 again. No more hits came for them in the UK after 1968, but they were in the American Top 10 in 1969 for a final fling. They disbanded in 1970. Two of the members (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) continued recording, under the name of Flo & Eddie, and they have put together Turtles reunion tours into the 2010s, most recently in 2015.
Frank and Nancy Sinatra
were father and daughter, and this is the only time that a father
and daughter duo have reached Number One in the USA and UK.
Frank's career had begun in the 1930s as a dance band vocalist, and
he reached a peak in the 1950s with a series of top-selling albums
and singles. The sixties were quieter on the singles chart,
but he had numerous hit albums during that time. For more info
see year 1966, song 44 in these lists.
This was the
Motown group's follow up to their Top 10 hit of January (song
5). It reached number four in the USA charts, but strangely
was their last American Top 10 of the 1960s, although they did score
two more in the 1970s. In the UK they went on to have five
20 hits by 1969, with more following in the next two decades.
Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)
was a five-piece harmony group that also went by the name the Tikis.
As the Tikis they had some local success in California. Their
producer wanted them to record this Paul Simon song, which they did,
but under a different band name to avoid any displeasure by Tikis
fans. So, as Harpers
they recorded "59th Street Bridge Song" which reached
number 13 on the USA charts, and which was far more successful than
anything they had achieved as the Tikis. Their following
releases did not do as well, however, and the band broke up in 1969.
Ha Said The Clown
This group had the same name as the founder and leader of the
band. Manfred Mann was born on 21 October 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied music at University
in South Africa, and worked as a jazz pianist at a number of clubs in Johannesburg from 1959 to 1960. In 1961 he moved
to the UK and began work as a music journalist, as well as helping form a jazz band, in which he played keyboards.
This evolved into the pop music five-piece which was named after Mann. In 1964 the group was asked to provide
a new theme tune for the TV pop music programme "Ready Steady Go". This resulted in the
song "5-4-3-2-1" which, with the help of the weekly television exposure, rose to number five in the UK
charts. From 1964 to 1969 they enjoyed 17 hits, 13 of which were Top 10 entries, which included three number
ones. The lead singer from 1964 to mid-1966 was Paul Jones, and from mid-1966 to 1969, the lead vocals were
taken over by Mike d'Abo. Mann decided to disband the group in 1969, so that he could move on to
other projects. He had hits in the 1970s with a group named Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
Little Bit Me A Little Bit You
The Monkees were
back with another Neil Diamond song (see song 1). Their TV
show was showing in the USA and the UK, and the band were reaching
their peak of popularity. Another three major hits followed in
Can Hear The Grass Grow
This was the group's second release and their second Top 10 hit single. It fitted in with the psychedelic music that was becoming popular during 1967. Composer and group leader, Roy Wood, denied that it was drug-related, and said the song used sound images based on his book of adult fairy tales. Either way it was very popular, and it continued their success towards the next hit in September 1967 (song 75).
To The One I Love
The Mamas &
Papas were a four-piece Folk music-based group originally formed in
New York, but they relocated to Los Angeles before the hits
began. The lineup was John Phillips (30 Aug 1935 - 19 Mar 2001)
and his wife Michelle Phillips (born 4 Jun 1944), Canadian, Denny
Doherty (29 Nov 1940 - 19 Jan 2007) and Cass Elliot (19 Sep 1941 - 29 Jul 1974),
who became known as Mama Cass. Although all members had been
in other bands, they spent some three months of 1965 in the Virgin
Islands rehearsing and perfecting the act. They signed a deal
with Dunhill records in Los Angeles, and began making an
album. The single "California Dreamin'" was issued
in the USA, late 1965 and reached number four there early in the
following year. This began a run of six Top 10 hits in
America, all of which charted in the UK, although only three reached
the British Top 10. They performed a number of concerts in the
USA and Europe, but they were dogged by drug abuse and an extra-marital
affair, the latter resulting in Michelle Phillips' suspension from
the group for two months in mid-1966. They recorded a new
album in 1967, but it was a drawn-out affair due to drink and drug
excesses. They began to fall out of favour with the public,
and both singles and albums sold badly during 1968. They
officially split in 1969. Cass Eliot went on to have a solo
career, but she died from a heart attack in London during the summer
of 1974, at the age of 32.
Boat That I Row
Lulu was born on
3 Nov 1948 near Glasgow, Scotland. She started singing at a
young age and by the time she was 13 she had a manager and was
singing with a band around Glasgow. Her manager took her to
London in early 1964 and arranged a recording deal with Decca
Records. Her debut single, "Shout", was an American
R&B song written by the Isley Brothers. It was an instant
hit, and Lulu's career took off from there. However, some of
her recordings with Decca did not sell as well as was hoped and she
missed the charts completely in 1966. So, in 1967 she moved to
EMI's Columbia label, and producer Mickie Most. This gave her
a new start, with hits for the rest of the 1960s. Lulu was
given her own BBC TV series in 1968, which ran annually until 1975.
In 1969 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where
she came joint first with three other countries. She continued
to record and tour in the following decades, and in 1993 achieved
her first chart-topper when she duetted with boy band Take That on
"Relight My Fire". She was in the Top 10 again in
2002 when she duetted with Ronan Keating with the song "We've
Got Tonight". Recording and touring continued, and she
embarked on another concert tour of the UK during the autumn of
Arthur Conley (4
Jan 1946 - 17 Nov 2003) was born in Georgia, USA, and grew up in
Atlanta, Georgia. He made his first recordings in 1959 as the lead singer of Arthur & the Corvets,
and a number of singles were issued by a local record company in
Atlanta. In 1964, he moved to a new label, and released a
couple of records under the name of Arthur Conley. He met Otis
Redding in early 1967, and together they wrote "Sweet Soul
Music" which was based on the melody of "Yeah Man",
written by Sam Cooke. It proved to be a huge hit, reaching
number two in the USA, and the Top 10 of many European countries,
where Soul music was becoming very popular. He enjoyed six
more hits in America, but only one further minor hit in the
UK. He relocated to England in 1975, and settled in the
Netherlands in spring 1977. He continued performing under
different pseudonyms in Holland, and in 1980 he legally changed his name to Lee
Roberts - his middle name and his mother's maiden name. He
went into the promotion and production of new bands in the
Netherlands, and died there from intestinal cancer at the age of 57
The Who are a
four-piece Rock band originally comprising lead singer Roger Daltrey (born 1
Mar 1944), guitarist and singer Pete Townshend (born 19 May 1945), bass guitarist John
Entwistle (9 Oct 1944 - 27 Jun 2002), and drummer Keith Moon (23 Aug
1946 - 7 Sep 1978). The band was formed in the early 1960s in
west London, England under a different group name, but settled on
the name The Who in 1964. They began performing in local pubs
and other venues in west London They gained a recording
contract in late 1964, and their first hit came in early 1965,
"I Can't Explain", which reached the UK Top 10, followed
by another Top 10 hit in spring 1965. "My
Generation" reached number two and became their joint
highest-placed hit with "I'm A Boy" in 1966. They
never managed to reach number one. During the 1960s they
achieved nine Top 10 hits out of 14. The hits continued into
the 1980s with another four original Top 10 hits. Although
personnel deaths have forced changes to the line up, the band have
continued to perform up to and including a tour in 2017.
Daltry and Townshend remain, and in recent years drums have been
played by Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son.
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