Great Hits from the 1967 Era

Here it is... this is what helped shape our culture into what it is today. It was history in the making, back in the day.

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Oldies But Goodies

Question Mark and The Mysterians: 96 Tears

The BHS Class of 1967 Song!

John Lennon said that 96 Tears is the best rock and roll song ever! Anthony Bourdain has also praised the song, and it has been covered countless times by countless singers.

The band members were children of migrant farmers, traveling to Michigan to pick crops and returning to their homes in Texas when the harvest was complete. After the automobile boom in Michigan opened new opportunities for employment, the families moved to Bay City, Michigan.

The group was signed to Pa-Go-Go Records in 1966, and released its first, and most acclaimed single, "96 Tears", in the early part of the year. "96 Tears" became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

On October 29, 1966, after a steady climb up the charts, the single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week before being overtaken by 'The Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville". Nevetheless, it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. The lead vocalist went to court and had his name changed legally from Rudy Martinez to ? (not "Question Mark," his name actually is "?" to this day).

The group had originally called the song "69 Tears," but had decided to change its name to "96 Tears" due to concerns that if they recorded the number under the original title they could risk losing radio air play.

Class Song: 96 Tears - click to view

Dickie and The Ebb Tides

One Boy, One Girl / I've Got A Shadow
Released 1966

Pictured left to right: 67 Tiger Ronny "COOL" Couillard (Drums), Dick Waite (Lead Vocals), Bob Bergeron (Base Guitar), Frank Haskel (Organ), Rick Tucker (Lead Guitar).

Dickie & The Ebb Tides

Dickie and The Ebb Tides were the first Maine based Rock & Roll band to sign a recording contract with a national label "Golden World Records". From the Biddeford-Saco (York County) region of Southern Maine, Dickie Waite led this mid-60's rock and roll band that was a true fan-favorite of the Greater Portland/Southern Maine region. Dickie & The Ebb Tides released two 45-RPM singles on Golden World Records; in October of 1966, they released I've Got A Shadow/One Girl, One Boy, followed by I Don't Want Your Love/It's Better Than Making Believe.

Dickie & The Ebb Tides

The band played all the local dance halls and venues, including The Palace Ballroom (Old Orchard Beach), St. John's Hall (Portland), The Expo (Portland), City Hall (Portland), and Clifford Park (Biddeford). The band opened for The Turtles and The Barbarians (featuring "Moulty" the drummer), both in OOB, as well as The Dave Clark Five and The McCoys, both at City Hall in Portland. The band broke up due to the Vietnam War draft. Thanks to Ronny "COOL" Couillard for contributing to the success of Dickie and The Ebb Tides.

Dickie & The Ebb Tides

Thanks to Don Bergeron, brother of the bass guitarist for information about Dickie & The Ebb Tides. Don says that he followed the band as he "tagged along" as an 11-year old aspiring drummer.

Dave Astor Show: The Ebb Tides - click to view
The Ebb Tides: One Boy, One Girl - click to view
The Ebb Tides: I've Got a Shadow - click to view

Bob Dylan: Like A Rolling Stone

In July 1965, the single "Like A Rolling Stone" peaked at two in the U.S. and at four in the UK charts. At over six minutes, the song altered what a pop single could convey. Bruce Springsteen, in his speech for Dylan's inauguration into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said that on first hearing the single, "that snare shot sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind". In 2004 and in 2011, Rolling Stone listed it as number one of "The 500 greatest songs of alltime". The Never Ending Tour commenced on June 7, 1988, and Dylan has played roughly 100 dates a year for the entirety of the 1990s and 2000s—a heavier schedule than most performers who started out in the 1960s. By May 2013, Dylan and his band had played more than 2,500 shows, anchored by long-time bassist Tony Garnier, drummer George Recile, multi-instrumentalist Donnie Herron, and guitarist Charlie Sexton. At the beginning of 2017, Dylan announced his forthcoming tour of Europe, commencing in Stockholm on April 1, and ending in Dublin on May 11. In June and July, Dylan's tour will continue across Canada and the US.

Dylan has been described as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, musically and culturally. He was included in the Time 100: The Most Important Peoiple of The Century, where he was called "master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation". In 2008, The Pulitzer Prize jury awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." President Barrack Obama said of Dylan in 2012, "There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music." For 20 years, academics lobbied the Swedish Academy to give Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature, which awarded it to him in 2016, making Dylan the first musician to be awarded the Literature Prize. Horace Engdahl, a member of the Nobel Committee, described Dylan's place in literary history: ...a singer worthy of a place beside the Greek bards, beside Ovid, beside the Romantic visionaries, beside the kings and queens of the blues, beside the forgotten masters of brilliant standards.

Bob Dylan: Like a Rolling Stone - click to view

The Mamas & the Papas: California Dreamin

The Mamas & the Papas was an American folk rock group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. The group was composed of John Phillips (1935–2001), Denny Doherty (1940–2007), Cass Elliot (1941–1974), and Michelle Phillips née Gilliam (b. 1944). Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips, the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted folk to the new beat style of the early sixties.

"Dedicated To The One I Love" (February 1967), peaked at number two in both the US and the UK. That success helped the album, also released in February 1967, reach number two in the US and number four in the UK.

The Mamas & the Papas: California Dreamin - click to view

The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original line-up consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influencial acts of the rock era.

The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time. The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best selling bands of all time and are listed at No. 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They received their only Grammy Award for The Smile Sessions(2011).

The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations - click to view

Lulu: To Sir With Love

"To Sir With Love" is the theme from James Clavell's 1967 film To Sir, with Love. In her recording, Lulu makes notable use of melisma. "To Sir With Love" was initially recorded by Lulu (with The Mindbenders, who also acted in the film). It was released as a single in the United States in 1967 and in October reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for five weeks. The single ranked No. 1 in Billboard's year-end chart.

To Sir, with Love is a 1967 British drama film that deals with social and racial issues in an inner city school. It stars Sidney Poitier and features Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall and singer Lulu making her film debut.

Lulu: To Sir With Love - click to view

Aretha Franklin: Respect

On Valentine's Day 50 years ago, a little-known gospel singer from Detroit went into a New York City recording studio to try to jump-start her career. No one saw it coming, but the song Aretha Franklin laid down on Valentine's Day 1967 would go on to become one of the greatest recordings of all time.

"Respect" hit the top of the charts four months later and turned Aretha Franklin into a feminist champion. The track was actually a clever gender-bending of a song by Otis Redding, whose original reinforced the traditional family structure of the time: Man works all day, brings money home to wife and demands her respect in return.

Rolling Stone named "Respect" one of the top five greatest songs of all time, saying: "Franklin wasn't asking for anything. She sang from higher ground: a woman calling an end to the exhaustion and sacrifice of a raw deal with scorching sexual authority. In short, if you want some, you will earn it."

Aretha Franklin: Respect - click to view

The McCoys: Hang on Sloopy

The McCoys were an American rock group that started in Union City, Indiana, in 1962. They are best known for their hit "Hang On Sloopy". "Hang On Sloopy", which was #1 in The USA on the Billboard 100 chart in October 1965 and is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. It also is the unofficial fight song of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and can heard being played at many Ohio State athletic events by the OSU bands. American sales alone were over one million copies.

The McCoys: Hang on Sloopy - click to view

Tommy James and the Shondells: Mony Mony

Tommy James and the Shondells are an American rock band, formed in Niles, Michigan in 1960. They had two No. 1 singles in the U.S., "Hanky Panky" (July 1966, their only RIAA Certified Gold record) and "Crimson in Clover" (February 1969), and also charted twelve other Top 40 hits, including five in the Hot 100's top ten: "I Think We're Alone Now", "Mirage", "Mony Mony", "Sweet Cherry Wine", and "Crystal Blue Persuasion".

In 2012, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" was used in the eighth episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad, "Gliding Over All", during a montage depicting the process involved to bring main character Walter White's methamphetamine operation and its signature blue crystal meth to an international level.

Tommy James and the Shondells: Mony Mony - click to view

Neil Diamond: Cherry Cherry

In November 2016, Diamond's "50 Year Anniversary World Tour" was announced, to begin April 7, 2017. Neil Diamond is one of the most recognizable singers and songwriters in the world. During 1966 and 1967 the lean years, he was only able to sell about one song a week, barely enough to survive on.

He found himself only earning enough to spend 35 cents a day on food. However, the privacy he had above the Birdland Club allowed him to focus on writing without distractions; as he explained, "Something new began to happen. I wasn't under the gun, and suddenly interesting songs began to happen, songs that had things none of the others did."

Among them were "Cherry Cherry" and "Solitary Man". "Solitary Man" was the first record that Diamond recorded in his own name that made the charts. It remains one of his personal all-time favorites, as it was autobiographical about his early years as a songwriter, even though he failed to realize it at the time.

Neil Diamond: Cherry Cherry - click to view