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.
More great hits from the 1967 era.... ENJOY!
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
"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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The Music Explosion was an American garage rock band from Galion, (Near Mansfield) Ohio, discovered and signed by record producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. The quintet is best known for their #2 Hot 100 1967 hit "Little Bit O'Soul" that received gold record status by the R.I.A.A. Written by John Carter and Ken Lewis, who had previously written big hits for The Ivy League and Herman's Hermits, the song (Laurie Records #3380, subsequently reissued on Buddah Records) was the band's only top 40 hit.
The Beatles had their best year in 1967.... There has never been (nor probably will ever be) a year in which a single band produced so much quality material as The Beatles did during the year 1967. This includes both the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour albums along with all the rest of the band’s output from that year which included recordings for future projects, several promotional videos, a live television special, and their third dedicated film.
The Association is an American sunshine pop band from California. During the 1960s, they had numerous hits at or near the top of the Billboard Charts (including "Windy", "Cherish", "Never My Love" and "Along Comes Mary") and were the lead-off band at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival.
"Never My Love" is a pop standard written by American siblings Donald and Richard Addrisi and best known from a hit 1967 recording by The Association. The Addrisi Brothers had two Top 40 hits as recording artists, but their biggest success was as the songwriters of "Never My Love". Recorded by dozens of notable artists in the decades since, in late 1999 the Publishing Rights Organization Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) announced it was the second most-played song on radio and television of the 20th century.
Tigers Rock! The Animals performed two shows locally. One at St. John's Hall in Biddeford (corner of Main and Elm) and another at The Palace ballroom in O.O.B. Playing many songs, including their monster hit "The House Of The Rising Sun", "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", "Bring It On Home To Me" "See See Rider" and more.
"When I Was Young" is a song released in early 1967 by Eric Burdon and The Animals and was written by five of the band members. The song has been covered by many punk rock and heavy metal bands. This somewhat autobiographical song told about Burdon's father, who was a soldier during tough times, as well as young Eric's adventures including his first smoke of a cigarette at 10, to his meeting his first love at 13. The final verse shows his disillusionment with society by saying: "My faith was so much stronger then,/ I believed in fellow men,/ And I was so much older then./ When I was Young".
"Sweet Soul Music" is a soul song, first released by Arthur Conley in 1967. Written by Conley and Otis Redding, it is based on the Sam Cooke song "Yeah Man" from his posthumous album Shake; the opening riff is a quote from Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven.
It reached the number two spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard R&B Chart and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. J. W. Alexander, Sam Cooke's business partner, sued both Redding and Conley for appropriating the melody. A settlement was reached in which Cooke's name was added to the writer credits, and Otis Redding agreed to record some songs in the future from Kags Music, a Cooke–Alexander enterprise.
"Downtown" is a song recorded by Petula Clark, became an international hit, reaching No. 1 in Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 in UK Singles Chart. The song has been covered by many singers, including Dolly Parton and Emma Bunton. "Downtown" also made Clark the first UK female artist to have a single certified as a Gold record for US sales of one million units. "Downtown" would be the first of fifteen consecutive hits Clark would place in the US Top 40 during a period when she'd have considerably less chart impact in her native UK, there reaching the Top 40 eight times.
Clark's professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1950s she started recording in French and having international success in both French and English. During the 1960s she became known globally for her popular upbeat hits, including "Downtown", "I Know a Place", "My Love", "A Sign of the Times", "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", "Colour My World", "This Is My Song" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway", and she was dubbed "the First Lady of the British Invasion". She has sold more than 68 million records.
Petula Clark will be 85 years old this year.
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is an R&B/soul song and first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by Diana Ross.
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including "Ain't That Peculiar", "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" and "I Heard It Through The Grape Vine", and duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Diana Ross and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". On April 1, 1984, Gaye's father, Marvin Gay Sr., fatally shot him at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Since his death, many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors—including the Grammy Lifetime Achievemant Award, the Rhythm And Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), known as Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia and world music (notably calypso). In September 1966 "Sunshine Superman" topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week and went to number two in Britain, followed by "Mellow Yellow" at US No.2 in December 1966, then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries, then "Atlantis", which reached US No.7 in May 1969. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968 that Lennon employed in "Dear Prudence" "Julia," "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and other songs.
"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright and first recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffiels, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. Singer and actress Bette Midler recorded the song 14 years later and had a Top 40 hit with her version in 1980. In 1991, Michael Bolton recorded the song and his version peaked at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart.
Percy Sledge previously worked as a hospital orderly in the early 1960s, Sledge achieved his strongest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a series of emotional soul songs. In later years, Sledge received the R&B Foundation's Career Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
Sonny & Cher were an American pop music duo, actors, singers and entertainers made up of husband-and-wife Sonny and Cher Bono in the 1960s and 1970s. The couple started their career in the mid-1960s as R&B backing singers for record producer Phil Spector. In 1967 Sonny and Cher released their third album, In Case Your In Love. It peaked at number 45 in the U.S. charts. It contained two hit singles, both written by Bono, "The Beat Goes On" (No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100) and "Little Man" (No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100), that peaked at the number one in five European countries.
"Get Off of My Cloud" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as single to follow the successful "I can't get no satisfaction". Recorded in early September 1965 and released that November, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, reaching ?No.?2 in Australia and Ireland. The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964, and identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960's.
The Rolling Stones signed manager Andrew Loog Oldham, a publicist who was directed to the band by previous clients, The Beatles. Because Oldham had not reached maturity—he was nineteen and younger than any member of the band—he could not get an agent's licence nor sign any contracts without his mother also signing. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. The Rolling Stones are the oldest Rock and Roll band to continuously perform and have played together for over 50 years.
Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Neil Young (guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals). Pioneering the folk rock genre, Buffalo Springfield, along with the Byrds, combined elements of folk and country music with British invasion influences into their early works. In January 1967, the group released the protest song they were most prominently known for, "For What It's Worth". Neil Young had launched his successful solo career and reunited with Stills in Crosby Stills Nash and Young in 1969. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
The Cowsills is an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island. They specialized in harmonies and the ability to sing and play music at an early age. The band was formed in the spring of 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry Cowsill; they shortly thereafter added their brother John. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry was on drums. When John learned how to play drums and joined the band, Barry went to bass. After their initial success, the brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul and their mother Barbara. Bob's twin brother Richard was the road manager. When the group expanded to its full family membership by 1967, the six siblings ranged in age from 8 to 19. Joined by their mother, Barbara Cowsill (née Russell), the group was the inspiration for the 1970s television show The Partridge Family.
Currently, Bob, Paul and Susan perform several shows per month as The Cowsills while still maintaining their separate lives and careers and have been joined occasionally by their brother, John. In 2007 they toured as part of a package called "The Original Idols Live!", hosted by Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch.
"Soul Man" is a 1967 song written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, first successful as a number 2 hit single by Atlantic REcords soul duo Sam and Dave. Issued on the Atlantic-distributed Stax label for which Hayes and Porter worked, Sam and Dave's "Soul Man" was the most successful Stax single to date upon its release. The single peaked at number one on the Illboard Hot Black Singles chart, number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States during the autumn of 1967.
Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels had a batch of hits in the mid-60's. C.C. Rider getting the bulk of air time in 66 and 67. Another hit for Mitch was Devil With a Blue Dress On. "Devil with a Blue Dress On" is a song first performed by Shorty Long and released as a single in 1964. A later version recorded by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels in 1966 peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The Duke Blue Devils use "Devil with a Blue Dress On" as a victory song. Mitch Ryder has influenced the music of such blue collar rock music artists as Bob Seger, John Melloncamp, and also Bruce Springstein, whose version of the song "Devil With a Blue Dress" was part of the No Nukes concert album in the early 1980s. He has also been cited as a primary musical influence by Ted Nugent.
Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939), is an American-born Swiss recording artist, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, Turner obtained Swiss citizenship in 2013 and relinquished her American citizenship.
One of the world's best selling artists of all times, she has also been referred to as The Queen of Rock and Roll. Turner has been termed the most successful female Rock 'n' Roll artist, receiving eleven Grammy Awards, including eight competitive awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame awards. Turner has also sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.
"River Deep – Mountain High" is a 1966 single performed by Tina Turner. Considered by producer Phil Spector to be his best work. Did well overseas, but it flopped on its original release in the United States. After Eric Burdon and The Animals covered the song in 1968, the original version was re-released a year later, and has since become one of Tina Turner's signature songs, though it charted even lower, "bubbling under" at number 112. In 1999, "River Deep – Mountain High" was inducted in the Grammy hall of Fame.
The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The Bee Gees were proclaimed "The Most Significant New Talent of 1967", thus initiating the comparison of the Bee Gees to the Beatles. New York Mining Disaster 1941", their second British single (their first-issued UK 45 rpm was "Spicks and Specks"), was issued to radio stations with a blank white label listing only the song title. Some DJs immediately assumed this was a new single by the Beatles and started playing the song in heavy rotation. This helped the song climb into the top 20 in both the UK and US. On 14 February 2013, Barry Gibb unveiled a statue of the Bee Gees, as well as unveiling "Bee Gees Way" (a walkway filled with photos of the Bee Gees), in honour of the Bee Gees in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia.
Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and actress. She is the eldest daughter of FRank Sinatra and is widely known for her 1966 signature hit "These Boots are Made for Walking". Other defining recordings include "Sugar Town", the 1967 number one "Somethin Stupid" (a duet with her father), the title song from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, several collaborations with Lee Hazelwood such as "Jackson", and her cover of Cher's "Bang Bang". Nancy Sinatra began her career as a singer and actress in November 1957 with an appearance on her father's ABC-TV variety series, but initially achieved success only in Europe and Japan. In early 1966 she had a transatlantic number-one hit with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". She appeared on TV in high boots, and with colorfully dressed go-go dancers, creating a popular and enduring image of the Swinging Sixties. The song was written by Lee Hazelwood, who wrote and produced most of her hits and sang with her on several duets, including the critical and cult favorite "Some Velvet Morning". In 1966 and 1967, Sinatra charted with 13 titles.
Jefferson Airplane (with Grace Slick) was a rock band based in San Francisco, California, who pioneered psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco sound and was the first from the Bay Area to achieve international commercial success. They were headliners at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) — and the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968) in England. Their 1967 break-out album Surrealistic Pillow ranks on the short list of most significant recordings of the "Summer of Love". Two songs from that album, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", are among Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and was presented with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Grace Slick, vocalist for Jefferson Airplane was ranked number 20 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll in 1999.
For all you Kenny Rogers Fans.... This is KR in 1972 singing "I Just Dropped In" from 1967 and 1968.
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, previously named The First Edition, was a rock and roll-based band, who also performed R & B, folk music and country music. Its stalwart members were Kenny Rogers (lead vocals and bass guitar), Mickey Jones (drums and percussion) and Terry Williams (guitar and vocals). The band formed in 1967 as the 1960's counterculture was heating up. The First Edition signed with Reprise Records in the summer of 1967 and had its first big hit in early 1968 with the pop-psychedelic single "Just Dropped In (to see what condition my condition was in)" (US No. 5). After only one more chart hit, "But You Know I love You" (US No. 19), the group, newly billed as "Kenny Rogers and the First Edition", once again hit the top ten, this time in the summer of 1969 with the topical "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" (US No. 6, UK No.2). For the next six years, First Edition bounced between country rock, pop and mild psychedelia, enjoying worldwide success.
Sir George Ivan Morrison, known as Van Morrison, is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer. In 2016, Morrison was knighted for his musical achievements and his services to tourism and charitable causes in Northern Ireland.
Known as "Van the Man", Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish Snowbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Bens with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. Remember GLORIA? That was Van Morrison.
Janis Lyn Joplin was an influential female American singer of the 1960s; her raw, powerful and uninhibited singing style, combined with her turbulent and emotional lifestyle, made her one of the biggest female stars in her lifetime. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970 at age 27, after releasing three albums. A fourth album, Pearl was released a little more than three months after her death, reaching number 1 on the charts.
Joplin rose to fame in 1967 during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, as the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco rock band Big Brothers and the Holding Company. After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist. She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Five singles by Joplin went into the Billboard Top 100, including "Me and Bobby Maggee", which reached number 1 in March 1971. Joplin, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, was well known for her performing ability. Audiences and critics alike referred to her stage presence as "electric". Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Association of America certifications of 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.
Ozzie Osborne - God Father of Heavy Metal Rock. In 1967, Geeze Butler formed his first band, Rare Breed, and soon recruited Osbourne to serve as vocalist. The band played two shows, then broke up. Osbourne and Butler reunited in Polka Tulk Blues. They renamed themselves Earth, but after being accidentally booked for a show instead of a different band with the same name, they decided to change their name again. They finally settled on the name Black Sabbath in August 1969, based on the film of the same name. The band had noticed how people enjoyed being frightened; inspired, the band decided to play a heavy blues style of music laced with gloomy sounds and lyrics.
Though Ozzie's first start in Rock was in 1967, no music videos of Ozzie with Rare Breed (not The Rare Breed) are available at this time. Some rock experts claim that Black Sabbath formed in 1967 in Birmingham, England by Tony Iommi (guitar), Ozzy Osbourne (voice), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums). Actually it was closer to 1968 at which time they started releasing their heavy metal compositions. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.
The Turtles are an American rock band. The band had several Top 40 hits beginning with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It ain't me babe" in 1965. They scored their biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together".
In 1967 Bobby Gentry produced her first single, the country rock "Mississippi Delta". However, the flipside, "Ode To Billie Joe", with its sparse sound and controversial lyrics, started to receive airplay in the U.S. Capitol's shortened version added to the song's mystery. Questions arose among the listeners: what did Billie Joe and his girlfriend throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge, and why did Billie Joe commit suicide? Gentry herself has commented on the song, saying that its real theme was indifference: Those questions are of secondary importance in my mind. The story of Billie Joe has two more interesting underlying themes. First, the illustration of a group of people's reactions to the life and death of Billie Joe, and its subsequent effect on their lives, is made. Second, the obvious gap between the girl and her mother is shown, when both women experience a common loss (first, Billie Joe and, later, Papa), and yet Mama and the girl are unable to recognize their mutual loss or share their grief.
In a 2016 article, a Washington Post reporter indicated she currently lives a private life about a two-hour drive from the site of the Tallahatchie River bridge that made her famous.
The Hollies are an English pop/rock group, best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style. The Hollies became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s (231 weeks on the UK singles charts during the 1960s; the 9th highest of any artist of the decade) and into the mid 1970s. It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962 as a Merseybeat type music group in Manchester, although some of the band members came from towns north of there. Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form the super group, Crosby Sills and Nash. They are one of the few British pop groups of the early 1960s, along with The Rolling Stones and The Who, that have never disbanded and continue to record and perform. In recognition of their achievements, The Hollies were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison. The Doors released eight albums between 1967 and 1971.
Light My Fire" is a song originally performed by The Doors which was recorded in August 1966 and released the first week of January 1967. It spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard's Hot 100, and one week on the Cashbox Top 100. It was re-released in 1968, peaking at #87. The song was largely written by Robby Krieger, and credited to the entire band. "Light My Fire" also achieved modest success in Australia, where it peaked at #22 on the ARIA chart. The single originally reached #49 in the UK in 1967, but experienced belated success in that country in 1991 when a re-issue peaked at #7. The re-issue occurred on the back of revived interest in the band following Oliver Stone's film biopic "The Doors". The single has been certified in 1967 a gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song is #35 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.It was also included in the Songs of the Century list and was ranked number 7 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music. Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals. They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967). "Arnold Layne"—released on 11 March 1967—reached number 20 in the charts while "See Emily Play"—released 16 June 1967—made it to number 6, their highest charting single in the UK until the release of "Another brick In The Wall, (part 2)" in 1979. "Apples and Oranges"—from 18 November 1967—was largely overlooked, with Roger Waters blaming its poor sales on bad production. Money" is a song by Pink Floyd from their 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon. Written by Roger Waters, it opened side two of the LP.
"Good Lovin'" was a number one hit single for The Young Rascals in 1966. "Good Lovin'" is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped rock and roll, and was ranked #333 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. The song has been performed and recorded by a number of artists.
The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work. Their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain", reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including "My Generation", "Substitute" and "Happy Jack". In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single "I can See For Miles", while touring extensively.
The Grass Roots is an American rock band that charted frequently between 1966 and 1975. It was originally the creation of Lou Alder and songwriting duo P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. In their career, they achieved two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles a total of 21 times. Among their charting singles, they achieved Top 10 three times, Top 20 three times and Top 40 eight times. They have sold over twenty million records worldwide. In 1967 the band was offered the choice to go with their own name or choose to adopt a name that had already been heard of nationwide. They stayed with The Grass Roots. As the Grass Roots, they had their first Top 10 hit in the summer of 1967 with "Let's Live For Today". In 1982, the Grass Roots performed an Indepen concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., attracting a large crowd and setting a record for attendance (over half a million people), at that time, for an outdoor concert for a single musical act. However, in April 1983, James G. Watt, President Ronald Regan's Secretary of The Interior, banned Independence Day concerts on the Mall by such groups. Watt said that "rock bands" that had performed on the Mall on Independence Day in 1981 and 1982 had encouraged drug use and alcoholism and had attracted "the wrong element", who would mug people and families attending any similar events in the future. In December 2015, the American Pop Music Hall of Fame released their 2016 inductees as follows: Barbra Streisand, The Grass Roots, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, The Association, Dion, The Lettermen, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Temptations and Three Dog Night.
Procol Harum are an English rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of symphonic rock, and by extension, progressive rock. Their best-known recording is their 1967 hit single "A Whiter Shade of Pale", which is considered a classic of popular music and is one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies. Although noted for its baroque and classical influence, Procol Harum's music also embraces the blues, R&B, and soul.
Our 45th Class Reunion 2012 was on July 20th & 21st!
CLASS REUNION 2012 was a BLAST! The 1967 Tigers were back in town, leaving their famous stamp, this time on the Mill District. Class Reunion 2012 was a huge success, and again we can be very proud, that not one individual was thrown into the pool (river?).
Like great wines, our reunions are improving with age. However, much like a great wine, ingredients do matter.... starting with great classmates and professional organizers. So.... A Great Big THANK YOU to all our classmates (attending or not), and to our reunion committee members Connie L., Dana P. and Stan M. for their countless hours/days at organizing and pulling together a Fun Filled weekend experience.
The idea of a class reunion at the Mills was a stroke of genius.... PERIOD! The Mills are a symbol of our great and proud city. Future tours will be coming soon, so get a group of friends and grab your walking shoes. Check out The Biddeford Mills Museum. Stay healthy folks!