The latest post of my week-by-week history of 1967, music’s crucial year, is now up!
This week, Paul McCartney returns to LA, where he plays tracks from his band’s nearly-finished new album for musical rival Brian Wilson and plots with the Mamas and Papas’ John Phillips on the creation of a new kind of pop music event in Monterey, California.
Meanwhile, The Monkees battle with their label, The Byrds battle with each other, and Beach Boy Wilson battles with his inner demons. Trouble in paradise, but the music keeps coming (except from Wilson), and McCartney flies home to London with a whole new project in mind.
Check it out!
One week of music1967.com will appear every week, during the corresponding week of 2020.
Prior weeks have included:
Week Two: January 8-14, focuses on London, where Jimi Hendrix’s first single is rising on the charts and England’s big-name guitarists – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend – are struggling to get a grip on this new force.
Week Four: January 22-28 finds us in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where a veteran R&B and gospel singer who has struggled to find her place in the charts sits down at a piano and plays “the unknown chord.”
Week Eight: February 19-26 finds us in Nashville, as well as “Nashville West,” aka Bakersfield, California. Here a bumper crop of new artists is rising like summer corn: Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and others join country stalwarts like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.
Week 11: March 12-18 takes us to New York City, where a pair of new bands that have come to dominate the dance (and drug) scenes of their respective towns see the release of their debut albums: The Velvet Underground and Nico and Grateful Dead.
Catch up with a new week in 1967 every week through 2020 at music1967.com.