It’s Wednesday, which means another post cover another week in 1967 music is up at music1967.com!
This week, Week 17 music1967.com goes to places you may not expect us to go, including Jamaica, where Martin Luther King Jr. spent his winter holiday writing his last book, and to where a 22-year-old Robert Nesta Marley has returned from working in Delaware to write and release one of his first great songs.
One of my favorite aspects of doing music1967.com is taking the chance to show how black music of all kinds, and black history in general, was a crucial part of a year that is often defined by events like the Monterey Pop Festival, the Summer of Love and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
This was the year of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” which was released this very week, on April 29, and blew up instantly – and has never really gone away. It was also the week that Muhammed Ali, the most respected athlete by many measures, took his most principled stand, and paid an enormous price.
Not to forget Jamaica, where there were musical stirrings that were starting to be noted abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom. All of that is on this week’s music1967.com!!