Week 19 of my week-by-week history of music and culture in 1967 is now up at music1967.com – and it’s a doozy!
This week in 1967, from May 7-13, takes us back to London, England, where rock acts both established and new are everywhere, from the airwaves to the concert stages to a small town courtroom.
Pink Floyd, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream were only now really getting a grip on the public imagination, mostly through live gigs. Only Cream had an album out until now, but this week saw the British release of the album that would announce London’s psychedelic summer as powerfully as any other: Are You Experienced was Hendrix’ stunning album debut, an instant game-changer.
Pink Floyd was this week gigging in advance of the June release of its second, crucial single, “See Emily Play.” The band’s debut album was still months from release, but its live shows were already powerful enough to have lured a tripping John Lennon out of his suburban manse.
And Cream, though far from London, in New York, was recording its next single, a leap in style that would soon expand the band’s growing reach.
Oh and yeah, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had an appointment to keep – with a small town court of law. The British Empire was after the two lead Stones’ very freedom.
One week of music1967.com will appear every week, during the corresponding week of 2020.
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 Five: January 29-February 4 takes us to Los Angeles, where recording artists from The Beach Boys to Frank Zappa to Frank Sinatra (and Antonio Carlos Jobim) take advantage of the heavyweight skills of the world’s best studio musicians, creating a wide variety of amazing music.
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.
Or jump to Week 17: April 23-29, which takes us to a place few American music fans were thinking about at the time: Jamaica. Just five years independent, the Caribbean nation was a hotbed of new music, influenced by American soul and influencing British mods – and a struggle for survival.
Catch up with a new week in 1967 every week through 2020 at music1967.com.