We’re already at week 20 of 2020, which means it’s time to post another week of my ongoing music history project, music1967.com!
Week 20 of 1967 explores what Bob Dylan and his band The Hawks were doing during the spring and summer of 1967. Dylan had been in a motorcycle accident the prior summer, and had taken the opportunity to just disappear from the music scene of which he was, with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Motown, mainstream music’s dominant force.
Nearly a year later, he was still out of the public eye, save for the release of a greatest hits album and a tour movie, Don’t Look Back, which was being released this week in 1967. But he was BUSY, actually having the most creative year of his entire career. Where was he? What was he doing?
I’m shifting these posts from Wednesday to Thursday, since the first day of the 1967 weeks actually fall on a Thursday (that is, Sunday, Jan 1, 1967=Thursday, Jan. 1, 2020. So this week, which began on Sunday, May 14, 1967, begins on THURSDAY, May 14, 2020.
Past posts include…
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.