Week 25 of music1967.com is now live! We’re almost half way through the year, and this week marks some major developments: Besides the incendiary sets by Jimi Hendrix and The Who during the last day of the Monterey International Pop Festival this week marks James Brown’s return to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where he will light his own kind of fire.
And Muhammad Ali faces the jury.
There are now 25 weeks of music1967.com available to enjoy. I will continue to post a week every week in 2020, as well as go back and flesh out some of the previous weeks with playlists, bibliographies and etc. This is a long-term, ongoing project. But enjoy what’s up, there’s more to come.
Prior weeks 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.