Wednesday, May 29, 2013

6 of the 60s: 5/29/13 (1967)...

It's time to take another trip back to the 60s, and this week I'm back to 1967, the year Elvis and Priscilla Presley were married in Las Vegas.

The Association - "Windy"
from the album Insight Out (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Ruthann Friedman

One of my absolute favorite childhood favorites. The original single's circular harmony riffs captivated me, along with the jarring "stormy eyes" in the middle of all that sunshine.

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Petula Clark - "This Is My Song"
from the album These Are My Songs (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3
Songwriter: Charlie Chaplin

Petula loathes the English lyrics of this classic Charlie Chaplin song that she recorded in Italian, French, and German, but after the song was one of her biggest hits in American and Britain (going to #1 in the latter), that I'm sure she warmed up just a little.

The Hollies - "Carrie Anne"
from the album Evolution (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9
Songwriters: Allen Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash

One of Graham's last work with the group before departing for departing to join Crosby, Stills, and Nash, this ditty was slyfully originally for Marianne Faithful.

The Esquires - "Get On Up"
from the album Get On Up and Get Away (1968)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11
Songwriters: Gilbert Moorer, Bill Sheppard, Johnny Taylor

Sadly this cool Milwaukee vocal group got lost in the cracks with the dominance of Motown, but this funky doo-wop throwback did almost scrape the top-10.

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - "Jackson"
from the album Country, My Way (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14
Songwriters: Jerry Lieber, Billy Edd Wheeler

The antithesis to cutesy country duets was competently taken on by one of the few legitimately talented "legacy" acts in the music biz.

 P.J. Proby - "Niki Hoeky"
from the album Enigma (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23
Songwriters: Jim Ford, Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas

This Cajun-flavored rocker was recorded by James Smith, who assumed the moniker of an ex-boyfriend of a friend.

That does it for this sixties trip...tomorrow I'll have 7 more from 1977 and 8 more from 1987...

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