The Music Of January- June 1967

This year we will cover the Billboard Top 40 (unmarked) and Top 100 (*), but we will also have many surveys from KYA in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in California (KYA). These surveys from KYA will give you a good idea of what was happening in the Bay Area music scene.

January 1967

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Kind Of A Drag” by The Buckinghams, “Gallant Men” by Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (he was a Senator from Illinois and he would be 71 years old when this record would hit the nation’s Top 40), “Hello Hello” by Sopwith Camel, “There’s Got To Be A Word” by The Innocence, “Blue Autumn” by Bobby Goldsboro, “It’s Now Winter’s Day” by Tommy Roe, “Gimme Some Lovin’ ” by The Spencer Davis Group, “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet” by Blues Magoos, “I Had Too Much To Dream” by The Electric Prunes, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” by The Casinos, “Full Measure” by The Lovin’ Spoonful (*), “Skate Now” by Lou Courtney (*), “Green Green Grass Of Home” and “Thunderball” by Tom Jones, “She’s Looking Good” by Roger Collins (KYA), “98.6” by Keith, “Music To Watch Girls By” by The Bob Crewe Generation, “Look What You’ve Done” by The Pozo Seco Singers, “Knight In Rusty Armour” by Peter & Gordon, “The Beat Goes On” by Sonny & Cher, “Wild Thing” by Senator Bobby (an impersonation of Robert Kennedy singing “Wild Thing”), “My Best Friend” by Jefferson Airplane (KYA) and “Snow Queen” by The Roger Nichols Trio (KYA).

February 1967

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Pushin’ Too Hard” by The Seeds, ‘Let’s Fall In Love” by Peaches & Herb, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, “My Cup Runneth Over” by Ed Ames, “It Takes Two” by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, “Pretty Ballerina” by Left Banke, “Indescribably Blue” by Elvis Presley, “Love Is Here, Now You’ve Gone” by The Supremes, “So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star” by The Byrds, “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long” by The Young Rascals (later they would be called The Rascals-if they were still recording today, they would probably be called The Old Rascals), “Love You So Much” by The New Colony Six, “Baby I Need Your Lovin’ ” by Johnny Rivers (a remake of an earlier hit by The Four Tops), “Morning Town Ride” by The Seekers (*), “Darling Be Home Soon” by The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones, “You Got To Me” by Neil Diamond, “The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game” by The Marvelettes, and “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” by Wilson Pickett.

March 1967

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Lady” by Jack Jones, “The Dis-Advantages Of You” by The Brass Ring, “Dry Your Eyes” by Brenda & The Tabulations, “Jimmy Mack” by Martha & The Van Dellas, “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & The Shondells, “Sit Down, I Think I Love You” by The Mojo Men, “With This Ring” by The Platters (their lead singer is now Sonny Turner), “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Harper’s Bizarre, “Return Of The Red Baron” by The Royal Guardsmen, “Dedicated To The One I Love” by The Mamas & The Papas, “Ups And Downs” by Paul Revere & The Raiders, “The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage” by The Miracles, “Summer Wine” by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood (*), “No Milk Today” by Herman’s Hermits, “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles, “Bernadette” by The Four Tops, “Somethin’ Stupid” by Frank & Nancy Sinatra, “This Is My Song” by Petula Clark, “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” by The Monkees, “Happy Together” by The Turtles, “Western Union” by The Five Americans, “Morning Dew” by Tim Rose (KYA), “What’s That Got To Do With Me” by Jim & Jean (KYA), “Beggin’ ” by The Four Seasons and “Pucker Up Buttercup” by Jr. Walker & The All Stars.

April 1967

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Buy Me For The Rain” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (*), “Don’t You Care” by The Buckinghams, “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” by The Monkees, “I’m A Man” by The Spencer Davis Group, “On A Carousel” by The Hollies, “My Back Pages” by The Byrds, “Yellow Baloon” by The Yellow Baloon (Don Grady was the drummer for this group and he played the role of Robbie Douglas on the TV show “My Three Sons”), “I Could Be So Good To You” by Don & The Goodtimes (*), “At The Zoo” by Simon & Garfunkel, “I Got Rhythm” by The Happenings, “Release Me” by Engelbert Humperdinck, “The Happening” by The Supremes, “Close Your Eyes” by Peaches & Herb, “When I Was Young” by The Animals, “Live” by The Merry Go Round, “Golden Road” by The Grateful Dead (KYA), “Love Eyes” by Nancy Sinatra, “I Want To Go Back There Again” by Chris Clark (KYA), “The Flower Children” by Marsha Strassman (KYA), Postcard From Jamaica” by The Sopwith Camel (*), “No Time Like The Right Time” by The Blues Project (KYA), “Creators Of Rain” by Smokey & His Sister (KYA), “Melancholy Music Man” by The Righteous Brothers (*), “Little Games” by The Yardbirds (*), “Round Round” by Jonathan King (KYA), “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” by The Seeds (*) and “You got What It Takes” by The Dave Clark Five.

May 1967

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “My Girl Josephine” by Jerry Jaye, “Somebody To Love” by Jefferson Airplane, “All I Need” by The Temptations, “Creeque Alley” by The Mamas & The Papas, “Mirage” by Tommy James & The Shondells, “Time, Time” by Ed Ames (one of the members of the Ames Brothers), “Misty Blue” by Eddie Arnold (*), “I Believed It All” by The Pozo Seco Singers (*), “I Can’t Help It, I’m Still In Love With You” by B.J. Thomas, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Here Comes My Baby” by The Tremeloes,
“Little Bit O’ Soul” by The Music Explosion, “Alfie” by Dionne Warwick, Hip Hug Her” by Booker T & The MG’s, “Groovin’ ” by The Rascals, “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith, “Six O’ Clock” by The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Sing Me A Rainbow” by The Sons Of Champlin (KYA), “Him Or Me, What’s It Gonna Be” by Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Dead End Street” by Lou Rawls, “Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me” by Gladys Knight & The Pips (KYA), “Coney Island Parade” by Lenny Gaines (KYA), “Down On Me” and “Call On Me” by Big Brother & The Holding Company (KYA, this group would feature Janis Joplin), “Happy Jack” by The Who and “Me About You” by The Mojo Men (*).

June 1967

One of the more iconic songs of this era would debut on the national charts this month, “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie. Other songs that would debut this month would include “Oogum Boogum Song” by Brenton Wood, “Let’s Live For Today” by The Grass Roots, “Come To The Sunshine” by Harpers Bizarre, “Society’s Child” by Janis Ian, “Seven Rooms Of Gloom” by The Four Tops, “Mary In The Morning” by Al Martino, “Windy” by The Association, “Up Up And Away” by The Fifth Dimension, “C’mon Marianne” by The Four Seasons, “New York Mining Disaster 1941” by The Bee Gees, “Somebody Help Me” by The Spencer Davis Group (*), “Here We Go Again” by Ray Charles, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli, “Tracks Of My Tears” by The Miracles, “Pay You Back With Interest” by The Hollies, “I Was Made To Love Her” by Stevie Wonder, “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” by Spanky & Our Gang (KYA), “Don’t Sleep In The Subway” by Petula Clark, “Glass” by The Sandpipers (KYA), “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell, “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” by The Fifth Estate, “Good Feelin’ Time” by The Yellow Baloon (KYA) and “You Only Live Twice” by Nancy Sinatra. 🙂 🙂 🙂

References: “The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition” by Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Top 100 and the music surveys of KYA in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in California, U.S.A.

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