It was the “Summer of Love” and the “Summer of Flower Power.” The Haight-Ashbury District in San Francisco was crawling with hippies, flower children, peace signs everywhere and VW busses. The smell of incense was in the air and the “San Franciso Sound” was taking over Top 40 radio airwaves…
And these were the Top Ten Tunes in the country during the first week of August, 1967.
(last week’s position in brackets)
1. LIGHT MY FIRE/[lastfm]The Doors[/lastfm] (3) — first week at #1. It will stay on top for 3 weeks.
2. I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER/[lastfm]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] (6) — this would be the song’s highest position. It’s his biggest hit since “Fingertips” in late summer of 1963, which was Stevie’s debut and a #1 smash.
3. WINDY/[lastfm]The Association[/lastfm] (1) — this would turn out to be the group’s biggest hit, even bigger than 1966’s “Cherish.” “Windy” stayed at #1 for 4 weeks. “Cherish” was on top for 3.
4. CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/[lastfm]Frankie Valli[/lastfm] (2) — Frankie’s first hit as a solo artist, though he was still the lead singer of the 4 Seasons and as a group, they were also doing well on the charts at this time with “C’mon Marianne” (see song #10).
(The 4 Seasons — photo thanks to ARTISTWIKI)
5. A WHITER SHADE OF PALE/[lastfm]Procol Harum[/lastfm] (8) — said to be both John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s favorite late 60’s song!
6. A LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL/[lastfm]The Music Express[/lastfm] (5) — one of many “one hit wonder” groups of the ’60’s.
7. MERCY, MERCY, MERCY/[lastfm]The Buckinghams[/lastfm] (11) — 1967 was the group’s debut year. They are from Chicago and scored 5 top ten songs in less than a year. “Kind Of A Drag” was a #1 hit for them early this year; their first charted release.
8. WHITE RABBIT/[lastfm]Jefferson Airplane[/lastfm] (12) — one of those “San Franciso Sound” bands we were talking about at the top of this post. This was their second top ten song in a row, right on the heels of “Somebody To Love.”
9. UP-UP AND AWAY/[lastfm]The 5th Dimension[/lastfm] (7) — this was a tune written by famous songwriter Jimmy Webb. He was inspired to create the song after a D.J. friend of his, William F. Williams, was involved in a “ride in our hot air balloon” promotion for Top 40 radio station K/men 129 in San Bernardino. Jimmy Webb attended San Bernardino Valley College.
10. C’MON MARIANNE/[lastfm]The 4 Seasons[/lastfm] (9) — Frankie Valli was represented on the national Top Ten with this song and his first solo hit which is in this week’s #2 position.