50 Years Ago: Radio Hits From February 1967by Best Classic Bands Staff
In late February 1967, who would have predicted that in just a few months “Summer of Love” would take place? Muhammad Ali would soon refuse military service and be stripped of his title. Elvis Presley would wed 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu and The Beatles would release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And in late February, an amazing batch of classic rock favorites via the British Invasion were dominating New York City powerhouse Top 40 station WABC.
Bubbling under the Top 10 at #18 were Manchester, England’s Herman’s Hermits with “No Milk Today.” Graham Gouldman, who wrote huge hits for the Yardbirds and the Hollies (before co-founding 10cc), explains how he came to write the song.
The Mamas & The Papas‘ “Dedicated to the One I Love” jumped from #57 to #12. It would later reach #2 nationally, becoming their second biggest chart hit (after “Monday, Monday”).
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels enjoyed back-to-back hits with 1966’s “Devil With a Blue Dress On” and 1967’s “Sock It To Me Baby,” at #11 this week. The man had a set of pipes.
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The Beatles‘ “Penny Lane” continued the group’s trend of releasing two hits on one single: the flip side was “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The former, at #9 this week, would go on to become the group’s 13th U.S. #1; the B-side stalled at #8.
At #8 was the Neil Diamond-penned hit for The Monkees, “I’m a Believer.” Though the song eventually reached #1, it’s hard to imagine, but just one year later, Monkees-mania would be over.
Yes, Steve Winwood wrote “Gimme Some Lovin'” with his brother Muff and with Spencer Davis. And, yes, that singing voice came out of an 18-year-old. The song peaked at #7 in the U.S.
New York area favorites The Rascals (or Young Rascals as they were known then) had “only” six Top 10 hits nationally. “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long” wasn’t one of them (though it would reach #3 on WABC).
At #1 this week? The Rolling Stones‘ beautiful “Ruby Tuesday,” their fourth (of eight) U.S. #1 singles. And just like The Beatles (above), the 45 had two hits. As you can see from the great picture sleeve, “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was actually the A-side. But it’s controversial (for the time) title and lyrics caused radio stations to opt for “Ruby Tuesday.” “Together” only reached #55 nationally.
10. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” – The Casinos (Fraternity)
9. “Penny Lane” – The Beatles (Capitol)
8. “I’m a Believer” – The Monkees (Colgems)
7. “98.6” – Keith (Mercury)
6. “Gimme Some Lovin'” – Spencer Davis Group (United Artists)
5. “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long” – The Young Rascals (Atlantic)
4. “Georgy Girl” – The Seekers (Capitol)
3. “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” – The Supremes (Motown)
2. “Kind of a Drag” – The Buckinghams (USA)
1. “Ruby Tuesday” – The Rolling Stones (London)
Chart courtesy of the great Musicradio77.com website.