Top 40 in August 1967: The Summer of Love

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BCB OTD All You Need Is LoveThe warm months midway through 1967 became known as the Summer of Love as the hippie counterculture’s message of peace and love gathered steam across the country. And this week on New York City’s Top 40 mainstay WABC reflected that spirit with plenty of all time classic rock greats.

Bubbling under the Top 10 and debuting at #41 was the Mamas and the Papas‘ “Twelve Thirty (Young Girls are Coming to the Canyon.” (The song would stall, however, at #20 nationally.)

Donovan was in the midst of his big singles successes. His “There is a Mountain” debuted at #23.

Att #19 was the Beach Boys‘ swell “Heroes and Villains” (though it peaked in the U.S. at just #12).

Taking a huge leap from #27 to #17 was Wilson Pickett‘s “Funky Broadway,” which would become a #1 song on the soul singles chart.

At #15 was Frankie Valli‘s great solo hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” It would eventually reach #2.

Related: Read out the song was used so effectively in The Deer Hunter

Some of the biggest acts on the Motown Records roster could also be heard on transistor radios at the beach this week; the Top 10 included hits by Diana Ross & The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations.

Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” jumped this week from #25 all the way to #4; it would ultimately hold the top spot for three weeks.

Related: Our feature on “Ode to Billie Joe”

“Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees followed at #3, continuing their run of hits that had started the year before.

At #2 was  “Light My Fire” by The Doors  – their first chart hit.

Related: Watch The Doors perform “Light My Fire” on American Bandstand

And 49 years ago, “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles’ hit #1, its only week at the top of the station’s chart and the perfect song for the Summer of Love.

10. “Don’t Let The Rain Fall Down On Me” – The Critters (Kapp)

9. “You’re My Everything” – The Temptations (Gordy)

8. “I Was Made To Love Her” – Stevie Wonder (Tamla)

7. “Baby, I Love You” – Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)

6. “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” – Jay & the Techniques (Smash)

5. “Reflections” – Diana Ross & the Supremes (Motown)

4. “Ode To Billie Joe” – Bobbie Gentry (Capitol)

3. “Pleasant Valley Sunday” – The Monkees (Colgems)

2. “Light My Fire” – The Doors (Elektra)

1. “All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles (Capitol)

Courtesy of www.musicradio77.com

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  1. beachdog67
    #1 beachdog67 24 August, 2017, 12:09

    And this, right here, is exactly why most of us had given up on Top 40 and were listening to FM radio by then.

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  2. Daniel
    #2 Daniel 27 August, 2017, 14:29

    Ode to Billie Joe held the top spot for a solid month on Billboard Magazine. It made a splash on all five singles charts even going to #8 on the r&b chart. The song would sell 7 million copies in 1967 on 5 covers.(Gentry sold 5 million, counting the single and album). It would also garner a staggering ten grammy nominations. To date, the song has sold over 50 million copies on over 125 covers. Only the Beatles ‘All You Need is Love’ has a more impressive resume of the songs listed in in The Summer Of Love hit singles. Bobbie Gentry would even win the pop female vocal grammy over Aretha Franklins landmark hit, Respect, for the year of 67.

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