Category: Music – 1967

Bound To Happen – Cashman, Pistilli & West

I have become a big fan of the three men who combined to write all but one song here, and produce this 1967 LP release – “Bound To Happen”. Terry Cashman, Gene Pistilli and Tommy West met while working for ABC Records. Cashman and Pistilli combined to write “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” that appears on this album, as well as being a successful single for Spanky and Our Gang, reaching #9 on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1967.

The three worked together and wrote 10 songs for the album and included one song written by Jerry Reed “Up ‘N’ Down (Baby What You Want Me To Do)” .

A little introduction to each man:

Terry Cashman is probably best known for his “Talkin’ Baseball” single from 1981 that turned into a series of songs highlighting the baseball history and famous names of each club. he was once in the Detroit Tiger minor leagues and made his first appearance on American Bandstand as a member of the do-wop group, The Cheverons, in 1960.

Gene Pistilli would move on to the original formation of The Manhattan Transfer and co-write 5 of the 10 songs on their first LP – Jukin’. The album was not a commercial sucess and Gene moved on. Pistilli reappeared as a solo act, singing in a fluid baritone and playing guitar, he blended western swing with a mid-swing era singing style. Billed as ‘the Hoboken Saddletramp’, he built a dedicated if localized following. He also wrote Randy Travis’ #1 song “Too Gone Too Long”. Gene passed away December 26th, 2017.

Tommy West was born Thomas Picardo Jr., he was part of The Criterions that charted with”I Remain Truly Yours” in 1963. While at Villanova, he became friends with Jim Croce, and would layer be instrumental, along with Terry Cashman, in getting Jim’s career off the ground. They produced all of Jim’s music until his untimely death. West also sang back-up vocals for Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Sammy Davis Jr. Tommy and Terry also wrote 8 songs for The Partridge Family. After his successful songwriting time with Terry, Tommy moved to country music and produced 3 country #1 songs including Holly Dunn’s “Love Somebody Like Me”

“But For Love” is probably my favorite song on this album. It would surface twice on the charts. Jerry Naylor reached #69 on the Hot 100 and Eddy Arnold would reach #19 on the country charts in 1969.

Song List:

1 – bound to happen
2 – spring has a tear in her eye
3 – red is red
4 – i`d stumble & all
5 – a song that never comes
6 – sunday will never be the same
7 – port authority terminal
8 – but for love
9 – up n` down [ baby what you want me to do ]
10 – you can write a song
11 – the awakening
12 – bound to happen – reprise

Credits

All in all, a pleasing to the ear album that never got it’s due. I’ll close with one more cut – “A Song That Never Comes”. If you are interested in more Cashman, Pistilli & West, check out my podcast available here:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/rearview/episodes/2016-02-11T08_31_24-08_00


Run Run Run – The Third Rail



This studio produced bubblegum song was a very minor hit in 1967 spending 9 weeks in the Top 100 and peaking at 53. For me it was a much bigger hit, and I’m sure this 45 sounds a lot better than my copy does now ;-). The lead singer is Joey Levine, probably the most successful lead singer you never heard of – well, maybe that honor should go to Tony Burrows or Ron Dante but that’s a story for another day -Levine sang lead for “Yummy, Yummy” (Ohio Express), “Quick Joey Small” (Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus) and “Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” by Reunion.
He also rivaled Barry Manilow and Randy Newman as a commercial jingle writer – “Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut” (Almond Joy) “Just For the Taste of It (Diet Pepsi), “The Softer Side of Sears”, “You Asked For It, You Got It” (Toyota) and “This Bud’s For You”

The song was written by Joey and his writing partner Art Resnick. Together they wrote a ton of bubblegum and psychedelic songs you have heard. “Run Run Run” was one of their earliest charting singles. The Third Rail was Joey, Art and his wife,Kris. Art Resnick had a pedigree as a writer prior to this – he wrote “Under The Boardwalk” for the Drifters and “Good Lovin'” for the Young Rascals

The lyrics, especially the stock market piece, is outdated but I still enjoy listening.


A Girl Like You – The Young Rascals

 

I am unabashedly a (Young) Rascals fan and this song is one of the major reasons why. I have often said that Felix, Eddie, Dino and Gene should roll off the tongue just like John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The Young Rascals had their most recognized hit in the Spring of 1967 in “Groovin'”, their follow-up single still remains my favorite song of the rock era. The intro still gets to me and the lyrics were a 14 year old romantic’s dream. Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati co-wrote this masterpiece. The song “only” reached #10 and spent the middle two weeks of August 1967 there. “A Girl Like You” came along at the right time for me and it will always have a special place in my musical journey.

 

 


Ain’t Gonna Lie/98.6 – Keith

Ain’t Gonna Lie

98.6

 

It’s time for this afternoon’s “twin spin” 😉 From Keith (James Keefer) from Philadelphia. The first song was Keith’s initial foray onto the charts in 1966, it reached #39 and set up the next one – released in December of 1966 but considered a 1967 hit, “98.6” spent 14 weeks in the top 100, peaking at #7. I have always loved the song, even if it does fit well into the bubblegum mold that would take over a lot of rock & roll commercial music in the late 60’s. Arrested for draft evasion in the middle of a concert tour, Keith managed just two more charting singles before joining Frank Zappa’s touring band in 1973.
“

Good morning sun I say it’s good to see you shining!
I know my baby brought you to me.
She kissed me yesterday,
I know the silver lining
That’s been with summer running through me
Hey, ninety eight point six,
it’s good to have you back again.
oh, hey, ninety eight point six,
her lovin’ is the medicine that saved me,
Oh, I love my baby.
Hey, everybody on the street:
I see you smilin’,
Must be because I found my baby.
You know she’s got me on some other kind of highway,
I want to go to where it takes me!”


Heroes And Villians – The Beach Boys

 

It would be 1968 when I first kept a weekly survey of my own and “tabulated” a top 101 list at the end of each year from 1968 to 1972. If I had done one in 1967, this one would have been in the top 5, maybe even second only to The Young Rascals’ “A Girl Like You”. I’ve posted this a few times over the past 8 years so it’s no stranger to those who read and maybe listen to these posts. the week of August 5th, 1967, “Heroes And Villians” made it’s initial appearance on the Hot 100 and changed my opinion of Brian Wilson’s talent forever. Not really sure why thus song resonates with me so much, I’ve definitely played both parts in my life (hero and villain), at times I’ve “been in this town too long”, been healthy most of my life, wealthy and wise, probably not so much ?.

Below is a live version done by Brian Wilson in the early 2000s, a great example of Brian’s ability to put together a live show and capture the awesomeness of his talent and this song.

 


Winchester Cathedral – The New Vaudeville Band

 

 

As a recent oldie by the time I heard it in the summer of 1967, I loved it, it was unique and very catchy, but I never really appreciated it’s place in music history until I started reviewing the charts. “Winchester Cathedral” debuted on the charts on October 29th, 1966, spent 10 weeks in the top 10, 3 of those at #1, interrupted by The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations, which spent 3 weeks at #2, and Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow” which also spent 3 weeks at #2. That’s pretty heavy competition to have to be up against. The New Vaudeville Band only reached the charts 1 more time, the follow-up, “Peek-A-Boo” charted 3 months later, reaching #72. The group was actually studio musicians put together to do “Winchester Cathedral” and it’s success spawned a cobbled together group for touring. Not the last time that would happen in the rock era.


We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet – Blues Magoos

 

By the middle of 1967 when I started listening to rock and roll, there were two recent “oldies” that I loved to play at a high decibel level, the first I mentioned the other day, “96 Tears” and here is the second one, the Blues Magoos “We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet”. Out of the Bronx, they only had this one song reach the top 40, peaking at #5 in early February, 1967, their other 3 singles languished in the lower reaches of the Hot 100. As usual, I learned something new in researching this song, Emil “Peppy Castro” Theilhelm, the lead singer here, later became the lead singer of Balance (think “Breaking Away” in 1981).

 

 


How Do You Catch A Girl – Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs

Early 1967, Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs had already had a pair of hit records “Wooly Bully” and “Lil Red Riding Hood”, songs that were considered novelty songs. ” How Do You Catch A Girl” was their entry in the charts in January of 1967, peaking at #22. Samudio (why does that make me think of Phil Collins ?) Domingo was born in Dallas, Texas, one of his early band mates was Trini Lopez. Sam formed the Pharoahs, named after Yul Bryner’s character in “The Ten Commandments” in 1961, After the Pharoahs run, Sam went solo and his 1970 LP “Sam, Hard And Heavy” won the 1972 Grammy for Best Album Notes, hey, there’s a Grammy for everything, I guess.


Sugar Town – Nancy Sinatra

 

 

The first half of 1967’s music were the recent oldies by June, so I’ll highlight some songs from the charts 50 years ago as I re-visit that year. Nancy Sinatra had already reached the top of the charts with “These Boots Are Made For Walking” in early 1966, she added another top 10 hit “How Does That Grab You, Darlin'” later in 1966 but my favorite Sinatra song held the #5 spot on the charts for 3 weeks at the end of 1966 and beginning of 1967. Definitely a light, fluffy tune with no socially redeeming value,but a favorite nonetheless. “Sugar Town”

 

That was my Facebook post of January 2nd,2017. My goal for 2017 is/was to post at least 400 1967 songs as they appeared on the charts that year as part of a 50 year anniversary of the “Summer of Love”. 1967 was the year I turned 15, but not until the last 10 days of the year so I spent 1967 as a 14 year old. When the year started I was still listening to my Dad’s country music, and you’ll see that well represented here on this blog, by June, I was making the transition to the rock and pop music world and it would be the center of my life for the next 5 years. So that’s why I’ve created categories for the music of 1967 and 1968. I’ll try to keep it all fairly spread out but if you don’t read this blog until I have a lot of entries, you’ll have plenty of genres and years to choose from.

 

Nancy was 26 in 1967 and her people took advantage of her sex appeal to promote her, not that that is anything that never happened before. She will be turning 76 this summer (2017) and I am 64 but in my mind’s eye she will always be 26.


Windy – The Assocation

 

The summer of 1967 I found rock and roll music after being brought up on my Dad’s country music. This light, carefree melody was #1 at the time and it still brings back the lazy summer days when I was 14. “Capture that rainbow”!

I’m a little fuzzy on the details but to the best of my knowledge, this is the first 45 I ever purchased. The summer of 67 was a magical time for me musically and this was one of the songs that made it that way.

The above paragraphs were Facebook posts in 2009 and 2011

“Windy” was a landmark song for me, it was #1 when I switched from my Dad’s country music to rock and roll the summer of 1967. as I look back, many of those first songs I heard regularly on the radio became my favorite songs by many of the artists, there will be several examples as I continue to post. “Windy” would become my favorite Association song for about a year before “Time For Livin’” was released. Their greatest hit was “Cherish”, I remember finding WRKO in Boston and their’s was the first All-Time Top 300 I wrote down, I believe it was 1969 that “Cherish” was voted #1. One of these days I’ll have to add a few radio stations and the lists I collected in the late 60’s and early 70’s.