Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1967.
For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
In 1967, was the Summer of Love, which was a social phenomenon that involved thousands of hippies or flower children converging in San Fransisco and other parts of the US and Europe, racing driver Donald Campbell is killed in a crash on Coniston Water in the Lake District trying to break his own speed record, the UK win the Eurovision Song Contest with Sandie Shaw’s performance of Puppet on a String– it was the first song in the English language to win the contest, the Beatles release their album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones is arrested and jailed for a year for drug possession and Mick Jagger is jailed for 3 months, the first colour television broadcasts take place, private acts of consensual male homosexuality are decriminalised, English road cyclist Tom Simpson dies of exhaustion during the Tour de France, the Concorde was unveiled in France, Arab forces attack Israel beginning the Yom Kippur War where the Arab forces were defeated and Israel took possession of additional territory, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing induction into US army, United Kingdom and Ireland apply officially for EEC membership, Otis Redding tragically dies in a plane crash aged only 26 years old, the films The Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, the Jungle Book, The Dirty Dozen, Bonnie and Clyde and Belle de Jour are all released.
The 60s are most definitely swinging now. This week’s list features two of my all-time favourite singers- Aretha and Otis. If you get a chance, I strongly recommend watching both of the videos below. They were both such amazing singers and performers and these videos capture this perfectly. Also, this week begs the question, will the Beatles be my most featured artist across all of these top ten tunes lists? Beating Madonna? Maybe…Anyway, here’s my top ten tunes from 1967, in no particular order.
1. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright by PP Arnold
2. Respect by Aretha Franklin (one of my favourite clips of Queen Aretha performing. Also, in 1967 she released 6 amazing singles and it was almost arbitrary which one I picked)
3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
4. Everlasting Love the Love Affair
5. Daydream Believer by the Monkees
6. People Are Strange by the Doors
7. Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix
8. Big Spender by Shirley Bassey
9. Hello, Goodbye by the Beatles
10. Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding (try watching this without a tear in your eye, whilst remembering he died the day after this was recorded at only 26 years old)
Of course, this week my favourite is Queen Aretha, but Love Affair & Otis are a verrrrrrry close second. Let me know which of these tracks from 1967 is your favourite.
See you next week for 1968!