End of March and the first week of April 1967:
The Walker Brothers started a national tour with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Birdcage regulars the Move released “I Can Hear the Grass Grow”, the first Electric Prunes album appeared, Paul McCartney took a ‘trip’ to San Francisco, and on Saturday night – April Fools Day – it would cost you 7/6d to see the return of the original Pink Floyd to the Birdcage.
All pretty groovy huh?
And to confirm that, the Melody Maker cut its chart to a Top 30 to deter chart fixing – and boy was that a far-out chart, especially the Top Ten: 1: Englebert “Release Me”; 2: Harry Secombe “This Is My Song”; 3: Alan Price “Simon Smith & …”; 4: F&N Sinatra “Something Stupid”; 5: Vince Hill “Edelweiss”; 6: Whistling Jack Smith “Kaiser Bill’s Batman”; 7: Sandie Shaw “Puppet on a String”; 8: Petula Clark “This is my Song”;
Cool huh? You can see why they called it the Swinging Sixties, and I’m almost sorry to reveal that at number nine came the Beatles with “Penny Lane”/”Strawberry Fields” but at least number 10 was Val Doonican with “Memories Are Made of This”
Ain’t that the truth?
None of that funky black music either.