Over the four days just gone, fifty years ago, Pink Floyd played at the original UFO Club in Tottenham Court Road for the last time (with early Fairport Convention and Shiva’s Children) and then on the Saturday were at the “Love In Festival” at Alexandra Palace with Eric Burdon, Arthur Brown, Brian Auger, Creation and Tomorrow.

Andy Warhol arrived with the Velvet Underground for their first UK tour, the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards appeal started (and succeeded), Big Brother & the Holding Company released their first album, and Tim Buckley released the fabulous Goodbye and Hello. Meanwhile, John Coltrane was buried in Long Island New York – live music at the funeral by Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler.

Talking of Jazz,  I was checking the Mercury Prize list and realising as usual that these days, I know nothing but I did notice the mandatory token jazz album by a band called Dinosaur so I bought it.

And now I love it.

I guess I’d say it’s not too far away from late-60s and beyond Miles Davis. If you like that, you might like Dinosaur. If you don’t, you might not.

Not sure? Try this




Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

2 thoughts on “1967

  1. …and 50 years ago today “The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion” by The Incredible String Band was released..

    “I was a young man, back in the 1960’s…..

  2. Also the first Canned Heat album was released the same day, cleverly entitled “Canned Heat”……. later re-released as “Rolling & Tumbling”.

    The song’s performed here at the Monterey Festival on June 17, 1967: Bob “The Bear” Hite, Al “Blind Owl” Wilson, Henry “Sunflower” Vestine, Larry “The Mole” Taylor and Frank Cook…

    I love the way the Hell’s Angels sit down in an orderly manner on the chairs to enjoy the show. Maybe they should have had more chairs at Altamont…

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