Rolling Stone has an issue out celebrating 1967 and the Summer of Love. Some of us are old enough to remember 1967 ... others have certainly heard about it over the decades. In the back, where the music charts usually appear, RS has included charts from 1967. A couple of those charts are v.interesting ... history eventually overwhelms the "reality" of the present, and so for most of us, 1967 means Sgt. Pepper and Surrealistic Pillow, Otis and Aretha.
And sure enough, Sgt. Pepper shows up on the Top 10 Albums chart for 1967 ... at #10. The top two albums are by ... The Monkees. #3, #4, and #6 are movie soundtrack albums (and not rock and roll movies ... we're talking Doctor Zhivago, The Sound of Music, and A Man and a Woman). Albums 6-8 are all by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The Temptations Greatest Hits at #5 salvages a modicum of self-respect for 1967, but basically, the pop music reality of 1967 was ersatz Beatles, sappy movie music, and fake mariachi.
Meanwhile, boomers refuse to accept that the golden age of television is now ... they have too many fond memories of the "great" TV of the 60s. So, what were the Top 10 TV Shows of 1967?
1. The Andy Griffith Show
2. The Lucy Show
3. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
5. Family Affair
7. The Red Skelton Show
8. The Dean Martin Show
9. The Jackie Gleason Show
10. Saturday Night at the Movies
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 1967!