BARRIER-The Tide Is Turning/ Place In Your Heart (Philips)
MIKE BATT-I See Wonderful Things In You/ Mary Goes Round (Liberty)
BEE GEES-Ive Gotta Get A Message To You/ Kitty Can (Polydor) #1
CHOCOLATE FROG-Butchers And Bakers/ I Forgive You (Atlantic)
THE DEEP SET-Hello Amy/ Thats The Way Life Goes (Pye)
EYES OF BLUE-Largo/ Yesterday (Mercury)
JASON CREST-(Here We Go Round)The Lemon Tree/ Patricias Dream (Philips)
KATE-Strange Girl/ I Dont Make A Sound (CBS)
KIPPINGTON LODGE-Tell Me A Story/ Understand A Woman (Parlophone)
THE MARIANE-You Had Better Change Your Evil Ways/ Like A See-Saw (Columbia)
MELLOW CANDLE-Feeling High/ Tea With The Sun (SNB)
MINDBENDERS-Uncle Joe, The Ice-Cream Man/ The Man Who Loved Trees (Fontana)
THE MOVE-Wild Tiger Woman/ Omnibus (Regal Zonophone)
THE STACCATOS-Butchers And Bakers/ Imitations Of Love (Fontana)
MIKE STUART SPAN-You Can Understand Me/ Baubles And Bangles (Fontana)
SUNDOWNERS-Gloria Bosom Show/ Dont Look Back (Spark)
TYRANNOSAURUS REX-One Inch Rock/ Salamanda Palaganda (Regal Zonophone) #28
THE WEB-Hatton Hill Morning/ Conscience (Deram)
YOUNG BLOOD-Just How Loud/ Masquerade (Pye)
Of Fire (Polydor) #3
TEN YEARS AFTER-Undead (Deram) #26
THE WEB-Fully Interlocking (Deram)
Beatles officially launch their Apple label.
Dello drops a bombshell by quitting Honeybus after the band had achieved a
hit with their third single "I Can’t Let Maggie Go". He is
replaced by Jim Kelly.
Pretty Things film their cameo appearance in the Norman Wisdom comedy movie
"What’s Good For The Goose". Filming is extended to enable extra
parts for the group to be written into the screenplay.
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown begin recording a second album, provisionally
titled "The Trials of the Magician".
30 minute film "Jimi Hendrix Experience" is premiered at the
National Film Theatre.
Idle Race pull out of the movie ‘Pop Down’ because they are ‘Not
satisfied with the final result’. Although the film, also starring Julie
Driscoll, Zoot Money and pop ‘busker’ Don Partridge, had been finished,
the group would not allow their part to be included.
Instead they write the music for a Midland Bank commercial!
to the disgust of Graham Nash, The Hollies play a season in cabaret, wearing
matching white suits and performing material such as "Puff (The Magic
Dragon)" and "Dang Me".
Squire and Jon Anderson form Yes. Peter Banks quits Neat Change to join Yes.
Ex-Winston’s Fumbs organist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford complete
the original line-up.
Hillage leaves Uriel to return to college.
Tooth begin a US Tour (15th) that continues until late September.
Of Eden shoot their appearance in a party scene in the movie ‘Laughter In
Bee Gees major US Tour is scrapped at the last minute when Robin Gibb
collapses suffering from ‘a severe attack of nervous exhaustion’.
TV "How It Is"-Mike Stuart Span (2nd), The Nice (23rd)
TV “Dee Time”-Grapefruit (3rd)
TV “Basil Brush Show”-Marmalade (10th), Traffic (23rd)
TV “Late Night Line Up”-The Tremeloes (16th)
TV “Colour Me Pop”-Tremeles (16th), Spooky Tooth (30th)
TV “Ice Cabaret”-Orange Bicycle (30th)
ITV “Time For Blackburn”-Eclection (3rd), The Nerve (10th), The Casuals
(24th), Dave Davies, The Marbles (31st)
TV "Beat Club"-Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Cupid’s Inspiration,
The Mirror (31st)
SESSIONS-Alan Bown (19th-23rd, Jimmy Young), Barclay James Harvest (4th, Top
Gear), The Barrier (12th, David Symonds-19th-23rd, Stuart Henry),
World Of Arthur Brown (3rd, Saturday Club-14th, Parade of the Pops),
Bystanders (19th-23rd, Jimmy Young), Californians (26th-30th, Jimmy Young),
The Casuals (19th, Radio One O’Clock), 24th, Saturday Club), Cupids
Inspiration (2nd, Joe Loss Show), Eclection (12th, Radio One O’Clock),
Epics (19th-23rd, Dave Cash-24th, Tony Brandon), Episode Six (5th-9th, Dave
Cash-12th-16th, Jimmy Young), Family (4th, Top Gear-5th-9th, David Symonds),
Glass Menagerie (5th-9th, Jimmy Young-26th-30th, Glass Menagerie), Happy
Magazine (12th-16th, Stuart Henry), Honeybus (31st, Saturday Club),
Race (12th-16th, Dave Cash), Jethro Tull (4th, Top Gear),
(30th, Saturday Club), The Kinks (12th-16th, Dave Cash),
(5th-9th, Jimmy Young), Marmalade (5th-9th, Dave Cash-19th-23rd, Stuart
Henry-26th-30th, Jimmy Young), Mike Stuart Span (26th-30th, Stuart Henry),
Mindbenders (17th, Saturday Club), The Mirage (3rd, Saturday Club-12th-16th,
Stuart Henry-26th-30th, Stuart Henry), The Montanas (5th-9th, David
Symonds-19th-23rd, Stuart Henry), Moody Blues (12th-16th, Jimmy Young-24th,
Tony Brandon), The Move (15th, Pop North), The Nice (4th, Stuart Henry-25th,
Top Gear-29th, Pop North), Orange Bicycle (12th-16th, Dave Cash-29th, Pop
North), Pink Floyd (11th, Top Gear), Plastic Penny (3rd, Saturday
Club-5th-9th, David Symonds), Sight and Sound (26th-30th, Jimmy Young),
Simon Dupree & The Big Sound (5th-9th, Jimmy Young), Spooky Tooth
(5th-9th, David Symonds-19th-23rd, Stuart Henry), Status Quo (3rd, Saturday
Club-19th-23rd, Stuart Henry), Al Stewart (18th, Top Gear),
(10th, Pete’s People-19th-23rd, Dave Cash), Ten Years After (18th, Top
Gear), Timebox (1st, Jazz Meets Pop-3rd, Pete’s People-12th-16th, Dave
Cash-19th-23rd, Jimmy Young), Traffic (4th, Stuart Henry),
(12th-16th, Stuart Henry-22nd, Pop North-26th-30th, Jimmy Young), West Coast
Consortium (5th-9th, David Symonds)
Isle Of Wight Festival is held near Godshill (31st). The bill includes The
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, The Move, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Fairport
Convention, The Pretty Things, Plastic Penny, Orange Bicycle, The Mirage and
Blonde On Blonde.
See report below.
See report below.
68", North Yorkshire (31st)-Traffic, Bonzo Dog Band, Joe Cocker,
Family, Alan Bown, Amboy Dukes etc
Pop Festival near Brussels (23rd-25th)-among groups crossing the Channel to
appear are The Small Faces, The Move, The Pretty Things, Tyrannosaurus Rex,
Simon Dupree & The Big Sound.
two-day Festival at the Middle Earth (Roundhouse) features Traffic, The
Incredible String Band, Pretty Things, Bonzo Dog Band, Blossom Toes, Family,
Fairport Convention, Free, Deviants, Blonde On Blonde and "the first
full-length showing of Magical Mystery Tour" (24th/25th).
8th National Jazz and Blues Festival is staged in Sunbury, Middlesex
(9th-11th). The first night headliners are The Herd but they are prevented
from playing as fans riot after Jerry Lee Lewis’ set. The Crazy World Of
Arthur Brown headline the second night but their act is aborted after one
song as a walkway gives way under the weight of fans. Several people are
seriously injured. Sunday night bill-toppers Traffic ignore a curfew and
play on into the wee small hours. Deep Purple make their major UK live debut
but fail to impress. The hit of the festival are Jethro Tull. Island Records
offer the group a contract on the strength of their reception. Also
appearing: Marmalade, Taste, Timebox, The Nice, Jeff Beck, Ten Years After,
Tyrannosaurus Rex, Joe Cocker, Ginger Baker, Fairport Convention, Spencer
Davis Group, Chicken Shack and The Incredible String Band.
Park Free Concert (24th) features: Fleetwood Mac, Family, Fairport
Convention, Roy Harper, Eclection & Ten Years After.
Beatstalkers (1st, 15th, 29th), Neat Change (3rd, 10th, 17th, ), Nite People
(5th, 19th), Yes (5th, 17th),
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (6th), East Of Eden (6th, 22nd), Spooky Tooth
(7th), Clouds (7th, 28th), The Nice (8th, 22nd), Glass Menagerie (8th,
20th), Jethro Tull (9th, 23rd), Joe Cocker (14th, 21st, 28th), Village
(14th), The Open Mind (15th, 21st, 31st), Ten Years After (16th, 30th),
House Of Lords (18th, 25th), Tony Rivers & The Castaways (22nd), July
(24th), Young Blood (24th), Marmalade (27th), Gun (27th), Dream Police
Earth-Family, Spooky Tooth, Blonde On Blonde, Pete Brown & his Battered
Ornaments (3rd), Tyrannosaurus Rex, Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation (10th), Crazy
World Of Arthur Brown, Writing On The Wall, Sam Apple Pie (17th), Bonzo Dog
Doo-Dah Band, Pretty Things, Terry Reid (24th), Ten Years After, Eclection,
Cromwellian-Timebox (3rd), Scrugg (16th, 24th)
Scotch Of St James- Scrugg (3rd)
House ‘Bluesville’-Jethro Tull (2nd), Fairport Convention (9th)
Kleek-Spooky Tooth (6th), Alan Bown (13th), Amboy Dukes (15th), Ten Years
After (17th), Juniors Eyes
(20th), Ten Years After (27th), Timebox (29th)
The Queen’s Staghounds-Juniors Eyes (18th)
Pantiles-Juniors Eyes (27th)
Pavilion-Cupids Inspiration (5th), Grapefruit (12th)
Corn Exchange-Pesky Gee (10th)
Black Prince-Spooky Tooth (4th)
Archer Hall-Grapefruit (23rd)
Cannon Hill Park-Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Roy Harper, Breakthru’,
The Frame (31st)
Crown Hotel-Bakerloo, Tea & Symphony (6th)
Birmingham-Jethro Tull (4th, 21st), The Deviants (10th), Joe Cocker (17th)
Opposite Lock Club-Principal Edwards Magic Theatre (2nd)
Rank, Birmingham-The Nice (11th)
Blackpool-The Herd (22nd)
Rooms, Boston-The Nice (7th)
Bournemouth-The Nice (21st), Alan Bown (30th)
Sports Centre-Yes (9th)
Country Club, Nr Canterbury-Ways and Means (24th), Renaissance Faire (31st)
Royal Hall-SimonDupree & The Big Sound (10th), The Move (17th), Amen
Corner (24th), Marmalade (31st)
Exhibition Hall, Brighton-Tremeloes, Marmalade, Simon Dupree, Nice, Mike
Stuart Span, Spooky Tooth (2nd)
Locarno-Small Faces (22nd), Grapefruit (29th)
Ballroom, Dunstable-Taste (2nd), The Symbols (3rd), Ten Years After (23rd),
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (24th), The Herd (30th)
New University Theatre-Pentangle (26th-31st)
Mersea Youth Camp-Yes (3rd-debut gig)
Ferry Inn, Edmonton-Taste (5th), Ten Years After (12th), Timebox (19th)
Lees Cliff Hall-Cupids Inspiration (10th)
Byron Hotel-Marmalade (11th)
Club, Hampstead-Juniors Eyes (4th), Eclection (7th), Bonzo Dog Band (8th),
Nice (14th), Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera (21st), Jethro Tull (28th)
Ballroom, Harrogate-The Herd (23rd)
Pier-George Bean & Trifle, The Funny Farm, Modesmode (18th)
Hemel Hempstead-The Nice (9th)
Town Hall-Small Faces (20th)
High Wycombe Town Hall- Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (13th)
Seagull, IOW-The Herd (31st)
Club, Kensington-Timebox (3rd, 31st), Pathfinders (10th)
Mecca-Cupids Inspiration (15th)
Bardfield Barn Club-The Mooche (3rd)
Dreamland-Small Faces (29th)
Black Sheep Club-Eyes Of Blue (16th)
Club, Norwich-The Nice (4th)
Hatchetts Playground-Skip Bifferty (19th), Mud (30th)
Plymouth Van Dike- Jethro Tull, Gethsemane (31st)
Half-Moon-Dave Brock & Co (7th)
Supreme Ballroom-Greatest Show On Earth (10th)
Salisbury Alex Disco- Nice (31st)
Scene 2 Club-Spencer Davis Group (9th-cancelled owing to the group’s van
plus £4,000 worth of equipment being stolen), Simon Dupree & The Big
Place, Stoke-on-Trent-Yes (23rd)
Top Rank-Grapefruit (30th)
Tavistock Town Hall- Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (16th)
Toby Jug-Ten Years After (7th), Taste (14th), Jethro Tull (21st)
Torquay Town Hall- Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (2nd), Pretty Things (3rd), The Move (13th)
Royal-Amen Corner (16th), Marmalade (23rd)
Pie Island, Twickenham-Blossom Toes, Spice (7th), Skip Bifferty, Juniors
Eyes (14th), CrazyWorld Of Arthur Brown (21st), Gethsemane (25th), The Nice, East Of Eden
Victoria Cross Hall-Cupids Inspiration (3rd), Grapefruit (17th)
Lion, Warrington-Deep Purple (3rd)
Hotel, Wealdstone-Jethro Tull (29th)
Centre, Welwyn Garden City-Yes (30th)
Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare-The Nice (24th)
Wishaw Belfry- Easybeats, Quotations (17th)
Green, Fishmonger’s Arms-Glass Menagerie (9th), Taste (13th), Joe Cocker
Club, Wollaston-Yes (10th)
Park Ballroom-Cupids Inspiration (16th)
Worthing Assembly Rooms-Grapefruit (15th), Cupids Inspiration (22nd)
Yardley, The Swan- Penny Peep Show, Gilt Edge (3rd)
I've Gotta Get A Message To You: They are always indulging in sad songs, and indeed this is another. Yet they are not perpetually weighed down with sorrow and inner conflict in their everyday life. Robin and maurice are quite cynical and Barry is as cheerful as any pop star groaning with riches can be under the circumstances. They bear the burden of good looks and wealth with brightness and fortitude that should be examples to us all. As they can't get any better looking, they can only become richer as a result of releasing this fine composition sung with Robin's usual conviction. It is simple left to point out the delights of the uncluttered arrangement, the driving bass line, wailing blues guitar heard faintly in the background, and the overall excellent production.
Butchers and Bakers: One important fact emerges on hearing this below average piece of bubble gum pop. It is still far more entertaining than Peter Cook and Dudley Moore being disappointingly camp and boring on TV last Sunday. But what on earth is happening at Atlantic? Have they gone mad resorting to this kind of British-type chart bilge?
Strange Girl : Kate isn't a
group, it's five blokes, or as the old croakers would say: "Yer can't tell
'em apart these days".
Yus, wot I sez is they should all have done a dose in the army. I had a dose in the army and it infected me with a spirit of conformity and a degree of witlessness that made me the dullard I am today.
Chris Gilby, the lead guitarist, chose Kate when he saw Taming of the Shrew with Liz Taylor as Katrina.
During rehearsals at an empty movie studio in Twickenham actor David Hemmings was filming "A Long Day's Dying" and he used to join them on drums. The group haven't made any appearances yet, but claim influences by blues, folk, jazz and rock music. They ceratinly obtain an interesting sound, that would convince the casual listener that they were an American group on the Electric Flag level.
Unusual chord sequences, haunting blues guitar, simple vocals make the most original release of the week.
Full line-up of the group is Hraitch Garabaldianne (lead vocals), Chris Gilby (lead guitar), Robert Gold (organ), Alfred Turnstall (bass guitar) and Barrie Edwards (drums).
Keep an eye on Kate, it's a bitch of a group!
Tell Me A Story : One of the most enterprising of today's batch of up-and-coming groups, Kippington Lode infuse bags of life and guts into this beaty item. The boys blend well vocally, and on this disc, they make with a solid infectious beat. I like the rich organ sound, too. Despite the la-la chorus, which encourages the listener to join in, I'm not convinced that the material is quite strong enough for the Chart. But it's a nice clean sound from a group with a lot of potential.
Tell Me A Story: Once more into the breach , dear friends, with this strangely named group that tried once before to become famous pop stars with "Shy Boy" which I thought was quite good. But although this is jolly, pretty and all the other camp adjectives I can think of while suffering from alcoholic's stomach wrench, the world is full of jolly, pretty records that never become hits.
Uncle Joe, The Ice Cream Man : Written by Graham Gouldman, this is a song about suburban life that's bound to have widespread appeal. It's a story-in-song, with a touch of nostalgia in the lyric, almost like an excerpt from the "Teenage Opera" - except that, of course, the backing isn't as massive. Nevertheless, the Mindbenders are augmented by strings in this number, which jogs merrily along with a bouncy beat - and it showcases some very attractive and ear-catching harmonies from the group. It's an undemanding disc, not difficult to digest - and in view of this, a slightly stronger melody would probably have been beneficial. First class performance. Stands an outside chance.
Uncle Joe, The Ice Cream Man: I'd be only too happy to say this was a hit, but despite the inventiveness of the Graham Gouldman lyrics, it sounds a little sickly and coy. One detects a certain amount of Sgt Pepper influence but this doesn't help. "Euk!"
Wild Tiger Woman: While not as good as "Fire Brigade" this Roy Wood composition is a good indication of The Move's return to gimmick free music. A sort of boogie beat underpins the guitar, and the vocals have that odd 'wah-wah' effect that is a Move trademark. I don't know many wild tiger women, so I cannot speak from experience, but I once went to a cocktail party with an aggressive cat girl, and if she is anything to go by this should be a hit.
One Inch Rock: One of the immortal lines of 1968 is "Oh Deborah, you look like a zebra". It was the work of Marc Bolan the Bopping Imp, who with Steve Peregrin Took has created a track entirely of their own, and are being accepted on a scene otherwise dominated by hard blues bands. They are completely anti-technique at a time when the geniuses of Alvin Lee and Keith Emerson are king, and add a pleasant toasted tea cake in a musical diet normally groaning with roast oxen. The popping bongoes and chattering guitar kick up a humourous racket behind Marc's strangely soulful voice and cute lyrics. By the God of Helmut Zacharias this is a gas and had better be a hit!
Hatton Mill Morning: One wants to say nice things about Web, because they are hard-working and struggling for recognition. Indeed, the singing and arrangement are good, in a poetical, Tim Hardin vein, but the odds are stacked up against it being a hit. Nice, hard-working groups with songs that sound like Tim Hardin at work don't make it, is the cruel truth.
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