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FlinterFile: The Who- I Can See For Miles

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This song was written by Pete Townshend, shortly after he met Karen Astley in 1967. A year later they would get married. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Rolling Stones- We Love You

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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were arrested on 12 February 1967 on drugs charges. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Johnny Rivers- Baby I Need Your Lovin’

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This song was written in 1964 by the Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Byrds- So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star

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The Byrds wrote a humerous song about the music industry of 1967. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Paul Revere & The Raiders- I Had A Dream

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The Raiders originally started as an instrumental rock band, with Paul Revere as leader. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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In 1967, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hit the charts. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: The Small Faces- Itchycoo Park

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In 1967, the Small Faces had a hit with their song about skipping school to go to a park. The park really exists, and the story was real: Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, the writers of the song, skipped school and got a good feeling of going to Little Ilford Park (which was full of nettles, and in slang, that’s Itchycoo). The good feeling (getting high) was misinterpreted in the sixties, when drugs were quite popular, and therefore, the BBC posed a boycot on the song. However, it was a number 3 hit in the UK, and in the US number 16, which would be the highest position for the Small Faces there. Enjoy

The Small Faces- Itchycoo Park

Song of the day: Five Americans- Western Union

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In 1967, the Five Americans had their biggest hit. They started as a band on the university, playing songs of Bo Diddley, and later songs from the Beatles. When playing in a venue, they were heard by the president from a record label, who offered them a deal. They recorded several songs, of which some charted. When the guitarist, Mike Rabon, was playing with his guitar, he invented a new kind of sound, sounding like a telegraph. This inspired them for their biggest hit, which charted on number 5 in the US. Enjoy

The Five Americans- Western Union

Song of the day: The Turtles- Happy Together

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In 1967, the Turtles deceived their listeners with the title of their new song. The song is not about two people who are deeply in love, but about two people shortly meeting each other… Alan Gordon, one of the writers, had the text when he was in another group. However, he couldn’t come up with a melody. After a sleepless night, he found the text would fit on some sort of melody the guitar player played to tune his guitar. The result was given to several groups, who all refused. When he recorded a demo with co-writer Gary Bonner and some session musicians, the Turtles were formed. Not without result: it was a number 1 hit in the US and number 12 in the UK. Enjoy

The Turtles- Happy Together