Songs of 1967 - The Summer of Love
1967 was called “the summer of love”, it was just before the optimism and hope of the 60’s disintegrated into drugs and violence. Lyndon Johnson was president, the war in Vietnam was very unpopular, and the hippie culture was in full swing.
I’ve chosen 11 songs that I believe are some of the best of that hopeful year. I was going to choose 10 but I could not leave out The Who.
In 1967, I was a 10 year-old living in Scotland. One constant in my life was my transistor radio, it went with me everywhere I went. It was a great time for music and I’m glad I was there to enjoy it originally.
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
This song never fails to give me the chills. That is how I know a song is great; I get chills every time I hear it.
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
The song is one of the most perfect songs I have ever heard. More chills. Their debut single.
The Hollies - Carrie Anne
I've always liked the Hollies, they had a fresh, clean sound...and some great music. Graham Nash was in the band up until 1966.
The Beatles - Love is All You Need
I had to include at least one Beatles song, this is one of my favorites. This song is one of the best parts about the movie Love Actually.
The Bee Gees - Massachusetts
I have always loved this song. I am a fan of the Bee Gees but prefer their 1960s music to their disco era.
Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
A classic song from the greatest rock guitarist who ever lived.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
These two were such a great team. This was the original version of the song, later recorded by Diana Ross.
The Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
I lived in the UK in 1967, one of the best bands around were the Small Faces. Rod Stewart was a member at one time.
The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine
In the UK in 1967 I remember listing to the pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg, they played a lot of psychedelic music such as this.
The Turtles - Happy Together
I love, love, love this song. It’s such a happy, sunny song. I saw Flo and Eddie at the Bottom Line in NYC in the 80s and they did this song.
The Who - I Can See For Miles
I clearly remember listing to this song while sitting on a bus with my mother on our way to visit my grandmother. It was raining and the windows of the bus were foggy. I had my trusty transistor radio and my little ear bud. I was 10.