Songs from 1967

Sticking with the Sixties and in honour of Are You Experienced?, the debut album by Jimi Hendrix, which was released in the UK on this day in 1967, let’s allow our wandering minds to go wafting back to the Summer of Love, of ‘Strange Days’ and ‘Nights in White Satin’.

Genesis and Jethro Tull formed. Pink Floyd’s debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was released, as were the hit singles ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘See Emily Play’, where Syd’s star shone most brightly. David Bowie put out a first album, as did The Doors, Traffic, Velvet Underground and Leonard Cohen (just about).

It had everything we’ve come to expect from a prominent year in music: a celebrated festival (Monterey), something nauseating hogging the charts for several months (The Sound of Music), lots of bands with ridiculous names, and more rock and pop variants than you could wave a white bicycle at. Yes, a lot of it sounds unforgivably fey now, but what a tremendous time to love music, to follow its progress through the charts and to catch it live and on air.

I have to pick ten songs. Anything less than ten would be silly.

– The Box Tops, ‘The Letter’
– Dave Davies, ‘Death of a Clown’
– Donovan, ‘Wear Your Love Like Heaven’
– Joni Mitchell, ‘Both Sides Now’
– The Move, ‘Flowers in the Rain’
– The Rolling Stones, ‘She’s a Rainbow’
– Small Faces, ‘Itchycoo Park’
– The Tremeloes, ‘Even the Bad Times are Good’
– Van Morrison, ‘ Brown-Eyed Girl’
– Jackie Wilson, ‘Higher and Higher’

Albums, also. How could you pick out a key song from, say, Sgt Pepper’s? (Oh, alright; of course it would be ‘A Day in the Life’ every time.)

Leaving out the most obvious and those already mentioned here, as well as Cream’s Disraeli Gears, Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow and A Hard Road by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, because I’ve lavished praise on them in previous posts and it would be nice to pick out something less predictable, here are a few more from 1967 which I’m fond of:

– The Hobbits, Down to Middle Earth
– The Kinks, Something Else by…
– Magic Sam Blues Band, West Side Soul
– Moby Grape, Moby Grape
– Skip Bifferty, Skip Bifferty

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve chosen.

When you’re done, if you still can’t get enough of 1967, here’s a nice little quiz.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

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  2. Hope you enjoy this list

    1.) Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
    2.) Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
    3.) Penny Lane – The Beatles
    4.) I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight and the Pips
    5.) San Francisco – Scott McKenzie
    6.) Strange Brew – Cream
    7.) Light My Fire – The Doors
    8.) Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues
    9.) Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson
    10.) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

    And knowing me, I may have some dates wrong, but all great songs and from the sixties.


  3. One I love from ’67, the year I was born! 🙂

    Love’s “Forever Changes.”

    More to follow later…

  4. Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen
    The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground
    Axis: Bold As Love, Jimi Hendrix (just had to 8) )
    Buffalo Springfield Again, Buffalo Springfield
    John Wesley Harding, Bob Dylan
    Mr. Fantasy, Traffic
    Nina Simone Sings The Blues, Nina Simone
    Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel
    A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, Donovan
    Wildflowers, Judy Collins
    The Yardbirds Greatest Hits, The Yardbirds
    Joan, Joan Baez
    Pleasures of the Harbor, Phil Ochs
    Absolutely Free, The Mothers of Invention
    Disraeli Gears, Cream (couldn’t help myself)

    Oh my… this has been extremely stimulating to all my senses!! I can see, smell, feel the album covers and hear the needle as it glides over the grooves of the vinyl and sends those fantastic sounds right through my being. 🙂 Add to that the snapshot right-back-in-the-moment effect and it’s a real trip back through time.

    I won’t even bother with a singles list ~ it was all about the album to me then. There was something magical about the whole process of acquiring and then listening to an album in its entirety while perusing the album art and liner notes. Ahhh, bliss!

    Well, I must be going ~ T.B. Sheets by Van Morrison just started up and I think I’ll call it a day. 😉 I think I’m a bit delirious… does it show?


    1. The very best year for music, Gabrielle, do you think?

      I’m glad you mentioned Donovan’s A Gift from a Flower to a Garden. If my memory is working today, isn’t ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ on that album? (As David did with ‘Sonnet 18’, of course, the words are William Shakespeare’s.)

      Delightfully psychedelic. Reminds me very much of Syd.

      “Come hither, come hither, come hither…”

  5. 1967 Singles –

    Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix Experience
    I Can See For Miles – The Who (Sellout)
    Dear Mr. Fantasy – Traffic
    Let’s Spend the Night Together – Stones
    A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
    Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
    Hi Ho Silver Lining – Jeff Beck

    And of course:

    Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen


    Miles Smiles – Miles Davis
    Axis – Bold as Love – Hendrix
    Born Under a Bad Sign – Albert King
    Days of Future Passed – Moody Blues
    The Doors – The Doors
    Straight, No Chaser – Thelonius Monk
    The Grateful Dead – The Grateful Dead

  6. Hi David.

    Happy to have found your site. I am fan from the Jersey City, Roosevelt Stadium concert of 1975. I am glad that I did get to see Pink Floyd.

    My son (17) and I are currently viewing “Remember That Night”. Not all youngins have querked music taste.

    Thank you for a life time of wonderful music. God be with you always.

    A fan, now in Tucson, AZ.

  7. Classic Albums “Dark Side of the Moon”

    Hiya FEd,

    Long time no see. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to yesterday’s chat.

    Belgian TV station “Canvas” has Dark Side of the Moon scheduled for tonight 00:20 (GMT + 1) in the Classic Albums series. More info (in Dutch) here.


  8. I decided to start at the end and work my way backwards so: 10/15 for the quiz – I’m suitably ashamed of myself. :v

    1. How do you view your score? Do you have to ‘see answer now’ for each question?

      Forgive me for being thick today. I blame Nick Clegg (who will be blamed for everything from now on, by the way).

    2. Well, I do like the Sixties more than the Seventies…

      14/15 here… and I could have sworn that Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder switched places on #10 to stop me from getting full marks.

      Probably something to do with that swine, Nick Clegg. 😉

    3. Maybe Marvin and Stevie could just share #10, seems to be the done thing just now. 😡

    4. See what happens when I don’t cheat… 3/15 here. :!

      Do you think I can blame Nick Clegg for that poor score? 😉

    5. Do you think I can blame Nick Clegg for that poor score? 😉

      Heck yes, blame him for everything. It’s the least he deserves.

  9. Apart from the ones mentioned above, here are some 1967 albums I really like.

    Incredible String Band – The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion (I love its cover, too)
    The Who – The Who Sell Out
    Love – Forever Changes
    Eric Burdon and The Animals – Winds Of Change
    Kaleidoscope – Tangerine Dream
    Grateful Dead – The Grateful Dead

    Speaking about songs, these ones are certainly in my list of favourites.

    The Byrds – My Back Pages
    Aretha Franklin – Respect
    Gladys Knight & the Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

  10. … I was 1 year old in ’67, and looking into my album collection, I have only Jimi Hendrix (Are You Experienced) and Pink Floyd (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn).


    P.S. I was rather busy, so I hadn’t the time to comment on the other blog entries…

  11. Hi all.

    I was 4 in 1967. Let me mention

    Love Me Two Times – The Doors
    Back Door Man – The Doors
    Break On Through (To the Other Side) – The Doors
    Homburg – Procol Harum
    Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Group

    Maybe the last was published the year before, but it was a hit in ’67.

    This is what I can add from my collection as a contribution to the topic.

    Bye from Milan, Italy.

  12. Still putting my top 10 together but I was playing Saucerful of Secrets the other evening. Had to chuckle when I got to Corporal Clegg.

    1. Had to chuckle when I got to Corporal Clegg.

      Funny that, Pete as I was singing yesterday, “Mrs Clegg, you must be proud of him. Mrs Clegg another drop of gin”.

      Anyway, I wonder if people who earn under £10k will really not have to pay tax soon.

      Also I wonder if he will put his money where his mouth is when it comes to Gary McKinnon. See this.

  13. Ah, 1967, a great year for music – and a year I had to catch up with tunewise as it was the year I was born… so a certain extra something there personally!

    There’s some corkers you’ve picked there, FEd. The “Missing Believed Wiped” event at the BFI in January had Dave Davies’ “Death of a Clown” (in your selection) amongst the recovered gems shown, which caused quite a laugh amongst the audience. He was introduced as Ray Davies and bellowed across the BBC studio “DAVE! DAVE DAVIES!!”

    To your list I’d possibly add Procol’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”, and the fab four’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Oh and “Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding who tragically died a month before the song was released. Album wise, there’s always Love’s Forever Changes, a truly great collection of songs.

    Ooo this is a hard one. Far too many good songs and albums! 😛

  14. I LOVE music from the Sixties!!! 😀

    “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” – Kenny Rogers
    “I’m A Believer” – Monkees
    “Soul Man” – Sam & Dave
    “Sweet Soul Music” – Arthur Conley
    “I Think We’re Alone Now” – Tommy James & Shondells
    “Little Ole Man” – Bill Cosby
    “San Francisco, Wear A Flower In Your Hair” – Scott McKenzie
    “Come Back When You Grow Up” – Bobby Vee

    …and the best for last!!!

    “Interstellar Overdrive” – Pink Floyd

    I’m a big fan of the famous but short-lived UFO Club, a UK underground club in London during 1966 and 1967, venue of performances by many of the top bands at that time, including Pink Floyd.

    I highly recommend “White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s” – The Joe Boyd Story. It’s available through Joe’s website and includes some great tunes from the Sixties 8)

  15. There was so much great stuff going on in music in the late 1960s. Much of my favorite music is either directly from that timeframe, or is made by people who got their start in that timeframe, or was heavily influenced by those who were there. In 1967 I was one year old (I’m dating myself now), and so therefore I don’t know exactly which music came out in which year. With exceptions. Being a huge fan of anything Beatles and Floyd, for example, I know which music from those bands is from 1967. Otherwise, I shall have to write in general, and not in specifics.

    It was a time when young people had something to say and the means to say it, when music was still a viable means of expression and had not yet been co-opted by corporate interests. A time when Peter Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan had forged the way for others to speak their mind via music. And there was a lot to say: about Vietnam, about social justice, about race relations, about sex. It was a time when recording techniques had advanced to where new things were possible, such as the orchestral sweep in The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” and people wanted to try new things.

    And last but not least, it was a time when people’s priorities moved away from making money and towards doing more important things.

  16. Hi everybody!

    I want to say hello to you as I start working tonight and I won’t be able to write very often until I’ll have the Internet where I live, I’m in a bar at the moment… I’ll be missing this wonderful blog!

    I hope that David is very fine and happy as well as everyone of you…

    Ciao amici!

  17. A fun year… I was -2 but still scored, I think, a respectable 12/15 on the quiz.

    I won’t attempt an A-Z yet… maybe after some cocktails later.

    Maybe some less obvious choices of mine from ’67 – here are 10:

    The Grass Roots: Let’s Live For Today
    Tom Jones: Green Green Grass of Home
    Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant Massacre
    Baloo the Bear & Mowgli: The Bare Necessities
    Otis Redding & Carla Thomas: Tramp
    Dubliners: Seven Drunken Nights
    Manfred Mann: Ha! Ha! Said the Clown
    The Blues Magoos: Gotta Get Away
    Neil Diamond: Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon
    The Music Explosion: I See The Light

    It was definitely fun listening to these (and others) today to get me through the day. I think at some point this evening I’ll be playing the Dubliners on a loop feed for a while.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend – Rob_P 😛

    1. Was The Jungle Book really 1967? Hard to believe.

      That’s one of my favourites, too (and ‘I Wan’na Be Like You’).

  18. Scientists are now saying that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is up to 14 times bigger than previously reported by BP. This would make it the largest oil spill ever, and no end in sight.

    In this article, one BP official tries to downplay the disaster, saying that so much oil is small compared to the ocean that it is spilling into. Which surprises me, because I didn’t know the Gulf of Mexico was an ocean. Me? I trust the words of scientists any day, over oil execs who say that the Gulf is larger than it actually is so that we’ll think the spill is smaller than it actually is. Disgusting!

  19. Crikey, I could have listed 100 here but…

    The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
    Mamas and Papas – Dedicated To the One I Love
    Traffic – Paper Sun
    Spencer Davis Group – I’m a Man
    Smokey Robinson – I Second That Emotion
    Dusty Springfield – Goin’ Back
    Procal Harum – Homburg
    Simon Dupree – Kites
    Flowerpot Men – Let’s Go to San Francisco
    Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend the Night Together
    Soft Machine – Love Makes Sweet Music
    Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

  20. Hey FEd!

    How have you been?

    I think most of favorites have been covered.

    I just returned from Port Arthur, Texas, where we buried my foster mom. She was truly more than a foster mom. She was a huge part of my life. She took me in when I was about 9 years old. She kept me off the streets. I learned so much from her. If it weren’t for her I would have ended up in jail or worse, dead. Though I am still grieving, I am also relieved she is gone. She was suffering greatly. It is very bittersweet.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend.


    P.S. Port Arthur, TX is the home of Janis Joplin. Her mom’s house is just down the street from my mom’s house.

    1. I am sorry to hear of your loss, Penny, but understand the sense of relief that comes with it.

      My condolences to you and your family.

  21. – The Doors, ‘The End’ – ‘When The Music Is Over’ (“Before I sink into the big sleep I want to hear, I want to hear the scream of the butterfly”)
    – The Rolling Stones, ‘She’s a Rainbow’ – ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ (very psychedelic, I like it)
    -The Beatles, ‘I Am The Walrus’ (for the weird lyrics)
    – Leonard Cohen, ‘Suzanne’ – ‘Sisters Of Mercy’ (still don’t know if the song is about nuns or prostitutes – or maybe both? 😉 )

    – Claude François, ‘Comme d’habitude’
    – Jacques Brel, ‘Les vieux amants’
    – Adamo, ‘Inch Allah’ (written when the Six-Day War broke out in June 1967 between Israel and Egypt/Syria/Jordan. Great/disturbing lyrics)

    1967, Summer of Love, but also Summer of War…

  22. Now this was a great year for songs and my first outdoor music festival which was the Monterey Pop Festival.

    The songs I loved were,

    Small Faces-Itchycoo Park
    The Doors-Back Door Man
    Moby Grape-Hey Grandma
    The Byrds-My Back Pages
    Love-Alone Again Or
    The Yardbirds-Little Games
    Buffalo Springfield-Mr. Soul
    Rolling Stones-Connection
    Cream-Strange Brew
    The Turtles-Happy Together

    Plus I really had to add this one,

    Eric Burton and The Animals-Monterey (which was written for the Monterey Pop Festival)

    I hope everyone has a great weekend.

    Take care, Thomas

  23. Thanks for the Magic Sam Blues Band recommendation. I like what I hear.

    “A Hard Road” by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers is one of the best albums ever.

  24. Hi FEd,

    Fab year 1967! Very young but very involved in the our “new” music and “beat-psychedelic world”. I really love 1967 / 1983 as harmony and magic sound.


    All from “The Piper” – Pink Floyd
    All from “Who…” – Who
    A Whiter Shade of Pale and Homburg – Procol Harum
    Some Velvet Morning (I think 1967) – Vanilla Fudge
    The Sound of Silence and the LP Simon and Garfunkel
    San Francisco – Scott McKenzie (…in charts in Italy too, without cover-track!!!)
    The Doors – Light My Fire
    Penny Lane – Beatles
    Yardbirds (but don’t remember the LP title)

    Thanks for this topic FEd.


  25. Anything less than ten would be silly.

    Here’s 26 (A)to(Z) belatedly ruminate over…

    Autumn Almanac – The Kinks
    Bernadette – The Four Tops
    Carrie-Anne – The Hollies
    Daydream Believer – The Monkees
    Excerpt from A Teenage Opera – Keith West
    For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
    Good Times – Eric Burden & The Animals
    Hello Goodbye – The Beatles
    I Say A Little Prayer – Dionne Warwick
    Judy In Disguise (with Glasses) – John Fred & His Playboy Band
    Knock on Wood – Otis Redding
    Let’s Go To San Francisco – The Flower Pot Men
    Mellow Yellow – Donovan
    New York Mining Disaster 1941 – Bee Gees
    On A Carousel – The Hollies
    Pictures of Lily – The Who
    (Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie – Jay & The TechniQues) 😕
    Reflections – Diana Ross & The Supremes
    She’d Rather Be With Me – The Turtles
    The Letter – Box Tops
    Up, Up & Away – The 5th Dimension
    (Martha & The Vandellas – Jimmy Mack) 😕
    Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks
    (Show Me – Joe TeX 😕
    (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
    Zabadak – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch

    1. I second that!!! I’ve played more than half of that list over the past few days…

      While I was at it, I found my old friend “Jack Flanders” from the ZBS foundation…

  26. I loved 1967. Loved the music. Loved everything about it. One of my favorite years ever.

    I was 9 and spent the summer in Austria with my sister and my little pointy nosed mother (who temporarily abandoned Papa in L.A.)–I went down the Danube river on a barge, spent a month on a farm high in the Alps. My 14 year old sister got off a street car and brought a copy of Sgt. Pepper that her boyfriend had just bought and we stared at the cover in absolute wonder. We debated whether or not the Beatles had changed their names permanently.

    Didn’t Waterloo Sunset come out that summer/year? I remember being enchanted transported by it. What a really fantastic song. One of the best ever. I still listen to it every month or two. (That angelic choir boy falsetto voice in the background is Ray Davies’s first wife’s. She was a gorgeous, beaming, young blonde. I always wonder what happened to her.) GOD that song is good. I feel like I’m in a wonderful dream whenever I hear it. Or Day in the Life. Or Lighter Shade of Pale. Or Piper at the Gates (God, wasn’t the deluxe set great?). Or anything by Mr. Gilmour, or by the Floyd. How blest we all are to be living in such an age of great music and musicians.

    God Bless you David G. (And please please finish up that great lost Pink Floyd song, Syd’s “She Was a Millionaire.” You are the only one who can finish it.)

    P.S. I’m pretty sure that “She Was a Millionaire” was 1967, wasn’t it? The quote, unquote, “number one Pink Floyd single that got away?” –according to one book I read. God, I hope at least one or two Syd songs that Mr. Gilmour has said he might rework or finish end up on David’s next solo album. And I hope he makes us one more little gem with tapes he has of Richard W. too. How I miss him.

  27. Hello all!!!

    Lists, lists, lists… Would you be an accountant by any chance, FEd??? 😉

    D.C.B.A.-25 – Jefferson Airplane
    Love Or Confusion – Jimi Hendrix
    Incense And Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock
    See Emily Play – Pink Floyd
    Penny Lane – The Beatles
    Tales Of Brave Ulysses – Cream
    All Tomorrow’s Parties – Velvet Underground
    People Are Strange – The Doors
    Chain Of Fools – Aretha Franklin
    Up, Up And Away – 5th Dimension

    And for a little extra bit of fun… ENJOY!!! Up, up and away!!! You just don’t get emotions like that anymore… Love it!!! :))

    1. Tales of Braves Ulysses:

      I’m ashamed to say I’ve never heard this before, fantastic! We love all things Odysseus, thanks again!

    2. Don’t be ashamed, just give Disraeli Gears a good “spin”… I think you’ll love it, it’s quite an “odyssey”… 8)

  28. Slip Inside This House, and She Lives (In a Time of Her Own) from the Easter Everywhere album: the 13th Floor Elevators in 1967! Their music was so incredible!

    Roky Erikson and Syd Barrett had much in common. Check him out on Wikipedia and YouTube. Texas psychedelia at its best.

    Roky Erikson is back to performing, I saw him on Austin City Limits recently.

    1. Is it true that in the US most tall buildings (particularly hotels) don’t have a 13th floor?

      And I’ve read that in some Asian countries, buildings don’t have floors that end with a 4…

      Help! My black cat crossed my path today… 😮

    2. “Slip Inside This House” rocks… I’ll have to dig the LP out and give it a spin… 8)

  29. A “bakers dozen” of albums from 1967 that I’ve found to be “indispensible” over the years… No particular order…except for Piper.

    Piper At The Gates Of Dawn – The Pink Floyd
    Axis: Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    The Doors – The Doors
    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
    Miles Smiles – Miles Davis
    Surrealistic Pillow – The Jefferson Airplane
    Chelsea Girl – The Nico
    Disraeli Gears – Cream
    The Velvet Underground and Nico
    Younger Than Yesterday – The Byrds
    Easter Everywhere – 13th Floor Elevators
    Green Grass Of Home – Tom Jones
    Expression – John Coltrane

  30. Oh yeah… songs…

    I love to sing “Respect” of Aretha Franklin, “I Was Made to Love Her” by Stevie Wonder, “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane.

    List of songs I like from 1967:

    Reflections – Diana Ross and The Supremes
    On a Carousel – Hollies
    There’s a Kind of Hush – Herman’s Hermits
    Thank the Lord for the Night Time – Neil Diamond
    The Letter – Box Tops
    Happy Together – Turtles
    I’m a Believer – The Monkees


  31. The 60s, when the Motown Sound was formed.

    This period of music history is probably the greatest that African Americans have known. In a world today where gangster rap and rude lyrics receive all the hype and attention of the younger generation, it is wonderful to take a look back to times where themes of love and relationships were at the heart of the music.

  32. The music of the 60s was definitely some of the best ever! I would include the following greats in my favorites list:

    The Letter – Box Tops
    Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
    Penny Lane – The Beatles
    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
    Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon — Neil Diamond
    Let’s Spend the Night Together – Rolling Stones
    I Say A Little Prayer — Dionne Warwick

    …Just to name a few.

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