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1967 was less of an eventful
year than it appeared. While psychedelic rock was garnering a lot
of the headlines and the disdain of the adults it was some of the
old standbys that were actually selling the most records.
The Four Seasons,
Frankie Valli (solo), the Four Tops, and Johnny Rivers all had
top 40 hits. This was the second year that Frankie Valli was able to
chart both as a solo artist and also with the Four Seasons.
Not quite ready for top 40 fame psychedelic rock bands were bursting onto the scene with growing success. One early stand out was Jefferson Airplane. Behind the driving soulful voice of Grace Slick and the production genius of Jerry Garcia their second album "Surrealistic Pillow" climbed to # 3 on the Album Charts. Two singles from the album "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" also charted well. The Airplane actually started as a folk group and many of their ballads strongly reflected that background. Other groups who would soon find plenty of air play were Jimi Hendrix with his first album "Are You Experienced" and the Who with their top 40 single "I Can See for Miles". Both groups were known for destroying or burning their instruments on stage and both would find good exposure at the Monterey Pop Festival.
Notable newcomers included: Three brothers named Gibb also called The Bee Gees, Pink Floyd (in the U.S.), Van Morrison and the Doors, Bobbie Gentry "Ode To Billie Joe" and Cream (in the U.S.).
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