#1 Song in America, Summer of 1966

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 I remember back to the summer of 1966 here in Bellingham, WA. That was the year that I first started paying attention to the radio. Prior to 1966, about the only exposure I had to music was my folks watching Lawrence Welk or Sing-A-Long with Mitch Miller. I much preferred Friday Night at the Fights to those shows.

Then, in January of 1966, I saw a radio station live on-site remote broadcast at a downtown Bellingham store and, from that point forward, I got interested in pop and rock music, synonymous with one another at that time. Little did I know, back then, that I would have a 30 year broadcasting career.

The summer of 1966 was hot. I remember, several times, a friend and I went out to Lake Samish. We would go out there and swim on the hot days. The sunshine made me feel like superman.

But, before we got in the water, we made sure that we had our transistor radio blaring on the private dock. The radio was playing the Beatles, the Supremes, the Dave Clark Five, Sam the Sham, the Beach Boys and all of the big 60's bands.

One song I remember hearing often, when I would come up for air, was by a British solo artist. I never really understood, to tell you the truth, what the song was about. But it certainly involved drug use and lots of psychedelic references that were over the head of a 13 year old.

The song was released in the USA in July. It topped the charts, for one week, in September. It knocked the Lovin' Spoonful out of #1 and then, the next week, the Supremes bounced this Brit down to the #2 position. It is interesting to note that, in the studio version of the song, Jimmy Page, made famous with Led Zeppelin, did the guitar work.

You know the drill, to hear the song performed by the original artist, you are going to have to change channels on the vintage television. Lawrence will never forgive you for doing so, but go ahead and change channels anyway.


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You realize that you are dating yourself with these tunes! :)

Jul 28, 2011 09:45 AM #1
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


I guess so. Not too concerned about that.

Jul 28, 2011 10:17 AM #2
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Steve, Thats a cool version of that one. Sweet upright work in that one.

Jul 28, 2011 11:45 AM #3
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
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Howdy and evening to you Steve

Sunshine Superman sure was and still is a mighty fine song.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Jul 28, 2011 01:17 PM #4
Curtis C. Brown

Steve, The sunshine making you feel like superman made your clue an easy this time. Jimmy page playing guitar was a cool note.. was that when he was in the Yardbirds?

Jul 28, 2011 06:04 PM #5
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Yeah, yeah, I remember it.  I never understood it either.  But the Lovin' Spoonful is still #1. 

I know you understand that.

Jul 29, 2011 12:04 AM #6
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


You have a one-track mind. Nutsy warned me about your foibles. I have that one coming up but it was not a hit until into August.


Page was a session guy then. Beck was with Yardbirds about that time, after Clapton, before page.


You probably remember it from back then too.



Jul 29, 2011 03:23 AM #7
Michael J. Perry
KELLER WILLIAMS Central PA East - Lancaster, PA
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WAs 1966 the Summer of Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or 1967 ?

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