#1 Song in America, Summer of 1966

Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. Home Inspector Lic #207

 I remember oh so well the summer of  1966. That was the year that I first started paying attention to music and the radio. Prior to that time, 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 fuddy-duddy music shows.

Then, in February 1966, I walked past disc jockey Kirk Wilde, who was on-site at a KPUG remote broadcast in downtown Bellingham. From that point forward, this Bellingham kid  listened exclusively to pop and rock music---they were pretty much synonymous with one another at that time. Little did I know, back then, that I would have my own a 30 year career in radio broadcasting.

The summer of 1966 was a hot one. My friend and I would go out to Lake Samish and swim on warm days. The sunshine made me feel like superman....hint, hint.

Before we got in the water, we always made sure that our transistor radio was in a dry spot on the dock and that the music was blaring. KPUG radio always played the hits of the era: The Beatles, The Supremes, The Dave Clark Five, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, etc.

One song I heard often that summer, when I came out of the water for air, was by a British solo artist. Honestly, back then, I never understood what the song was all about. But it certainly implied drug abuse and the psychedelic references were over the head of a 14 year old.

The single was released in the USA in July. It topped the charts for one week in September: That week the Brit knocked the Lovin' Spoonful out of #1 and then, the next week, the Supremes took him down a notch to the #2 position. Little known fact: Ace session guitarist Jimmy Page, later of Led Zeppelin fame, was responsible for the nifty guitar work in the original studio version of this summertime hit.

To see and hear a video of this chart-topper, as recorded by the original artist, you need to change channels on the vintage television set. Lawrence Welk will never forgive you for your disloyalty, but go ahead and click on the play button anyway. Bye, bye Lawrence!


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Steven L. Smith

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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
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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
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

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
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

WAs 1966 the Summer of Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or 1967 ?

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