that shines the spotlight on cool secular singles
that were riding the pop chart during the
holiday season in years gone by.
sunshine pop, bubblegum rock and
blue-eyed soul. At Christmas 1967
the Buckinghams' girl song "Susan"
was climbing the Billboard chart.
the track by inserting a psychedelic section
that was highly derivative of the orchestral
crescendo in "A Day in the Life," a song
from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album.
dislike of the Beatlesque interlude and banned
"Susan" from their playlists. Keenly aware that
time is money, other stations played a shorter
version with the instrumental passage edited
out. I for one didn't have a problem with
other acts borrowing from the Beatles.
I thought the producer's nod to
"A Day in the Life" was cool.
Plenty of other fans agreed.
"Susan" charted 12 weeks
and brushed the top 10.
with their cover of "Gloria," the Chicago area
garage rock band the Shadows of Knight (no
relation to my band the Shadys of Knight)
staged a modest comeback with
two more exciting singles.
hybrid called "Shake," made the top 50.
that remind me of two other 60s favorites,
"Can't Get Enough of You Baby," waxed
by ? (Question Mark) & the Mysterians,
and "Ain't Nothin' But a House Party,"
the psychedelic instrumental workout
"From Way Out To Way Under."
The Shadows of Knight
on the radio when the SOK unwittingly scored a
TKO with “Gloria ’69,” a new psychedelicized
version of their 1966 single.
usher in the new year, "Gloria '69" is the same
1966 "Gloria" recording with a fuzz guitar
track added to give it a heavier sound.
Essentially, the producers at Dunwich,
without the band's knowledge or approval,
covered the original with a fresh coat of
dayglo paint, hoping the updated sound
would result in another chart hit.
on Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart, but the
record was played often on WSBA during my
holiday break from classes at Penn State and
the exposure was enough to get me hooked.
I bought the record and still own it!