1967 – Brill Building songwriter Bert Berns, who penned “Twist and Shout” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” dies of a heart attack. As the head of the Bang! label, Berns was also instrumental in convincing Them’s lead singer Van Morrison to pursue a solo career.
1967 – The Beatles see in the New Year at a party held by singer Cilla Black in London. Following a bizarre custom from the North of England, Ringo Starr is sent outside to spend midnight in the street.
1967 – The Beatles scored their 15th US No.1 with ‘Hello Goodbye’, Gladys Knight and the Pips were at No.2 with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and The Monkees at No.3 with ‘Daydream Believer.’
1967 – Singer-guitarist Dave Mason leaves Traffic to start a solo career.
1967 – John Lennon leaves England for a vacation in Morocco on this day in rock history!
1967 – Tonight at the Oxford New Theatre in England, the Lindsay Kemp Mime Troupe performs Pierrot in Turquoise. Among the cast is the young David Bowie.
1967 – Bob Dylan releases his long-awaited follow-up to Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding. Rolling Stone declares, “Without a doubt this is another major musical step for Bob Dylan. The predominance of country blues, white and black, from Hank Williams to Leadbelly is unprecedented in the new electric music.”
1967 – The Doors appeared on the Jonathon Winters Show CBS TV show from Los Angeles, California.
1967 – The Doors begin a weeklong series of concerts at San Francisco’s Fillmore West with Chuck Berry.
1967 – The Beatles alienate a large portion of their fan base with the premiere of their psychedelic movie Magical Mystery Tour on British TV. Paul McCartney remembered, “Everybody was looking for a plot, but it purposely wasn’t there.” The Queen remarked, “The Beatles are turning awfully funny, aren’t they?”
1967 – Paul McCartney becomes engaged to his girlfriend, the actress Jane Asher. However, they never marry.
1967 – John Lennon writes a get-well-soon letter to his estranged father Alfred, who has taken ill. Lennon also sends Alfred a car so that he can visit his son at Weybridge, England. However, his magnum opus “I Am the Walrus” only struggles to No. 56 in the American singles charts today.