50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love – 1967, a five-part series for Adam and Anna’s Afternoon Show, every day this week, around 2.40 pm, UK, Monday 21 August to Friday 25 August(UK) on BBC Radio York
MONDAY – August 21 Where It All Began
The first part takes a look at where it all began, in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury; the end of pirate radio with the birth of BBC Radio 1; and the Summer of Love anthem, Procul Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale.
TUESDAY – August 22 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: Part 1
The highpoint of the Beatles’ career. In this first part of the look at Sgt Pepper we can see Strawberry Fields break the run of 11 consecutive UK #1s; how the recording came about; clues on the album and sleeve for the “Paul is dead” urban myth and the background to the songs She’s Leaving Home and A Little Help from My Friends.
WEDNESDAY – August 23 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: Part 2
More about the phenomenal Sgt Pepper album. The story behind the cover and its similarity to the 1964 EP sleeve of the Swedish band Mercblecket. The stories behind two more songs, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds and When I’m 64. Plus other Beatles highlights from the Summer of Love.
THURSDAY – August 24 A Time of Change
The beat groups had faded away and the British Invasion had been repelled, as the harder-edged rock bands moved to centre-stage. Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the Doors were taking blues-based rock to another level. The Summer of Love also saw the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s debut album Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
FRIDAY – August 25 The Spirit of 1967
The Monterey Pop Festival was one of the first of the new rock festivals featuring the cream of new groups and artists. The Monkees saw Jimi Hendrix and famously invited him to open for them on their current American tour. New music was everywhere: Van Morrison parted company with Them and started his solo career, Marc Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex debuted at London’s Middle Earth… and so much great music was being heard for the first time, in 1967 – the Summer of Love.
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Most of the detail in the show is taken from my bookRock’n’Roll Unravelled
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