January – More music history #2 – Fugs, Hollies

1966

Release on ESP of The Fugs First Album by NYC freak folk band The Fugs(*).
 
It’s originally released in 1965 as ‘The Village Fugs’ on Broadside/Folkways; 40000 copies are sold by word-of-mouth. The music is as crude, rude, hilarious and outrageous as it’s intended to be. It sells so well, a second album appears months later in March 1966; it actually manages to make the US top-100!
 
Beat poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg founded the group, which Tupferberg calls ‘the U.S.O. of the left.’ They’re prominent at many war protests of the period.

Their obscene, agit-prop vignettes updated a tradition that dated from Chuck Berry’s early hits and predated Frank Zappa’s operettas.

There are reunion concerts in the 80s and 90s, and a last album in 2003. Followed by a second last album.  ( Website ▷Fugs Bio▹.

See also: Holy Modal Rounders The Fugs  Kupferberg 

1974


First, 1964 album

English pop-rockers The Hollies have a last-gasp penultimate hit single with fantastic song The Air That I Breathe.
 
It climbs charts to US#6, CA#5, UK#2. The song was written by Brit singer-songwriters Mike Hazlewood and singer Albert Hammond and originally recorded in June, 1973 by Hammond. The Hollies heard it as the lead track on Phil Everly‘s 1973 album Star Spangled Springer when it’s released in the UK (Everly didn’t release it as a single!).
 
The Hollies had previously had a long string of great top-20 UK singles between 1963 and 1970 thanks to the songwriting team of Graham Nash, Tony Hicks and lead vocalist Allan Clarke. Nash departed in Dec. 1968. The Hollies are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.  ( Website
 
Olivia Newton-John knowns a good thing when she hears it, and it’s soon heard again on her Feb. 12, 1975 release Have You Never Been Mellow, which makes US#1 in March.

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