September 23 – Farinas, Dusty, Fish, Chilton


Brooklyn‘s Santo & Johnny, the Farina brothers, score a very rare US#1 instrumental hit (*) with their song ‘Sleep Walk’ featuring steel guitar.


Hall (right)

Opening in NYC of Avery Fisher Hall.

Home of the world-class New York Philharmonic orchestra, the Hall is part of the brand-new Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Sadly, 7000 families were forced out of 17 blocks of ethnic tenements – using eminent domain – to make room for this palais des artes – and lots of limousines.


The Brits first crack the US top-20 with Silver Threads and Golden Needles by … not the Beatles, not the Tornados … London’s The Springfields trio … Mary ‘Dusty‘ O’Brien, Dion ‘Tom Springfield‘ O’Brien and Tim Feild.


 Summer of Love 

Electric Music for the Mind and Body, the first album by psych band Country Joe and the Fish, makes the top 40 charts.

Following their appearance at the Monterrey Pop Fest on June 17, the Vanguard recording is one of the first psychedelic albums out of San Francisco.

 ( Fish site  ( Country Joe site


Sixteen-year-old lead singer Alex Chilton enjoys a US#1, UK#5 hit with The Letter.

It’s the first single released by blue-eyed soul band The Box Tops, who immediately follow up with album The Letter/Neon Rainbow. Single Cry Like A Baby climbs to US#2 in 1968.

The young band, fleeced by suits, breaks up in 1970.

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