January 1968

No that’s not a misprint. We’re flashing back to that classic time, January 1968, to see what was happening 40 years ago in music & pop culture. And baby, it was happening!!

Events in January 1968:
The Beatles launch Apple Corps, Ltd., including their own recording studio, record label and fashion boutique in London. Apple Records was the only division that ever made money, while the clothing shop went bust the next year and eventually gave away remaining stock. Other artists that signed to the label included Badfinger and James Taylor.

Gibson Guitars patents it’s own Flying V electric guitar design. Actually, Gibson’s website shows the original design came about 10 years earlier, in 1958, with the “V Factor” as the standard, from 1967.

Concerts:
Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison in California. The “live” album is released later that year. It was chosen by the Library of Congress in 2003 to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Albums:
“We’re Only in It For the Money” is released on Verve Records by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. The album poked fun at the flower power generation of hippies, the Summer of Love, and is remembered as a biting satire of the sixties pop culture.

The Graduate Soundtrack recalls the lush harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” from their Bookends album. Two different versions of the song were used in the movie, which starred Dustin Hoffman.

Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin is released featuring the R&B hits “Chain of Fools” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

TV: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In debuted on NBC as a one-time sketch comedy special and became such a huge success that it turned into a regular series which ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973. Hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Laugh-In helped to launch many careers, such as Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin and Arte Johnson. Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels was a Laugh-In writer early in his career.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_in_music

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
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