Monday, June 26, 2017

The Supremes in 1967

1967 is colloquially known as "the summer of love," the name given to the time when thousands of young people congregated in San Francisco's Haight-Asbury neighborhood.

Musically speaking, fifty years ago the Monkees released their best album, Headquarters, and it hit number one on the album chart June 24, 1967. The week after that, the Beatles' Sgt Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band took the top spot and was there for fifteen weeks. Finally, they gave up the top the week of October 28, when the Supremes' Greatest Hits took the top spot and stayed there for 5 weeks. Ironically enough, it was replaced by another Monkees album (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd.).

If you are a fan of Motown in general or of the Supremes in particular, you know that Summer 1967 is an important time for the group, and not because of "love." Today we're going to talk about the events of that epic year.

The last show of  the Supremes with their original line-up occurred on July 1, 1967. The first show of the new line-up of the Supremes also occurred on that day.  In-between those matinee and evening shows, original member Florence Ballard left the group, and Cindy Birdsong took her place.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MB19: Batman Family #17

Batman Family #17 (May 1977)
cover: Michael Kaluta 
title: "There's A Demon Born Every Minute"
writer: Bob Rozakis
penciller: Michael Golden
colorist: Jerry Serpe
letterer: Jean Simek
editor: Allen Milgrom