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june 1967

 

Easybeats drummer Snowy Fleet leaves the band at the conclusion of their Australian tour. The group return to London

overseas releases

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles

To Love Somebody
The Bee Gees

Strange Brew / Tales of Brave Ulysses
Cream

Evolution
The Hollies

White Rabbit
Jefferson Airplane

Something Else
The Kinks

Moby Grape
Moby Grape

Here Comes The Nice, From The Beginning (LP)
The Small Faces

 

1   Don Dunstan succeeds Frank Walsh as Premier of South Australia.

- Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released in the UK

- The Times prints an advertisement, signed by leading members of the American intelligentsia, protesting against America's military involvement in Vietnam

- John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, British counter-cultural impresario, is jailed for nine months on drugs charges.

2   Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released in the USA

- The drugs trials of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begin at at the West Sussex Assizes in Lewes. Police conduct during the trial outrages many commentators, with the two musicians being held in custody and escorted to and from the court in handcuffs.

- The Shah of Iran pays an official visit to Berlin, prompting students take to the streets to protest against his repressive regime. In the early evening thousands of demonstrators line up behind police barricades across the street from the Berlin Opera House where the Shah is to attend a performance. A few throw paint-filled balloons, but the Shah slips into the Opera House without even noticing them. But as the demonstrators disperse, Berlin police pounce on them, using a new technique that they have developed for terrorizing crowds, dubbed "The Liver-Sausage Method." The crowd of demonstrators is forced into a long, tight "sausage" formation on the footpath between the barricades and buildings. The police then form a wedge, rush the middle of the "sausage" and the demonstrators naturally rush out at either end -- and into the flailing truncheons of hundreds more waiting police, and pandemonium ensues. Believing him to be a ringleader, police grab one young protester Benno Ohnesorg, who is in fact attending his first protest. Detective Sgt. Karl-Heinz Kurras points his gun at Ohnesorg's head and it goes off (possibly accidentally); Ohnesorg is fatally wounded and dies within minutes. After his death, stunned protesters gather at the office of the SDS, a prominent student organization. Among them is radical activist Gudrun Ensslin, soon to become a key member of the infamous Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang. Inside the SDS office Ensslin screams: "This fascist state means to kill us all! We must organize resistance. Violence is the only way to answer violence. This is the Auschwitz Generation, and there's no arguing with them!" Ohnesorg's death becomes a pivotal factor in the formation of extreme left-wing resistance to the German government, leading to the formation of the notorious Baader-Meinhof terrorist group.

3   In the wake of Benno Ohnesorg's death at the hands of police, all protest signs and banners are banned on the streets of Berlin, but student activist Peter Homann, comes up with an ingenious stunt to circumvent the ban. Eight people dress up in t-shirts, each with a single large letter painted on the front and back. Alone, the t-shirts are innocuous, but when lined up side-by-side, the shirt fronts spell out A-L-B-E-R-T-Z-! -- referring to Berlin Mayor Heinrich Albertz -- and when the group turns around in unison, the backs read A-B-T-R-E-T-E-N -- "resign." Photos appear across West Germany the next day, but despite Homann's ingenuity, all eight protesters are arrested.

 

Berlin students

Berlin students demontrate against the death of protestor Benno Ohnesorg.
On the far left, with the giant exclamation point on her chest, is future
Baader-Meinhof Gang member Gudrun Ensslin.

5   The Six Day War begin in the Middle East. Suspecting an imminent attack, Israel counters an Arab military buildup with a stunning surprise attack on Egypt and her allies. Israeli forces gain the upper hand within hours; catching them on the ground, Israeli planes virtually obliterate the entire Egyptian air force.

- Moby Grape's self-titled debut album is released in the USA

7  In Go-Set this week:
- 'The truth about discos'
- Johnny Young's wild farewell

8   Although fighting continues for another few days, the outcome of the Six Day War has been largely decided. Israel smashes Arab resistance, destroying 80% of Egypt's military materiel, and taking control of huge areas of formerly Egyptian and Syrian-controlled territory, including the Arab sections of Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the entire Sinai Peninsula and the east bank of the Suez Canal.

- Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale reaches #1 in the UK

9   Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow reaches #3 in the USA

10   Jeff St John plays his final show with backing band The Id at the Here Disco in North Sydney.

12   Radical New York Hippies and San Francisco Diggers invade the New Left SDS 'Drawing Boards' Conference

14   An advertisment supporting the USA involvement in Vietnam appears in The Times as a counter to the June 1 anti-war advert.

In Go-Set this week:
- Normie Rowe 'going steady' with Pat Carroll
- Frank Traynor writes on jazz
- 'Are discos as bad as some say?'

16-18   The epochal Monterey Pop Festival is held in California. The first true rock festival and the focal point of the "Summer Of Love", it showcases the cream of American rock, soul, pop and psychedelic groups, plus leading international acts. The star-studded bill includes The Association, Booker T. & The MGs, Buffalo Springfield, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Country Joe & The Fish, The Electric Flag, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Scott Mackenzie, The Mamas and The Papas, Hugh Masakela, The Steve Miller Blues Band, Moby Grape, Laura Nyro, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Otis Redding, Johnny Rivers, Simon & Garfunkel and The Who. The Festival also launches the careers of Janis Joplin (with Big Brother & The Holding Company), The Jimi Hendrix Experience, (who is introduced by Rolling Stone Brian Jones) and features the first major western concert performance by Indian classical sitarist Ravi Shankar. The Board of Governors is a 'Who's Who' of interntaional rock music, including Lou Adler, Donovan, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Roger McGuinn, Terry Melcher, Andrew Oldham, John Phillips, Smokey Robinson and Brian Wilson. The only major no-show is The Beach Boys, who are forced to pull out because of the problems stemming from Carl Wilson's draft resistance.

16   The cover of LIFE magazine features papier-mache caricature of The Beatles by British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

- Paul McCartney appears on a BBC-TV interview, talking about drugs and his admission earlier in the year that he had taken the hallucinogen LSD.

- Pink Floyd's second single See Emily Play is released in the UK

17   China explodes its first hydrogen bomb at the remote Lop Nur testing ground in Mongolia.

21  In Go-Set this week:
- Snowy Fleet leaves the Easybeats

24  On their way to a gig in Morwell, Victoria, a van carrying Max Merritt & The Meteors collides head-on with a truck just outside the town of Bunyip, 90 miles south east of Melbourne. Only bassist John 'Yuk' Harrison, who had been sitting in the back with the equipment, escapes unhurt. Saxophonist Bob Birtles, singer/guitarist Max Merritt and drummer Stewie Speer are all trapped in the front of the wrecked van and it takes firemen more than an hour to free them. Max sustains severe head injuries, Bob's leg is badly broken, and Stewie suffers multiple serious injuries -- his legs are crushed, both arms are broken and he loses the tips of several fingers, resulting a four-month hospital stay and a long and painful rehabilitation. It will take the better part of a year for the group to recover from the accident. As a result of his injuries, Max loses his right eye and his face is badly scarred. Bob is left with a permanent limp, and Stewie never regains full mobility.

25  The ABC participates in the historic Our World broadcast, a 22-nation satellite link-up broadcast to an estimated 150,000,000 viewers. The worldwide hookup includes the famous live broadcast of The Beatles' new single, All You Need Is Love, live from Abbey Rd Studios in London.

- Sydney's gang wars escalate with the murder of leading underworld figure Richard Gabriel Reilly. The notorious gunman, standover man and Kings Cross baccarat operator is ambushed outside his mistress's flat in Manning Rd, Double Bay as he approaches his $17,000 Maserati sports car around 7.30pm. He is first shot in the left side with a shotgun, but most of the charge misses him. Reilly tries to escape in his car but as he reverses onto the roadway a second shot from a high-powered sporting rifle strikes him in the neck, severing his carotid artery and lodging in his larynx. Mortally wounded, Reilly attempts to drive off, but a third shot hits him in the shoulder. He manages to turn into nearby New South Head Rd and heads up the hill towards the city but gets only 100 metres before collapsing. His car stops, rolls backwards down the slope and crashes through the front of a ladies' wear store, Aginian's Gift Shop. Among Reilly's effects police subsequently discover four notebooks which contain the names and phone numbers of hundreds of contacts, including politicians, businessmen, police, media personalities and other crime figures. But their potentially explosive contents are suppressed by corrupt Police Commissioner Norman Allan and Premier Robert Askin, both of whom, it is later claimed, were receiving huge payoffs from organised crime.

- Muhammed Ali is sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to comply with his conscription order.

27  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are found guilty of drugs charges.

28  In Go-Set this week: Paul McCartney speaks out about drugs; Sydney band Jeff St John splits from his band The Id; Jeff played his final gig with them on June 10 at the Here Disco in North Sydney. Go-Set reports that The Id (led by former Missing Links guitarist Peter Anson) will remain together and that Jeff will put together a new backing group.

29  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced. They receive to three and twelve months' gaol respectively (with hard labour), despite being first offences. The severity of the sentences causes a major public outcry.

 

3rd This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

10th This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

17th This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

24th This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

 

Exit Stage Right / In The Morning
Ronnie Burns

Heaven & Hell/Pretty Girl
The Easybeats

All Purpose Low / My Girl
The La De Das

Krome Plated Yabbie/Everything I Do Is Wrong
The Wild Cherries