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1967 – I’m A Believer

December 28th, 2018 · Posted by Skuds in Music · No Comments · Music

The biggest hit single of 1967 was A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum. I love that song. I remember a particularly good night doing my rendiditon of it at a karaoke party in the 80’s. Apart from that, I like Procol Harum generally. I think it is criminal that so many people only know that one song when they not only had other big hits in the 60’s but still kept going. I have a particular fondness for their Something Magic album from 1977.

In spite of all that, the track from 1967 that I have put on my playlist is I’m A Believer by the Monkees. One reason is that I probably didn’t appreciate Whiter Shade until the 1970’s but I know I enjoyed watching the Monkees TV show and probably knew this song at the time it came out or soon after. The other reason is that it just makes me smile whever I hear it.

It must be medically impossible to put this on and not want to join it, and there is no way you can not want to dance, nod or just tap your toe along. It is just such an uplifting song. If I am every feeling a bit crappy I just have to put this on and everything is OK.

1967 was famously the summer of love, and had its fair share of classic tunes – Light my Fire, Mellow Yellow, Gimme Some Loving, Respect, White Rabbit, Brown Eyed Girl, Nights in White Satin, Waterloo Sunset. It was the year that Pink Floyd released their first album and Arlo Guthrie released the magnificent Alice’s Restaurant, and there was the Who, Jimi Hendrix, but good as all that is, the only thing from 1867 that even comes close to lighting up my face as much as I’m A Believer is Dayream Believer, also by the Monkees, and also a cracking singalong tune.


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