1967 Part 6

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The year was extraordinary both for the quality and sheer quantity of music.


1967 had a lot of firsts: most people remember the first time they heard Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. If you were alive at the time, the year was 1967. But there were other firsts: Mother Africa (Miriam Makeba) introduced the western and northern world to the idea that good music (as well as the human genome) came from Africa with her ridiculously infectious "Pata pata."procul harum 


Procol Harum (left) helped develop the concept of classical rock. Their "Whiter Shade of Pale" explored the chord changes of Bach and the ribald medieval poetry of Chaucer ("and so it was later, as the miller told his tale, that her face at first just ghostly turned a whiter shade of pale"), while Quicksilver Messenger Service stretched the boundaries of rock improvisation at San Francisco's Fillmore West with jam songs like "Gold and Silver."


Lou Reed's Velvet Underground explored the drug culture with his spaced out "Heroin," and The Strawberry Alarm Clock (named after the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields") suggested that meditating might be a good idea with "Incense and Peppermints."