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Monday, Monday
by The Mamas & the Papas
The epitome of feelgood summer pleasure, all rolled into a four-part harmony backed by the expertise of 'The Wrecking Crew" sessioners, and some gorgeous orchestrals. A far cry from the British habit of de-crying that day of the week as a working man's chore, due to the previous two days having been days of leisure. "Monday Monday, so good to me..." - that not what your average Queen's subject would usually be singing!

On the face of it (to the innocent 12-year-old me anyway), they were a jolly bunch of nice-looking folk who dressed smart according to the Swinging Sixties decade but did not "hippy out". Little did many know at that time how into drug-taking they actually were collectively, and it was certainly not a rosy little commune of friends all getting along famously. The minutiae of this have been documented so many times that it would be churlish for me to rub it in by repeating all that stuff. (Though only Michelle Phillips is still alive to be offended.)

'The Mamas & the Papas':
:: Based on a mutual liking for drug-taking, the dynamic for the band was set very early on. However, part of that dynamic was everyone in the group wanting to be with someone else sexually (according to Denny Doherty): "[Mama] Cass [Elliot] wanted me, I wanted Michelle [Phillips], John [Phillips] wanted Michelle, Michelle wanted me, she wanted her freedom… It was basically just everyone wanting to be with the wrong person that created so much turmoil." ...
:: The three founding members (the two Phillips's and Doherty) originally didn't want Elliot in the group. What's even crazier is that it was only after they all shared their first acid experience together that they realized they all had a connection and let her join the band. ...
:: Although Michelle Phillips was initially kicked out for having two affairs while married to leading man John (one was with Doherty), she was soon let back in the band.

In #1966 :
:: On May 2nd, Arthur M Schlesinger Junior's book "A Thousand Days" (detailing the presidency of John F Kennedy from 1961 to 1963) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. ...
:: Firecrackers, fruit and debris were thrown at 'The Beatles' on August 19th during a concert in Memphis, Tennessee, part of their US tour. Three youngsters were slightly injured when a firecracker bounced near the audience, and another went off at the feet of drummer Ringo Starr just as they started their second number of the night, in front of about 11,000 spectators. ...
:: The Rance Tidal Power Station, located on the estuary of the Rance River in Brittany, France, opened on November 26th this year. It was the world's first ever installation of its kind, and remained so for 45 years until the South Korean Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station surpassed it in 2011.

US: No. 1 - UK: No. 3
1966 - Dunhill - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 5th September 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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