Aaron Neville's ''Tell It Like It Is'' goes to number 1 on the Billboard rhythm and blues chart.
Birth of Tim McGraw in Delhi, Louisiana.
The late sixties was a period of immense social, cultural, and political upheaval. A new generation, born around the time of World War II, had come into its own and, suddenly, it seemed as if the world was turning upside down. People were living in communes and hippie pads. They were gathering together for huge outdoor events called ''be-ins'' and ''love-ins''. They were marching in the streets to protest the war in Vietnam or to call for more civil rights. They had long hair and were wearing bell-bottoms, fringed vests, and granny glasses - when they were wearing anything at all. They were talking about ''flower power'' and ''free love'', and reading the work of such free-thinking writers as Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, and Timothy Leary. And they were experimenting with LSD and marijuana. Rock and roll reflected these changes and helped influence them. Thanks to artists like Bob Dylan and the Beatles, rock and roll was being taken seriously, and scores of new groups were forming in San Francisco, London, Los Angeles, and New York. The Doors, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin), the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and the Velvet Underground all released their debut albums in 1967, the year the media dubbed the ''Summer of Love''. And there were other developments, like free-form radio and the underground press, that helped shape rock and roll into the music and social force that we now know.
The remaining six appeared on an extended play single released to coincide with the March 1967 premiere of the film. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and sold fewer than 30,000 units total. Given that the EP format was no longer a viable marketing medium, and the poor performance of ''Easy Come, Easy Go'', it was the final release of new material by Presley in the EP format.
MARCH 26, 1967 SUNDAY
Ralph Emery marries Joy Kott.
MARCH 29, 1967 WEDNESDAY
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs appear on-screen on CBS-TV's ''The Beverly Hillbillies'', for the sixth time in their career. The duo also performs the sitcom's theme song, ''The Ballad Of Jed Clampett''.
MARCH 30, 1967 THURSDAY
Barbara Mandrell gets engaged to Navy pilot Ken Dudney.
Folk artist Paul Clayton commits suicide by pulling a heater into the bathtub apartment in New York City. Clayton was a co-writer of Billy Grammer's 1959 country hit ''Gotta Travel On''.
MARCH 31, 1967 FRIDAY
The original Country Music Hall of Fame holds an invitation-only ceremony a day before its public opening. Among the attendees, Eddy Arnold, Webb Pierce and Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.
Although the weather was poor, with heavy rain and fog, and despite warnings, the plane took off. Four miles (6.4 km) from their destination at Truax Field in Madison, the pilot radioed for permission to land. Shortly thereafter, the plane crashed into Lake Monona. Bar-Kays member Ben Cauley, the accident's sole survivor, was sleeping shortly before the accident. He woke just before impact to see bandmate Phalon Jones look out a window and exclaim, "Oh, no!" Cauley said the last thing he remembered before the crash was unbuckling his seat belt. He then found himself in frigid water, grasping a seat cushion to keep afloat. A non-swimmer, he was unable to rescue the others. The cause of the crash was never determined. James Brown claimed in his autobiography ''The Godfather of Soul'' that he had warned Redding not to fly in the plane.
The other victims of the crash were four members of the Bar-Kays—guitarist Jimmy King, tenor saxophonist Phalon Jones, organist Ronnie Caldwell and drummer Carl Cunningham; their valet, Matthew Kelly; and the pilot, Richard Fraser.
Redding's body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. The family postponed the funeral from December 15 to December 18 so that more could attend. The service took place at the City Auditorium in Macon. More than 4,500 people came to the funeral, overflowing the 3,000-seat hall, although many did not know who he was. Johnny Jenkins and Isaac Hayes did not attend, fearing their reaction would be worse than Zelma Redding's. Redding was entombed at his ranch in Round Oak, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Macon. Jerry Wexler delivered the eulogy. Redding died just three days after recording "The Dock of the Bay". He was survived by Zelma and three children, Otis III, Dexter and Karla. Otis, Dexter and cousin Mark Lockett later founded the Reddings, a band managed by Zelma. She also maintained or worked at the janitorial service Maids Over Macon, several nightclubs and booking agencies. On November 8, 1997, a memorial plaque was placed on the lakeside deck of the Madison convention center, Monona Terrace.
DECEMBER 11, 1967 MONDAY