Brilliant Steve G!
It's fascinating to see that....especially the fact that Tomorrow and Incense were on the chart simultaneously. I had no idea.
It makes clear my theory of what went wrong at the hands of our manager Bill Holmes and his "infinite wisdom".
He rushed us into the studio to record a follow up to Incense when we had a couple of songs left on the first album that could have been culled as singles, i.e., Birds in My Tree (which WAS the flip side of Tomorrow-go figure!), Paxton's Back Street Carnival (which was the flip side of Sea Shell from the third album???).
The main reason for this rush? Bill Holmes felt guilty about the fact that Mark Weitz and Ed King were cheated out of writer credit on Incense and Peppermints so he had them write a new song as the follow up so it could ride on the coat tails of a huge hit.
Yes, Tomorrow did manage a #23 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, but at the cost of abandoning the I&P album which was #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 album chart!
Not only that, but there was no album ready for months which Tomorrow was to support.
Add to that, because of the rush, the single version of Tomorrow was inferior to the album version. The album version, IMHO, could have climbed higher on the charts just because it was sonically better and had a better guitar solo and bass part.
If this all isn't enough, the songs from the first album that eventually DID end up as singles could have had their day in the sun. Both songs had the same kind of sound as Incense and Peppermints. Especially the beginning of Birds in my Tree. It has Ed's signature fuzz sound.
This would have given us more time to craft the second album and release the proper version of Tomorrow.
The next mistake was not promoting the hell out of Pretty Song From Psyche Out. It was also a single with Sit With The Guru as the flip side. But again Bill Holmes wanted to promote Guru. Psyche Out was a far better song and the theme song of a movie.
Anyway, that's my dos centavos!
: And to celebrate, SAC has released a new
: recording of Incense and Peppermints by the
: current band, but including original
: guitarist Ed King and guest vocalist Greg
: Munford! You can listen to it here:
: --Previous Message--
: This is it!! Fifty years ago this week
: “INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS” hits number one!
: It happened on Billboard Magazine’s Top 100
: Singles chart for the week ending November
: 25, 1967 in its ninth week on the charts.
: These are the chart positions as they
: happened, week by week:
: 88----September 30, 1967—FIRST WEEK ON THE
: SINGLES CHART
: 59----October 7, 1967
: 34----October 14, 1967
: 19----October 21, 1967
: 10----October 28, 1967
: 7-----November 4, 1967
: 4-----November 11, 1967
: 3-----November 18, 1967
: 1-----November 25, 1967---NUMBER ONE !!!!!
: 3-----December 2, 1967
: 3-----December 9, 1967
: 6-----December 16, 1967
: 8-----December 23, 1967
: 13----December 30, 1967
: 15----January 6, 1968
: 37----January 13, 1968---LAST WEEK ON THE
: SINGLES CHART
: It replaced “To Sir With Love” at number
: one.The week after, though, it got knocked
: out by “Daydream Believer” which then stayed
: at number one for four straight weeks.
: It should also be noted that “Tomorrow” made
: its debut at #80 on the December 30, 1967
: chart. For three weeks in a row the SAC had
: two singles at the same time on the Hot 100
: George, humongous congratulations to you and
: the guys. Wish that Lee was here for it. And
: of course, luckily for all of us, the SAC is
: still at it!!
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