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Australia's estimated population = 11,912,253

- Judy Cassab's portrait of Margo Lewers wins the Archibald Prize. Cassab is only the second woman ever to to win the competition.

- Thomas Keneally's Bring Larks and Heroes wins the Miles Franklin Award
- Joan Lindsay's Picnic At Hanging Rock is published

- Graham Kennedy wins his third Gold Logie
- Interaction: Moving and Painting wins the AFI Best Film Award
- James Trainor: Journey Out of Darkness
- Brian Davies: The Pudding Thieves
- Peter Yates: Robbery
- Antonio Colacino: Shades Of Puffing Billy
- Malcolm Leyland: Wheels Across A Wilderness
- Forgotten Cinema, Anthony Buckley's influential documentary about the rise and fall of the Australian feature film industry

- Melbourne's La Mama theatre opens
- Talkback radio begins in Australia

- Australians vote overwhelmingly in favour of giving Aboriginal Australians the right to vote and the right to be counted in the national census but reject a third referendum question about breaking the nexus between the sizes of the Senate and the House of Representatives (May)

- the government decides to abolish the right to make appeals from the High Court to the Privy Council in London in matters of federal jurisdiction (May)

- Cabinet decides to drop 'British' from the cover of Australian passports, and agrees that it will have to amend the Nationality and Citizenship Act to change the designation 'British subject' on the inside of passports (August)

- The Seekers are named Australians Of The Year

- Ronald Ryan is hanged in Melbourne, becoming the last person to be executed in Australia

- raging bushfires devastate much of Hobart and surrounding areas

- QANTAS Airways drops the word 'Empire' from its name

- S.A.'s Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Qld's Simpson Desert National Park are proclaimed

- the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service is established

- Holden exports its 100,000th car and launches its first compact sedan, the Torana.

- Sydney is rocked by a series of brutal underworld killings as rival gangs battle for control of the city's lucrative gambling and prostitution rackets.

- Australia's economic boom continues and the mining boom begins

- consumer spending increases by 7%, coinciding with similar increases in public authority outlays and private capital expenditure

- housing construction rises

- the GNP grows by almost 6%

- unemployment reaches 68,000 but is offset by a 3% improvement in employment growth and increased productivity

- the minimum wage rises by 7%

- inflation is around 2% but rises suddenly during the latter half of the year

- the balance of payments is in the red for the third year out of four, and overseas reserves fall from £1,672 million to £1,200 million

- in November, the government decides for the first time not to devalue the dollar in line with the devaluation of the British pound

australian of the year

The Seekers - Australians Of The Year 1967

January 1967

#1 singles events

#1 singles

7th Friday On My Mind
The Easybeats

14th Friday On My Mind
The Easybeats

21st Green Green Grass Of Home
Tom Jones

28th Green Green Grass Of Home
Tom Jones

local releases

Born A Man / Big Chance
The Bee Gees

Coalman / All The King's Horses
Ronnie Burns

Wander Boy / You're Bad
The Executives

Where Are You? / Second Hand People
Mike Furber

Sad Dark Eyes / The Woman I Love
The Loved Ones

No Worries / Humpy Dumpy
Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays


overseas releases

The Doors
The Doors

Da Capo

So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
The Byrds

Let's Spend The Night Together / Ruby Tuesday, Between The Buttons (LP)
The Rolling Stones

Spencer Davis Group
I'm A Man

Media magnate Sir Frank Packer orders the recall and pulping of the scheduled 31 January edition of The Bulletin because of a cartoon by Les Tanner and an editorial on capital punishment. Packer also interferes at GTV-9, forcing the last minute cancellation of the screening of a widely-publicised BBC documentary on capital punishment. Packer reportedly acted at the behest of Victorian Premier Sir Henry Bolte who has refused to commute the controversial death sentence passed on prison escapee and murderer Ronald Ryan.

The Twilights arrive in the UK.

The first direct live TV broadcast between Australian and Canada takes place, showing 'Australia Day' at Expo '67 in Montreal. The eight hours of coverage includes a performance by The Seekers.

The Sydney Folk Song Club opens in the Hotel Elizabeth, in Elizabeth St Sydney.

Frustrated by lack of recognition The Bee Gees decide to leave Australia and return to the UK.

The first edition of London OZ is published in the UK.

1  Simultaneous Mega-Rave 'FreakOuts' are held at the Roundhouse, London (featuring Pink Floyd, The Move and The Who) and at Winterland in San Francisco.

- the death of country musician Moon Mullican. Known as 'the King of the Hillbilly Piano Players', Mullican was a major influence on rock'n'roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis.

2  Former Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the new Republican Governor of California.

3  Open rebellion against the autocratic rule of Mao Tse Tung breaks out in Shanghai, China.

4  In its first edition for 1967, of Go-Set announces that The Easybeats' international hit Friday On My Mind has reached #1 in Holland.

- The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Hey Joe, The Move's Night Of Fear and The Lovin' Spoonful's Nashville Cats debut on the British singles chart.

- U.S. folk singer Jesse Winchester emigrates to Canada to avoid being conscripted to military service in Vietnam.

11  Go-Set magazine announces that pop duo Bobby & Laurie will no longer work together.

- The groundbreaking BBC-TV play 'Cathy Come Home', first broadcast in December 1966, is repeated due to popular demand.

13  Beatles manager Brian Epstein signs a merger deal with Australian-born entrepreneur Robert Stigwood. The deal mergee Epstein's company NEMS Enterprises with the Robert Stigwood Organisation, and Stigwood becomes co-managing director of NEMS. That evening, Epstein and The Beatles attend a show at The Bag O'Nails club featuring Jimi Hendrix.

14  The Gathering of the Tribes for the Human Be-In is held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The event is a focal point for America's emerging psychedelic/underground scene. 20,000 people attend, many of them tripping on "White Lightning" Owsley's latest and most potent batch of LSD, specially prepared and donated for the occasion. Speakers inlcude Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Allen Ginsberg, Laurence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Robert Baker and Jerry Rubin, with musical performances by Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Sir Douglas Quintet. The huge gathering passes without incident (and reputedly without litter) although that night police arrest groups of revellers in the Haight-Ashbury district for "failing to disperse".

- The Monkees score their first UK #1 hit with I'm A Believer.

16  Britain's Boys' Own Paper ceases publication after 88 years.

16  Go-Set carries news that Melbourne pop group MPD Ltd have split up; Max Merritt & The Meteors are reported to be recruiting a new horn player, and The Purple Hearts deny that they are breaking up.

20 South Vietnamese Prime Minister Air Vice-Marshall Ky makes a controversial visit to Australia. Anti-war protesters mount strong demonstrations against Ky and hurl abuse at him wherever he appears. Australian PM Harold Holt is forced to deny allegations that Ky and his supporters had murdered his predecessor, President Ngo Van Diem and that the Ky government is riddled with corruption -- charges which are later proven to be true.

21  Melbourne group Eighteenth Century Quartet play their final gig at Angelsea, Victoria.

23   The Purple Hearts issue a press statement stating that they feel they are stagnating musically and have decided to break up.

26   The Big Show tour with Roy Orbison, The Walker Bros and The Yardbirds plays Melbourne Festival Hall, supported by Johnny Young and The Mixtures. After the show a custom-made Gibson Les Paul loaned to Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page for the tour by Keith Richards is stolen, as well as Fender guitar belonging to Mixtures guitarist Laurie Arthur.

- ABC Chairman Dr James Darling is tipped off by a highly-placed source in Canberra that his appointment will not be renewed because the federal government's objections to programs like Four Corners

27   The second Big Show performance with Roy Orbison, The Walker Bros and The Yardbirds at Melbourne Festival Hall, supported by Johnny Young and The Mixtures.

- Winston Charles discotheque (the first fully-licensed disco in Melbourne) opens at 55 Toorak Rd, South Yarra. The opening weekend acts are The Why Four, Max Merritt & The Meteors and The Clefs.

- Party Machine, Running Jumping Standing Still, Adderly Smith Blues Band at Catcher (471 Flinders Lane, Melbourne).

- Tragedy strikes the Apollo moon landing program during a pre-flight test for Apollo 204 (AS-204), the first manned mission of the program, scheduled to be launched on February 21, 1967. Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee are killed when a flash fire engulfs the Command Module during a pre-flight training exercise on Pad 34 at Cape Kennedy. The subsequent investigation reveals scores of design faults and examples of poor workmanship, and leads to more than 100 changes in the Command Module's design. NASA officials later admit that, without the improvements that resulted from the fire, it is unlikely that the USA would have reached the moon before the end of the Sixties. The mission is subsequently renamed Apollo 1.

- the USA, the USSR and the UK sign a trilateral treaty banning the deployment and use of nuclear weapons in space.

28   Party Machine "a sensational new R&B group" at Claxton (Oakleigh, Melbourne.)

29  Running Jumping Standing Still + Chelsea Set + The Trip at Zhivago, Carrum (Melbourne)

- Britain's News Of The World begins a sensational three-week exposé entitled "Drugs & Pop Stars - Facts That Will Shock You". The three articles include allegations of LSD parties hosted by The Moody Blues and attended by top stars including The Who's Pete Townshend and Cream's Ginger Baker, and alleged admissions of drug use by leading musicians including Mick Jagger. The first article targets singer-songwriter Donovan, who soon becomes the first major British pop star to be arrested and charged for drug possession.


February 1967
#1 singles events

I'm A Believer
The Monkees

Snoopy vs The Red Baron
The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy vs The Red Baron
The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy vs The Red Baron
The Royal Guardsmen


local releases

What's Wrong With The Way I Live? / 9.50
The Twilights


overseas releases

Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles

Spicks &Specks
The Bee Gees

Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield

Younger Than Yesterday (LP)
The Byrds

Mellow Yellow

Surrealistic Pillow (LP), SomebodyTo Love
Jefferson Airplane

I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
Aretha Franklin

A Hard Road

John Mayall

The Seekers' Georgy Girl reaches #1 in Australia, #3 in the UK and #1 in the USA. The single goes on to sell 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Successful pop duo Bobby & Laurie split. Two members of their regular backing band The Rondells (Gary Young and Wayne Duncan) will later become members of Daddy Cool.

The first issue of the UK edition of OZ is published in London.

1  The Seven Network premieres a new situation comedy series "My Name's McGooley - What's Yours?" starring Gordon Chater, John Meillon and Judy Farr.

2   Renowned British independent record producer Joe Meek commits suicide after murdering his landlady at his London studio.

3   Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged at Melbourne's Pentridge Prison. Ryan had been convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a guard during a daring escape from Pentridge Prison in 1966. On the day of the execution, civil liberties groups clash with police in wild protests outside the prison, at which about 90 people are arrested.

4   Normie Rowe & The Playboys perform at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting Herman's Hermits.

- Buffalo Springfield's single For What It's Worth is released in the US

5  The Rolling Stones' song Let's Spend the Night Together is banned from TV. The ban coincides with the second instalment of the News Of The World exposé "Pop Stars & Drugs - The Truth Will Shock You". Targeting The Rolling Stones and lead singer Mick Jagger, the article claims that, during a meeting at exclusive London club Blaise's, Jagger admitted to using LSD and other drugs, took several Benzedrine tablets, displayed a piece of hashish and invited his companions to his flat for a "smoke". That evening, Mick Jagger appears on Eammon Andrews' chat show and announces that he is issuing a libel writ against the paper. It is later revealed that the journalist "mistook" Stones' guitarist Brian Jones for Jagger.

7  In one of Australia's worst modern natural disasters, bushfires rage out of control in south-eastern Tasmania, devastating much of Hobart and surrounding areas. Soaring summer temperatures and gale-force winds drive the fires to within 2km of the centre of Hobart. 62 people are killed, hundreds are injured, 3000 people are made homeless, 1400 buildings and 1500 vehicles are destroyed and tens of thousands of animals perish. Losses are estimated at $40 million. In the following weeks, many Australian pop performers, including The Id, Tony Worsley and The Masters Apprentices appear at benefit concerts around the country to raise money for bushfire relief.

- distinguished Aboriginal author and inventor David Unaipon dies. His achievements are later commemorated by the national David Unaipon Award for Aboriginal writers, instituted in 1988, and by his portrait, featured one side of the $50 note, first issued in 1995.

- The Bee Gees arrive back in the UK after 9 years in Australia.

8  The Seekers' single Georgy Girl reaches the Top 5 on the American and English charts.

- Go-Set's Feb. 8 edition carries a front-page story about The Beatles new single Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields. Other stories include news of a split in Melbourne group The Strangers, and a story on teen violence in Sydney discos. The 'Watch This Space' column profiles new Brisbane band Chelsea Set, touting them as a possible successor to the recently defunct Purple Hearts. The group includes future Spectrum drummer Ray Arnott.

- Gough Whitlam defeats Dr Jim Cairns and Frank Crean to replace the retiring Arthur Calwell as leader of the federal Labor Party.

9  Famed vaudevillian Will Mahoney dies in Melbourne aged 73. Mahoney and his wife, actress Evie Hayes, came to Australia in the 1930s to perform on the Tivoli circuit after successes in London and New York. In the 1970s, Evie Hayes becomes one of the resident judges on TV's long-running Young Talent Time, hosted by former pop idol Johnny Young.

12  London's News Of The World concludes its three-week "Pop Stars & Drugs" exposé. The same night, the paper tips off Sussex police about a party at Keith Richard's home "Redlands" in West Wittering, and it is raided in the early hours of the next morning, shortly after George Harrison and his wife Patti have left. Although no arrests are made at the time, Jagger and Richards are later charged with drug possession. (-->10/5/67)

13  Teenagers fans run wild at Heathrow Airport in London trying to get a glimpse of The Monkees as they arrived for their first UK tour.

17  The Beatles' landmark double-A-side single Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever is released in the UK.

- American nuclear scientist Dr Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called 'Father of the Atom Bomb', dies at the age of 63.

18  Go-Set publishes its first anniversary issue, which includes the announcement that The Purple Hearts are breaking up; it also carries a story about a riot at a Loved Ones concert in Tasmania at which lead singer Gerry Humphreys had his trousers completely torn off by the crowd.

23   Major Peter Badcoe is involved an heroic military action while working as Australian adviser to a South Vietnamese Regional Force Company in support of a Sector operation in Phu Thu District. During the operation, Badcoe monitors a radio report that the Sub-sector Adviser, a US Army Officer, had been killed within 50 metres of an enemy machine gun position, and that the US medical adviser had been wounded and was in immediate danger from the enemy. With complete disregard for his own safety, Major Badcoe, moves alone across 600 metres of fire-swept ground and reaches the wounded adviser, attends to him and ensures his safety. He then organises a force of one Platoon and leads them towards the enemy post. His personal leadership, encouragement, and bravery in the face of hostile enemy fire forced the platoon to successfully assault the enemy position and capture it, where Badcoe personally killed the machine gunners directly in front of him. He then picked up the body of the dead officer and ran back to the Command Post over open ground still covered by enemy fire. Two weeks later Badcoe displays outstanding personal courage and leadership during two subsequent operations on 7 March and 7 April. Badcoe is killed in action during the April 7 operation and is subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross.

22  Go-Set carries a front page story on the controversial admission by The Monkees that they don't play on their own recordings.

27  Pink Floyd record their debut single Arnold Layne at Sound Techniques Studio, London. The single is subsequently banned by the BBC because of its subject matter (a man who steals women's underwear from washing lines) but becomes a cult hit thanks to strong support from pirate radio stations.


march 1967
#1 singles events

Snoopy vs The Red Baron
The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy vs The Red Baron
The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy vs The Red Baron
The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy vs The Red Baron
The Royal Guardsmen


local releases

Roundabout / I'll Be Home
The Allusions

The Same Old Song
Ray Brown

Who'll Be the One/Saturday Night
The Easybeats (UK)

Hey Baby / Other Love
The La De Das

A Love Like Ours / The Loverly Car
The Loved Ones


overseas releases

Aretha Franklin
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (LP)

The Mamas & The Papas
Dedicated To The One I Love

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground And Nico

The Small Faces
I Can't Make It

The Byrds
My Back Pages

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Purple Haze

The Doors
The Doors

Sydney group The Nomads (fronted by singer and future publisher and producer Gus McNeil) tour Canberra and country Victoria.

Caught Red Handed by The Bentbeaks is banned by Melbourne radio for alleged obscenity.

Johnny Young signs a record $5000 contract to perform daily during the ten days of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, with Ronnie Burns, Donna Gaye and backing bands, including the debut of new Sydney band The Dave Miller Set .

The offices of The Australian are relocated to Sydney.

Marshall McLuhan's book The Medium is the Message is published.

1   Go-Set headlines with news of The Bee Gees signing to Brian Epstein's NEMS organisation, the banning of the annual Moomba pop concert by the Trustees of the Myer Music Bowl, and Lily Brett's report on "the new London rage", Jimi Hendrix.

3   Python Lee Jackson, +Chelsea Set + Party Machine + Adderly Smith Blues Band at Catcher.

4  The Twilights make their Melbourne return at Blaise's.
Wild Cherries + Clefs + Mind Excursions + Chelsea Set at Catcher

- The Rolling Stones reach #1 in the US charts with Ruby Tuesday.

5  Chelsea Set + Adderly Smith Blues Band at Catcher.

7   Australian military adviser Major Peter Badcoe again displays exemplary bravery and leadership during a battle in Phu Thu District, South Vietnam. At approximately 6.45am the Sector Reaction Company is deployed to Quang Dien Sub-sector to counter an attack by the Viet Cong on the Headquarters. Major Badcoe leaves the Command group after their vehicle breaks down and a US officer is killed; on reaching the company's District HQ, he personally leads the company in an attack over open terrain to assault and capture a heavily defended enemy position. In the face of almost certain death and heavy losses among his men, his personal courage and leadership turns looming defeat into victory and prevents the Vietcong forces from capturing the District Headquarters. Major Badcoe had already displayed great heroism during an operation on 23 February and did so again in an operation on 7 April. Badcoe is killed during the April 7 action.

8  Wild Cherries at Sebastian.

9   Johnny Young headlines the 3CV Spectacular at the Capital Theatre, Bendigo.
- Wild Cherries perform at Sebastian's.

- London police raid the offices of underground paper International Times (IT)

- a 'Mass Be-In' is held in Berkeley, California

10   Masters Apprentices + Max Merritt & The Meteors at Box Hill Town Hall.

- in Amsterdam, members of the social protest movement known as The Dutch Provos manage to evade a massive cordon of some 25,000 police and set off smoke-bombs as a protest during the wedding procession of Princess Beatrix and her German husband (and former Hitler Youth member) Claus von Amsberg. Although little known outside Holland, the Provos set the stage for the creation of similar groups elsewhere including The Merry Pranksters, The Diggers, and The Yippies. They were the first to combine non-violence and absurd humour to stimulate social change, created the first "Happenings" and "Be-Ins" and were the first group in the world to actively campaign against marijuana prohibition; their activism led directly top the establishment of Holland's liberal drug laws. The Provos are also remembered for their famous "White Bicycle Plan", devised by industrial designer Luud. Schimmelpenninck, which proposed the banning of cars from the inner city, to be replaced by bicycles. The Provos put the plan into action by providing the first fifty bicycles but the police immediately confiscated them, claiming they created an invitation to theft. The Provos' "White Victim Plan" proposed that anyone causing a fatal car accident should be forced to paint the outline of their victim's body on the pavement at the site of the accident. That way, no one could ignore the fatalities caused by automobiles. Versions of this plan have since been adopted by many police forces and traffic authorities around the world, including the NSW RTA, who use such outlines to highlight pedestrian accident black-spots in and around Sydney.

11  The Loved Ones + Running Jumping Standing Still at Blaise's, Melb.

- Pink Floyd's Arnold Layne is released in the UK

12  Although the Trustees of the Myer Music Bowl had initially declared that they would not sanction this year's Moomba pop concert, it goes ahead with headliners The Seekers performing before a record audience of 200,000

- The Loved Ones + Wild Cherries + Chants + Chelsea Set + Adderly Smith Blues Band at Catcher (Melb).

- The Twilights + The Groop at Opus (Melb)

- Indira Ghandi is re-elected as Prime Minister of India.

13  Record floods hit northern Queensland.

- students stage a 'sit-in' occupation at the London School of Economics

14  Seven executives of Chemie Grünenthal, the German pharmaceutical company that developed thalidomide, are charged with putting on sale a drug which caused an unacceptable degree of bodily harm, failure to tested the drug properly, falure to react to information on side effects in due time, and attempting to suppress that information. The case proceeds until December 1970, when the prosecutor decides not to proceed in light of the April 1970 decision by Chemie Grünenthal to make an out-of-court agreement to pay 100 million Marks into a trust fund for the 2,866 known victims in Germany.

First synthesised in 1953, Thalidomide went on the market in late 1957 and was sold in about fifty countries as an treatment for insomnia and an anti-nausea agent to combat morning sickness in pregnant women. It was made in Australia and the UK by the drug division of the British beverage company Distillers Ltd, where it was sold under the brand-name Distaval. In November 1961 Dr. Widukind Lenz, who had been studying an oubreak of birth defects in Canadian children, contacted Chemie Grünenthal by phone and after ten days of intensive discussions, the drug was taken off the market in West Germany. Then, on December 16 the scandal broke when the medical journal The Lancet published the landmark letter written by Sydney gynaecologist Dr William McBride, ion which he made public his suspicion that there was a link between thalidomide taken during pregnancy and birth defects in newborn children.
It was revealed that Thalidomide had powerful teratogenic effects on the unborn, and that Chemie Grünenthal's pre-sale testing had been either inadequately conducted or that their results had been faked. Subsequent research proved that thalidomide caused severe developmental defects if taken even once during a critical two-week window between Day 35 and Day 49 of pregnancy. Tens of thousands of children around the globe were affected, suffering an horrendous range of malformations including absence of the ears, deafness, defects of the muscles of the eye and face, absence or hypoplasia of arms, thumbs with three joints, defects of the femur and of the tibia, and malformations of the heart, bowel, uterus, and gallbladder. About 40 per cent of thalidomide victims died before their first birthday. Significantly, the drug was never approved for sale in the United States thanks to FDA analyst Frances Kelsey, who refused to pass the drug in 1960 without further undertaking testing. Her action, taken in the face of considerable pressure from the American drug company William S. Merrell, undoubtedly prevented thousands of birth defects in the USA.

16  Pink Floyd record Interstallar Overdrive at Abbey Rd Studios, London.

17  Purple Haze, the debut single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, is released in the UK.

- The Honeysuckle Creek space tracking station is opened near Canberra.

18  Go-Set's front page story for the March 18 edition is "The Easybeats want to come home"

- The Beatles' Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields reaches #1 in the US, although it is kept out of the UK #1 position by Engelbert Humperdink's Please Release Me

19  The oil taker Torrey Canyon runs aground off Land's End and spills a huge load of crude oil.

22  In Go-Set this week: news that Normie Rowe is not coming home; the Easybeats are to tour Germany with The Rolling Stones.

25  The Doors' self-titled debut album is released in the US.

26  10,000 people attend an Easter Sunday 'Be-In' in Central Park, New York, the first such event to be held on the East Coast.

29   Go-Set reports on hints from host Johnny Young that The Go!! Show may be cancelled and Ronnie Burns being injured when mobbed by Sydney fans.

- France launches its first nuclear submarine.

30  London photographer Michael Cooper shoots the photos for the epoch-making cover of The Beatles' forthcoming album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in his London studio. The final bill for the cover, designed by leading British 'pop' artist Peter Blake, comes to a whopping £2,867.25s.3d -- more than 100 times the average cost for an album cover photo at the time.

31  George Wheatley, 12-year-old son of Kevin "Dasher" Wheatley, receives the VC awarded to his late father for bravery. Wheatley was one of the first Australians killed in action in Vietnam.


april 1967
#1 singles events

Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles

Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles

Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles

Dedicated To the One I Love
The Mamas & The Papas

Dedicated To the One I Love
The Mamas & The Papas


local releases

Who'll Be The One? / Saturday Night
The Easybeats


overseas releases

New York Mining Disaster, 1941
The Bee Gees

Hi Ho Silver Lining
Jeff Beck

Aretha Franklin

The Grateful Dead (LP)
The Grateful Dead

The Move
I Can Hear The Grass Grow

Sir Henry Bolte is re-elected as Premier of Victoria in spite of his unpopular hardline stance over the execution of Ronald Ryan in February.

Melbourne band Cam-Pact is formed.

The Easybeats begin a successful tour of Europe, supporting The Rolling Stones.

Tony Worsley and Mike Furber perform at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in a Sunshine Records tent show. Suffering drug problems, and worn out by three years of constant touring with The Fabulous Blue Jays, Worsley withdraws from performing soon after, and does not return to the music scene until 1969.

Running Jumping Standing Still appear on The Go!! Show, performing their hit Diddy Wah Diddy.

Bomber aircraft from No. 2 Squadron RAAF Canberra are deployed to Phan Rang airbase in Vietnam. The squadron is withdrawn in March 1971.

6  Making the headlines of this week's Go-Set: The Easybeats' Friday On My Mind enters the US Cashbox chart at #77 with a bullet; the Go!! Show will continue; a report that The Hollies tour may be cancelled

6   Pink Floyd make their first appearance on the BBC's 'Top Of The Pops', performing their debut single Arnold Layne

7  Australian Army "adviser" Major Peter Badcoe is killed in action in Vietnam during an operation in Huong Tra District with the 1st ARVN Division Reaction Company and some armoured personnel carriers. During the move forward to an objective the company comes under heavy small arms fire and withdraws to a cemetery for cover, leaving Major Badcoe and his radio operator about fifty metres in front of the leading elements, under heavy mortar fire. Major Badcoe runs back to the withdrawing forces, moves amongst them and by encouragement and example gets them moving forward again. He then sets out in front of the company to lead them on; the company stops again under heavy fire but Major Badcoe continues on to cover and prepares to throw grenades. When he rises to throw, his radio operator pulls him down as heavy small arms fire is being brought to bear on them; he later gets up again to throw a grenade and is struck and killed by a burst of machine gun fire. Soon after, artillery support is called in and the enemy position is assaulted and captured. Major Badcoe diplayed conspicuous gallantry and leadership during this battle and on two previous operations on 23 Feburary and 7 March, and the ultimate success of each of these actions was due entirely to his efforts. His valour and leadership were in the highest traditions of the military profession and the Australian Regular Army. In October 1967 he is posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of his heroism.

- The Grateful Dead release their self-titled debut album

8  British singer Sandie Shaw wins Eurovision Song Contest with 'Puppet on a String'

- Hippies organise a 'Sweep-In' to clean up 3rd Street in New York's East Village.

9  Svetlana Stalin, daughter of the infamous Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, defects to the West.

10  This Day Tonight premieres on ABC-TV. The new half-hour show (Australia's first national nightly current affairs program) screens nightly from Monday-Friday at 7:30pm, and is hosted by Bill Peach.

12   Australia's Roman Catholic bishops publicly declare their opposition to the war in Vietnam.

- in this week's Go-Set: the headline story is the annoucement of the forthcoming Australian tour by The Monkees, scheduled for January 1968.

- American author Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, is arrested in California on drug charges.

15  400,000 people march on the UN headquarters in New York as part of the Spring Mobilisation Against the Vietnam War

19  Go-Set reports that Loved Ones members Gerry Humphries and Gavin Anderson have been arrested, charged, convicted and fined £30 for stealing two blankets, two pillows and a lamp stand from the Palace Hotel, Kalgoorlie, after a visit to Perth, and that the Perth promoter has still not paid them the fee for their concerts there. It also reports on the announcement of a forthcoming tour of the US by The Easybeats, Normie Rowe, Lynne Randell and Gene Pitney.

19  In Go-Set this week:
- top British group The Animals walk out of their second concert at Melbourne Festival Hall, because drummer Barry Jenkins has been left behind at the hotel and they refused to play without him, that support group Dave, Dee, Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich had also walked off during their performance because of technical problems and that the audience was also "unhappy" with the previous night's concert.
- singer Lynne Randell breaks her arm in a fall during a recording session at CBS Studios in Hollywood and will reportedly sue CBS over her injury

27  Beach Boy Carl Wilson is indicted for failing to report for draft induction

28  The opening of Expo 67, the Montreal World's Fair, coinciding with Canada's 100th anniversary of Confederation in 1867. Expo 67's one year run draws 50 million visitors to an international exhibition with over 90 foreign, provincial, industrial and "theme" pavilions. Many were architectural showpieces (including the US Pavilion, a groundbreaking geodesic dome designed by architect R. Buckminster Fuller) and they attempt to entertain visitors with movies, products, art, and propaganda. After the initial 1967 run, the Expo re-opens the following year, billed as "Man & His World" and it runs annually each summer until 1981. Several buildings, including the USSR and Czech pavilions, were removed immediately after Expo 67 closed, but most pavilions stood until the mid-1980's, several years after the annual 'Man and His World' summer exhibition ended in 1981. Sadly Fuller's famous plastic-covered dome burned down in 1968, but the La Ronde amusement park is still in operation and features many rides and attractions including "Le Monstere" an enormous racing roller coaster. The Expo site and its futuristic buildings were also used as the location for Robert Altman's 1975 post-apocalyptic thriller Quintet, starring Paul Newman and Nina Van Pallandt.

Australia's pavilion, on steel and concrete pillars and featuring sloping walls of glass and aluminum, is set in an garden of Australian trees, shrubs, flowers and a mob of kangaroos. Inside, at its entrance, four large murals depict the country's role in the 'Man and his World' story.

The exterior of the Australian Pavilion at Expo 67

Visitors to the pavilion proceed by a spiral ramp to the main hall exhibits on Australian achievements and prospects. Large transparencies facing the ramp show typical Australians at work and at play. There are also working models of a large radio-telescope revolving beneath a panoramic Southern sky, and one of the giant Snowy Mountains hydro-electric and irrigation project. A spiral staircase to the art gallery upstairs, leads past large transparencies of Australians at work and play. Upstairs is a display of contemporary art and Aborigine bark painting.

Interior, Australian Pavilion, Expo 67

In addition to the Pavilion, Australia sends a contingent of leading popular entertainers including Normie Rowe, Rolf Harris and The Seekers to perform at Expo. Their performances include an internationally-televised showcase concert in June.
[Information and images courtesy Jeffrey Stanton ©1997]

29  A majority vote "NO" in a referendum to create a new state in northern New South Wales.

- a "Flower Power Day" is staged in New York, in which Abbie Hoffman and 100 hippies infiltrate a 'Support Our Boys' March (officially Armed Forces Day), displaying flowers instead of guns.

- The all-night "happening" The Fourteen Hour Technicolour Dream is held at the Alexandra Palace in London. Primarily an International Times benefit gig, it attracts 10,000 people, becoming the largest UK underground gathering to date. The show is headlined by Pink Floyd, who perform at dawn. The star-studded bill also features Yoko Ono, Alexis Korner, The Pretty Things, The Purple Gang, Champion Jack Dupree, Graham Bond, Savoy Brown, The Flies, Ginger Johnson's Drummers, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, The Creation, Denny Lane, The Block, The Cat, Charlie Brown's Clowns, Christopher Logue, Derek Brimstone, Dave Russell, Glo Macari & The Big Three, Gary Farr, The Interference, Jacob's Ladder Construction Company, Lincoln Folk Group, The Move, Mike Horovitz, 117, Poison Bellows, Pete Townshend, Robert Randall, Suzy Creamcheese, Sam Gopal, Mick & Pete, Giant Sun Trolley, Social Deviants, The Stalkers, Utterly Incredible Too Long Ago To Remember, Sometimes Shouting At People, Barry Fantoni and Noel Murphy. Admission is £1.

30   A 'Love-In' in Detroit ends in a riot.


may 1967
#1 singles events

Somethin' Stupid
Nancy & Frank Sinatra

Somethin' Stupid
Nancy & Frank Sinatra

This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe


local releases

My Aim Is To Please You / Bad Reputation
The Executives

Woman You're Breaking Me / Mad Over You
The Groop


Hey Baby / Other Love
The La De Das

Buried & Dead / She's My Girl
The Masters Apprentices


Western Union / Cool Jerk
The Strangers


Young Girl/Time & Motion Study Man
The Twilights (EMI)


overseas releases

When I Was Young
Eric Burdon & The Animals

Light My Fire
The Doors

The Wind Cries Mary, Are You Experienced? (LP)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience -

Carrie Ann
The Hollies

Live At The Kelvin Hall, Waterloo Sunset
The Kinks

I Was Made To Love Her
Stevie Wonder

Ill-health forces the Masters Apprentices lead guitarist Rick Morrison to leave the band after he collapses on stage at a gig at Catcher in Melbourne.

Bassist Kim Lynch leaves The Loved Ones

The La De Das begin their first four-month visit to Australia

The new lineup of Max Merritt & The Meteors debuts with two gigs in Sydney, before relocating to Melbourne. Aside from Max, the 'new' Meteors is an entirely new band, with jazz drummer Stewie Speer, saxophonist Bob Bertles and bassist John 'Yuk' Harrison.

1  Australian health authorities begin the first national anti-polio immunisation campaign using the new Sabin oral vaccine developed by Dr Jonas Salk.

- Elvis Presley marries 16-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu. Elvis met his future wife, the daughter of a US Army officer, while on military service in Germany in the early 60s.

- a "Legalise Pot" rally and 'Smoke-In' is held at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London.

3  In Go-Set this week:
- Johnny Young is mobbed by fans at a concert at the Bunbury Railway Institute Hall in Perth and suffers minor injuries after being twice dragged from the stage
- The Easybeats' Friday On My Mind reaches #13 in the American pop charts

8   Boxer Muhammad Ali is indicted for failing to report for his draft induction, stripped of his title and his boxing license is rescinded. Speaking to reporters, Ali famous quips "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Congs"

9  London police raid the home of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and arrest him for possession of cannabis.

10  In London, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Robert Frazer (photographer and owner of the Indica Gallery) are committed for trial on drugs charges. Jagger is charged with possession of amphetamines, Richards with allowing his home to be used for the smoking of cannabis. The charges arise from a raid on a party at Keith Richards' Sussex home in February. (<-- 12/2/67). Jagger and Richards plead not guilty, but Frazer pleads guilty to possession of heroin and is sentenced to six months' prison.

- In Go-Set this week:
- Easybeats bassist Dick Diamonde collapses and is rushed to hospital after arriving at Sydney Airport
- Kim Lynch quits The Loved Ones

12  The Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album Are You Experienced? is released in the UK.

- Pink Floyd present the landmark "Games For May" show at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring the first use of quadraphonic sound in concert.

13   The Easybeats return to Australian from the UK for a triumphant national tour. The group will later remember this tour as the highpoint of their career.

14   The 'End of Provo' Happening in Vondelpark, Amsterdam, at which the Dutch 'Provo' movement declares itself officially dead.

16   Liberal MP Edward St John calls for a new enquiry into the Voyager disaster in his maiden speech

17  - In Go-Set this week:
- The Easybeats' wild return to Australia and Dick Diamonde's collapse on the tarmac at Sydney airport.

19   The BBC bans the Beatles' track A Day In The Life, (from the forthcoming Sgt Pepper LP) because of alleged drug references.

20   Rev. Ted Noffs claims that drugs are present in about 60% of Australian schools and that the use of amphetamines and LSD is on the rise amongst Australian youth, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.

21   UBU Films present a program of Sydney Underground Films at the Dendy Cinema, Melbourne. The films screened include The Tribulations Of Mr Dupont Nomore, Blunderball, Ding A Ding Day, The Spurt of Blood and Bluto. UBU net nets $1000 from the screening.

- a 'Youth For Peace in Vietnam' rally is held in Trafalgar Square, London.

23   Pink Floyd record See Emily Play at Sound Techniques Studios, London

23-24   UBU present a Sydney Underground Cinema program at the Canberra Playhouse.

24  - In Go-Set this week: - The Bee Gees 'slam' the Aussie music scene.

25   John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic Rolls Royce Phantom V. The car was originally purchased in 1965 but Lennon tired of the matt black finish and took it to a Surry coachworks company, J.P. Fallon Limited, who commissioned the Dutch design collective "The Fool" to repaint the car in the style of a gypsy caravan. They designed and painted a pattern of scrolls and flowers on the Phantom V at a cost of £2,000. The car outraged one old woman in London’s downtown, who attacked it with her umbrella, yelling: "You swine, you swine! How dare you do this to a Rolls-Royce." The Fool also created a number of other famous psychedelic designs including Eric Clapton's legendary Gibson SG guitar (later owned by Todd Rundgren), Jack Bruce's Fender VI bass, John Lennon's Gibson J160E acoustic guitar (which he played in the 'All You Need Is Love' film clip) and his upright piano, a fireplace design for George Harrison's house in Surrey and the famous mural on the outside of the Beatles' Apple Boutique in Baker St, London, which would open on 5 December.

27   A record 90.8% of Australians vote in favour of removing constitutional discrimination against Aboriginal Australians in referendum.

- The new 5-dollar note goes into circulation.

28   Round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester arrives home in Plymouth.

29   Harry Chan MLC becomes the Mayor of Darwin, the first Australian of Asian descent to hold such an office.

31   Oil is struck at the Kingfish well in Bass Strait.

- In Go-Set this week:
- Aussie stars blast Bee Gees
Johnny Young leaves for London


june 1967
#1 singles events

3rd This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

10th This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

17th This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe

24th This Is My Song
Petula Clark / Harry Secombe


local releases

Exit Stage Right / In The Morning
Ronnie Burns

Heaven & Hell/Pretty Girl
The Easybeats

All Purpose Low / My Girl
The La De Das

Krome Plated Yabbie/Everything I Do Is Wrong
The Wild Cherries


overseas releases

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles

To Love Somebody
The Bee Gees

Strange Brew / Tales of Brave Ulysses

The Hollies

White Rabbit
Jefferson Airplane

Something Else
The Kinks

Moby Grape
Moby Grape

Here Comes The Nice, From The Beginning (LP)
The Small Faces

Easybeats drummer Snowy Fleet leaves the band at the conclusion of their Australian tour. The group return to London

1   Don Dunstan succeeds Frank Walsh as Premier of South Australia.

- Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released in the UK

- The Times prints an advertisement, signed by leading members of the American intelligentsia, protesting against America's military involvement in Vietnam

- John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, British counter-cultural impresario, is jailed for nine months on drugs charges.

2   Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released in the USA

- The drugs trials of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begin at at the West Sussex Assizes in Lewes. Police conduct during the trial outrages many commentators, with the two musicians being held in custody and escorted to and from the court in handcuffs.

- The Shah of Iran pays an official visit to Berlin, prompting students take to the streets to protest against his repressive regime. In the early evening thousands of demonstrators line up behind police barricades across the street from the Berlin Opera House where the Shah is to attend a performance. A few throw paint-filled balloons, but the Shah slips into the Opera House without even noticing them. But as the demonstrators disperse, Berlin police pounce on them, using a new technique that they have developed for terrorizing crowds, dubbed "The Liver-Sausage Method." The crowd of demonstrators is forced into a long, tight "sausage" formation on the footpath between the barricades and buildings. The police then form a wedge, rush the middle of the "sausage" and the demonstrators naturally rush out at either end -- and into the flailing truncheons of hundreds more waiting police, and pandemonium ensues. Believing him to be a ringleader, police grab one young protester Benno Ohnesorg, who is in fact attending his first protest. Detective Sgt. Karl-Heinz Kurras points his gun at Ohnesorg's head and it goes off (possibly accidentally); Ohnesorg is fatally wounded and dies within minutes. After his death, stunned protesters gather at the office of the SDS, a prominent student organization. Among them is radical activist Gudrun Ensslin, soon to become a key member of the infamous Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang. Inside the SDS office Ensslin screams: "This fascist state means to kill us all! We must organize resistance. Violence is the only way to answer violence. This is the Auschwitz Generation, and there's no arguing with them!" Ohnesorg's death becomes a pivotal factor in the formation of extreme left-wing resistance to the German government, leading to the formation of the notorious Baader-Meinhof terrorist group.

3   In the wake of Benno Ohnesorg's death at the hands of police, all protest signs and banners are banned on the streets of Berlin, but student activist Peter Homann, comes up with an ingenious stunt to circumvent the ban. Eight people dress up in t-shirts, each with a single large letter painted on the front and back. Alone, the t-shirts are innocuous, but when lined up side-by-side, the shirt fronts spell out A-L-B-E-R-T-Z-! -- referring to Berlin Mayor Heinrich Albertz -- and when the group turns around in unison, the backs read A-B-T-R-E-T-E-N -- "resign." Photos appear across West Germany the next day, but despite Homann's ingenuity, all eight protesters are arrested.

Berlin students demontrate against the death of protestor Benno Ohnesorg.
On the far left, with the giant exclamation point on her chest, is future
Baader-Meinhof Gang member Gudrun Ensslin.

5   The Six Day War begin in the Middle East. Suspecting an imminent attack, Israel counters an Arab military buildup with a stunning surprise attack on Egypt and her allies. Israeli forces gain the upper hand within hours; catching them on the ground, Israeli planes virtually obliterate the entire Egyptian air force.

- Moby Grape's self-titled debut album is released in the USA

7  In Go-Set this week:
- 'The truth about discos'
- Johnny Young's wild farewell

8   Although fighting continues for another few days, the outcome of the Six Day War has been largely decided. Israel smashes Arab resistance, destroying 80% of Egypt's military materiel, and taking control of huge areas of formerly Egyptian and Syrian-controlled territory, including the Arab sections of Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the entire Sinai Peninsula and the east bank of the Suez Canal.

- Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale reaches #1 in the UK

9   Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow reaches #3 in the USA

10   Jeff St John plays his final show with backing band The Id at the Here Disco in North Sydney.

12   Radical New York Hippies and San Francisco Diggers invade the New Left SDS 'Drawing Boards' Conference

14   An advertisment supporting the USA involvement in Vietnam appears in The Times as a counter to the June 1 anti-war advert.

In Go-Set this week:
- Normie Rowe 'going steady' with Pat Carroll
- Frank Traynor writes on jazz
- 'Are discos as bad as some say?'

16-18   The epochal Monterey Pop Festival is held in California. The first true rock festival and the focal point of the "Summer Of Love", it showcases the cream of American rock, soul, pop and psychedelic groups, plus leading international acts. The star-studded bill includes The Association, Booker T. & The MGs, Buffalo Springfield, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Country Joe & The Fish, The Electric Flag, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Scott Mackenzie, The Mamas and The Papas, Hugh Masakela, The Steve Miller Blues Band, Moby Grape, Laura Nyro, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Otis Redding, Johnny Rivers, Simon & Garfunkel and The Who. The Festival also launches the careers of Janis Joplin (with Big Brother & The Holding Company), The Jimi Hendrix Experience, (who is introduced by Rolling Stone Brian Jones) and features the first major western concert performance by Indian classical sitarist Ravi Shankar. The Board of Governors is a 'Who's Who' of interntaional rock music, including Lou Adler, Donovan, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Roger McGuinn, Terry Melcher, Andrew Oldham, John Phillips, Smokey Robinson and Brian Wilson. The only major no-show is The Beach Boys, who are forced to pull out because of the problems stemming from Carl Wilson's draft resistance.

16   The cover of LIFE magazine features papier-mache caricature of The Beatles by British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

- Paul McCartney appears on a BBC-TV interview, talking about drugs and his admission earlier in the year that he had taken the hallucinogen LSD.

- Pink Floyd's second single See Emily Play is released in the UK

17   China explodes its first hydrogen bomb at the remote Lop Nur testing ground in Mongolia.

21  In Go-Set this week:
- Snowy Fleet leaves the Easybeats

24  On their way to a gig in Morwell, Victoria, a van carrying Max Merritt & The Meteors collides head-on with a truck just outside the town of Bunyip, 90 miles south east of Melbourne. Only bassist John 'Yuk' Harrison, who had been sitting in the back with the equipment, escapes unhurt. Saxophonist Bob Birtles, singer/guitarist Max Merritt and drummer Stewie Speer are all trapped in the front of the wrecked van and it takes firemen more than an hour to free them. Max sustains severe head injuries, Bob's leg is badly broken, and Stewie suffers multiple serious injuries -- his legs are crushed, both arms are broken and he loses the tips of several fingers, resulting a four-month hospital stay and a long and painful rehabilitation. It will take the better part of a year for the group to recover from the accident. As a result of his injuries, Max loses his right eye and his face is badly scarred. Bob is left with a permanent limp, and Stewie never regains full mobility.

25  The ABC participates in the historic Our World broadcast, a 22-nation satellite link-up broadcast to an estimated 150,000,000 viewers. The worldwide hookup includes the famous live broadcast of The Beatles' new single, All You Need Is Love, live from Abbey Rd Studios in London.

- Sydney's gang wars escalate with the murder of leading underworld figure Richard Gabriel Reilly. The notorious gunman, standover man and Kings Cross baccarat operator is ambushed outside his mistress's flat in Manning Rd, Double Bay as he approaches his $17,000 Maserati sports car around 7.30pm. He is first shot in the left side with a shotgun, but most of the charge misses him. Reilly tries to escape in his car but as he reverses onto the roadway a second shot from a high-powered sporting rifle strikes him in the neck, severing his carotid artery and lodging in his larynx. Mortally wounded, Reilly attempts to drive off, but a third shot hits him in the shoulder. He manages to turn into nearby New South Head Rd and heads up the hill towards the city but gets only 100 metres before collapsing. His car stops, rolls backwards down the slope and crashes through the front of a ladies' wear store, Aginian's Gift Shop. Among Reilly's effects police subsequently discover four notebooks which contain the names and phone numbers of hundreds of contacts, including politicians, businessmen, police, media personalities and other crime figures. But their potentially explosive contents are suppressed by corrupt Police Commissioner Norman Allan and Premier Robert Askin, both of whom, it is later claimed, were receiving huge payoffs from organised crime.

- Muhammed Ali is sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to comply with his conscription order.

27  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are found guilty of drugs charges.

28  In Go-Set this week: Paul McCartney speaks out about drugs; Sydney band Jeff St John splits from his band The Id; Jeff played his final gig with them on June 10 at the Here Disco in North Sydney. Go-Set reports that The Id (led by former Missing Links guitarist Peter Anson) will remain together and that Jeff will put together a new backing group.

29  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced. They receive to three and twelve months' gaol respectively (with hard labour), despite being first offences. The severity of the sentences causes a major public outcry.


july 1967
#1 singles events

A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Procol Harum

A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Procol Harum

A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Procol Harum

All You Need Is Love
The Beatles

All You Need Is Love
The Beatles


local releases

Seven Days Of Rain / Two Of A Kind
The Allusions

Heaven and Hell / Pretty Girl (UK)
The Easybeats

Good Friday (UK/US) LP
The Easybeats

Sally Go Round The Roses / Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)
The Questions


overeas releases

Heroes And Villains
The Beach Boys

All You Need Is Love
The Beatles

Cold Sweat
James Brown

Death Of A Clown
Dave Davies

Baby I Love You
Aretha Franklin

5000 Spirits or the Layers Of The Onion
Incredible String Band

Back To Back
The Mar-Keys & Booker T. & The MG's -

Creeque Alley
The Mamas & The Papas

Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison

Live In Europe
Otis Redding

Small Faces (first Immediate LP)
The Small Faces

The Supremes

Little Games
The Yardbirds

The Groop win the Hoadley National Battle of the Sounds. Runners-up are Adelaide's The Masters Apprentices.

Tony Cahill , former drummer with The Purple Hearts, is chosen as the replacement for The Easybeats' Snowy Fleet.

The postcode system is introduced throughout Australia.

New Australian content regulations for television come into force.

UK journalist and artist Caroline Coon founds RELEASE, an organisation to help people dependent upon or busted for drugs

Dr Martin Luther King Jr publishes Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

1  In the wake of the Rolling Stones' drug convictions, The Times publishes its famous leader, entitled (after Alexander Pope) "Who Breaks A Butterfly On A Wheel?". Personally written by Times editor William Rees-Mogg, the thousand-word editorial is sharply critical of the fact that the two pop stars have been sentenced to prison with hard labour for a first offence, on a relatively minor drugs charge, and observes that Jagger and Richards have evidently been treated far more harshly than "any purely anonymous young man".

- Time magazine runs a cover story entitled "The Hippies: Anatomy of a Sub-Culture"

5  The spy drama series Hunter premieres on the Seven Network

7  The Beatles' All You Need Is Love is released in Britain

8  John Newcombe wins the Wimbledon men's singles final

12  A new Australian TV drama series You Can't See Round Corners starring Ken Shorter and Rowena Wallace premieres. The opening episode causes a sensation because of a love scene in which Shorter runs his hand up Wallace's thigh.

- twenty-six people are killed and 1500 injured in race riots in Newark, New Jersey

- In Go-Set this week:
- special Monterey Pop Festival issue
- Normie Rowe returns to Australia

16  Sydney 'underground' film collective UBU stage their first public lightshow during program of Australian underground film at the Union Theatre, Sydney University.

- 10,000 people attend a 'Legalise Pot' rally at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London

17  Legendary US jazz saxophonist John Coltrane dies of a heart attack

18  A second royal commission into the the 1964 Voyager disaster opens.

19  The Beatles' All You Need Is Love reaches #1 in Britain

- In Go-Set this week: 'Beatles vs. Monkees'

23-27   44 people are killed, 2000 are injured and 5000 made homeless in America's worst-ever race riots in Detroit, Michigan

24  The London Times carries a full-page advertisement placed by SOMA (The Society for Mental Awareness) calling for the legalisation of marijuana. The accompanying petition is signed by many leading figures including two MPs, author Graham Greene, The Beatles and Brian Epstein.

26  In Go-Set this week: The Groop wins the Hoadleys Battle Of The Sounds

27  Homosexuality between consenting adults in private is legalised in the UK

28  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are released from prison after a hearing before the Lord Chief Justice.

29  UBU projects films during a benefit for members of The Id, who have been busted for possession of pot.

- The Doors' Light My Fire reaches #1 in the USA

30  The La Mama theatre opens in Carlton, Melbourne. The theatre, an initiative of Betty Burstall, was inspired by the "off off Broadway theatres" in New York. Betty and her husband, film maker Tim Burstall, had just returned from a trip to New York and wanted to re-create the vibrancy and immediacy of the small theatres there. La Mama was modelled after a New York venue of the same name. At a time when the production of Australian plays was almost non-existent (and financially risky), La Mama's non-profit organisation allowed experimental Australian works a space for airing. The first play performed at La Mama was a work by a new Australian writer Jack Hibberd, entitled Three Old Friends. The production of Australian works at La Mama soon became a staple, and within the first two years of its life 25 new Australian plays had premiered there. La Mama also nurtured new works by composers, poets, and filmmakers. The opening of the alternative theatre provided a home base for many important figures in theatre and film including Hibberd and Alex Buzo, It was also regularly used by underground performance troupe Tribe (who later collaborated with Spectrum), and the house troupe, the La Mama Group, established by actor-director Greame Blundell, which eventually became the Australian Performing Group. La Mama's foundation marked the beginning of a small cultural revolution that would inspire the re-birth of a national theatre. La Mama also fostered a pool of talent that would flow on into Australian cinema, regularly screening new works by film-makers Bryan Davies, Nigel Buesst, John Carnody, Bert Dehling and John Duigan. [William Head, 1999]

- US envoys Clark Clifford and Maxwell Taylor meet senior Australian ministers and officials. They argue strongly that Australia should send another battalion to Vietnam.

31  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards successfully appeal their drug convictions. Richards' conviction is quashed; Jagger's sentence is quashed and his conviction is conditionally discharged. After the hearing, in the afternoon, Jagger is flown by helicopter to a secret rendezvous to record a special edition of the Granada TV program "World In Action" which also features Times editor William Rees Mogg.


august 1967
#1 singles events

5th All You Need Is Love
The Beatles

12th All You Need Is Love
The Beatles

19th Up, Up And Away
The Fifth Dimension

26th Up, Up And Away
The Fifth Dimension

The 0-10 Network axes both of its popular music programs The Go!! Show and Kommotion

Mick Bower, guitarist and songwriter for The Masters Apprentices, suffers a nervous breakdown during a tour of Tasmania and is forced to leave the group.

The La De Das make their first two-week trip to Melbourne for gigs at Catcher, Berties and Thumpin' Tum.

The Easybeats begin their first American tour, supporting Gene Pitney and the Buckinghams.

Major overseas releases:
The Beach Boys - Heroes & Villains
Aretha Franklin - Aretha Arrives
The Small Faces - Itchycoo Park
The Rolling Stones - We Love You
Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her

2   The premiere of ABC-TV's new drama serial Bellbird. Originally shown in 15-minute episodes on Monday-Thursday, just before the main 7pm new bulletin, the series is set in a fictional country town in Victoria (although the opening credit shots are actually the town of Daylesford). "Bellbird" soon picks up a huge and dedicated following and wins a swag of awards over the next few years. By 1969 it has become the most popular drama series in Australian TV history, with an estimated nightly audience of 1.2 million viewers (around 10% of the Australian population).

5   Pink Floyd release their debut LP The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

6   "The Explosion Factory" a multimedia event, is staged at East Sydney Technical College, with music by The Id and films by UBU

8  George and Patti Harrison visit San Francisco and walk through the Haight-Ashbury district.

9 Scott McKenzie scores a UK #1 hit with the song San Francisco (Be Sure You Wear Flowers in Your Hair), written for him by Mamas & Papas leader John Phillips.

14  Pirate radio stations broadcasting into Britain from international waters, including the famous Radio London, are closed down after the declaration of the UK Marine Broadcasting Act

16  In Go-Set this week:
- Colin Beard reports in words and photos on The US west coast hippie scene

18  The Rolling Stones release the single We Love You. The song makes a clear comment on their current legal problems (stemming from their February drug bust) by opening with a sound-effect of a slamming prison-cell door; the recording features members of the Beatles on backing vocals.

19  The Beatles' All You Need Is Love reaches #1 in the USA

19  In Go-Set this week:
- Jimi Hendrix
- Johnny Young's English success
- Glenn Shorrock talks about LSD
- the Go!! Show is axed

24  The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time at London's Hilton Hotel

- the legendary hippie assault on the New York Stock Exchange, led by Abby Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. During the protest, dollar bills are thrown onto the trading floor, creating havoc; later more bills are torn and burned.

25  The Beatles attend a Transcendental Meditation seminar at Bangor, Wales conducted by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

26   The music world is rocked by the news that Beatles manager Brian Epstein has been found dead at his flat in London from an apparent overdose of sleeping tablets.

30  In Go-Set this week:
- Channel 0 axes Kommotion

new releases

We Had A Good Thing Going / Can't You Feel?
Ronnie Burns

Sit Down I Think I Love You / Don't You Sometimes, Baby
The Executives

I'm So Glad / It's Too Late
Mike Furber

Magic Eyes / And I Heard The Fire Song
James Taylor Move

All Purpose Low / My Girl
The La De Das

Love Song / Magic Box
The Loved Ones

Living In A Child's Dream/Tired Of Just Wandering
The Masters Apprentices


september 1967
#1 singles events

Up, Up And Away
The Fifth Dimension

The Monkees (Vol.1 EP)
The Monkees

The Monkees (Vol.1 EP)
The Monkees

Itchycoo Park
The Small Faces

Itchycoo Park
The Small Faces

The Las Da Das return to New Zealand.

Johnny Farnham signs a solo contract with EMI

The Bee Gees' second international single, Massachusetts, becomes a worldwide smash hit, selling over five million copies.

HMAS Perth is hit by NLF shore batteries while pursuing enemy patrol boats off the coast of South Vietnam.

Graham Kennedy's book Graham Kennedy's Melbourne is published.

Major overseas releases:
The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
The Bee Gees - Massachusetts
The Box Tops - The Letter
James Brown - Cold Sweat
Tim Buckley - Goodbye And Hello
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
The Hollies - King Midas In Reverse
The Kinks - Something Else
The Move - Flowers In The Rain

1   The Commonwealth Trade Practices Act comes into force.

3   A Pro-LSD demonstration is held at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London.

- Traffic switches to the right in Sweden

4  "AM", a new half-hour morning current affairs magazine, premieres at 8am on ABC Radio 2. The original on-air team is host Robert Peach (cousin of TDT's Bill Peach) and reporters Paul Murphy, Richard Carleton and Allan Hogan. John Highfield joins in 1968.

6  In Go-Set this week:
- Lynne Randell romantically linked with Monkee Davy Jones
- Mama Cass 'took LSD'
- What to say to parents who say 'pop is trash'

- A 'Death of Hippie' ceremony is held in San Francisco as an act of defiance against the media hyping of the hippies and growing overcrowding and youth poverty in the Haight-Ashbury district.

8  Police clash with around 3,500 students and others during wild demonstrations in Brisbane. They are protesting against the Queensland government's restrictions on rights to public meetings. 114 people are arrested.

9  The federal government sets up an Office of Aboriginal Affairs

13  In Go-Set this week:
'Are you a hippy?'

16  The North West Cape naval communications station is officially commissioned.

- South Sydney defeat Canterbury-Bankstown in the NSW Rugby League Grand Final

17  PM Harold Holt announces an increase in military support to South Vietnam

20  In Go-Set this week:
- Normie Rowe called up for National Service

22   Contrabandits, a new drama series about Customs & Excise police, premieres on ABC-TV

- TIME magazine's cover story is "The Beatles: Their New Incarnation". The cover photo features specially-commissioned papier-mache caricature sculptures created by British artist and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

23  Richmond beats Geelong in the VFL Grand Final

24  Traffic, the new group featuring former Spencer Davis group lead singer Steve Winwood, give their first public performance at 'Sunday At The Saville', at the Saville Theatre, London.

27  In Go-Set this week:
Johnny Young and Lily Brett back from London
- Normie Rowe talks about his future

new releases

Simon Says / With This Ring
The Groove

Rosalie / Find Us A Way
The La De Das

Heat Wave / When I Come Home
Somebody's Image

Dream Baby / You Don't Live Twice
Billy Thorpe


october 1967
#1 singles events

7th Itchycoo Park
The Small Faces

14th Itchycoo Park
The Small Faces

21st The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck

28th The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck

The Holt government comes under fire in the Senate over allegations about the misuse of VIP aircraft by members of the federal cabinet.

The Loved Ones break up

British comedian Tony Hancock gives a controversial performance at Melbourne's Dendy Theatre. He falls several time during his performance, and eventually leaves the stage to jeers, catcalls and audience walkouts. Hancock's psychological problems eventually lead to his suicide in Sydney in June 1968.

Major overseas releases:
The Beach Boys - Wild Honey
Eric Burdon & The Animals - San Franciscan Nights
The Doors - Strange Days
Donovan - There Is A Mountain
The Hollies - Butterfly
The Kinks - Autumn Almanac

2  Leading American  psychedelic rock group The Grateful Dead are charged with drug posession after a police raid on their communal house in Ashbury St, San Francsico.

3   A rocket-powered NASA X-15 hypersonic aircraft sets the absolute world air speed record for a winged aircraft, reaching 7297 kmh (4,520 mph), or Mach 6.72

4  The first US servicemen arrive in Melbourne from Vietnam for "Rest and Recreation" (R&R) leave. The visiting Americans create a minor economic boom - especially in "red light" areas like Sydney's Kings Cross - but over the next few years, the R&R circuit also becomes a pipeline for the importation of heroin and other hard drugs into Australia's capital cities, and lays the foundations for the massive Asian-Australian drug trade of the 70s and beyond.

- In Go-Set this week:
- The Easybeats
- A day in the life of Yvonne (Barrett) and Marcia (Jones)
- win a blind date with Stan Rofe

6  The "Death of Hippie" procession in San Francisco coincides with the closure of the Thelin brothers' legendary Psychedelic Shop on Haight St. The events coincide with the first anniversary of the illegalisation of LSD in the USA.

8  Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara is killed in Paraguay.

9  The first edition of Rolling Stone is published in the USA.

11  British PM Harold Wilson issues a writ against pop group The Move, alleging defamation. The case arises from a promotional postcard for their single Flowers In The Rain, which featured a cartoon depicting Wilson in bed with his mistress. The promotional stunt, masterminded by Move manager Tony Secunda, backfires drastically

- In Go-Set this week:
- Normie and the Army

14  The Masters Apprentices play at a free outdoor concert in Hyde Park, Sydney, as part of the Waratah Spring Festival. Attended by an estimated 50,000 frantic fans, the concert quickly degenerates into a near riot, forcing police to stop the performance after only a few songs, when the surging crowd threatens to demolish the makeshift stage. As the band is hustled away one of the two limos hired to carry them is overturned and wrecked; the band barely escapes in the second car. That evening, they headline at the UNSW "Living In A Child's Dream" Ball held in subruban Ashfield. The ball's organisers include UNSW architecture students and future film and stage identites Matt Carroll, Jim Sharman and Brian Thompson.

15  Major Peter Badcoe is awarded a posthumous VC for bravery.

18  In Go-Set this week:
- The Loved Ones split
- UpTight premieres

19  Musician Joan Baez and 122 others are arrested at an anti-draft protest in California. Governor Reagan commends the police for their actions

- 'The Fool's Ball' at Moorabbin Town Hall, featuring The Groop and The Groove ($7 double)

20  Seven members of the Ku Klux Klan including "Imperial Wizard" Sam Bowers and Neshoba County Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price are convicted on federal conspiracy charges relating to the June 1964 slayings of three young civil rights activists, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. During the 11-day trial there are repeated attempts to attempts influence, tamper with or threaten jury members. However Klan kingpin Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen, the man suspected of masterminding the murders, walks free because one of the jurors holds out for a not-guilty verdict. Years later other jurors reveal that it was simply because she "couldn't convict a preacher". The FBI had been forced to charge the suspects with federal conpiracy offences after the racist Mississippi State authorities failed to proceed with murder charges against them. None of the twelve men suspected of being involved in the killings has ever been charged with murder.

21   Anti-Vietnam marches are held in America and Europe, including the famous 'exorcism' of The Pentagon in Washington D.C. Author Norman Mailer is among those arrested at the Washington protest, and his subsequent book The Armies of the Night (1968) is a 'novelisation' of the event. The event also produces the iconic photos and film footage of demonstrators placing flowers in the barrels of the rifles of soldiers guarding The Pentagon.

25  In Go-Set this week:
- Normie and The Playboys split

27  A new pop show UPTIGHT, hosted by Ross D. Wyllie, premieres on the 0-10 Network.

29  Leading Australian fashion designer Prue Acton leaves Australia for New York where she is to show her new collection.

31   Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones appears in court in London on charges of possession of cannabis, stemming from a raid on his home in May. Fans and supporters demonstrate outside the court during the hearing.

new releases

If You Need Me / Bring Your Love Back Home
Mike Furber

Baby Jane / Still I Can Go On
James Taylor Move

Reaching Out / Do You Mind
Tony Worsley & The Fabulous Blue Jays

And Things Unsaid / I Can't Hear You
The Questions


november 1967
#1 singles events

4th The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck

11th The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck

18th The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck

25th The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck


new local releases

The Music Goes Round My Head / Come in You'll Get Pneumonia
The Easybeats

Sadie, The Cleaning Lady
Johnny Farnham

Hush / It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Somebody's Image

Cathy Come Home / The Way They Play
The Twilights

That's Life / Try Me
The Wild Cherries


overseas releases

Hello, Goodbye/I Am The Walrus, Magical Mystery Tour (EP)
The Beatles

Neon Rainbow
The Box Tops

Disraeli Gears

Chain Of Fools
Aretha Franklin

She's A Rainbow, Their Satanic Majesties Request (LP)
The Rolling Stones

The Who Sell Out
The Who

The  Holt government suffers a serious reversal in the Senate elections, winning just 43.3 per cent of the vote against Labor's 47 per cent.

PM Harold Holt establishes the Australian Council for The Arts.

The Australian Task Force in Vietnam is increased to 3 battalions and a squadron of Centurion tanks.

The Loved Ones break up.

In Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Tim Buckley films the first live performance of his classic Song To The Siren for an episode of "The Monkees" TV show. The episode, "The Frodis Caper" airs on 25 March 1968 in the U.S.

3   Red Handed wins the Melbourne Cup

8  In Go-Set this week:
- special Monkees issue

11  NASA successfully launches the unmanned Apollo 4. The mission is the first flight of the complete Saturn V booster and the first use of Launch Complex 39-A, which in 1969 is used to launch Apollo 11.

14  The Beatles release Hello Goodbye in the UK

15  Pink Floyd and The Jimi Hendrix Experience begin a joint tour of the UK

- In Go-Set this week:
- Procession
- The Questions
- The Cherokees
- The Monkees

20  Australia breaks another historical tie with Great Britain when the Reserve Bank decides not to follow the British decision to devalue the pound by 14.3 percent.

22  In Go-Set this week:
- The Twilights TV show

29  Australia's first satellite, WRESAT 1, is launched from the Woomera rocket range in South Australia, making Australia only the fourth nation to build and successfully launch its own orbital satellite.

- In Go-Set this week:
- Lynne Randell
- The Beatles
- The Monkees
- The Easybeats


december 1967
#1 singles events

The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck

The Last Waltz
Engelbert Humperdinck

Snoopy's Christmas
The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy's Christmas
The Royal Guardsmen

Snoopy's Christmas
The Royal Guardsmen


new overseas releases

Wild Honey, Darlin'
The Beach Boys

Magical Mystery Tour (double EP)
The Beatles

The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde
Georgie Fame

Axis: Bold As Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Easybeats are voted Top Group in the second annual Go-Set Pop Poll.

Procession make their live debut in Melbourne, and record an Uptight TV special

IMT star Graham Kennedy signs a new two-year deal with Melbourne TV station GTV-9, including a salary estimated to be at least $70,000 a year (at least $500,000 in today's figures). Nine Network owner Sir Frank Packer (a notorious homophobe who privately loathes Kennedy) tells the media: "Of course I'm not happy paying a sum like that, but Graham Kennedy's a very valuable property and he's worth it." The full value of the contract is estimated at $250,000 and includes an extended lease on a penthouse suite at Melbourne's Southern Cross Hotel, a special studio dressing room, and assistance with the maintenance of Kennedy's farm at Langwarry in Gippsland and his house in Frankston.

Rainbow II wins the Sydney to Hobart yacht race

San Francisco-based sound engineer and underground LSD chemist Augustus Owsley Stanley III is arrested in Orinda, California. Owsley is caught in possession of 217 grams of LSD, equivalent to about 800,000 doses and worth an estimated US$4.3 million. In spite of the massive quantity of LSD involved, when the case comes to trial two years later, Owsley's lawyer argues that that it was for personal use. Owsley is eventually sentenced to three years' prison and fined $3000. Owsley's extraordinarily light sentence is in stark contrast to the treatment of LSD evangelist Timothy Leary. When he is arrested in 1969 for possession of only a few grams of marijuana, he is sentenced to 20 years in prison.

2  The still-recuperating Max Merritt & The Meteors play their comeback show at Berties disco in Melbourne. It is their first gig since the near-fatal crash in July that seriously injured three of the band's four members, and their only gig in the second half of the year.

- The Monkees score a US #1 hit with Daydream Believer

3  Dr Christian Barnard performs the world's first heart transplant in South Africa.

5  The Beatles' Apple Boutique opens at 94 Baker St, London. The shop is generously stocked with fashions and records. The Beatles gave the design collective called the "Fool" £100,000 to set up the store and create the clothing, and they also designed the brilliantly coloured psychedelic mural on the building's extrerior, which featured planets, clouds, rainbows and mystic symbols. The store closed after just over six months in business, on 30 July 1968. The extravagant mural proved very unpopular with local residents and was removed as soon as the Boutique closed.

6   The Beatles' Hello Goodbye reaches #1 in the UK

- In Go-Set this week:
- 'Bee Gees sensation'

9   Nicolae Ceausescu becomes prime minister of Romania. His autocratic rule was marked by frequently disastrous economic schemes and became increasingly repressive and corrupt, but Ceausescu remains in power with Soviet support until the fall of Communism in the late 1980s. He is finally deposed in December 1989 when a popular uprising, joined by the army, leads to the arrest, trial and execution of both Ceausescu and his despised wife, Elena.

11  The ABC premieres its new children's TV series, Adventure Island.

12  A large hippie camp in Kathmandu is broken up by Nepalese police

15  Pink Floyd play at the newly opened London psychedelic club, The Middle Earth

- 1000 international hippies declare a 'Hippy Republic' in Costa Rica

16  The Digger Free Store opens in New York City.

17  Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, 59, disappears and is presumed drowned while swimming in heavy seas at Cheviot Beach, near Portsea in Victoria. A huge search is mounted, lasting until January 4, 1967, but Holt's body is never recovered. That night, Deputy PM and Country Party leader John McEwen meets privately with the Governor-General, Lord Casey, and tells him that he will not serve in a government led by Holt's heir apparent, federal Treasurer and deputy Liberal leader William McMahon.

- Procession make their live debut at Sebastian's disco in Melbourne. The new band, comprising former members of The Librettos and Normie Rowe's backing band The Playboys are touted as Australia's first progressive rock group.

18  The music world is again rocked by tragedy with the news that American soul star Otis Redding and most of the members of his backing band The Bar-Kays have been killed in a plane crash.

- in the wake of Holt's disappearance, three senior members of the governing Liberal Party -- Government Whip Dudley Irwin, Minister for the Army Malcolm Fraser, and Senate Whip Malcolm Scott -- meet in Parliament House, Canberra and decide to support Victorian senator and Education Minister John Grey Gorton for the leadership of the Party, and therefore the next Prime Minister.

20  Caretaker PM John McEwen sparks a crisis in the federal Liberal-Country Party coalition when he publicly repudiates Treasurer William McMahon. McEwen bluntly states that neither he nor his any of Country Party colleagues are prepared to serve under McMahon as PM, although he refuses to disclose his reasons, saying only that McMahon knows what they are. McEwen's opposition cripples McMahon's chances of succeeding Holt as Prime Minister, and opens the way for a faction of Victorian Liberals (including future PM Malcolm Fraser) to elevate Sen. John Gorton to the leadership early in the new year.

22  A memorial service is held at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne for PM Harold Holt, who went missing, presumed drowned at Portsea on December 17. Prince Charles and US President Lyndon Johnson are among many world dignitaries who attend. The televised service is also Australia's first multi-country international satellite broadcast.

- In Go-Set this week:
- Ronnie Burns tops the Go-Set Pop Poll

- "Christmas on Earth Revisited" at the Olympia, London, with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Soft Machine and Pink Floyd

- Chelsea Set / Max Merritt & The Meteors at The Thumpin' Tum.

26  The Beatles' Xmas TV special Magical Mystery Tour screens on the BBC.

31  Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and friends create 'Yippie' (the Youth International Party), the successor to the earlier, Provo-inspired 'Hippie' movement.

- The Monkees score another US #1 hit with I'm A Believer

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