Were you listening to your transistor radio to catch all of the hit songs in the summer of 1967? Music was such an important part of San Francisco in the 1960s. But not all of the hits of the day originated here. The film the “Jersey Boys” traces the career of Frankie Valli, born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, and the singing group from New Jersey called The Four Seasons. The group sold 100 million records from 1962 thru 1968.
Here is the trailer for the film that opened as a Broadway show in 2005 and in movie theaters in June:
By the Summer of Love in 1967 in the City, our musical groups were grabbing attention. And there was one song that became the anthem for San Francisco by a Philip Wallach Blondheim who was born in Florida. We knew him as Scott McKenzie. This song was released in May of 1967.
The Grammy Awards for songs released in 1967 were presented in February of 1968. McKenzie was nominated in the “Male Contemporary Vocal Solo” category for his song “San Francisco.” His fellow nominee was Frankie Valli for his first solo hit in 1967:
The winner of the Grammy for “Male Contemporary Vocal Solo” for 1967 was Glen Campbell for the song, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” McKenzie died in 2012 at the age of 73. Valli turned 80 in May and is still performing. Here is his Web site with his tour schedule – http://www.frankievallifourseasons.com/