Airdate – Jan 15, 2023
Hands down, love was the leading theme in the music of the 50s and 60s – a theme that teenagers could not get enough of.
And there were some standout records on the Billboard pop charts with “Lovin’” in the title including “Lotta Lovin’” by Gene Vincent (#13/.57), “Good Lovin’” by The Olympics (#81/’65) and the Young Rascals (#1/’66), and “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’”) by Crazy Elephant (#12/’69).
In December 1966 the Billboard Hot 100 introduced us to yet another “Lovin’” record which went to #7 early in 1967 …
This record originated in the UK and was written and performed by a group from Birmingham, England whose members had been honing their skills since 1963.
In the fall of 1966 the record went to #2 on UK charts but failed to get to the top which was occupied by the Beach Boys with their now classic, “Good Vibrations.”
In addition to reaching the #7 position on the US charts, their “Lovin’” recording also went to #7 in Ireland, #6 in Australia and to #1 on Toronto’s CHUM chart.
Following in the footsteps of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, this group looked like it was destined to great things. Unfortunately, when their lead singer/keyboardist/guitarist decided to leave the group in 1967, it was over despite a few attempts by the group’s leader to revive the group and cut a couple more albums.
That artist who left the Spencer Davis Group to form his own group, Traffic, was the talented Steve Winwood. He went rockin’ elsewhere but still demanded that you “Gimme Some Lovin’,” this week’s Tom Locke moment in time.
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This “Moments In Time” story is yet another example of a “golden oldie” or forgotten favorite that earned its place in the evolution of Rock & Roll.