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PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE - RASCALS - 1968

 

NEWS

• U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

• Police battled protesters at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.

• North Vietnam tried to grip the South with an offensive named Tet.

• We saw the first live broadcast from the moon as Apollo 8 circled above. The Apollo 8 Astronauts (William Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell) were Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.

• North Korea grabbed one of our warships.

• Gas was 34 cents a gallon.

• The Boeing 747 made its maiden flight.

 

FADS and ENTERTAINMENT

• MOVIE: “2001 Space Odyssey” “Planet of the Apes” & “The Graduate”

• T.V.: “Laugh-In”, “Hawaii 5-O” and “Bonanza”.

• Led Zeppelin would play live for the first time at Surrey University in England.

• Cream played for the last time at Royal Albert hall.  

• The hot toys were: Don't Break The Ice, Hot Wheels, Battling Tops, Silly Putty*& Whirlee Twirlee.

 

DEAD

• Martin Luther Kingshot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee

• Robert Kennedy shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies from his injuries the next day.

• Frankie Lymon, Ex-Teenagers singer, is found dead from a heroin overdose in Harlem.

 

#1@1

• While "People Got to Be Free" was perceived by some as related to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy earlier that year, it was recorded before the latter's death. In fact it was partly a reaction to an ugly encounter wherein the long-haired group was threatened by a group of rednecks after their tour vehicle broke down in Fort Pierce, Florida.

• This became their third and final U.S. #1 single.

• The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 6, 1997 and were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.

• Here are The Rascals and “People Got To Be Free” your # 1 @ 1 from August 1968.

 



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