Labor Day at the end of a long, hot summer in 1967.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – George Meany – Labor Day Address – Sept. 1, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Labor Day in 1967 was on the pessimistic side. Unrest all over the country. Poverty, cities in turmoil, unemployment, the Vietnam War sapping the country of resources – physical and monetary. The Summer of Love to some, but for everyone else, a time of great uncertainty.
And so for his annual Labor Day message, AF of L – CIO President George Meany delivered a cautious address in the midst of the pessimism. He spoke about the need for more programs to aid poverty and unemployment. He blasted Congress for its failure to act responsibly. In the 23 Programs introduced to Congress since the beginning of the session, not one had been enacted. Over 200,000 housing units, which Congress approved funding for, had not yet been built. The War on Poverty had stalemated in Congress, and it was this gloomy assessment that greeted most of America on this Labor Day in 1967.
Doesn’t sound that much different from Labor Day 2013. Good intentions and urgent appeals, stalemated by an ineffective Congress. America bogged down in a War it can’t afford and sapped of its strength by the forces of greed.
Some things just keep going around in circles.
Here is that Labor Day 1967 Address by George Meany.
Enjoy the day of rest – there’s a lot of work to do.
B.B. Blunder promo shot for Worker’s Playtime, with the inimitable Julie Driscoll disguised as Comely Barmaid.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – B.B. Blunder in Session for Top Of The Pops – 1970 – BBC Radio 1
As promised a few days ago after running Blossom Toes, here is the next logical step – B.B. Blunder came about as Blossom Toes ceased to exist. Together for what seemed like ten minutes, the band actually were together a bit longer, enough time to make the classic (and completely underrated/overlooked Worker’s Playtime), provide backup for a solo effort by Reg King who also briefly joined the band and then drifted back into neglect.
Worker’s Playtime was issued in the States, on the Polydor label, which may have explained why they were overlooked. Polydor was just getting it’s act together in the U.S. and not having an easy go of it in 1971. For some reason, United Artists (the label they were on in the UK) passed on the option to release them in the U.S., which probably compounded the lack of enthusiasm for what was otherwise a great debut album.
But as I’ve said countless times before; it’s almost impossible to predict what people will respond to and whey they won’t respond to where the subject of Pop Music is concerned. Bands you were dead-certain would make it massively came and went almost totally unnoticed.
At any rate – here is one of the rare appearances B.B. Blunder made via The BBC’s Top Of The Pops. Just two numbers, but enough to make you wonder why they weren’t a huge success in 1970.
One more band to wonder about.