"Somebody To Love" was the first of the "Summer of Love" era psychedelic songs to make it inside of the Top Ten in the United States. It appeared on Jefferson Airplane's album Surrealistic Pillow, which is among the very best rock albums ever recorded, let alone among the very best psychedelic albums ever recorded. It was one of my early album purchases and I regard the album as PERFECTION ON VINYL (and now CD of course). "Somebody To Love" debuted on Billboard at #88 on April 1, 1967 and on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart at #71 on April 8, 1967. It peaked at #5 on June 17, 1967 on both Cash Box and Billboard. This was history in the making and the true beginning of the psychedelic pop era (note I said "pop").
For the most part, the Top Ten or Top 20 at that time were dominated by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Turtles, The Young Rascals, The Hollies, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Revere & The Raiders (not feeling quite as psychedelic as they had with "Kicks" the previous year), Neil Diamond, Engelbert Humperdinck, Herb Alpert, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore (still), Motown artists, especially The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, and Arthur Conley, and the two Sinatras (Nancy and Frank and Nancy and Frank together). However, on May 27, 1967, Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" shot into the Top 10 like a bullet out of nowhere, after having climbed up the charts from the bottom depths slower than some vines. The Easybeats were at #16 with their iconic hit "Friday On My Mind" .. they got no higher (pardon the pun). But the next blockbuster psychedelic hit would be "Light My Fire" by The Doors when they entered The Top 20 at #20 on July 1, 1967 while "Somebody To Love" was still at #18 on its way back down. Scott McKenzie's folk hit, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," written by John Phillips, became an anthem for "the Summer of Love" during this time.
Personally, I do not consider 1967 as an isolated year. Most of the great psychedelic songs of the late 1960s, often applied to the Summer of Love (1967), actually were released and became popular throughout the year 1968. Psychedelic music began to lose its grip in 1969, although some fabulous psychedelic songs were released that year as well. Eventually what was once "psychedelic" became what has since been called "progressive rock."
Now, regarding my music video: When I do a synchronization, usually it is not to win over the general YouTube audience. I am well aware that others are doing the same thing .. and some much better. I do it for my CHANNEL audience, not the general audience. I want to give my channel viewers a reason to stay a while. Once they have had their fill of my retro or contemporary dramatizations of lyrics, or my slideshows (which I seldom do anymore), or my experimental visuals of songs, I like them to be able to click on a video just to watch their favorite band or artist, performing live if possible, with the original track synchronized as perfectly as is possible in place of the live track. Most recently I did that with Elvis Presley performing "Don't Be Cruel" on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1957. Sometimes I spike the punch a bit and give them some drama along with the synchronization, like Talking Heads' "Take Me To The River" (I even put lyrics captions on that one) ... but usually it is straight syncing.
This is a synchronization from the original track (on CD) of "Somebody To Love" to the live broadcast performance of the song by Jefferson Airplane when they appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on June 25, 1967.