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Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Beach Boys Good Vibrations

On December 10, 1966 the Beach Boys' “Good Vibrations” was Billboard's Hot 100 #1 single. Capital Records had released the single on October 10. That may seem like a long time for such a great song to reach #1, but it wasn't nearly as long as it took for Brian Wilson to make the song.  According to Rolling Stone magazine, "It took six months and cost $16,000 to make, with several distinct sections and such exotic instruments as Jew's harp, sleigh bells, harpsichord, and theremin."
He had started it on February 17, 1966 of that year while creating his masterpiece Pet Sounds album. At the time of its release, Billboard magazine wrote: Penned by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, group has a sure-fire hit in this off-beat and intriguing rhythm number. Should hit hard and fast.
Beach Boys Good Vibratons
cover for Good Vibrations single
A film showing some of the ongoing recording of the Beach Boys Good Vibrations.

Read more from Rolling Stone magazine, which ranks Beach Boys Good Vibrations as the fifth best single of all time >>> Rolling Stone article
Beach Boys Good Vibrations
Brian Wilson producing Beach Boys Good Vibrations

Beach Boys Good Vibrations

"Good Vibrations" was intended to be part of the "Smile" album, but  Wilson, suffering from depression, stopped work on the it in May 1967. A New York Times article began about that album began: "I'm writing a teen-age symphony to God," Brian Wilson announced to a magazine writer some months ago. At the time, an album lay half-completed on spools of black acetate. The rest existed only in spurts of rhythm and harmony in Brian Wilson's head.  (NYT article)
The song ended up on a makeshift version of the original Smile, called Smiley Smile.  According to Phillip Lambert's book, Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson said that compared to what Smile would have been Smiley Smile was  "a bunt instead of a grand slam."
Sometimes you get Beach Boys Good Vibrations.
Sometimes you don't get Beach Boys Good Vibrations.
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December 5 Music Contrasts

December 5 Music Contrasts

What was #1 on Billboard sometimes offers an interesting cultural contrast and December 5 in the 60s does just that. From Bonanza's TV star Lorne Greene singing his cowboy song Ringo, to the fresh-faced California Beach Boys in concert, to a group of "hippies" singing about confusion and distrust of the status quo.

December 5 Music Contrasts

Lorne Greene
December 5 Music Contrasts
Lorne Greene on Bonanza
December 5 – 11, 1964: “Ringo” by Lorne Greene #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. A "one-hit-wonder" the song only stayed at #1 for a week. Lorne Greene stuck around as a successful actor much longer.

Though there was an actual outlaw Johnny Ringo, the song's story is not an accurate one. The country song became a hit on both the pop and easy listening charts before the country charts. That was unusual. Don Robertson and Hal Blair wrote the song.  

The fact that a certain very popular band had a very popular drummer by the same name encouraged RCA to release the song.

Beach Boys

December 5 Music Contrasts
Beach Boys 1965
December 5, 1964 – January 1, 1965:  The Beach Boys Beach Boys Concert was the Billboard #1 album. It would stay there nearly a month. Brian had not yet decided to go psychedelic.

The concert album was not quite as "live" as one would have thought. Vocals are overdubbed. Most of the album was part of a 1964 Sacramento concert (as advertised), but a couple of the songs were from December 1963. There were other studio enhancements as well. 

Keep in mind that Beatlemania and the British Invasion were at their height by December 1964, but the Beach Boys' popularity kept this album #1 for four weeks!

Buffalo Springfield

December 5 a contrast in music
Dewey Martin, Jim Messina, Neil Young, Rich Fury, and Stephen Stills
December 5, 1966 – On this date, the Buffalo Springfield recorded “For What It’s Worth." It will be released on January 9, 1967.  They wrote it as a protest to the way the LA Police were treating teen-agers, not an anti-war song, but it became one nonetheless and an anthem to many of the Baby Boomer generation.

For a larger explanation about the song's origins, see Sunset Strip Riots

A very thorough piece on the song >>> For What It's Worth, explained


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October 29 Music et al

October 29 Music et al

It's another one of those days that bursts with music history of all types. Mostly happy.

“Jingle Bell Rock”

October 29, 1957: Bobby Helms recorded "Jingle Bell Rock" at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. How many times have you heard this one?

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

October 29, 1958: The Platters released "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Greatest version ever?

Bob Dylan

October 29, 1961: Bob Dylan performed on Folksong Festival radio show. Be careful. Many of his comments are simply being fun at the expense of host Oscar Brand.

The Beatles

October 29, 1962: The Beatles performed "Love Me Do" and "A Taste Of Honey" for the television program People and Places on Grenada TV. Here's a 46 second soundbite from the show:
October 29 Music et al

Beach Boys

October 29 Music

After the Beach Boys released their first single, Surfin', on December 8, 1961, they released their first album, Surfin' on October 29, 1962.

The Hollies

October 29, 1963: The Hollies went into the recording studio for the first time to begin recording their debut album.

The Rolling Stones

October 29, 1963: The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley were in concert with two shows at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.

“Reach Out I’ll Be There”

October 29, 1966: The Four Tops had the top R&B song with "Reach Out I'll Be There."

“96 Tears”

October 29 – November 4, 1966: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Allison Steele

October 29 Peace Love Activism

October 29, 1967: WNEW-FM DJ Allison Steele (a rare female DJ) announced that Rosko would be a WNEW-FM DJ. (Allison's announcement) (see April 5, 1983)

Duane Allman

October 29 Music

October 29, 1971: Duane Allman died. (NYT article)

Mind Games

October 29 MusicOctober 29, 1973: UK release of John Lennon’s Mind Games album, his fourth. He recorded it  at Record Plant Studios, NYC in summer 1973. The album was Lennon's first self-produced recording without help from Phil Spector. It reached number 13 in the UK and number 9 in the US, where it went gold. 

Many more than 96 tears came to my eyes while watching the video. You,too, may need a tissue.

Joan Baez

October 29, 1975: Joan Baez became a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue.

Pink Floyd

1983: Pink Floyd set a new rock era record as Dark Side of the Moon placed on the album chart for the 491st week.  That broke the mark set by Johnny Mathis for Johnny's Greatest Hits.  The Floyd didn't let up, however, until they got to 780 weeks.


October 29, 1983: Madonna's first single debuted on the chart--"Holiday".

Bryan Adams

October 29, 1984:  Bryan Adams released his landmark album Reckless.

Wells Kelly

October 29, 1984:  Wells Kelly, drummer for Orleans and Meat Loaf, died at the age of 45.

Ron Wood

October 29, 1987: Rolling Stone's guitarist, Ron Wood, opened an art exhibition in London called Decades, which featured portraits of friends and rock stars from the past 20 years.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

October 29, 1990: The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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