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Beach Boys Summer Spectacular

Beach Boys Summer Spectacular

June 24, 1966
Not from June 1966: Beach Boys live, “God Only Knows”
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Beach Boys Summer Spectacular

1 or 2?

            Today's blog is a bit confusing for me as I thought this "festival" was a one-day event, yet some sources suggest it was two days in two different places with nearly the same line-up. I am going to treat it as a two-day event, but with a grain of salt. The second poster with the "KRLA Presents" (as opposed to the first day's "KFRC Presents") suggests the two-day two-venue possibility. And I can find no information to distinguish things.

            Here we go!
 Friday 24 June (San Francisco)

  • Beach Boys
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • Chad & Jeremy
  • Percy Sledge,
  • The Outsiders
  • The Leaves
  • Sir Douglas Quintet
  • Jefferson Airplane,
  • The Byrds
  • The Sunrays
  • Neil Diamond
Saturday 25 June (Los Angeles)

  • Beach Boys
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • Chad & Jeremy
  • Percy Sledge
  • The Outsiders
  • The Leaves
  • Sir Douglas Quintet
  • Love
  • The Byrds
  • Captain Beefheart
            First of all, this was not a 1969 festival and perhaps was not even a festival, but it was a rock music event that was held by an FM-rock radio station in San Francisco that featured some groups that were emerging on the new FM-rock scene.

            The sponsor of the event, KFRC-FM (and RKO-owned station) had joined the growing number of FM stations that saw rock music as a profitable format. Bill Drake, the RKO General's national program director, created a system that meant a fewer records, but heavier rotation of the biggest hits, very short jingles, and less DJ talk.

            One can see the seeds of the "underground" style and album-oriented selection in Drake's so-called "Boss Radio" style. 

            The selection of groups that perform is an interesting mix of styles: the jug band bent of the Lovin' Spoonful, the soul of Percy Sledge, the San Francisco Jefferson Airplane, the LA folk-rock of the Byrds, some British Invasion with Chad and Jeremy, Cleveland rock with the Outsiders (their big hit, "Time Won't Let Me," a bit of Texas/San Francisco mix with the Sir Douglas Quintet,  and of course the surfin' Beach Boys.

Hey Joe           

            The Leaves are historically interesting as they were the first rock group to release what would in a year become Jimi Hendrix's signature song, "Hey Joe."
            

            I am surprised to see Captain Beefhart and his Magic Band (and you should be, too), and Love. 
            

            With so many bands (either way), the sets must have been short to accommodate so many groups in what was likely a 3 or 4 hour window.

            The ticket prices were $2, $3, $4, and $5 for the first night; $2.75, $3.75, $4.75,  and $5.75 for the second night. The more expensive tickets seem too expensive for 1969. I assume there was no meet-and-greet with the highest priced tickets.

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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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