The Association Windy
The guy up front with the singer, I think he is Hawaiian? Anyway I have seen him at my place of employment a few times and had no idea he was a recording star.
He is playing a retirement gig, or played one tonight and it was in the paper and someone put it in the break room telling who he was and the association with my work place.
Just pretty cool is all.
Larry Ramos, right?
He may have been born in Hawaii...his family (I think) is Asian.
He joined The Association after Jules Alexander left; Ramos was previouly with the New Christy Minstrels.
I have recently bought the early albums by The Association (including the live one); I also just bought a Xmas album by The NCM...each cd has some nice bio info in the liner notes/booklets.
BTW, on a couple of those albums...it is studio guys galore (Jerry Scheff on bass for "Along Comes Mary"?). The live album has the band playing; the vocals are very, very good...the instruments are a bit more raw vs. the studio guys.
Cool '60s Pop band, IMO.
Loved how "Windy" was used in a Breaking Bad intro...even funnier 'cause I remembered the original "official video" when it aired on newtork TV in the '60s.
Very cool. That was a golden age.
One time back in the day there was a supper club called the C'est Si Bon right behind the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii...
The Association was playing there......
When they did "Windy" and "Along Comes Mary" it was absolutely stunning.....
Since it was a supper club, there weren't huge crowds and the stage wasn't all that far away. But they cranked it and the place rocked....
One of the best gigs I ever went to in my life.
An oldies station I used to listen to played "Windy" in regular rotation; one morning the DJ followed it by saying "most people don't realize this, but the members of the Association later went on to form a rock band named KISS."
I believed him, and repeated it as truth many times. :) Then the internet came along, and I learned the DJ was just pulling his listeners' legs.
Here's the backing track,
played by the "Wrecking Crew" LA session musicians, in particular, Joe Osborn on Fender Jazz bass through a Fender Concert guitar amp. A bit more about Joe...
In Denny Tedesco's 'Wrecking Crew' documentary(which should finally come out in wide distribution sometime this year)Osborn relates the story of how the Association's bassist(Brian Cole, who unfortunately died of a heroin overdose in 1972)came to him for lessons after the WC had recorded virtually all the instrumental tracks on The Association's big hits for Warner Brothers up to that time. I'm not sure if the band themselves played entirely on their first album, which was on a smaller label, and featured the hit that got them going, "Along Comes Mary". Osborn played on so many hits out of LA at that time that it places him on a par with Carol Kaye; this track is perhaps his finest moment, especially in the second half...
Yes Larry is his name. Not sure if I will see him again and if I do won't know what to say to him.
Who played bass on the Grass Roots "Midnight Confessions"? Was it Joe Osborn or Carol Kaye? Joe is one of my favorite players.
A couple of summers back, we listened to Association from our front lawn, as we live walking distance to local Ampitheater.
I wanted to buy tickets but most of these bands are what is left over from the original..I have seen: 2/3 Dog Night..One original member left : A R S. NO originals left: Blood Sweat and Tears.. I just couldn't stand to watch remnants of Asssociation..still whatever configuration was good.. crowd noise was thunderous.
OH..SAME VENUE.. Bruce Kulick took Farner's place when we saw 2/3 Grand Funk! Actually a pleasant surprise..
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