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The Association Windy

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Metalbasspro, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    This video,


    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.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    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.
  3. Very cool. That was a golden age.
  4. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    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.
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    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.
  6. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Here's the backing track,
  7. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    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.
  8. Who played bass on the Grass Roots "Midnight Confessions"? Was it Joe Osborn or Carol Kaye? Joe is one of my favorite players.
  9. 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.
  10. OH..SAME VENUE.. Bruce Kulick took Farner's place when we saw 2/3 Grand Funk! Actually a pleasant surprise..
  11. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    So the other day, I was chatting with Jordan Cole (keys, guitar) from the Association. He pulls out a black stretchy wrist band from The Association, and hands it to me. Like an idiot, I look at it and say something like "that's cool" and go to hand it back. He says no, keep it. So I'm the proud owner of a real, worn-on-stage wristband from The Association. I expect my street cred to go way up every time I wear it... : )

    I've not yet met any of the other members, but Jordan is a quality guy. Very glad to have made his acquaintance.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  12. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
  13. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009

    Oh man! That sucks. This cancer curse sucks. I see patients all the time who look like they are kicking it. You just never know. Fine one week and dead in two more weeks. It's depressing. The deceased files have been more visible of late.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014
  14. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    The Association are one my favorites in the Monterey Pop concert film.
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  15. MartinG1957

    MartinG1957 You can never have too many bones....

    Aug 5, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Amen to that brother... I was a hospital worker in a past life as well and had patients who were being monitored along that sad road.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
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  17. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Nice slice of '60s Psychedelic Pop/Folk...
  18. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Isn't it WENDY? You know, like a girl's name?
  19. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    The girl in the song is named "Windy." The girl in Breaking Bad is named "Wendy."
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  20. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Who remembers this song?

    Requiem For The Masses - The Association