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627593 Posts in 25175 Topics by 3584 Members - Latest Member: lonelysea February 22, 2018, 06:37:27 PM
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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: How did the BBs make money in the 60s? on: Today at 05:43:40 AM
The money a record company advances to an artist is used for the recording budget (studio, producer, hired talent and all related costs), from there, leftover funds go to the manager (back then it would have been between 10% and 15%), then to the artist. And, of course, all of that money would have been recoupable.

New signings rarely got advances where there was enough to live off. Often new artists would spend leftover funds on touring equipment. And when it came time to tour, there were often budget shortfalls. That was where 'tour support' from the record company came in. Tour support is a recoupable advance. Many artists were indebted to the record company from the get-go.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love Oh! Those Girls & American Girls on: February 20, 2018, 07:08:49 PM
OH THOSE GIRLS was originally recorded by The Skatt Bros.. It was released in Australia and New Zealand.

This is my recollection of the song...

I believe Curt Boettcher had recorded a version. I heard the track, either from Curt or Ray McCarthy. Mike may have recorded it around the time of the Looking Back With Love project.

My impression was that Curt wasn't actually singing about girls.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Name One Song You'd Wish The BBs Should Have Covered on: January 31, 2018, 02:08:36 PM
ALL STRUNG OUT - a beautiful, Gold Starry ballad, rocking the drug metaphors. Would have been great with leads and parts traded  by Carl, Brian, Mike and Al.

Nino Tempo & April Stevens lip-syncing to their single:

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: California Music on: January 15, 2018, 08:12:08 AM
The supergroup aspect of California Music was pretty much a journalistic hype. All or nearly all of the productions surrounding these releases (the RCA ones), fell under Terry Melcher's Equinox production company deal with RCA. Equinox had to deliver some number of singles and album  masters to RCA over a period of time in order to fulfill their contractual obligation. There was a 'team' of producers/artists/songwriters who, in various combinations, carried out the various creative duties. Mostly it was  Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston, Curt Becher (as he was known then) and Bill House (check out his album; very good) were also involved.

There was some legal and economic convenience to using the California Music moniker. Equinox would not have to sign individual artists or groups in order to make some of the records. My suspicion is that Terry and/or Bruce owned the name.

From the looks of it, the agreement was structured on singles deals with options, and a small number of guaranteed album releases (Terry Melcher, Bill House, and I believe the David Cassidy - The Higher They Climb, album may have been part that deal).

Equinox may have 'promised' RCA that Brian would be a major participant; they had at least one commitment for Brian's production and arrangement services (Why Do Fools Fall In Love). That would have certainly sweetened the deal, considerably. I think Brian's skimpy involvement may be due to a combination of factors: contractual conflicts, loss of interest on Brian's part, or even an inability for Brian to do more than arrange, sing backgrounds, and co-produce that one track (WDFFIL).

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