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« on: May 29, 2019, 06:43:33 PM »

was there any connection with the group and The Beach Boys?
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 11:47:42 PM »

The only connection really is the style of music, as they - they, meaning John Wilkin as it was his ‘group’ - were most definitely inspired by The Beach Boys’ early surf/hot rod hits as they released several Beach Boy-type tunes. My Little Scrambler, Little GTO, California Bound, Little Rail Job, Beach Boy all had that ‘feel’ to them while their later introspective songs such as Sandy and I’ll Think Of Summer moved away from the surf genre but still had a Brian influence.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2019, 11:50:46 AM »

Their album Sandy from '66 is low-to-no budget Pet Sounds. It's a must-listen for fans of Today-era Beach Boys and Brian productions. Fantastic melodies with beautiful chords and twists and turns.


Here's the tracklist. It's on this "Complete Recordings" set on Spotify, but here's the tracklist
1. Sandy
  2. Hold Me My Baby
  3. Baby Say No
  4. When Stars Shine Bright
  5. Be Good to Your Baby
  6. If I Had My Way
  7. Then the Rains Came
  8. Nanci
  9. Somebody to Love Me
  10. Come Into My Heart
  11. I'll Think of Summer
  12. So in Love
  13. Goodbye Baby
  14. Teenage Years

https://open.spotify.com/album/1fB1c8AYgdtENfKuaUfRVW?si=5qZA43xrTzqgX2yECIg1fw
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2019, 06:56:31 AM »

Their album Sandy from '66 is low-to-no budget Pet Sounds. It's a must-listen for fans of Today-era Beach Boys and Brian productions. Fantastic melodies with beautiful chords and twists and turns.


Here's the tracklist. It's on this "Complete Recordings" set on Spotify, but here's the tracklist
1. Sandy
  2. Hold Me My Baby
  3. Baby Say No
  4. When Stars Shine Bright
  5. Be Good to Your Baby
  6. If I Had My Way
  7. Then the Rains Came
  8. Nanci
  9. Somebody to Love Me
  10. Come Into My Heart
  11. I'll Think of Summer
  12. So in Love
  13. Goodbye Baby
  14. Teenage Years

https://open.spotify.com/album/1fB1c8AYgdtENfKuaUfRVW?si=5qZA43xrTzqgX2yECIg1fw

Absolutely agree on this. I discovered the LP a few years back and I blown away by it. I really love the song "When Stars Shine Bright". This album is in the same vein/mood as Marc Eric's Midsummer Day's Dream and Jan & Dean's Save For A Rainy Day.
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019, 11:13:10 AM »

Thank you for the recommendation, I was not aware of this and it has been a really good rabbit hole.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2019, 12:27:34 PM »

I acquired all the Ronny & The Daytonas stuff – surf/hot rod album, plus the more mellow tracks side – quite a few years ago and I remember being very impressed at the time. John Wilson also released one single under the Buzz & Bucky moniker – Tiger A-Go-Go/Bay City. Tiger A-Go-Go was very much a Beach Boys-style pastiche number, just like the Ronny stuff, while Bay City was a mellow instrumental. An interesting fact here is that the Buzz was Buzz Cason, chiefly remembered for being the co-songwriter off the huge 60s hit Everlasting Love, by Love Affair. (Love Affair also have an interesting history, given they were an accomplished R&B outfit, who were then replaced by session musicians for their biggest-ever hit, but that's another story).

John Wilkin was, in a way, a type of Gary Usher figure, who produced and recorded tracks in the studio, but who then had to recruit a band (including the likes of Lynn Williams, Lee Kraft, etc... when they became in-demand as a touring band. Not sure how much of their touring 'group' actually played on the records, a bit like The Hondells really.
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