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« on: July 17, 2019, 09:27:46 AM »

Is Jeff still playing with Mike’s Group or has he been ousted?
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2019, 09:31:29 AM »

He's missed some recent shows, including the whole European tour. Speculation is it's health-related. Hopefully temporary.
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2019, 10:37:59 AM »

Apparently it’s related to throat surgery, wishing Jeff a speedy recovery!
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2019, 11:42:59 PM »

Just got back from the "Beach Boys" / Ringo show at Ravinia. Jeff was there.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2019, 02:00:17 PM »

Just got back from the "Beach Boys" / Ringo show at Ravinia. Jeff was there.


Did he sing?
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2019, 12:48:41 AM »

Far as I can tell, he didn't even open his mouth. He just kinda moseyed around the stage and played guitar.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2019, 11:35:32 AM »

After reading about Jeff in the BB Tour thread and doing a quick search, I discovered this story from August.

https://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20190813/briellas-difficult-journey

Jeff, if you do read this, I’m sure the whole Beach Boys community is behind you and Briella at this difficult time. Stay strong.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2019, 12:50:53 PM »

WOW, OMG. Prayers for Jeff, and Brieille
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2019, 02:12:12 PM »

That's a different Jeff Foskett. His age is listed as 44; our Jeff is older. Still, praying for those folks in the story is a good thing.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2019, 03:26:51 PM »

Oh man. Face plant... Thud


Apologies, but that guy looks so much like him. Guess I should have read the story better. Sorry again.
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2019, 06:21:49 PM »

Jeff shouldn't waste time reading BBs forums - should instead improve the abysmal falsetto.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2019, 08:28:04 PM »

While I prefer Ike, Matt, and Randell Kirsch's falsettos, I would NEVER call Jeff's falsetto anything less than spectacular (80's-2014), since around 2014, Jeff's fasletto has weakened noticibaly, but his mid-range voice was as strong as ever. I Saw him at Ravinia this summer with The Beach Boys, and his rhythm guitar added so much. Jeff is a great musician who can make any band sound better. His falsetto has weakened recently, but you have to take his health issues and age into consideration.
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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2019, 04:17:33 AM »

Jeffs falsetto may have weakened but for anyone who questions his voice in general pick up some of his solo CDs they're really excellent. I actually have them all the music is quite enjoyable and his vocals are strong. Certainly recorded a long time ago but they're still great and I listen to often.
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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2019, 09:53:12 AM »

It looks like based on videos and such that as has been mentioned Jeff has been supporting the Todd Rundgren/Micky Dolenz/Christopher Cross/etc. White Album tour shows or at least appeared as a guest the other night. According to Setlistfm. Al also joined them a few nights back but I find that hard to believe....

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/a-tribute-to-the-beatles-white-album-feat-rundgren-cross-dolenz-scheff-and-molland/2019/st-george-theater-staten-island-ny-b9da9aa.html
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« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2019, 10:06:32 AM »

Foskett was not ousted, 100% fact, he has sat in with the band a few times since 2019.  Jeff is approaching his mid 60's, maybe he wanted a break, who knows. 
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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2019, 10:21:35 AM »

I agree Jeff was definitely not "ousted"

He made a guest appearance at the Ravinia shows, and at the Sunday show, which I attended, The BB's show ended with Mike saying "Jeffrey Foskett Ladies & Gentlemen!" with Jeff taking a bow. Mike obviously has admiration for Jeff, and has been working with him since the 80's. Jeff's apparent departure from being a regular member of The Beach Boys is almost certainly health related.  A few years ago It was looking like, when the time comes, he might take the reins from Mike, but now who knows.
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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2019, 06:27:02 AM »

Solo album to be released on November 22:

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y345qd9p

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y426mnws
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2019, 06:58:51 AM »


Featuing the hit singles Wouldn't It Be Nice, Good Vibrations and Warmth of the Sun! :D
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2019, 10:49:49 AM »

Featuing the hit singles Wouldn't It Be Nice, Good Vibrations and Warmth of the Sun! :D

God bless him, but I can't think of a single Good Vibrations cover that hasn't been painfully inferior to the original.  Change my mind.

Love Jeff's work, though.  For me, his take on "Everything I Need" is the definitive version of that latter-day Wilson-Asher tune.
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2019, 01:40:13 PM »

Check this out, great tune from Jeff from Cool and Gine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg0Q9bEwguM
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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2019, 09:35:02 PM »

Well deserved praise for Jeff Foskett from the Amazon listing for his forthcoming CD:

What a thrill it was to hear Jeff singing “Adios" with his unique, plaintiff voice. Seems to fit the song perfectly. Jeff is in many ways an unsung hero - the man in the back of the band who is meticulously teaching background parts including phrasing dynamics and all the subtleties to background singers. I remember he got David Crosby, Carly Simon and myself together to sing “In My Room”. He taught us the parts in about ten minutes. Great teacher and vocal arranger. So wonderful to see his long overdue solo record. —Jimmy Webb

I remember the first time I heard Jeffrey’s voice - standing beside him sharing a live mic, singing harmonies. Flawless pitch, in the pocket, completely committed to the performance. His voice a perfect instrument. An experience I’ve been lucky to have many times. — Robert Lamm (Chicago)

Jeffrey Foskett has been a close friend and peer for decades whom I respect immensely for his incredible voice and musical sensibilities. Our band, America, has worked with and sang with him in every capacity from live touring together with The Beach Boys since the 70's, to recording beautiful background vocals on many of our recordings, to actually occasionally filling in for band members if needed. He is a great vocal arranger and seems to effortlessly add beautiful vocal parts to any song. I particularly marvel at the work he did with me on the Brian Wilson song, Caroline No, for our Back Pages project in 2012. There are precious few singers who equal the voice of Jeffrey Foskett. — Dewey Bunnell (America)

It didn't take years of touring together with the beach boys to discover what was glaringly apparent from day one. Jeff is a talent of immeasurable beauty. There are voices & then there are VOICES. Who can sing higher? Who is the most expressive? We all have a list of qualities we listen for. Very rarely does someone combine them all to create something truly signature. Jeff's is such a voice. We have been fortunate to sing, work & play together for forty years. As he's heard me say many times... Jeff is one of my favorite people on the planet. — Gerry Beckley (America)

My dear friend Jeff Foskett has brought his unique voice and production skills, honed from years with the Beach Boys to create his own take on some classics that show the breadth of his talents. Carl would be proud xxx — Christopher Cross

Knowing Jeff Foskett since he was a student at UCSB and had a band called Reverie, throughput the years he has been a vocal blessing to all of us. Whether it be The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and his band, or The Endless Summer Beach Band; so many variations and so many groups have been blessed to have him be an integral member. Not only are all the accolades true regarding Jeff’s vocal range and abilities, but the thing that makes him special is the fact that he is tremendously giving, loving, and a person who never fails to be of service to others. I am delighted that his vocal talents are showcased on this album and I’m forever grateful for his friendship, and the blessing of his talents. — Mike Love

Jeff’s voice is one of the top five greatest voices I’ve ever heard, because of the way he expresses himself. It blows me away. — Brian Wilson

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« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2019, 04:03:47 PM »

Well deserved praise for Jeff Foskett from the Amazon listing for his forthcoming CD:

What a thrill it was to hear Jeff singing “Adios" with his unique, plaintiff voice. Seems to fit the song perfectly. Jeff is in many ways an unsung hero - the man in the back of the band who is meticulously teaching background parts including phrasing dynamics and all the subtleties to background singers. I remember he got David Crosby, Carly Simon and myself together to sing “In My Room”. He taught us the parts in about ten minutes. Great teacher and vocal arranger. So wonderful to see his long overdue solo record. —Jimmy Webb

I remember the first time I heard Jeffrey’s voice - standing beside him sharing a live mic, singing harmonies. Flawless pitch, in the pocket, completely committed to the performance. His voice a perfect instrument. An experience I’ve been lucky to have many times. — Robert Lamm (Chicago)

Jeffrey Foskett has been a close friend and peer for decades whom I respect immensely for his incredible voice and musical sensibilities. Our band, America, has worked with and sang with him in every capacity from live touring together with The Beach Boys since the 70's, to recording beautiful background vocals on many of our recordings, to actually occasionally filling in for band members if needed. He is a great vocal arranger and seems to effortlessly add beautiful vocal parts to any song. I particularly marvel at the work he did with me on the Brian Wilson song, Caroline No, for our Back Pages project in 2012. There are precious few singers who equal the voice of Jeffrey Foskett. — Dewey Bunnell (America)

It didn't take years of touring together with the beach boys to discover what was glaringly apparent from day one. Jeff is a talent of immeasurable beauty. There are voices & then there are VOICES. Who can sing higher? Who is the most expressive? We all have a list of qualities we listen for. Very rarely does someone combine them all to create something truly signature. Jeff's is such a voice. We have been fortunate to sing, work & play together for forty years. As he's heard me say many times... Jeff is one of my favorite people on the planet. — Gerry Beckley (America)

My dear friend Jeff Foskett has brought his unique voice and production skills, honed from years with the Beach Boys to create his own take on some classics that show the breadth of his talents. Carl would be proud xxx — Christopher Cross

Knowing Jeff Foskett since he was a student at UCSB and had a band called Reverie, throughput the years he has been a vocal blessing to all of us. Whether it be The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and his band, or The Endless Summer Beach Band; so many variations and so many groups have been blessed to have him be an integral member. Not only are all the accolades true regarding Jeff’s vocal range and abilities, but the thing that makes him special is the fact that he is tremendously giving, loving, and a person who never fails to be of service to others. I am delighted that his vocal talents are showcased on this album and I’m forever grateful for his friendship, and the blessing of his talents. — Mike Love

Jeff’s voice is one of the top five greatest voices I’ve ever heard, because of the way he expresses himself. It blows me away. — Brian Wilson


A beautiful tribute to Jeff's talents. Thanks so much.
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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2019, 12:36:53 PM »


Jeffrey Foskett Shares 'Voices,' Possibly His Last Album As a Singer

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8544409/jeffrey-foskett-premieres-voices


TL;DR: The longtime Beach Boys and Brian Wilson collaborator was diagnosed with Anaplastic thyroid cancer during early 2018. Surgeries and treatments have robbed him of one of his vocal cords and, essentially, the versatile voice with the soaring upper register that helped add authenticity to any harmonic situation he encountered.





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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2019, 01:23:23 PM »

Was that diagnosis previously known by the general public? This is the first time I remember hearing of it. What a shame.
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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2019, 01:38:57 PM »

OMG, I totally missed the article about Briella. So sad. Sad

(Totally missed the thing about that article being about a different Jeff Foskett. The giveaway that should have tipped me off: I'm certainly NOT older than the BB/BW/PDRR Jeff Foskett!)
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