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I vaguely remember this, but it made no real waves in my consciousness back then, other than as a smooth and inoffensive background radio sound. I am sure I would have (sadly, I know) equated these fine US harmonizers with British outfits such as 'The Mike Sammes Singers' and the 'Cliff Adams Singers'.

(For those of you not familiar, the latter two vocal ensembles were mostly heard on UK radio, particularly during 'BBC' 'light entertainment' broadcasts, often on a Sunday, and also as singers of home-based TV themes. Not at all radical, and certainly not "youth cool" for the time!)

'The Association':
:: Although widely thought of as notoriously square in the Sixties (a pop sellout answer to "real" 'psychedelic' and 'rock' groups), 'The Association' was actually made up of a very talented group of musicians with at least one visionary songwriter with potential in Terry Kirkman (who wrote today's selection). ...
:: The vocal tracks on their early hits were recorded at completely different studios than the music (an almost unheard-of practice at the time), and those in particular for their big hit "Windy" were actually finished by assorted people hanging around the studio, after the two lead singers burned their voices out following multiple takes. ...
:: The group were asked to provide the title song for the 1969 Richard Benjamin/Ali McGraw comedy vehicle "Goodbye, Columbus"; their last known TV sighting found them performing several holiday songs during the 1984 Xmas special "Scrooge's Rock 'N' Roll Christmas".

In #1966 :
:: On Valentine's Day this year, writers Andrei Sinyavsky and Joey Daniel were found guilty under Russia's ASA laws (Anti-Soviet Agitation and Propaganda) for publishing their satirical writings outside the country. The trial took place in Moscow, and they were sentenced to serve in strict regime labour camps for seven and five years respectively. ...
:: On May 20th, at the 19th Cannes Film Festival, "A Man and a Woman" (directed by Claude Lelouch) and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" (directed by Pietro Germi) were jointly awarded the "Grand Prix du Festival International du Film". ...
:: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (or "Hare Krishna movement") was founded by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York City on July 13th 1966.

US: No. 1 (No. 2 in Canada) - UK: No chart entry
1966 - Valiant - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 17th January 2020
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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