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The Beau Brummels

From: San Francisco, CA, USA

The Beau Brummels are considered by many to be one of the most important yet underrated U.S. groups of the 1960s. They were the first U.S. band of any sort to successfully respond to the British Invasion and were arguably the first folk-rock group, even predating the Byrds. In the late 60s, they were also one of the first bands to record country-rock, before it became popular in the early 70s. Original members included Ron Elliott (guitar, vocals), Sal Valentino (lead vocals), Ron Meagher (bass), Declan Mulligan (guitar, vocals) and John Petersen (drums). Most of their songs were penned by Elliott.

The ensemble was discovered by popular local San Francisco disk jockey Tom Donahue while playing a club called the Morocco Room in San Mateo, and was promptly signed to his small label, Autumn Records, in 1964. There debut single ('Laugh, Laugh' b/w 'Still In Love With You Baby'), produced by Sly Stewart (later Sly Stone of Sly & The Family Stone), was a Top 20 hit and catapulted them to early fame.

They released four more solid singles and two LPs on Autumn Records in 1965, but only had one more Top 40 hit ('You Tell Me Why'). This was mainly because the record label was too small to properly promote the Brummels' material. In 1966, Autumn was purchased by Warner Bros., which made an immediately stupid move by making the Brummels record an LP of Top 40 covers, which wasn't received very well.

In 1968, the band released two more LPs of original material: the critically praised 'Triangle' and the country-rock tinged Bradley's Barn. The later contains the excellent track 'Deep Water'.

Artist information sources include: The book, 'Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.

Original LPs/EPs

Bradley's Barn

Original LP/EP Label: Warner Bros. WS 1760

Released: October, 1968

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Deep Water

    (Original 45 Label: Warner Bros. 7260, B - January, 1969)

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