Artist Countdown: Association Top 30 Hits 2pm ET

The-AssociationThe Association is a pop music band from California in the folk rock or soft rock genre. During the 1960s, they had many hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts and were the lead-off band at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival.

Jules Alexander (born September 25, 1943, Chattanooga, Tennessee) was in Hawaii in 1962 serving a stint in the Navy when he met Terry Kirkman (born December 12, 1939, Salina, Kansas), a visiting salesman. The two young musicians jammed together and promised to get together once Alexander was discharged. That happened a year later; the two eventually moved to Los Angeles and began exploring the city’s music scene in the mid-1960s. At the same time, Kirkman played in groups with Frank Zappa for a short period before Zappa went on to form The Mothers of Invention. Eventually, at a Monday night hootenanny at the LA nightclub The Troubadour, in 1964, an ad hoc group called The Inner Tubes was formed by Kirkman, Alexander and Doug Dillard, whose rotating membership contained, at one time or another, Cass Elliot, David Crosby and many others who drifted in and out. This led, in 1965, to the forming of The Men, a 13 piece folk-rock band. This group had a brief spell as the house band at The Troubadour.

After a short time, however, The Men disbanded, with six of the members electing to go out on their own (some of the remaining players continued on as Tony Mafia’s Men, one of the others, Mike Whalen, joined The New Christy Minstrels). At the suggestion of Kirkman’s then-fiancée, Judy, they took the name The Association. The original lineup consisted of Alexander (using his middle name, Gary, on the first 2 albums) on vocals and lead guitar; Kirkman on vocals and a variety of wind, brass and percussion instruments; Brian Cole on vocals, bass and woodwinds; Russ Giguere (born October 18, 1943, Portsmouth, New Hampshire) on vocals, percussion and guitar; Ted Bluechel, Jr. (born December 2, 1942, San Pedro, California) on drums, guitar, bass and vocals; and Bob Page (born May 13, 1943) on guitar, banjo and vocals. However, Page was replaced by Jim Yester (born November 24, 1939, Birmingham, Alabama) on vocals, guitar and keyboards before any of the group’s public performances.

The new band spent about five months rehearsing before they began performing around the Los Angeles area, most notably a regular stint at The Ice House in Pasadena and its sister club in Glendale. They also auditioned for record labels but faced resistance due to their unique sound. Eventually, the small Jubilee label issued a single of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (a song originally recorded by Joan Baez, later popularized by Led Zeppelin) but nothing happened. Finally, Valiant Records gave them a contract, with the first result being a version of Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” ,which was produced by Valiant’s owner, Barry DeVorzon.

The Men were first managed by Doug Weston, owner of the Troubador, before switching to actor Dean Fredericks, who remained on board when the Association was formed and helped get them the Valiant deal. In 1966 Fredericks turned the reins over to Pat Colecchio, who managed the group for the next eight years.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Cherish 
2 Windy
3 Never My Love
4 Along Comes Mary
5 Everything That Touches You
6 Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies
7 Time for Livin’ 
8 Six Man Band
9 The Time It is Today
10 No Fair at All
11 Goodbye Columbus 
12 Birthday Morning
13 Names, Tags, Numbers and Labels 
14 Requiem for the Masses
15 Darlin’ Be Home Soon 
16 Just About the Sam
17 Dreamer
18 Dubuque Blues
19 Under Branches 
20 Yes, I Will  
21 Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
22 One Too Many Mornings
23 Along the Way 
24 P.F. Sloan
25 Baby, Can’t You Hear Me Call Your Name
26 Forty Times
27 Your Own Love
28 Don’t Blame It on Me
29 Standing Still
30 Looking Glass