Monday, June 23, 2014

Oh What A Night: East Meets West (Four Seasons vis-a-vis Beach Boys)

Oh What A Night, June 20, 2014.
Well, not quite the same ring to it as "December, 1963,'' but today does mark the release of "Jersey Boys," Clint Eastwood's latest directorial endeavor. So, in honor of the nationwide release of the movie, I couldn't help but recall my brief encounter with Frankie, Bob and the band on Wednesday, March 25, 1964, when I booked them into the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on behalf of the KXOA Radio "Good Guys." It was another "Vail-Polaris" joint production -- and, if I recall, general admission seats were $2! 
I had done another 'appreciation' show for KXOA on September 6, 1963, that featured the great and much-revered Johnny Burnette, whose group, the Rock and Roll Trio (with brother Dorsey and friend Paul Burlison) are yet another 'early influence' group constantly snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That show also featured Freddy Cannon, The Righteous Brothers, Ray Peterson (that began a lifelong friendship with one rock's 'golden voices'), The Merced Bluenotes and The Rivingtons.
The Wednesday concert, during Spring (Easter) Break 1964, was a day after my 20th birthday, March 24. I was already working with The Beach Boys, setting up concerts and an occasional 'dance' on the west coast ... not the major markets like LA, San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco -- although I often went with them to those shows -- but secondary cities like Sacramento, Fresno, Marysville, CA, Portland, OR, Spokane, WA, Boise, ID, Reno and Las Vegas, NV. Most of the big acts pretty much ignored those cities and a few of them didn't really have any major venues in which to perform. Our Boise show was in the local high school auditorium, the Reno show was in an auditorium above the city library:)
I was on the road constantly in those days, having dropped out of Sacramento State College to join the Beach Boys organization as their first 'advance man,' emcee and marketing manager. I had been earning $2 an hour as a deejay, but could earn as much as $600 for promoting a Beach Boys gig. Not bad for a nineteen year old. On that particular Wednesday, I was visiting my parents at our home in Sacramento, when I heard a knock at the front door. When I opened it, it was Dennis and Carl Wilson who had come up to wish me a Happy Birthday and attend the concert.
I had hired The Crickets to open for The Seasons, but of course, it was not the 'original' group by that time and featured Jerry (JI) Allison on drums, Glen D. Hardin on keys (later Elvis' keyboardist), Sonny Curtis on guitar and Jerry Naylor on lead vocals, and, if I recall, bass. 
The Crickets opened, got a great response from the crowd, and after a brief intermission, The Seasons took the stage. The show got off to a great start, but somehow during the intermission, or during the early part of their set, a few of the kids spotted Denny and Carl -- either in the 'wings' of the stage or through an open door to the backstage area. All of a sudden, the 'sighting' of Sacramento's all-time favorite group, got the kids in a frenzy. They were shouting their names and stomping their feet, and interrupting The Four Seasons and Frankie. 
It was quite embarrassing for both groups and caught KXOA management, and myself totally off guard. We finally made the decision to stop the show and Carl and Denny walked out on to the stage to thank the kids for their applause but reminding them that this was 'the Four Seasons show and 'we'll be back in a few months to see you.' They politely asked the kids to let the Seasons go on with their show and to respect them as they respected the Beach Boys. The show resumed without incident and Denny, Carl and I, along with my girlfriend of the time, Dolly, and few KXOA friends, went out to a late night birthday dinner. 
For me, it was, indeed, 'oh, what a night!'
Fred Vail,
Treasure Isle Recorders,
Music City, USA

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Noah, the Ark, and the Beach Boys

•A pastor-friend and Beach Boys fan preached on Noah a few weeks ago:
With the movie “Noah” creating lots of buzz in the world today, I thought it might be fun to invite him to our worship service yesterday … which we did (Pastor Rande role-played Noah).  In addition to providing us with some background concerning his family and the building of the ark, he also gave us a stern warning about God’s judgment.  He left us with these words … “Don't make the same mistake those of my day did. Don't make God sorry that He created you.  Repent of your sins.  Turn to Him. Follow Him.  Worship Him.  Listen to God’s warning and accept His way for your life … and He will bless you.”

•I emailed back:
Lots of Beach Boys songs about water, surf and oceans but nothing on Noah ... (:>)

Oh, come on.  The Beach Boys didn't sing about Noah?  I can think of 10 songs right off the top of my head ...

#10 ... "Don't Go Near The Water"

#9 ... "At My Window"

#8 ... "No-Go Showboat"

#7 ... "Bluebirds Over The Mountain"

#6 ... "Beaches In Mind"

#5 ... "Land Ahoy"

#4 ... "Daybreak Over The Ocean"

#3 ... "Let The Wind Blow"

#2 ... "Happy Endings"

And the #1 Beach Boy song about Noah

#1 ... "Pet Sounds"

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bono's views of who Jesus is

out Bono from U2 talking about his relationship with Jesus 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

U2's Bono Discusses His Faith and Insecurity over New Album

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U2's Bono Discusses His Faith and Insecurity over New Album

By Dan Wooding

DUBLIN, IRELAND (ANS) -- Recognized worldwide for his raspy voice, Irish accent and humanitarian endeavors, Bono, lead singer of rock band U2, is arguably one of the world's most iconic and respected musicians of today, says Leah Klett in The Gospel Herald (

Bono performing (Photo:
"However, in a recently aired interview with the BBC, Bono confessed his surprising insecurity that his Grammy-award winning band may not stay relevant in light of his recent declaration of faith in Jesus Christ," she continued.
He said, "We were trying to figure out, 'Why would anyone want another U2 album?' And then we said, 'Well, why would we want one?' There was some unfinished business. We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives. How you get through is to make stuff that's relevant to you and you have to make an honest account of what you're going through."
Although, said Klett, a release date for U2's new album has yet to be announced, the band's spiritually-minded single "Invisible" has given fans insight into what to expect. Despite the song's success (the song received nearly one million downloads within the first hour of its release).
The lyrics--which include the lines "I'm more than you know/A body in a soul/You don't see me but you will/I am not invisible"--Bono fears, won' t connect personally to his audience.
"If that is relevant to other people, then great; that would be a thrill. But we don't know. I think 'Invisible' is a great song, but I don't know how accessible it is," he went on to say.

Bono hugging Nelson Mandela
at an event to honor him
"And this uneasiness may not be entirely unfounded," added Klett. "Although U2's lyrics have expressed subtle spiritual themes since their formation in 1978 (most notably 'Tomorrow' and 'Drowning Man'), Bono has historically shied away from discussing his religious views.

"Born to a Roman Catholic father and a Protestant mother during the religious feuds of 1960s Ireland, Bono held distaste for organized religion and 'avoided religious people' for most of his life. However, he has since changed his tune, partnering up with Christian organizations to promote his campaign against HIV/AIDS.
Richard Cizik, the Washington-based director for the National Association of Evangelicals, said, "[Bono is] ready to be used by God in whatever ways he can," said "and if we were all so willing, the world would be a better place."
However, she went on to say, Bono's relationship with Christianity has publicly become less pragmatic and increasingly personal. In a 2013 interview with Irish news channel RTE, Bono blatantly expre ssed his belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ.
"[Who is Christ] is a defining question for a're not let off easily by saying a great thinker or philosopher...he went around saying he was the Messiah...he was crucified...because he said he was the son of God. He either was the son of God...or nuts... and] I find it hard to accept that millions of lives... have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nut. I don't believe it."
Later, said Klett, in an interview with Focus on the Family's Jim Daly, Bono revealed Christianity's future influence on his music. "It's very annoying following this Person of Christ around [chuckling], because He's very demanding of your life."

Klett concluded her story by saying that "while only time will determine the success of U2's upcoming album," one thing is certain: Bono says he's prepared to stand his ground: "We'll find out if we're irrelevant. I'm perfectly prepared for people to try and blow us off the stage. We're just not going to make it easy."

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Little Honda Lead Singer's "Rock & Roll Preacher" Story

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A Love Song to Jesus

By Dan Wooding

MISSION VIEJO, CA (ANS) -- Contemporary Christian Music legend Chuck Girard,
along with longtime friend and music collaborator Fred Field, will be appearing on
March 29, 2014, at The Upper Room Christian Coffee House, Mission Viejo, CA.

Chuck Girard during his
'Jesus People' days
Never mind he had top twenty hits back
in the 60's with The Castells and The Hondells.

Today, Chuck Girard is best known as a legend
of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). In
the early 1970's Girard along friends, Tommy
Coomes, Jay Truax and John Mehler,
Bob Wall and Fred Field, formed the group
Love Song. That group revolutionized
Christian music and gave birth to a whole
new music form in the church that is still
going strong today.

Girard first found notoriety in the 60's secular
rock music scene with hits such as
"So This is Love" with The Castells. 
He gained even bigger notoriety he landed
a number 1 hit with the iconic song called
"Little Honda", which was written by Beach
Boy Brian Wilson and performed by The Hondells with Girard on lead vocals. 

"It was an interesting turn of events" said Girard.
"Our version of Little Honda actually was a bigger hit than
the Beach Boys version of that song.
"It is the only time in Beach Boy history that another group
charted higher than the Beach Boys on a song written by Brian Wilson" said Girard.

As the heady days of the 60's continued and the "free-love" generation came of age,
Girard began to realize his need for God and began a five year search for spiritual
reality through psychedelic drugs and eastern religions. His search ended when
he came to a faith in Christ in a then small church in Costa Mesa called Calvary
Chapel. It was then that Girard along with his friends formed Love Song. They
became the first group to play rock oriented 'Christian music' and went on to set
unmatched precedents in that pave the way for such CCM notables as Michael W.
Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Casting Crowns and countless others.  

Love Song gained international popularity and were instrumental in the 1970's revival
known as 
The Jesus Movement. During his time in Love Song, Girard wrote many of
the anthems of that era with songs such as "Welcome Back", "Front Seat, Back Seat,"
"Feel the Love" and many others.

When Love Song disbanded in 1974, Girard continued to minister as a solo artist and
that same year released his first album simply titled "Chuck Girard." This album
included his most renowned song, the timeless classic "Sometimes Alleluia" and
"Rock & Roll Preacher". He has since released many solo albums and has toured
the world sharing his music and teaching on the subject of worship.

Pastor Jack Hayford said of Chuck's album Written on the Wind, "I have never encountered a more sensitive invitation to or dynamic entrance into an intimate experience in worshipping God than via Chuck Girard's Voice of the Wind".

In 2011, at the urging of the late Pastor Chuck Smith, Love Song reunited and toured the country along with Smith. After each Love Song concert, Smith would deliver the Gospel message where many came forward to receive Christ as Savior. In 2012, Love Song was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

Chuck Girard with Karen Lafferty, two of the pioneers
of 'Jesus' music before a special reunion concert put
on by Ron Strand

In 2010, Girard wrote and recorded a song called "The Heart of America" and filmed an accompanying video. The song is a call to prayer for our country based on the scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

Joining Girard as the opening artist at the Upper Room will be Fred Field. Along with Girard, Field was one of the original members LOVE SONG. It was actually Field who wrote the song "Little Country Church," which went on to become one of Love Song's biggest hits and wa s an anthem for that time.

In the late sixties, Field joined a rock 'n roll band and began recording his own original material and making regular appearances on television. In those early years, he appeared in clubs from Las Vegas to the legendary Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

Since then, Field has played in groups that have opened in concert for The Byrds, The Turtles, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, Alice Cooper, Seals & Croft, The Grateful Dead, and The Staple Singers. On guitar, mandolin, and/or electric violin, he has worked with Darlene Love and Grammy Award winner AndraƩ Crouch.

His versatility extends to country music, as well, where he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Doug Kershaw ("Louisiana Man"), Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire"), the legendary Tex Williams ("Smoke, smoke [that cigarette]"), and the Osmond Brothers.

Other recording projects include a solo LP for Maranatha! Music, Fred Field & Friends; a musical Through These Eyes, the Gospel According to Luke and its sequel, Acts; a live, double LP, The Mehler-Field Band Live, recorded in Germany, and a studio album, Life Support, also released in Germany. A long-time member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), his tunes have been played on television and radio in Europe, the Middle East, the U.S., Australia, Japan, etc. He has performed his music on five continents.

This will be Girard's fifth appearance at The Upper Room. He has appeared twice as a solo artist and twice with Love Song.
Ron Strand
"The collective work of both Girard, Field and
Love Song not only defined a soundtrack for
such a vital time in Church history called 
Jesus Movement
; but their music was also
instrumental in my own Christian journey after I
became a Christian in the seventies." Fred and
Chuck are both dear friends and we are excited
about their upcoming appearance at the Upper
Room," said Ron Strand, a Christian businessman
and the founder of The Upper Room, a Christian
Coffeehouse outreach which meets regularly in
Mission Viejo, California. The name comes from
a biblical reference found in the book of Acts,
where the disciples had gathered after Jesus resurrection.
Seats for this event may be obtained by visiting the
Upper Room's website at
Note: Ron Strand can be contacted by e-mail at

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Dan Wooding, 73, is an award-winning journalist who who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 50 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly "Front Page Radio" show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is a novel about the life of Jesus through the eyes of his mother called "Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary". (Click to order)

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My favorite ~ Shuda been top ten

"Hey, Brian. What Beach Boys song (or songs) can you think ofthat you believe doesn't get as much attention as it should?"

"The Little Girl I Once Knew "

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Santana: "God has a way"

‘God has a way’ — Rock superstar Carlos Santana reunites with homeless former bandmate

January 3, 2014

Santana and Malone1
Santana and Malone (right) reunite
By Mark Ellis
When a news reporter happened to film a homeless man rummaging through garbage piles in Oakland, California, no one would have guessed the man was the long-lost original drummer for the pioneering Latin-fusion rock band Santana.
“My name is Marcus Malone. At one time I was with the Santana band – the original Santana Blues Band,” Malone told a surprised Stanley Roberts, a reporter for KRON – TV in San Francisco.
The reporter did some research to confirm Malone’s identity, and the fluky encounter eventually led to Santana and Malone reuniting with each other after a 40-year separation.
It seems the two musicians played together until 1969 when Malone was forced to quit due to undisclosed legal and personal issues. It wasn’t long before Santana catapulted into international fame through the Woodstock Music festival.
However, the path looked very different for Malone, the talented drummer once known as “Marcus the Magnificent.”
“You don’t know how afraid I am to let you see me,” Malone told Santana after they reunited, a meeting arranged by KRON’s reporter. “You don’t know how hard I prayed to get to see you,” he told Santana.
“God has a way,” the Grammy-winning guitarist replied. “We cherish you. It’s an honor to be in your presence.”
“His spirit is indomitable,” Santana remarked after their encounter.
Santana came to Christ after his wife of 34-years filed for divorce in 2007, due to infidelity and irreconcilable differences.
He led a tumultuous life from the beginning — abandoned by his father and victimized by a pedophile, he also fell under the influence of a heavy-handed Indian spiritual master named Sri Chinmoy in the 1970s.
Santana told Rolling Stone magazine in 2008 that God’s grace saved him from suicidal thoughts after his divorce. “It got to the point where I really thought that death would be sweeter than pain. But each time I would go light up a candle, and I’m still hearing all this inner stuff, a thousand voices screaming at you, accusing you, like, ‘You’re the lowest, you’re not worthy of anything or anyone around you.’ But then I would look at a picture of Jesus and say, ‘Help me,’ and then, very clearly, inwardly, I would hear this one voice that’s softer and louder than all the others, and it would say, ‘I am sitting next to you. Isn’t that enough?’ Once I heard that voice, something would shift, and I’d be able to find joy again. . . .”
On some occasions, Santana has spoken about his desire to become a minister of the Gospel.
Motivated by Christ’s compassion, Santana wants to help his long-lost bandmate. “I want to offer him a place to stay in an apartment, get him some clothes, and just get him off the street,” he told CNN on December 22nd. “I want to offer my brother Marcus Malone an opportunity to record on the next album with the original band, with Greg Rolie.”

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Bono. Dublin. Jesus.

Bono sings “Come let us adore Him” in streets of Dublin Christmas Eve

December 25, 2013

By Mark Ellis
Bono lifts hand in reverence
Bono lifts hand in reverence
For the fifth consecutive Christmas Eve, Bono and his friends jammed into Grafton Street in Dublin as part of a “busking” songfest for charity. “Buskers” are street performers in the parlance of the area.
On a cool crisp Eve, with a swelling crowd pressing in tightly, they sang on behalf of The Simon Community, a charity that helps the homeless, named after Simon of Cyrene. The organization oversees a number of shelters run by local volunteers.
“Bono! Bono! Bono!” voices in the crush of people cried out, as they tried to get closer to the legendary Irish rock musician, well known for his activism on behalf of Africa and numerous other causes.
Bono jubilant
Bono and Glen Hansard (right)
“Step back a bit – we’re going to sing songs,” said Irish songwriter Glen Hansard, as he stood next to Bono with a guitar in hand. Hansard is a guitarist for the Irish group The Frames, and half of the folk rock duo The Swell Season.
With Hansard grinning widely, he and Bono launched into a playful holiday song by the rock group Slade, “Merry Christmas Everybody.”
“Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
It’s the time that every Santa has a ball
Does he ride a red nosed reindeer?
Does a ‘ton up’ on his sleigh
Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?
So here it is merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun…”
Then Bono thanked Hansard for organizing the event and said, “And now for the child that was born in theBono hand raised up(unintelligible) and straw of poverty I would like to sing an actual carol.”
The crowd grew quiet. With a more subdued tone and heartfelt spirit, Bono sang “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.”
Between Trinity College to the north and St. Stephens Green to the south, on one of the busiest shopping streets in the world, Bono’s voice carried above and through the throng,  “Oh come let us adore Him, Oh come let us adore Him, Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

George Harrison: "The search for God cannot wait."

Finding Jesus
By Rick Ezell

Shortly before his recent death, ex-Beatle George Harrison was asked about his spiritual journey. The question was apt since it was Harrison who introduced the Beatles to Eastern religion in the 60s and (after the group broke up) wrote the song "My Sweet Lord" (a hymn of praise to the Hindu deity Krishna). To the end of his life, Harrison continued to investigate spiritual matters. He summed up his priorities this way: "Everything else in life can wait, but the search for God cannot wait."   

We were made to know God and nothing is more important than filling the "God-shaped vacuum" inside every heart. Nothing this world offers can take the place of knowing God. If you live 30 or 50 or 70 or 90 years and you don't find God, then it doesn't matter what else you have done with your life. If you don't find God, you have missed the very reason for your existence. If you miss out on knowing God, you have missed the central reality of the universe. Compared to knowing the One who made you, everything else is just crumbs and nibbling around the edges.

Simeon spent his entire life committed to the task of looking for the Messiah. 
"It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord's Messiah" (Luke 2:26 HCSB).
His look was not a casual observance. It wasn't a passing glance nor was it a nonchalant peek-I'll see him if he jumps out in front of me. His looking was intentional. He was on a mission, a search for the Christ child. It was an honest, sincere investigation for the Savior. And nothing would stand in his way. He would wait for the Savior to show up, but he could not wait to begin the search.

Are you hungry for spiritual truth? Do you want to experience the Savior? Many things can't wait, but the search for God cannot.  

Augustine said: "You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you." Are you restless for the Savior? Are you desperate to find him?

Copyright 2013, Rick Ezell

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Monday, October 07, 2013


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a trading card set only about one of the most-influential bands of all time, The Beach Boys?
Just wait 23 more days and you’ll have it — that’s when 2013 Panini The Beach Boys arrives. It’s the first mainstream card release for the iconic American band — and it will pack two Concert Gear memorabilia cards and more into every 24-pack hobby box. Other boxes, of course, will include autographs from members of the band.
It’s the latest non-sport card release from Panini America, which has explored music and pop culture in recent years with sets for Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber as well as its history- and celebrity-laced Americana lines as well as past pop culture releases all found under its Donruss umbrella.
Panini bills this set as “the definitive trading-card tribute to the rich history of one of America’s most legendary bands.”
Autographs will be found from the living founding members of the band, including Brian Wilson, but will be rare — limited to 70 or fewer copies, according to the company. Memorabilia cards will be made for all five band members — Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston – while guitar pick cards also will be found.
Other insert cards in the Oct. 30 release are Sounds of Summer (three per box), Honors (four per), In Their Own Words (three per), Top 10 Hits (six per), On the Record and Etchings (two per box per set) as well as diecut Gold Albums cards. There will also be a parallel card found in every pack, while Artist’s Proof cards will be limited to 99 and 1/1 printing plates will be rarer pulls.
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