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Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Best I've Ever Seen

Talking with artists about concerts they'll never forget

Gary Stoller is an award-winning editor, author, and journalist. He's written for USA TODAY and loves Bob Dylan and Blue Rodeo.

Brighter than Sunshine: Jim Yester on The Association's Past and Future

Interesting article Gary...I saw the Association once with several other bands at a concert where all the bands played maybe 30-40 minute sets...they were very talented...could really sing well, and in those days, it was big to me if the band sounded exactly like the record, and they did...impressive to a kid...interesting the records were multiple layering of lead vocals in many cases...

In their heyday the Association was loved by almost everyone, although the "cool" types wouldn't admit it. Catchy, smooth tunes, some great songs...and those harmonies! I remember hiding under the covers with the transistor radio waiting for them to come on and soothe my troubled adolescent mind for sleep...

Ok, I'll come out of hiding to admit that I also was a big fan.  I was always curious about whether they used studio musicians of were talented enough to play themselves.  Speaking of sunshine pop, does anyone remember Spanky and Our Gang from the same era?

Yep..."Sunday Will Never Be the Same" and "Like To Get to Know You" are the songs I remember...really good vocals there too...Spanky was in one of the later iterations of the Mamas and the Papas too, well after Cass Elliot passed away...

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap?  The Buckinghams?  Where will we stop after we opened this door??