MY FOUR PART SERIES ON
DISCOVERED AND DEVELOPED
BY BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON.
on Marilyn Rovell's blouse. Spilled cocoa soon turned
into milk and The Honeys. Brian and Marilyn married
and their union produced Carnie and Wendy Wilson
who followed in their parents footsteps, became pop
singers and formed Wilson Phillips, a hit girl trio of
the 90s. In between a lot of great music happened.
cousin Ginger Blake, lent their voices to
surfing and hot rod recordings made by
other artists including the Beach Boys
and released records of their own.
No other girl group I can think
of made so many great yet
by Brian Wilson, is a honey of a song and
one of the best by American Spring.
(recorded October 1977, unreleased
until 1988 Spring reissue)
unreleased in America for 15 years. I'm glad it
finally managed to "Slip On Through."
Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album generated rumors
that Brian Wilson produced this obscure single
but it was actually produced by Nino himself
under the influence of Spectorian Splendor
and Wilsonesque Good Vibrations.
returned to the studio and added her vocals
to several unreleased tracks laid down by
Marilyn and Diane under the supervision
of Brian Wilson, making the recordings
authentic Honeys nuggets. One of my
faves is (just like) "Romeo and Juliet,"
a cover of the 1964 Reflections hit.
"Don't Worry Baby." Alison Wonder's "Once More
With Feeling" missed the U.S. chart but it's
hot in the Shady here on SDMM!
a comeback album entitled Ecstasy which
was yet another commercial disappointment.
and rocked hard on the bitchin' track
"Girls Are Vicious."
in common, The Honeys captured in their recordings
the essence of Southern California's casual lifestyle.
They made a slew of great records
but consistently missed the chart.
of all their great recordings in recent years,
making many new fans around the world
including yours truly, Shady Del Knight.