Thursday, July 18, 2013
I am a little surprised nobody has nominated a song for our Class CD from this California pop band, The Association (as pictured above on their "Greatest Hits" album). The group holds the distinction as the first ones to play at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
Still active on the concert circuit today, The Association had its first hit with "Along Comes Mary" which topped at #7 on the charts in 1966. The group then had three million selling singles including "Windy" (1967), "Cherish" (1966) and the song accredited by BMI with the second most airplays (on the radio) in the entire 20th century! Wow! "Here's Never My Love" (1967) as a part of a brief look back at 1967 and The Association's appearance on THE ED SULLIVAN TV show.....
The Association also went on to write and record the music for the movie, GOODBYE COLUMBUS and it continued to produce hits even while we were at Vanderbilt including "Darlin Be Home Soon" in 1972.
But perhaps our class' greatest connection to THE ASSOCIATION is that the group was the featured performers at our first VU Homecoming concert in the fall of 1969 (And who was your date? Or did you go solo?)
This man also had something to do with our class connection with The Association. He's Scott Shannon and he was the #1 rated night time rock and roll disc jockey in Nashville (YOUR LEADER) on 1300 WMAK while we were at Vanderbilt.
Every night, Shannon closed his show with "Cherish" which became The Association's signature song. And in introducing that music he always said: "This is Scott Shannon, reminding you to live, love, laugh, be happy....and never ever forget to".....(you can pick it from there)