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Issues in the KRLA Beat Archive:

October 07, 1964: The first ever KRLA Beat

On a Saturday in October 1964 KRLA historian Bill Earl, future author of "Dream-House" (the definitive history of the station), was hanging around the station porch with other KRLA fans---the "porch people" were legendary in Pasadena and were treated kindly by KRLA deejays and staff. That particular day one of the radio staff came out with an armful of newsprint. "Here's something you probably haven't seen yet", the porch people were told, and all were handed copies of a brand-new publication.

KRLA's premiere newsletter included four hand-crafted pages of pop music updates. A small squib on page four asked: "Would you like to see something like it every week?" Did one even need to ask?

Beat reporters were already well connected with Beatles sources, evidenced by their lead article revealing that Ringo would be entering the hospital later that autumn for a tonsillectomy. Pages 2 and 3 include exclusive photos of the Beatles' 1964 Los Angeles press conference and their Hollywood Bowl appearance. The photos were taken by Beat photographer Robin Hill. Page 4 included stories about Dusty Springfield, Peter and Gordon, the Dave Clark Five, record reviews from KRLA deejay Reb Foster, plus plans by singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett to host his own radio show.

Anyone involved with graphic production during this era will recognize press-type, used for the headlines of each news story, as well as decorative borders painstakingly laid down by KRLA Beat production artist Bonnie Golden (later radio and newspaper journalist Wina Sturgeon). The actual print schedule was every week, so a second and third issue probably came out on October 14 and October 21 (we don't have them -- if you do and you'd like to share, please let us know).

The Beat took a great leap forward in February 1965, converting to a more professional format on newsprint under the aegis of publisher Cecil Tuck and established print journalist Derek Taylor.

This issue's date is estimated to be Wednesday October 7, 1964 based on the KRLA Tunedex and the appearance of Roy Orbison's hit "Pretty Woman" at the top of the charts, and the fact that subsequent issues of the newsletter came out on Wednesdays.

We're indebted to Bill Earl for providing this issue for scanning and uploading. Mr. Earl maintains a blog related to Los Angeles radio history, http://classicradioscrapbook.blogspot.com. PDF size 2.2 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Beatles, Ringo Starr, Dave Hull, Bob Eubanks, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Dusty Springfield, Peter Asher, Gordon Waller, Peter and Gordon, Dave Clark Five, Annette Funicello, Jack Gilardi, Shelley Fabares, The Honeycombs, The Standells, Larry Tamblyn, Russ Tamblyn, Pat and Lolly Vegas, Dick Moreland, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Casey Kasem.

November 04, 1964: "This boy electrified me"

So said Brian Epstein about his latest discovery, Tommy Quickley (also spelled Quickly, born Thomas Quigley). With characteristic hyperbole, Brian assured the KRLA Beat that Quickley "will be the biggest star in the world", even bigger than the Beatles.

Despite Epstein's support and a debut song penned by Lennon/McCartney called "Tip Of My Tongue", Quickley failed to catch on anywhere, either in the USA or in England, and retired from the music business in 1965.

The middle pages are devoted to the recent KRLA-sponsored concert which included a mix of British and American stars, such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, and Sonny & Cher (who wore a dress for her performance).

A production note in the interest of legibility: while these early issues were printed as four-pagers, these scans include an extra image to capture the center of the Beat's two-page photo spread, so that captions and pictures aren't cut in two.

This issue's date is estimated from a brief article about The Ronettes, who performed on "Sunday Night at the London Palladium" on October 11, 1964, and the chart listing for The Supremes' "Baby Love", which first went to number one in the week of October 31, 1964. None of the early Beat issues carry masthead dates, though they do sometimes refer to the date of the next scheduled issue.

Several earlier October 1964 issues precedes this one, one with the headline "Kinks In Auto Crash, Taken To Hospital". If you own it and would like to share a photocopy of it, please contact us. We'll cover all expenses and will happily credit your generosity if you wish. PDF size 2.85 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Brian Epstein, the Beatles, Tommy Quickley, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, Shindig, Dave Hull, Emperor Bob Hudson, Capitol Records, VeeJay Records, Liberty Records, Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, Sonny Knight, Lou Christie, the Hondells, Dee Dee Sharp, Brian Hyland, Bobby Freeman, Joey Paige, the Drifters, Johnny Tillotson, the Supremes, Mike Clifford, the Crystals, Charlie O'Donnell, the Nashville Teens, the Zombies, the Rolling Stones, Chad & Jeremy, Jim Steck, Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Manfred Mann, Herman's Hermits, the Ronettes, Casey Kasem, "Letter from Elaina", Reb Foster, Glynnis Thomas, Sonny & Cher, Robin MacDonald, the Dakotas, Les Chadwick, Lee Maguire, Mick Green, Rosko, the Standells, the Superbs, Freddie Marsden, Tony Valentine, Gary Laine, Dick Dodd, Larry Tamblyn, Round Robin, the Honeycombs.

November 11, 1964: Giveaways

This issue's date is approximate, based on clues provided by the top thirty listings (The Supremes' "Baby Love" was number one in early November) as well as the news item on page 4 about a car crash. Singer J. Frank Wilson, whose lugubrious hit "Last Kiss"---ironically about a car crash---was in the top ten, was involved in the accident as was his manager, Sonley Roush. Roush did not survive, while Wilson suffered serious injuries.

The incident triggered general news stories pinpointing the date to October 22, 1964, two weeks, so the reporter tells us, before this issue. With a few days' production time thrown in for good measure, it's likely that this issue came out on or around November 11. One of Wilson's entourage not injured in the accident was guitarist Travis Wammack, who had charted earlier that year with "Scratchy", a hypnotic surf-style instrumental featuring experimentation with backwards tape, two years before the Beatles were to try it with "Rain" and "Tomorrow Never Knows".

This issue is almost purely KRLA promotion, typical of the Beat at this stage in its evolution. One nice feature is the intimate photo essay on page 2 and 3 including the Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Billy J. Kramer, all of whom had recently toured Los Angeles. Photos were taken by Robin Hill, who worked with Bonnie Golden, the writer and layout artist for this issue. This issue's fold cuts several of the photos and their captions in half. I've provided a separate scan of the complete middle panel here. PDF size 2.3 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: KRLA Bobby Dale, Dave Hull, Reb Foster, Louise Harrison, George Harrison, Garry Mack, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Bill Wyman, Rolling Stones, Joey Paige, Brian Jones, Terry Brown, Bob Eubanks, Billy J. Kramer, Gerry Marsden, Dick Moreland, Charlie Watts, , Mitty Collier, Brian Epstein, Beach Boys, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Four Seasons, J. Frank Wilson, Sonley Roush, Bobby Wood, Jumpin' Gene Simmons, Murray Kellum, Travis Wammack, Dave Clark Five

November 18, 1964: KRLA welcomes the DC5

1964 proved to be a banner year for KRLA, which sponsored the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, the Rolling Stones, and now the Dave Clark Five. The DC5 had easily sold out their November 25, 1964 concert at Long Beach months before they came to the States and were also contemplating movie plans with Warner Bros. studios.

But KRLA wasn't ignoring the Fabs. Their new single, "I Feel Fine/She's A Woman", would be released nationally on November 27, but the Beat notes that KRLA had already been playing the song, scooping every other radio station in the country.

This issue's photo gallery highlights the recent Los Angeles appearance of the Rolling Stones, who shared the bill with Jimmy Clanton, Dick and DeeDee, and the Soul Brothers.

It wouldn't be the KRLA Beat without a contest. This week readers were invited to guess what the call letters of the station mean. The winner would have a dinner date with Fabian...who, in late 1964, probably had a lot of time on his hands. PDF size 2.6 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Dave Clark Five, Dave Hull, Bob Eubanks, Frank Sinatra, Lenny Davison, Mike Smith, Rick Huxley, Dennis Payton, Cinnamon Cinder, Don and the Deacons, the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Dick and DeeDee, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Charlie O'Donnell, Bill Wyman, Jimmy Clanton, the Spats, the Soul Brothers, Chad & Jeremy, the Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Johnny Rivers, the Ventures, Dick Moreland, Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Gary Mack, Reb Foster, Casey Kasem, Bobby Pickett, Bobby Dale, Emperor Hudson, Fabian.

November 25, 1964: "Give us the facts"

The KRLA Beat's earliest days included this amalgam of fan hysteria about Paul's and Ringo's "secret" marriages (they were not yet married), deejay promomotion and editorializing, and a dollop of actual news.

The date for this issue is approximate. Chart listings are helpful but not conclusive. The Beat shows Herman's Hermits' "I'm Into Something Good" at Number 1, but in the Billboard charts it never rose above Number 13. A better clue is in Dick Moreland's column on page three, referring to two Beatles TV events.

These two shows were the Maysles Brothers' documentary "The Beatles In America" on CBS, broadcast on November 13, 1964, and "Around The Beatles", broadcast on ABC on November 15, 1964. Combine those clues with the Thanksgiving wishes from KRLA deejays and it's possible to pin down a likely issue date of Wednesday November 25, 1964.

Fans of KRLA will enjoy the photo essay on KRLA deejays in the studio. One of Brian Epstein's discoveries, Tommy Quickly, is briefly reviewed (his career was just about as brief). The Beat also mentioned the release of Brian Epstein's biography, "Cellarful of Noise", ghost-written by Derek Taylor, who was not yet an editor for the Beat. PDF size 2.15 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Dave Hull, Brian Epstein, Reb Foster, Gary Mack, Charlie O'Donnell, Casey Kasem, Sie Holliday, Dick Moreland, Dave Fox, Bob Eubanks, Bill McMillan, Dick Beebe, Peter and Gordon, Tommy Quickly, Bobby Dale, Beatles.

December 02, 1964: Stones collapse

All work and no play makes Keith a dull boy...Brian too! Both were ill, the Beat reported, and on two weeks' bed rest. As a cautionary gesture their manager, Andrew Oldham, had Mick, Charlie, and Bill checked out, and cancelled all pending performances.

The news wasn't all grim. Tommy Quickly's brief foray through the Land of Eleven Ten was noted, particularly his special press conference set up just for fans at KRLA deejay Bob Eubanks' nightclub, the Cinnamon Cinder. Everyone thought that Tommy and his manager Brian Epstein were "so nice".

This issue's photo gallery shows scenes from the Dave Clark Five Long Beach concert held the previous week, including support groups like the Standells, the Vibrants (a house band at the Cinnamon Cinder), Joey Paige, and Round Robin.

Deejay Reb Foster was the force behind the "Fax On Wax" column. He referred to the upcoming new Beatles LP scheduled for release on December 4, which had sold a half-million copies before its release. This was "Beatles For Sale", at this point available only in England on Parlophone. Americans would have to make do with "Beatles '65", released a week later on Capitol with only some of the "Beatles For Sale" tracks included. By the way...can anyone verify whether Paul McCartney was really playing piano on the Peter & Gordon hit "I Don't Want To See You Again"? It would make sense, since McCartney wrote it for the duo. PDF size 2.55 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: The Rolling Stones, Dave Hull, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Andrew Oldham, Tommy Quickly, the Vibrants, Cinnamon Cinder, the O'Jays, Bob Eubanks, Round Robin, Joey Paige, the Standells, Larry Tamblyn, Gary Laine, Tony Valentino, Dick Dodd, Dick Moreland, Jim Steck, Janice Sutliff, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Manfred Mann, the Righteous Brothers, Paul McCartney, the Beatles, Roy Orbison, Peter & Gordon, John Lennon, Reb Foster, Burt Jacobs.

December 09, 1964: Dave Hull vs. Santa

In the eyes of KRLA Beat reporters, Dave Hull was the star of Santa's own parade! The Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade was a tradition going back into the 1940s. In 1964 KRLA entered a float and Dave Hull asked his listeners to send in anything they wanted to decorate it. Doors, tire tractors, and street signs were just a few items offered by loyal listeners. Someone even brought a litter of kittens to the station -- all of which were given away to good homes rather than used as float decor.

In the photo gallery this week the Beat offered some pictures from the T.A.M.I. Show held in Santa Monica the previous month. Jan and Dean emceed the show, and other performers included the Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Supremes, Leslie Gore, Chuck Berry. Although KRLA didn't sponsor the show, they were nevertheless a backstage presence. You might spot a photo of KRLA Beat editor Bonnie Golden (later known as Wina Sturgeon) sorting through photos with Gerry Marsden and Billy J. Kramer.

This week's "Contest Corner" prize: Tommy Quickly's very own shirt. One hopes it was laundered first. PDF size 2.6 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Dave Hull, KRLA, Ringo Starr, Derek Taylor, T.A.M.I. Show, Manfred Mann, the Barbarians, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Bonnie Golden, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, Bob Eubanks, the Rolling Stones, Dick Moreland, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Bobby Dale, Mick Jagger, Kenneth Pitts, Mike Sheppard, Tommy Quickly, Jan and Dean, Dick and DeeDee, the Supremes, Leslie Gore, Jimmy O'Neil, Shindig, Robin MacDonald, the Dakotas, Johnny Rivers, Jim Steck, the Beatles

December 23, 1964: It was a very good year

In this issue the KRLA Beat waxed nostalgic about 1964, the year Beatlemania hit America and everyone's lives changed. Certainly KRLA was riding higher than ever with burgeoning ratings and the knowledge that it was the undisputed official Beatles station in the Los Angeles radio market. One thing the The Beat failed to mention was that KRLA almost lost its broadcasting license in 1964...but what's a little bump in the road when you're on your way to the top?

The Beat noted that last year at this time only "one or two people had hopped on the Beatle bandwagon." How soon they forget! KRLA was actually one of the few stations in the U.S. to play a Beatles song in mid-1963, "From Me To You," which reached number 32 on the KRLA Tunedex in July 1963.

As a special holiday treat for KRLA Beat readers, Herman's Hermits and the Rolling Stones provided autographs for fans to enjoy. Don't forget to check out the vintage Vox guitar and amp ad on page 3, "the greatest name in sound." PDF size 2.2 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: The Beatles, Dave Hull, Herman's Hermits, the Rolling Stones, Clive Fox, Peter Grant.

January 01, 1965: A new "Hullabaloo"

The American network ABC had all its bases covered with two popular TV shows aimed at teenagers, "American Bandstand" (which had been running for years) and the newer "Shindig!", which presented British Invasion groups as well as American artists. Not to be outdone, NBC got into the act with "Hullabaloo", launched in January 1965. The show used a series of guest hosts, among them Brian Epstein, whom the Beat interviewed for this issue. The show was originally designed to feature English groups, particularly those not so well known in the U.S. KRLA's own Hullabalooer, deejay Dave Hull, had nothing to do with the show, in case you were wondering.

The photo gallery in this issue shows what all the fuss was about back in November 1964 at the Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood. Deejay "Emperor" Bob Hudson rode in relative splendor in an antique car, while Dave Hull's "junky" float sailed down Hollywood Boulevard to the delight of KRLA fans along the route.

The Beat also shows us behind-the-scenes views of deejay Reb Foster's first recording session, which was produced by Sonny Bono of Sonny & Cher fame. Dropping by for moral support were Cecil and Gail Tuck. Cecil Tuck was a KRLA news reporter and was shortly to become publisher of the newly-revamped KRLA Beat, which went to a newspaper format in February 1965. PDF size 2.8 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Brian Epstein, the Beatles, Dave Hull, Reb Foster, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Marianne Faithful, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Rebel Rousers, Cliff Bennet, Tommy Quickly, Cilla Black, "Ferry Cross the Mersey", Dick and DeeDee, the Rolling Stones, Emperor Hudson, Sonny Bono, Eddie Mosely, Cecil Tuck, Gail Tuck, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, John Lennon, the Animals, the Standells, the Shangri-Las, the Kinks, Herman's Hermits.

January 07, 1965: The British are coming!

Lots of English groups had plans to visit the Los Angeles area in early January 1965 for various TV or film appearances. The Beat's report appears to have been written in December 1964 but held over for publication in the new year.

Among expected visitors were The Hullabaloos (from Hull, hence the name), who were to appear on the "Ed Sullivan" variety show in late December. The Hullabaloos never did make it to the show but Ed was busy booking others, such as The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Cilla Black, all of whom appeared on the show in the early months of 1965. The British Invasion was still going strong.

Photos for this week include a selection of pictures from past issues of the KRLA Beat. Notable is a rare look at the Beatles' August 1964 press conference at the Cinnamon Cinder nightclub, owned by deejay Bob Eubanks. PDF size 2.7 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: The Kinks, the Rolling Stones, the Hullabaloos, Dave Hull, the Animals, the Dave Clark Five, the Beatles, Casey Kasem, Bob Eubanks, Dick Moreland, Reb Foster, Charlie O'Donnell, Gary Mack, Bobby Dale, T.A.M.I. Show, Dick and DeeDee, Jimmy Clanton, Cinnamon Cinder, Manfred Mann, Billy J. Kramer, Brian Epstein, Tommy Quickly, Bobby Vinton, Herman's Hermits, Del Shannon, the Ronettes, Gene Pitney, the Righteous Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, the Nashville Teens, the Merseybeats, Peter and Gordon.

January 14, 1965: British Invasion or Soul?

Why not both? The Hullabaloos, mentioned in the previous week's issue, were "adopted" by KRLA's Hullabalooer Dave Hull, who probably sensed an opportunity. Although the British group's cover of Buddy Holly's "I'm Gonna Love You Too" reached number 56 on the American charts, the group had trouble establishing a strong identity in the presence of more popular British acts like The Searchers. The Hullabaloos performed on TV's "Hullabaloo" show several times but their brief brush with fame flickered out by the end of 1965.

Manfred Mann talked to the KRLA Beat about the resurgence of soul music in the pop charts, noting that "today's teenagers are a lot more hip than they were five years ago." Manfred mentioned the Rolling Stones' recent release "Time Is On My Side", clearly influenced by Irma Thomas' version.

The nice thing about reprinting photos from earlier Beats is that we often get more detailed captions! Finally the Beat tells us who deejay Bobby Dale was talking to: it was Al Jardine from the Beach Boys. A couple of KRLA's newsmen are featured in the gallery this week, including Richard Beebe (later part of the Credibility Gap) and news director Cecil Tuck at the microphone.

To our delight, starting with this week's Beat, the editorial crew finally added a publication date to the masthead. All issues from this point forward are easy to place in historical context. PDF size 2.7 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: The Hullabaloos, Dave Hull, the Beatles, Manfred Mann, Charlie O'Donnell, Freddie Cannon, Reb Foster, Dick Moreland, Bob Eubanks, Richard Beebe, Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, the Dakotas, Bill Wyman, Dick and DeeDee, Bobby Vinton, the Spats, Cecil Tuck, the Standells, Andrew Oldham, Keith Richard, Charlie Watts, Bobby Dale, Al Jardine, the Beach Boys, Steve and Jay Ciro, Brian Epstein, Tommy Quickly, Jack Good, the Rolling Stones, Harry Dunn, Ricky Knight, Andy Woonton, Geoff Mortimer.

January 21, 1965: KRLA looks for the roots of rock

It was an ambitious project. This week's Beat reported that KRLA was developing a TV special to explore the roots of rock and roll, to be aired the following week on local station KCOP-13. Most of the basic musical contributors were covered, though Buddy Holly seems a conspicuous omission -- surely there was archival footage afloat -- and the influence of Motown seems to have been under-represented. But it was a start.

KRLA had a long-term interest in the history of rock and pop music. For the July 31, 1965 issue the KRLA Beat presented an article by singer Jerry Naylor, then touring with The Crickets, which mapped out the growth of rock and roll, complete with a handy chart showing its rhythm-n-blues and country-western ancestry. And from 1967 to 1969 KRLA's newsman John Gilliland researched and interviewed musicians for the "Pop Chronicles" radio documentary, which explored the development of popular music from the 1940s through the 1960s. Broadcast in 1969, the documentary ended up being 55 hours long. Gilliland's work was considered to be so ground-breaking that the original interview tapes are part of the John Gilliland Collection at the University of North Texas library.

In the photo gallery this week The Hullabaloos are featured, visiting the station and getting acquainted with Dave Hull's fan club. If you look carefully you'll see some details of the KRLA studios as they looked in the mid-1960s.

PDF size 2.6 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Four Preps, Roger Miller, Dick Clark, Jack Good, the Vibrants, Bobby Rydell, the Coasters, Martha and the Vandellas, Billy & Lilly, Chuck Berry, Santo and Johnny, Dee Clark, Sam Cooke, Duane Eddy, Danny & the Juniors, Connie Francis, the Platters, Bobby Vee, Della Reese, Bobby Darin, the Big Bopper, Jan & Dean, Chubby Checker, Skip & Flip, Ray Peterson, Brook Benton, Paul Anka, the Diamonds, the Fleetwoods, Bill Haley, Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Rolling Stones, Dion, Shelley Fabares, the isley Brothers, Jimmy Rogers, Henry Mancini, Dave Hull, Joe and Eddie, Jackie DeShannon, the Youngfolk, Hoyt Axton, the Dillards, the Women Folk, the Hullabaloos, Geoff Mortimer, Andy Wooton, Ricky Knight, Harry Dunn, Judy hamilton, Rhio Harper, Derra Dawn, Collen Ludwick, Mike Moor, Peter and Gordon, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Herman's Hermits, Gerry Marsden, Manfred Mann, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr.

January 28, 1965: The Rolling Stones go shopping

Regularly appearing columns by KRLA deejays Reb Foster, Dick Moreland, and Casey Kasem were preempted so that the first annual KRLA Beat awards could be announced. It's no real surprise that the Beatles came out on top, followed by the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

The photo gallery offers pictures of KRLA's 1965 Hootenanny, a fundraiser for the March of Dimes presenting several singers of note (Jackie DeShannon and Hoyt Axton), plus a plethora of lesser known folksingers such as The Dillards and The Youthfolk. This was the second hootenanny organized by KRLA. If the Beatles hadn't been so hard at work redrawing the map of rock-and-roll's future, there might have been many more "hoots" to come. A number of folk musicians would quickly find their niche in the pop charts, but the hootenanny was on its way out.

The Beat's top story involves the Rolling Stones on a stopover in Los Angeles before their Australian tour. They indulged in some recording time at a local studio, a little nightclub action to see Little Anthony & The Imperials, and shopping for "groovy goodies".

Within a month the KRLA Beat would turn to newsprint and a new professional look. PDF size 2.7 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Rolling Stones, KRLA Top Thirty, photos from KRLA Hootenanny, January 1965, including Jackie DeShannon, Hoyt Axton, The Dillards, KRLA deejays, first annual KRLA Beat Awards.

February 05, 1965: Will they or won't they?

This week's Beat published an alarming report about the suspension of H-1 visas, which would prevent most if not all non-American entertainers from performing the United States. Meanwhile American pop stars like the Righteous Brothers, Chuck Berry, and Del Shannon had no trouble obtaining travel documents to perform in England.

The Beat included a second article on the topic on page three. This one sounded a lot more positive, citing "last minute flashes" that suggested the travel ban would be short-lived. Considering the number of British groups queued up for American concerts, that must have been a relief to readers at the time.

According to the New York Times the snafu originated in early January with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), which objected to the appearance of the British satirist David Frost on American TV on the grounds that he would be "taking a job from an American television performer." In reality, the H-1 vis problem would remain for a few more months. Several forthcoming editions of the KRLA Beat mention the story as a continuing annoyance to British Invasion groups who hoped to entertain American fans.

Meanwhile the Beat visits deejay Reb Foster's Revelaire Club in Redondo Beach. The idea of a KRLA deejay with his own nightclub wasn't new. Bob Eubanks had the Cinnamon Cinder in the San Fernando Valley and by 1966 Dave Hull would be host at the Hullabaloo Club on Sunset Boulevard. Check out the groovy Rebel Room! PDF size 3.11 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: The Nashville Teens, the Hullabaloos, the Zombies, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Righteous Brothers, Cilla Black, Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, the Revelaire Club, Eddie and the Showmen, Reb Foster, Dave Hull, Joey Paige, Kathy Marshall, Bob Eubanks, Cinnamon Cinder, Casey Kasem, Herman's Hermits, Dick Clark, Manfred Mann, the Kinks, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Roger Miller, "Shindig!", Tony Hatch, Petula Clark, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Walter Shenson, "A Hard Day's Night", Freddie and the Dreamers, the Standells, the Animals, the Dave Clark Five, "Get Yourself A College Girl", "Zebra in the Kitchen", Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Toni Basil, T.A.M.I. Show, Bobby Vee, Karen Vee, Jeffrey Vee, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Jerry Lewis, Gary Lewis, Brenda Lee, the Searchers.

February 12, 1965: Bob Eubanks gets his own show

Twenty-seven year old Bob Eubanks, one of KRLA's most prolific deejays, became a TV host with the debut of "Beach Beat." The short-lived show presented surf music stars such as Jan and Dean and The Ventures. It also presented spots on "surfers and surfing" and had a crowd of dancing teenagers ready to demonstrate the latest dance steps.

The brief biography of Eubanks (beginning on page 1 and continuing on page 4) offers a new nugget of information worth noting, if you're a Beatles fan. Ex-Beatles associate Derek Taylor, who had recently stepped down from his role as press agent and assistant to Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, had been scooped up by Bob Eubanks' talent agency. This would lead to a flowering of interdependencies: Bob and Derek, Derek and the KRLA Beat, Derek and the next new group to grace the hit parade, The Byrds.

If you're of a musical mind, check out the page 4 article by Dick Moreland on the Beatles' instrumentation. Most folks weren't paying attention to gear and model numbers at this point. Enjoy!

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Includes: Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull, The Beatles, Cinnamon Cinder, Bob Hudson, Bobby Dale, The Vibrants, Reb Foster, Dick Moreland, The Ventures, Casey Kasen, Bobby Vee, Henry Mancini, Charlie O'Donnell, Dick Clark, Roger Miller, Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, George Harrison, John Lennon, Peter Asher, Gerry Marsden, Dick St. John, Dick and Dee-Dee, Brian Jones, Brenda Lee, Peter Noone, Herman's Hermits

February 22, 1965: Dueling deejays

Both Reb Foster and Dave Hull had records on the charts, the Beat reported this week. Reb's was his own single, "Something You Got", produced by Sonny Bono (of Sonny & Cher fame). Both Cashbox and Billboard picked it as a "best bet", but it didn't see too much chart action.

Neither did Dave's record but it was a part of KRLA's playlist nevertheless. The Scuzzies' "Dave Hull, the Hullabalooer" was actually written and recorded by fifteen-year-old Suzie Capetta, her teenage brothers Robert and Michael, and cousins Gale and Paula Chodkowski. Dave's column refers to another article about it in the Beat but it must have been pulled for reasons of space. There was a lot of other news in this issue, that's for sure.

Some of the stories covered in this issue include Ray Davies' marriage, Charlie Watts' written tribute to Charlie Parker, a book called "Ode To A High Flying Bird", updates on the T.A.M.I. show and on the status of the H-1 visa debacle.

This was the final issue of the newsletter-style KRLA Beat. It's not clear whether the editor of this version, Bonnie Golden, was aware that another project was in the works. She wasn't part of the new editorial team that debuted just three days later when the KRLA Beat became an official newspaper with a new editor-in-chief, KRLA news director Cecil Tuck, and regular columns by former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor. In fact, Bonnie went on to a career in news and sports journalism under the name of Wina Sturgeon. As for the KRLA Beat, it was about to chart a new course. PDF size 3.51 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 0 No. 0.

Includes: Bob Hudson, Dave Hull, Casey Kasem, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Dick Moreland, T.A.M.I. Show, Jan and Dean, the Miracles, the Supremes, Dick St. John, Dick and DeeDee, Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, James Brown, Gerry Marsden, Leslie Gore, Chuck Berry, Ray Davies, the Kinks, Rasa Davies, Dave Davies, Mick Avory, Pete Quaife, the Beatles, Cynthia Lennon, George Martin, Bobby Vinton, Alfred Hitchcock, Reb Foster, Sonny Bono, Sonny & Cher, Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones, Charlie Parker, Bob Eubanks, the Animals, Maxine Brown, the Dave Clark Five, Terry Black, Ed Sullivan, Mike Jeffries, Paul McCartney, the Hollies, Eric Haydock, Pamela Done, Chad and Jeremy, Patty Duke, Brian Epstein, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Bill Wyman, Joey Paige, George Harrison, DeeDee Sperling, The Scuzzies.

February 25, 1965: Something new

With this issue, Volume 1 Number 1, the KRLA Beat revealed an updated look. Still four pages long, it was now printed on newspaper stock, had professional writers and photographers, and raised its price to ten cents...still a bargain, considering what you got for your money.

The biggest news was the hiring of the former Beatles press officer and assistant to Brian Epstein. Derek Taylor had written about the Beatles before in the British press and had ghosted Brian Epstein's biography "A Cellarful of Noise". For the Beat he offered an insider's connection to the Beatles that no other radio station publication could match. And as he'd later prove, Derek also had an uncanny ability to spot new pop music trends such as the Byrds, a trait that rarely failed him.

This week's Beat revealed a couple of new hires at the station: Mel Hall, a new program director, and deejay Dick Biondi, a frenetic on-air personality who, at WLS-AM in Chicago, may have been the first North American deejay to play a Beatles record back in March 1963. Along with stories about the Beatles' upcoming 1965 American tour the Beat also covered the Righteous Brothers, the Beau Brumels, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Rolling Stones, and winners of the KRLA Valentine Art Contest. Thanks once more to Jim in Studio City for this historic issue. PDF size 2.5 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 1.

Includes: The Beatles, Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, the Rolling Stones, the Righteous Brothers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Dick Biondi, Mel Hall, Bob Eubanks, Celeste Susany, Judy Yothers, Daniel Hayashi, Kit Jackson, Richard House, Beau Brummels, Freddie and the Dreamers, Jack Good, David Mallet, Neil Sedaka, Jerry Naylor, the Crickets, the Beau Brummels, Cilla Black, Dick Moreland, Tommy Quickly, the Animals, Mel Hall.

March 10, 1965: "Something wonderful..."

The Beatles were the primary news in this early issue of the Beat but by no means the only news. While Derek Taylor and Dave Hull wrapped up interviews with the Fabs in the Bahamas, Derek filed reports on other pop music stories. He noted the release of Gerry and the Pacemakers' new movie, "Ferry Cross The Mersey", filmed by the same cinematographer (Gilbert Taylor, no relation to Derek) whom Richard Lester had used for "A Hard Day's Night".

Derek also annouced the arrival of a new band from Portland, Oregon, Paul Revere and the Raiders, whose goal was to trounce "the British dominance on the disc scene". And a surprise visitor to KRLA became a deejay for a night, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, ably assisted by his friend and fellow singer Joey Paige. According to the Beat they chose the music and read all the announcements themselves...too bad there's no aircheck! Thanks again to Jim from Studio City for this issue. PDF size 2.4 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 2.

Includes: The Beatles, Derek Taylor, Dave Hull, Gerry and the Pacemakers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Paul Revere, Mark Lindsay, Mike Smith, Drake Levin, Phil Volk, Glen Campbell, the Four Seasons, Dick Clark, the Supremes, Bobby Freeman, Al Bennett, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Gary Mack, the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, Emperor Bob Hudson, Charlie O'Donnell, Casey Kasem, Bob Eubanks, Dick Biondi, Bobby Dale, Dick Moreland, Joey Paige,

March 17, 1965: "They feel fine"

After returning from the Bahamas, Derek Taylor and Dave Hull reported on what it was like to be on the set of the Beatles' second movie. If Hull can be believed, even tourists could visit the set and take photos of the fab foursome. Taylor was a bit perplexed by Peter Evans, a prominent British entertainment journalist, who met the Beatles and called them "rude and arrogant". To be fair, Derek had once been an insider, so he might have enjoyed a more friendly reception than your average reporter.

The Beat also covers the Beau Brummels, Jerry Naylor, Joey Paige (whose first British release "Cause I'm In Love With You" was written by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones), and more photos of the Beatles by Curt Gunther. Three KRLA deejays were slated for their own local TV shows, according to the article on Page 4, but only Casey Kasem's "Shebang!" made it to the airwaves. PDF size 2.1 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 3.

Includes: The Beatles, Peter Evans, Dave Hull, Beau BRummels, Declan Mulligan, Ron Elliott, John Petersen, Sal Valentino, Ron Meagher, Jerry Naylor, the Crickets, Tony Howard, Dave Clark Five, Casey Kasem, Paul Petersen, Ray Peterson, Johnny Rivers, Jan and Dean, the Big Beats, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Leslie Gore, Bobby Vee, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Emperor Bob Hudson, Mal Evans, Curt Gunther, Joey Paige, the Rolling Stones, Bob Eubanks, "Shebang", Bill Lee, Hal Galli, Dick and DeeDee, Bobby Freeman, the Ikettes, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Freddie Cannon, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka.

March 24, 1965: Who Fell Into My Porridge?

According to the newly revamped (but still only four-page) KRLA Beat, this was George Harrison's suggested title for the new film the Beatles were making in the Bahamas. It was later to be called "Help!" (after "Eight Arms To Hold You" was rejected). Derek Taylor is now on board as a correspondent, and it really helps. The Beat also lists new staff members.

About half the newspaper at this point is still about radio station promotion, but there are a couple otherwise-unknown photos of the Beatles, plus an interview with John in their London recording studio (later more familiarly Abbey Road Studios).

Music notes from all over are discussed in the "At Deadeline" column, where someone has yet to learn that "Kay Davis" was not a member of The Kinks (Ray Davies, on the other hand....) The column also reports on the Rolling Stones, P.J. Proby, Herman's Hermits, and provides the dubious claim that John and Paul were writing a song for Keeley Smith. PDF size 3.2 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 4.

Includes: Dave Hull, Derek Taylor reports, exclusive Beatles photos from the Bahamas, KRLA top ten, interview in London with John Lennon, KRLA Tunedex, KRLA deejays discuss their favorite entertainers, Rightenous Brothers, Rolling Stones set concert date, "At Deadline" column (various artists), KRLA news.

March 31, 1965: "Eight Arms To Hold You"

From its earliest days the KRLA Beat had an inside track on Beatles news via Derek Taylor, so in this issue Dave Hull could accurately report a world-wide exclusive: the Beatles' second film finally had a name! The somewhat awkward title, "Eight Arms To Hold You", didn't survive for long, though some early pressings of the "Ticket To Ride" single carried this earlier name on its label.

Hull had interviewed Ringo Starr during his recent trip to Nassau with Derek Taylor, and the results are printed here. In this issue and several more from March 1965 (to be posted in the next few days) you'll notice photos by the late Curt Gunther, taken during his time with the band in 1964. For those interested in more of his Beatles photography, Genesis Publications has just released a new collection, "The Beatles: Mania Days -- photographs by Curt Gunther". Many thanks to Jim from Studio City for allowing us to scan this issue. PDF size 2.2 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 5.

Includes: Derek Taylor, Cilla Black, Dave Hull, the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ed Sullivan, Tommy Quickly, Lloyd Thaxton, Paul Revere and the radiers, Mark Lindsay, Dick Clark, the Beau Brummels, the Rolling Stones, P.J. Proby, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Petula Clark, Shirley Ellis, Maureen Cox, Freddie and the Dreamers, Casey Kasem, Charlie O'Donnell, Curt Gunther, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Herman's Hermits, Allan Sherman, Them, the Beach Boys, Bobby Goldsboro, Nat King Cole, the Supremes, 4 Seasons, Righteous Brothers, Cascades, Marvin Gaye, Dennis Wilson, Jan & Dean

April 07, 1965: For you George fans

The second part of a four-part interview with each of the Beatles is featured in this week's issue. Derek Taylor's unique insider status paved the way once again for KRLA to get close up to one of the Fabs.

George talked a bit about the filming of their second movie, the plot of which was still a bit of a mystery to him: "I'll wait until they finish making the film and then I'll go and see it and then I'll know what's happening," he offered to KRLA deejay Dave Hull.

Derek Taylor's regular column discusses Freddie & the Dreamers, a band that had only recently found success in the USA, as well as the Righteous Brothers and pianist Johnny Pearson, who had just released a cover of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate To The Wind".

This week's Beat also covers the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and Joey Paige, who was spending time with his friends the Rolling Stones in London. PDF size 2.9 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 6.

Includes: Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, George Harrison, the Beatles, the Supremes, Freddie & the Dreamers, Chubby Checker, Marvin Gaye, the Moonglows, American Bandstand, Shindig, Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Brian Jones, Rolling Stones, Joey Paige, Beau Brummels, Ed Sullivan, Roger Miller, Peter & Gordon, the Animals, Dave Clark Five, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Del Shannon, Bobby Sherman, John Steele, the Righteous Brothers, Johnny Pearson, Cilla Black, Tony Randall, the McGuire Sisters, the Andrews Sisters, Hollywood Palace.

April 14, 1965: John explains it all for you

In this early four-page issue Derek Taylor points out the difficulty of determining accurate chart position for any hit record. In England two of the top pop newspapers, New Musical Express and Melody Maker, might show a single at two different positions in the same week. But the same situation existed in American publications like Billboard and Cash Box. Keep this in mind when perusing the KRLA Tunedex...it was only as accurate as its source.

The Beat offered and exclusive interview with John Lennon conducted by Derek and KRLA deejay Dave Hull on the set of the Beatles' second movie, then called "Eight Arms To Hold You". Dave helpfully explined to John why the title of his second book "A Spaniard In The Works" was a clever British pun but not so easily understood in an American context.

And take a look at Louise Criscione's "On The Beat", where she makes a cryptic reference to rare (Beatles?) tracks played by Dave Hull on the air. "Cara Bella" is likely "Clarabella", sung by Paul, and "Soldier of Love" by John, both at that time unavailable on vinyl. They must have come from the Beatles' BBC radio show (not from 1961, not pre-Epstein, as she claimed, but from 1963). Someone must have had good connections to get copies for the KRLA listening audience. PDF size 2.4 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 7.

Includes: Beatles, Derek Taylor, John Lennon, Casey Kasem, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, Billboard, Cash Box, Record World, Herman's Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Freddie and the Dreamers, Cilla Black, Bobby Willis, Brian Epstein, Ed Sullivan, Sounds Incorporated, Beau Brummels, Dave Hull, Cynthia Lennon, "A Spaniard In The Works", Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Julian Lennon, The Searchers, Tony Jackson, P.J. Proby, Radio Luxembourg, Radio Caroline, Adam Faith, Jack Good, Donovan, Rolling Stones, Bill Slater, Dick Clark, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Unit Four Plus Two, The Reflections, Tony McCale, Danny Bennie, Johnny Dean, Phil Castrodale.

April 21, 1965: "Buy Britain, folks, buy Britain!"

While in the Bahamas to see the Beatles on the set of their second film, Derek Taylor interviewed each Beatle separately, and in this issue Derek talked to Paul about the cast of the new film, how their songwriting evolved, and differences between American and British releases of their LPs. The better value, Paul pointed out, was the British release, which usually had more songs. Paul was a little more flinty with deejay Dave Hull, who had given out private home addresses of Beatles family members on the air...not nice, Dave!

The first-page photo of the Beau Brummels, a San Francisco group, and Sounds Incorporated from England was taken at the Red Velvet nighclub in Hollywood. The two groups met by chance and posed for KRLA Beat photographer Jerry Long. Several years later Sounds Incorporated provided the brass accompaniment to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" track "Good Morning, Good Morning". Thanks again to Jim from Studio City for this terrific early Beat. PDF size 2.6 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 8.

Includes: Sounds Incorporated, Beau Brummels, Derek Taylor, Unit Four Plus Two, Don Short, the Yardbirds, Cliff Richard, Adam Faith, Twinkle, Herman's Hermits, Cilla Black, Ed Sullivan, Bobby Willis, Brian Epstein, Wendy Hanson, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Thomas James Turner, Dave Hull, Paul McCartney, the Byrds, Georgie Fame, the Righteous Brothers, Jeryy Naylor, the Crickets, Chad and Jeremy, the Beatles, John Lennon, Bobby Vinton, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Sandie Shaw, Gordon Waller, Joe Agnello, Lesley Gore, Soupy Sales, the Nashville Teens, Ringo Starr, Petula Clark, the Hollies, Dusty Springfield, the Seekers, Roger Miller, Jackie and Gayle, Gerry Marsden.

April 28, 1965: Herman's Hermits taking over?

When Derek Taylor thought highly of a performer, he wasn't one to hold back. Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits seemed to fascinate KRLA Beat readers, and Taylor was just as impressed, proclaiming that Herman's Hermits could be bigger than the Rolling Stones in America. He stopped short of suggesting that Herman might surpass the Beatles, reminding us that the Fabs "are really above competition now -- part of the folklore and legend of show business."

This four-page Beat offers several candid photos of the Beatles on location in Nassau, the Bahamas, filming their second picture for United Artists, as well as reports on Joey Paige, the Rolling Stones being mobbed by fans in West Germany, the emergence of the Australian group The Seekers in London, and Bobby Sherman of the TV pop-music show "Shindig", whose career would pick up later in the 1960s. PDF size 2.5 MB. 4 pages. Vol. 1 No. 9.

Includes: Dave Hull, Dick Biondi, Derek Taylor, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Peter and Gordon, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dick Clark, Herman's Hermits, Ringo Starr, Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Billy J. Kramer, Ciro's, Red Velvet, The Guilloteens, Paul McCartney, The Missing Links, P.J. Proby, Tommy Turner, Jack Good, Jan and Dean, Joey Paige, Allan Sherman, Shindig, Andrew Oldham, Ian Whitcomb, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Righteous Brothers, Bobby Sherman, Beach Boys, Georgie Fame, the Kinks, Ray Davies, Hullabaloo, Elvis Presley, Dick Moreland, Bob Hundson, Charlie O'Donnell, Brian Epstein, The Silkie.

May 05, 1965: Hermania?

Derek Taylor fans, take note! Several of his articles are featured in this issue. He discusses the Byrds, the Beatles, the charts, as well as an in-studio view of how the Beatles and George Martin record a little throwaway called "I Feel Fine". Beatles historians may enjoy an early plot synopsis for their still-unnamed second movie, where it's mentioned that the opening song will be written by Paul.

Also included is the cover story on Herman's Hermits, plus news about the Stones, the Kinks, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Pete Best, and the first mention I can recall in the USA of the Pretty Things. Phil Spector also gets a positive review. PDF size 6.2 MB. 8 pages. Vol. 1 No. 10.

Includes: Herman's Hermits, Beatles, Derek Taylor reports, "On the Beat" column, Beatle movie plot, portrait of a Beatle (drawing of George Harrison), "At Deadline" column (various artists), Beatles: making a gold record, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, the Beach Boys, Roger Miller, fan club information, pen pals, Phil Spector, Paul Revere & the Raiders, High Numbers = The Who, KRLA Tunedex, more Derek Taylor, Brian Epstein.

May 12, 1965: They'll be back!

This eight-page issue announced the Beatles' return to Los Angeles. As Derek Taylor reported there was "fierce, frightening opposition" to KRLA's hosting the Beatles a second time (presumably from rival station KFWB) but once again KRLA won the contract. There's a nice photo on the front page of deejays Bob Eubanks and Dave Hull, with Derek, at the Bowl scoping out the situation. KRLA was already accepting applications for tickets more than three months before the concert.

Immigration problems bedeviled British acts wishing to come to the States to perform on TV or in concert and the U.S. Immigration Department wasn't making it any easier for groups or their managers to navigate their restrictions. As the Beat notes, British immigration authorities had begun retaliating by refusing to allow American musicians to come to the U.K.

Also in this issue: Derek Taylor's recollection of the first Beatles visit to the Bowl in 1964, and a look at three groups from Manchester (Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Freddie and the Dreamers). On page 8 at the end of Derek's column, don't miss his close encounter with Larry "Wild Man" Fisher, who years later achieved some notoriety on Rhino Records. PDF size 5.3 MB. 8 pages. Vol. 1 No. 11.

Includes: Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, Moody Blues, Righteous Brothers, Phil Spector, Hollywood Bowl, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Cinnamon Cinder, Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley, Neil Aspinall, Mal Evans, Alan Livingston, Capitol Records, Hal York, Edward G. Robinson, Mrs. Dean Martin, Jack Palance, Lloyd Bridges, Shelley Winters, Hedda Hopper, Eva Marie Saint, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Bobby Darin, Sanra Dee, Jayne Mansfield, Burt Lancaster, Whisky-A-Go-Go, Jim Steck, Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter and Gordon, Jan and Dean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hullabaloo, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Rivers, the Standells, Noel Harrison, Michael Chaplin, Larry Page, The Kinks, Darlene Larrie, P.J. Proby, The Yardbirds, Mick Jagger, Herman's Hermits, The Every Brothers, Righteous Brothers, Petula Clark, Sylvia Vartan, Johnny Halliday, The Detergents, Roger Miller, The Byrds, Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Peter Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Beau Brummels, Wild Man Larry Fisher

May 19, 1965: Immigration blues

In this eight-page issue the immigration bottleneck continued to be a major source of bedevilment to pop music promoters. Derek Taylor revealed that restrictions were so unreasonable that few British performers could make it to the U.S. to perform, one recent exception being Ian Whitcomb, a Cambridge student taking a break to be a pop star. His breathy rendition of "You Turn Me On" reached number 8 on the American charts.

Having just launched its subscription service, the KRLA Beat included a photo of its very first subscriber, Rosie Hession, pictured with KRLA program director Mel Hall, deejay Dick Moreland, and columnist Derek Taylor. This issue also covers the debut of Dino, Desi, and Billy, offers an interview with the Rolling Stones, and explores why groupies behave the way they do. On page 5 readers could order their Beatles concert tickets, priced between three to seven dollars...what a bargain! PDF size 4.8 MB. 8 pages. Vol. 1 No. 12.

Includes: Beatles, Derek Taylor, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ian Whitcomb, Shindig, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Jody Miller, Roger Miller, Ed Sullivan, Morcambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Jackie De Shannon, The Standells, Gene Chandler, The Impressions, Casey Kasem, Missing Links, Jerry Naylor, Mel Hall, Dick Moreland, Rosie Hession, Bob Hudson, Charlie O'Donnell, Dick Biondi, Gene Pitney, Bert Kaempfert, Ike and Tina Turner, The Animals, Bobby Vee, Bobby Goldsboro, Jack Linkletter, Dick and DeeDee, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Kingsmen, Jan and Dean, The Byrds, Steve Allen, Jerry Lewis, Bob Newhart, Joey Bishop, Bill Dana, Dino Martin, Billy Hinsche, Desi Arnaz Jr., Beach Boys, Joe and Eddie, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Georgie Fame, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Carl Davis, Dick Clark, Righteous Brothers, The Zombies, Adam Faith, Bobby Rydell, Them, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Nashville Teens, Sandie Shaw, Twinkle, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Dick and DeeDee

May 26, 1965: Striking a pose

The Beatles' photo that graces this issue's masthead appears to be from photographer Robert Whitaker's first session with the group, conducted in late 1964 at Farringdon Studio in London. The session also produced the cover of the American album "Beatles VI", as well as several British EP covers. Whitaker was later involved in the series of photographs that resulted in a rather notorious album cover for a certain Beatles album in 1966.

In the news this week were the Byrds, whom Derek Taylor took to task for failing to join in a group sing-along of "This Diamond Ring" on the TV show "Hullabaloo". Their attitude was understandable -- they were there to sing their own hit, "Mr. Tambourine Man", after all. The Beat also interviewed Petula Clark, Ian Whitcomb, and offered some behind-the-scenes photos of the Beatles filming snow scenes in Austria for their upcoming movie.

This early issue, for those keeping score, is one of two designated Volume 1 Number 13; the other is the following issue dated June 2. To be accurate this issue should be Volume 1 Number 12, if you want to get technical about it. PDF size 4.8 MB. 8 pages. Vol. 1 No. 13.

Includes: The Beatles, The Byrds, Hullabaloo, Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs, Tony Howard, "Help!", Steve Allen, Bob Newhart, Joey Bishop, Bill Dana, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Dick and DeeDee, Jan and Dean, The Kingsmen, The Byrds, Jackie De Shannon, Sir Raleigh and the Coupons, Dewey Martin, The Checkmates, red Velvet club, Bobby Stevens, Tommy Quickly, Brian Epstein, Dick Clark, Tommy Steele, Petula Clark, Freddie and the Dreamers, Donovan, "Cellar Full Of Noise", Billy J. Kramer, Manfred Mann, Ronettes, Bobby Rydell, Yardbirds, Bobby Vinton, Danny Thomas, The Animals, John Lennon, Peter Noone, Twinkle, Bob Dylan, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Les Chadwick, Paul McCartney, Wayne Fontana, Sandie Shaw, Ian Whitcomb, Chuck Berry, Marianne Faithful, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Bob Eubanks, Charlie O'Donnell, Dave Hull, Casey Kasem, Richard Beebe, Mel Hall, James Patrick Harbuck, Shindig, Paul Peterson, Beach Boys, Francoise Hardy, Jody Miller, Brenda Lee, Eric Burden, Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter and Gordon, The Kinks.

June 02, 1965: Rocking and rolling

In June 1965 Ian Whitcomb's musical career was just beginning. Still a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, he wrote to a friend at the KRLA Beat: "The kids here at school didn't believe me when I said that America had a pop-music newspaper, but sure changed their tune when I flashed the ones you sent." Sporting its new twelve-page format, the Beat was now available by mail to subscribers as well as at newsstands around the Southland.

The big news, though, was coverage of the recent Rolling Stones concert in Long Beach, a show that included Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Byrds, Jerry Naylor, and Keith Allison. There was plenty of Beatles news as well, including an interview with Walter Shenson about filming "Help!" in the Bahamas, plus articles on the Byrds and the Seekers. And Derek Taylor explains how a song like "Wooly Bully" by the unknown Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs could become a hit. PDF size 9.3 MB. 12 pages. Vol. 1 No. 13.

Includes: Review of Rolling Stones concert, Beatles filming of "Help!", Byrds Flying High, Derek Taylor Reports, Rolling Stones Off-Stage, Editorial: Curbing Crowd Violence, "On The Beat" column, Beatles Quiz, The Seekers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Byrds, Jerry Naylor, Keith Allison, "For Girls Only" column, Personals, More On Beatles movie, Stones Dislike Incincere People, Ian Whitcomb, Roger Miller.

June 09, 1965: Another world-wide first

American Beatles albums were different from the standard British LPs, hence the existence of "Beatles VI", a new release in June 1965 with a unique song lineup. The album was premiered on Dick Biondi's evening show, the first airplay, claimed the Beat, anywhere in the USA, and in advance of its official June 14 release.

Derek Taylor's first experience seeing a Beatles concert in June 1963 was electrifying, he reported in an article on page 2, though it's hard to believe he'd never heard of Roy Orbison, one of the opening acts. Other groups covered in this issue include The Zombies, Freddie and the Dreamers at work on their first (and only) movie, and a long interview with The Byrds. PDF size 7.2 MB. 12 pages. Vol. 1 No. 14.

Includes: Beatles, Dave Hull, Vaughn Filkins, Derek Taylor, Roy Orbison, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Thomas Turner, Jack Good, Shindig, Dean Whitmore, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Standells, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Motown, Four Tops, Supremes, The Zombies, Leo McKern, Tony Howard, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, Roy Kinnear, John Bluthel, Patrick Cargill, Frankie Howard, Freddie and the Dreamers, John Leyton, Michael Sarne, Liz Frazer, Dave Hull, Casey Kasem, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, Jackie De Shannon, The Kinks, Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory.

June 16, 1965: Beatles and Stones in the news

The Beat's two favorite groups, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, are the focus of this issue's coverage. Derek Taylor continued his recollections of his earliest involvement with the Beatles, picking up the story just after his first experience seeing them in concert in mid-1963. Rod Alan Barken, a Beat reporter, interviewed the Stones at length during their latest swing through Los Angeles.

This issue also covers Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Byrds, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Joey Paige, and John Leyton, and includes a partial list of the cities where the Beatles would tour in 1965. PDF size 7.9 MB. 12 pages. Vol. 1 No. 15.

Includes: Derek Taylor, Beatles, London Daily Express, Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Brian Epstein, Shindig, Brian Jones, Bob Hudson, George Harrison, Dick Biondi, , Dave Hull, Cliff Richard, Marianne Faithfull, Andrew Oldham, Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, "What's New, Pussycat?", Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss, Woody Allen, Peter O'Toole, P.J. Proby, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Jack Good, Les Chadwick, The Byrds, Joey Paige, Dale Vann, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Lesley Gore, Kinks, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Billy J. Kramer, Rockin' Berries, The Animals, Gerry Marsden, "The Yellow Rolls Royce", Rex Harrison, Shirley MacLaine, Art Carney, George C. Scott, Alain Delon, Eileen Hancock, Dave Hull, Dick Biondi, Larry Berrell, Bob Eubanks, John Leyton, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Dave Clark Fibe, Glenn Yarborough

June 23, 1965: All Proby, all the time

Most of this week's KRLA Beat coverage involved P.J. Proby, who was a bigger hit in England than he was at home. Proby, born James Marcus Smith in Houston, had been on the scene since 1958 as Jett Powers and by 1964 began reinventing his image. He'd appeared on the British Beatles' special "Around The Beatles" but American chart action eluded him until 1967, when "Nickey Hokey" became his only top-thirty hit. He still tours occasionally in the U.K.

Derek Taylor concludes his three-part series on his involvement with the Beatles, and the Beat also covers the Byrds, Sonny & Cher, and Tom Jones. PDF size 7.5 MB. 12 pages. Vol. 1 No. 16.

Includes: P.J. Proby, Shindig, Jack Good, Harry Epstein, Queenie Epstein, Brian Epstein, Dean Martin, Bonnie Le Blanc, Betty Rees, Charlie O'Donnell, Dick Biondi, Dave Hull, Bob Hudson, Bob Eubanks, Elvis Presley, Brenda Benet, Radio Luxembourg, BBC, Ringo Starr, Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw, Billy J. Kramer, Jimmy Savile, Casey Kasem, The Byrds, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Dick and DeeDee, Ian Whitcomb, Dick Clark, Joe and Eddie, Everly Brothers, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, Leslie Gore, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Queen Mother, Royal Variety Show, Neil Aspinall, Sal Mineo, "Girls On The Beach", Martin West, Aron Kincaid, Steve Rogers, Linda Saunders, Jerry Naylor, Noreen Corcoran, Alan Price, The Animals, Brian Jones, Joey Paige, Peter Quaife, Marianne Faithfull, Gery Marsden, The Yardbirds, Ray Davies, Sandie Shaw, Bobby Jameson Vashti Bunyan, Tom Jones, Jay and the Americans, Peter and Gordon, Manfred Mann, Cilla Black Millie Small, Georgie Fame, Righteous Brothers, The Rising Suns, Eric Burson, Nashville Teens, Honeycombs, Sonny and Cher, James Marcus Smith.

June 30, 1965: "The God of Pop Music" dethroned

This week's controversy: did P.J. Proby quit "Shindig" or was he fired? Proby said he'd been promised a starring gig on the show and producer Jack Good failed to make it happen, so Proby walked out. Good, who insisted he appreciated Proby's talents, said that Proby was simply unmanageable. The situation came about during Good's last week producing "Shindig" -- he was on his way back to England to develop other TV specials.

The Beat also reports on the brouhaha that developed when he Beatles were awarded their Members of the Order of the British Empire medals (MBEs) by Queen Elizabeth II. Furious war heroes who held the same award threatened to return their own MBEs rather than share the same category as "those vulgar nincompoops". George Harrison suggested that medals should be returned to the Beatles themselves so they could offer one to their manager Brian Epstein. PDF size 6.8 MB. 12 pages. Vol. 1 No. 17.

Includes: P.J. Proby, Jack Good, Peter and Gordon, Dick and DeeDee, Gerry Marsden, Brian Epstein, Dick St. John, The Standells, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Jerry Naylor, Ernie Freeman, Joe and Eddie, Peter Sweeney, Peter Flemyng, Jack Eden, 9th Street West, Sky Saxon and the Savages, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Charlie Watts, George Sherlock, Mick Jagger, Nanker Phelge, Keith Richard, Sonny and Cher, Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Rolling Stones, Melody Maker, the Lettermen, Roger Miller, Bobby Fuller Four, Them, the Yardbirds, Petula Clark, Dick Biondi, Gary Lewis, Dick Clark, Shebang, Casey Kasem, "Where The Action Is", Philip Volk, Supremes, Jan and Dean, Chad and Jeremy, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Freeman, The Four Seasons, "Cat Ballou", Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Stubby Kaye, Nat King Cole, Queen Elizabeth II, Swingin' Angels, Harold Wilson.

July 07, 1965: Is there an echo in here?

For the first time, two versions of a Bob Dylan song were climbing the pop charts during the same week. Cher's solo effort, "All I Really Want to Do", had leaped ahead of The Byrds' rendition but no one was distressed about it. The situation merely proved that Dylan was a songwriter worthy of notice, and the Beat offered an interview with the man himself on page 11. He discussed fame, clothes, money, death, religion, and John Lennon.

Also included in this week's coverage are Patty Duke (who had just released her first single), Ian Whitcomb, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Billy Joe Royal, and the Dave Clark Five. This was to be the last 12-page issue of the Beat. The newspaper expanded to 16 pages on July 24, 1965, a format that accommodated more news stories and special-interest columns. Although Derek Taylor continued to contribute to the Beat, he no longer had his own bylined column after this issue. PDF size 7.3 MB. 12 pages. Vol. 1 No. 18.

Includes: Sonny and Cher, The Byrds, Patty Duke, Mick Jagger, Herman's Hermits, Peter Noone, Beatles, Ringo Starr, Joe and Eddie, Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Dick St. John, Dick and DeeDee, Bobby Vinton, George Harrison, The Guilloteens, Dick Biondi, Bob Eubanks, Johnny Hayes, Casey Kasem, Mike Clifford, Shindig, Ian Whitcomb, The Rising Sons, P.J. Proby, Bluesville, Ian McGarry, Gerry Ryan, Mick Molloy, Deke O'Brien, Peter Adler, Dave Hull, Dick Moreland, Righteous Brothers, Sandie Shaw, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Jimmy Clanton, Tom Jones, Four Tops, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, New Christy Minstrels, James McDivitt, Edward White, NASA, Frank Harden, Jackson Weaver, WMAL, Mary Love, Nancy Wilson, Unit Four Plus Two, Fats Domino, The Searchers, The Zombies, The Animals, Vince Edwards, Ray Dobard, Chad and Jeremy, Billy Joe Royal, Dave Clark Five, Bob Dylan, The Spats, Jerry Naylor, James Marcus Smith, Jet Powers, Walker Brothers.

July 24, 1965: Bigger and better

This was the first 16-page edition of the KRLA Beat, and the emphasis on news is made clear in the publisher's announcement on page 2. But it never hurts to have a couple photos for a "Girls on the Beach" contest as well!

Kinks fans will enjoy the interview with the group, who had come to Los Angeles for several TV and concert appearances. Ray Davies also confessed that he wanted to see Palm Springs and Jack Benny. In other news, Derek Taylor waxes rhapsodic about Marianne Faithfull; the Rolling Stones are set to make a movie; and the Beat graples with the apparently clashing concepts of rock music versus folk music -- which one will prevail? PDF size 11.6 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 19.

Includes: Herman's Hermits (cover), Beatles, Kinks, Marianne Faithfull, George Harrison and Pattie Boyd, Beatle quiz, folk movement boom, personals, Robin Kingsley Whitcomb, traveling to England, Sonny & Cher, movie review "I'll Take Sweden", Lorne Greene, Esther Phillips, Tom Jones, Rolling Stones, Louise Harrison, Trini Lopez, "On the Beat" (various groups), Gery & the Pacemakers, Ronnie King, Dave Clark Five, Bobby Rydell, Freddie & the Dreamers, the Hollies, the Byrds, Elvis Presley, KRLA Tunedex.

July 31, 1965: Cher au natural

Long before plastic surgeons entered her universe, Cher was a natural talent and a striking new pop star. Her early years with husband Sonny Bono and their early foray into the pop charts were noted in great detail by several issues of the Beat, including the cover story here. Her single "All I Really Want To Do" was number one on the local charts this last week in July.

Other articles review the Dave Clark Five; Jerry Naylor, who sang with Buddy Holly's Crickets, attempting to trace the origins of rock and roll; an in-depth interview with Marianne Faithfull at the very beginning of her career; a new group called Paul Revere and the Raiders; and other various and sundry groups.

The KRLA Beat had only recently gone to 16 pages. Even so there's precious little about the Beatles in this issue. But with the next Beatles appearance at the Hollywood Bowl only a month away, there's more to come soon. PDF size 11.2 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 20.

Includes: Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley, Brian Jones, Jack Good and "Shindig", Beatles, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithful, Dave Clark Five, Ian Whitcomb, history of rock and roll, Donovan, film review "Shenandoah", Dave Davies, Bobby Vinton, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Ringo Starr, Brian Epstein, Mel Carter, Chad & Jeremy, John Lennon, British top ten, KRLA Tunedex.

August 07, 1965: Bob Dylan on the cover

"Like a Rolling Stone" was number 5 on the charts this week, and Dylan was newsworthy. "Folk king now the hottest thing in rock field," the subheadline helpfully explained, and the article goes into detail about where he came from and how many other contemporary musicians were singing his praises (as well as his songs).

Also in this issue: articles on the Dave Clark Five, the Rolling Stones, Jackie de Shannon (in a rather provocative pose), Donovan, the Sir Douglas Quintet, and an article titled "Is Beatlemania Dying?". PDF size 12.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 21.

Includes: Bob Dylan, Dave Hull, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, Jackie DeShannon, Eric Burdon and the Animals, We Five, Sir Douglas Quintet, Chad and Jeremy, Donovan, Beatles and Beatlemania, Roy Orbison, Dino Desi & Billy, the Byrds, British top ten, Beau Brummels, the Hondells.

August 14, 1965: No 'Help' Needed

The Beatles' new single "Help!"/"I'm Down" was released in time for a review in this issue, and KRLA announces another concert coup: Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl, closely following the Beatles' own appearance there in late August.

Stones fans can read about the group's early struggles to find fame (with a photo at their most innocent). There are also articles on the Turtles, Joey Paige, a former Everly Brothers guitarist launching his own career, and Sonny Bono, who had just written a new song about being thrown out of a club. PDF size 12.7 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 22.

Includes: Herman's Hermits, Beatles, Bob Dylan plans Bowl concert, Sonny Bono, Rolling Stones, the Turtles, Gery Marsden, Thee Midniters, Joey Paige, Marianne Faithfull, The Guilloteens, Lesley Gore, film review "Von Ryan's Express", Johnny Leyton with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dick Clark, Roger Miller, George Harrison, "Surf Beat" column, KRLA Tunedex.

August 21, 1965: Here they come!

With the Beatles' 1965 tour imminent, the KRLA Beat provides a detailed map of all their different stops as they travel across America. Their film 'Help!' had been released in England but was yet to be seen Stateside, so the Beat offers a collection of stills from the production.

There was still room for Part 4 of the history of the Rolling Stones, plus articles on Chad & Jeremy (don't worry, they're not breaking up), Dick & DeeDee, singer Mike Clifford looking for another hit record, the new trio of Dino Desi & Billy, and tips on how to crash a Beatles party. PDF size 9.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 23.

Includes: Rolling Stones, Beatles, "Help!", Rolling Stones, Chad & Jeremy, Mike Clifford, Dick & DeeDee, the Great Scots, Ring Starr, Gene Pitney, the Zombies, "Shindig", Dave Hull, Dino Desi & Billy, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Guilloteens, David McCallum, KRLA Tunedex.

August 28, 1965: A preview of "Help!"

Beatles fans will enjoy this issue for a number of on-location photos of the group during filming. The Beat loved "Help!", of course, and offered tickets to 500 lucky KRLA fans so they could all enjoy a preview of the film a week before its release.

In a rare page-one editorial, the KRLA Beat asked station director John Barrett to address the brewing controversy over Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction", the P.F. Sloan hit that took such a dim view of prospects for world peace. Fans of the Turtles and the Lovin' Spoonful will enjoy interviews with each group. Don't miss the movie review of "How To Stuff A Wild Bikini". PDF size 14.6 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 24.

Includes: Southland premiere of "Help!", Beatles, the Turtles, Bobby Fuller Four, Donovan, Herman's Hermits, Keith Richard, Marianne Faithfull, Four Tops, David McCallum, Supremes, P.J. Proby, "Surf Beat" column, Lovin' Spoonful, the Liverpool Five, James Brown, British top ten, Herb Alpert, Paul McCartney, Jan & Dean.

September 04, 1965: Love, not destruction

Despite the issue date, the KRLA Beat was distributed a week in advance so this one was out just before the 1965 Beatles concert in Los Angeles. Someone on Page 10 has a small advertisement offering tickets for the August 29 and 30 performances.

The other big stories include Barry McGuire, whose hit record "Eve of Destruction" was sending shockwaves across the pop-music industry. "Protest" songs usually had been relegated to folk music. Other topics include Dave Berry, the Yardbirds, a look at the reigning female singers of the day, and English groups inspired by American rhythm and blues. PDF size 12.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 25.

Includes: Beatles, Barry McGuire, P.F. Sloan, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Brenda Holloway, Dave Berry and Buddhism, Beach Boys, Yardbirds, Jewel Akens, Casey Kasem, Marianne Faithfull, Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore, Petula Clark, Kathy Kersh, Billy Hinsche, Paul Revere & the Raiders, British top ten, "Surf Beat" column, film review "Harlow:, KRLA Tunedex.

September 11, 1965: Bob at the Bowl

Autumn 1965 brought several powerhouse bands to the Southland, incuding the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, Bob Dylan at the same venue. Later this month the Animals would appear at a smaller venue about thirty miles east of Los Angeles, a concert hall called Melodyland. By this point the group's founder and keyboardist Alan Price had left to concentrate on a solo career.

Making its debut in this issue is a special column devoted to the pop music TV show, "Shindig". The Beat also covers Sonny & Cher and their wacky fashions, the Australian group the Seekers, "Mr. Excitement" James Brown, and Joey Paige. PDF size 9.6 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 26.

Includes: The three faces of Bob Dylan, Beatles, Animals, David McCallum, "Hullabaloo" TV show, Sonny & Cher at home, James Brown, "Shindig" TV show, Jerry Naylor, the Seekers, Johnny Rivers, Rolling Stones, Ad Lib Club of London, Mick Jagger, Donovan, Them, Dave Clark, Eric Burdon, Dick Lester, Billy J. Kramer, Brenda Lee, Ian Whitcomb, Marianne Faithfull, Jim McGuinn, Peter Noone, Lesley Gore, Eddie Hodges, the Kinks, Paul McCartney, Joey Paige, Mel Carter, British top ten, Jan Berry (of Jan & Dean), Terry Melcher, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Barry McGuire, film review "Ski Party", KRLA Tunedex.

September 18, 1965: "Nobody really has the answers"

Barry McGuire's hit record "Eve of Destruction" earned him this cover appearance and an interview on page 3. The idea that the song could be pulled from the airwaves (as had happened on some radio stations) perplexed Barry: "When you start censoring, it's because you're afraid of the truth or something".

The Beat also covers the Beatles' attendance at Alan Livingston's home, Dylan's growing fame (and wealth), Dick Clark's eleventh anniversary on "American Bandstand", and showcases another popular pop-music TV show, "Shindig". PDF size 12.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 27.

Includes: Barry McGuire, Gene Pitney, Bob Dylan, Carnaby Street, Beatles, Dick Clark, Chad & Jeremy, Vince Edwards and Kathy Kersh, Dean Martin, Bill Cosby, Polly Bergen, the Clayton Squares, Freddie Cannon, Brian Epstein, Paul McCartney, Donovan, Pete Seeger, Jane Asher, Dick & DeeDee, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Supremes, Barbra Streisand, April Stevens & Nino Temple, Hermans Hermits, Soupy Sales, the Byrds, Jackie DeShannon, Queen Elizabeth II, "Shindig" TV show, Carole Sherlyne, Bobby Sherman, Righteous Brothers, Donna Loren, the Silkie, Beatles visit Elvis, Wilson Pickett, Sonny & Cher, British top ten, KRLA Tunedex.

September 25, 1965: There's a riot goin' on

Brian Epstein, ever the gentleman, assured Beat readers that the Beatles' recent Los Angeles concert had been a pleasure for the group, "the highlight of our tour", said Brian. Not so San Francisco, where security had been inadequate and the Beatles were forced to cut short their second show due to a near riot by fans.

Sonny Bono graces this week's cover in recognition of Sonny and Cher's five hits in the national charts. The Beat also interviews Brenda Holloway, who had recently toured with the Beatles (and who lent Ringo her hair dryer); "The Man From UNCLE"'s Robert Vaughn; and the Righteous Brothers. PDF size 10.7 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 28.

Includes: Sonny & Cher, Beatles, Brian Epstein, Rolling Stones, Righteous Brothers, Robert Vaughn, Frankie Albano, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Brenda Holloway, Ian Whitcomb, Donovan, Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas, Ella Fitzgerald, the Hideaways, Brad Berwick, Shindig host Jimmy O'Neill, Berry Gordy, Roy Head, Dick Clark, British top ten, Sidney Poitier, the Supremes, film review "Hallelujah Trail", KRLA Tunedex.

October 02, 1965: "Unwanted visitors"

The Beat editorial for this issue notes problems the "well-behaved" Yardbirds encountered when visiting Southern California, apparently because of their long hair and English accents. They were even refused entry into Disneyland. In retrospect, the difficulties with their "Shindig" appearance were probably union-related, and Disneyland did have a prohibition on long-haired men for a number of years...but a hotel refusing them their pre-booked reservation? Maybe The Who had just been there and wrecked the place.

In happier news, the Beat goes to a Rolling Stones recording session, We Five are grateful for Bob Dylan's presence on the charts, Bob Dylan's Hollywood Bowl concert is reviewed, and there's a nice multi-page photo essay on the recent Beatles press conference and Bowl appearance. Worth noting are interviews with The Leaves (who had yet to have a hit record) and Danny Hutton, later of Three Dog Night. PDF size 11.7 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 1 No. 29.

Includes: Includes: the Yardbirds, Cher, Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Bobby Sherman, the Wellingtons, Jerry Naylor, Bob Dylan, Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Racquel Welch, Mike Clifford, Dick & DeeDee, Jimmy Rodgers, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Donna Loren, Mary Wells, Georgie Fame, We Five, Donovan, Joey Paige, Keith Richard, Peter Noone, the Animals, Ringo Starr, Sonny & Cher, the Leaves, Barbara Lewis, Danny Hutton, Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton, the Preachers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Harry Belafonte, British top ten, Jan Berry, Thee Midniters, the Rolling Stones, Sal Mineo, Dick Biondi, Charlie O'Donnell, Dave Hull, Bob Eubanks, Bob Hudson, Bill Slater, Gene Clark, KRLA Tunedex.

October 09, 1965: Herman blasts pretty much everyone

Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman's Hermits, held some curious views about the mid-sixties British pop music scene and didn't mind telling the KRLA Beat what he thought. His disparagement of the Kinks and the Byrds, groups with accomplished songwriters as well as innovative instrumentation and style, is hard to fathom. Or was it professional envy? All three groups were enjoying enormous success at this point in their careers, both in the U.S. and Britain. Then again, Peter wasn't quite eighteen at the time of this interview. Youth condemns, maturity condones....

The Beat explored the recent spate of Beatles singles, all seemingly released to showcase individual talents, and also attempted to explain Beatlemania -- good luck with that. Other coverage included the Yardbirds, Donovan, Sonny and Cher, the Ventures, and the Lovin' Spoonful (check out the photo of Joe Butler's drum kit with the hand-lettered sign). Fans of Billy Preston may wish to take a look at this issue's "Shindigger" column. PDF size 9.3 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 30.

Includes: Beatles, Herman's Hermits, Beatlemania, the Tardbirds, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Jeff Beck, Joey Paige, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, the Fortunes, Rolling Stones, Gerry Marsden, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, the Animals, Zak Starkey, Mick Jagger, Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Chris Curtis of the Seachers, Gordon Waller, the Lovin' Spoonful, Donovan, the Beau BrummelsDave Hull, Trini Lopez, Earl Preston's Realms, Ed Sullivan, Jerry Naylor, the Ventures, Sonny & Cher, Billy Preston, Jerry Lee Lewis, Racquel Welch, Donna Loren, The Girls, Evie Sands, British top ten, KRLA Tunedex.

October 16, 1965: All hail King Elvis

Elvis Presley was a rare figure in the Beat, but RCA Victor's new contract with the King was newsworthy enough to trigger a cover story for this week's issue. From a different universe entirely, former Beatle Pete Best decided to sue Ringo, Brian Epstein "and others" for $45 million dollars over Ringo's inopportune mischaracterization of Pete in a recent Playboy Magazine.

The Beat interviews the Byrds about their recent English concert tour and also covers the Lettermen, Barry McGuire, and a group from Massachussetts called The Barbarians. Check out Page 12 where there's a tiny ad for a group called The Mothers, later known as the Mothers of Invention. PDF size 10.3 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 31.

Includes: Elvis Presley, Pete Best, Beatles, the Lettermen, the Byrds, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Billy Joe Royal, Beatles, Ray Peterson, the Wellingtons, Joey Paige, the McCoys, Cher, the Kinks, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Donovan, the Masterminds, Donna Loren, Jerry and Gary Lewis, Dave Hull, Bob Eubanks and his TV show "Hit or Miss", Molly Bee, Chad Stuart, Kathy Nolan, Roger Miller, Barry McGuire, the Animals, Hermans Hermits, Roy Head, the Barbarians, the Becket Quintet, Lloyd Thaxton, Liza Minelli, Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence, Herb Newman, Tommy Sands, Vic Dana, Connie Francis, Patty Duke, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Ike Cole, British top ten, KRLA Tunedex.

October 23, 1965: Frank Zappa for hire

A big advantage of the KRLA Beat was its reasonable advertisement rates, compared to bigger industry publications like Billboard and Variety. Small record labels like Chattahoochie Records could afford to promote an album by the East Los Angeles band Thee Midniters, whose "Whittier Blvd." had just been a big hit. Eddie Hodges, who hadn't had a hit since 1961, took out an ad for his cover of Dylan's "Love Minus Zero". A real bargain: for your clubs or parties you might consider hiring a group called The Mothers---just call Frank Zappa for more information.

Other coverage included Sonny & Cher, Freddy Cannon, Tom Jones, and part two of an article on deejay Dave Hull. PDF size 10.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 32.

Includes: Sonny & Cher, Freddy Cannon, Tom Jones, Germans adore the Rolling Stones, Trini Lopez, Charlie Rich, Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful), Bobby Sherman, Evie Sands, David McCallum, Robert Vaughn, "Shindig" TV show, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Barry McGuire, P.F. Sloan, Ivan's Meads, the Hollies, the Walker Brothers, the Yardbirds, the Supremes, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, Mike Clifford, Jery Naylor, Dave Hull, Casey Kasem, Roy Head, the Richmond Group, Earl Preston's Realms, Peter Noone, Jade East, Jody Miller, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, the Crystals, Frank Zappa, the Toys, film review "Love and Kisses", KRLA Tunedex.

October 30, 1965: Was that Paul?

A new nightclub, The Trip, had just opened on the Sunset Strip. This week's KRLA Beat covered Barry McGuire's opening-night performance and offered the lyrics from McGuire's latest single, "Upon A Painted Ocean"/"Child Of Our Times". Both songs were penned by composer P.F. Sloan but neither track was a hit.

The Beat's cover story revealed that the Righteous Brothers were changing their visual image from "soulful" to something more collegiate, and reporter Louise Criscione profiled Keith Allison, a session musician on the Dick Clark show "Where The Action Is" who, some thought, was a dead ringer for Paul McCartney, an attribute that didn't hurt his career. PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 33.

Includes: The Righteous Brothers, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Lord Snowdon, Barry McGuire, Keith Richard, Sonny & Cher, Keith Allison, Carole Shelyne, the Wellingtons, the Blossoms, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Donovan (and his mother), the McCoys, Brian Epstein, the Every Brothers, Cilla Black, the Rolling Stones, Jackie DeShannon, Paul McCartney, Joey Paige, Roy Orbison, Tony Harris, New Christy Minstrels, Nancy Sinatra, the Hollywood Argyles, Deborah Walley, Patty Duke, Tommy Cooper, Eddie Hodges, Brad Berwick, Jordan Christopher, Petula Clark, Herman's Hermits, Bill Dana, Elvis Presley, Mike Clifford, Casey Kasem, Neil Sedaka, Bob Hudson, Roy Head, Manfred Mann, Andy Williams, Sandy Shaw, British top ten, "Ready, Steady, Go" to be dumped, the Walker Brothers, Pete Best, Jim McGuinn, Terry Melcher, Ray Gerhardt, the Gas Company (Greg Dempsey and Kathy Sinclair), David Janssen, film review "Bunny Lake Is Missing", KRLA Tunedex.

November 06, 1965: Brian Wilson gets serious

This issue's interview with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys was one of the first to reveal his intense interest in record production as well as his assessment of rival musicians. He generously acknowleges the influence of the Beatles on popular music, noting that there was no way to know how long it would last...maybe five years more? He was equally appreciative of Bob Dylan and the Byrds.

Rumors were flying that the popular music show "Shindig" was soon to be off the air whereas "Hullabaloo" might soon expand to a one-hour timeframe. The KRLA Beat also covered P.F. Sloan, the Modern Folk Quartet (more familiarly known as MFQ), the Ramsey Lewis Trio, the Bees, and Dick and DeeDee. PDF size 10.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 34.

Includes: David McCallum, Sonny & Cher, "Shindig" and "Hullabaloo" TV shows, Ramsey Lewis Trio, the Clayton Squares, Mike Evans, the Escorts, the Yardbirds, Bill Wyman, We Five, Dave Clark Five, Grass Roots, Bobby and Randy Fuller, Walker Brothers, the Regents, the McCoys, Dave Clark Five, Brian Jones, Wayne Fontana, George Maharis, paul Anka, George Hamilton, Jimmy O'Neill, Dinah Lee, Bobby Sherman, the Yardbirds, Chad Stewart, Bary McGuire, P.F. Sloan, Chad & Jill Stuart, Herman's Hermits, Dick and DeeDee, Casey Kasem, the Animals, Brian Wilson, Rolling Stones, Elke Sommer, Ronettes, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Modern Folk Quintet, Joannie Sommers, the Byrds, Freddy Cannon, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ian Whitcomb, Lloyd Thaxton, the Dave Clark Five, the Smothers Brothers, Frankie Avalon, Modern Folk Quartet, Liverpool Five, the Bees, the Sun Rays, Dave Clark, British top ten, film review "Beach Ball", KRLA Tunedex.

November 13, 1965: "Save Shindig"

The locally-produced pop show "Shindig" had enjoyed a good run but by October 1965 was experiencing ratings difficulties. ABC's decision to cancel the show by January 1966 and replace it with "Batman" clearly seemed like madness to the KRLA Beat. Most of the acts promoted in the newspaper were regulars on the show, and host Jimmy O'Neill was an ex-KRLA deejay. The show is still fondly remembered. Several then-session musicians in Shindig's house band (Glen Campbell, Delaney Bramlett, Billy Preston, and Leon Russell) went on to have notable success in their post-"Shindig" incarnations.

This week's Beat explores popular Motown artists with a photo spread, notes that Mick Jagger found Christmas concerts boring ("All the mums and dads trotting in to see us after a few sherries"), and interviews The Mojo Men, a New York and Florida conglomeration recently relocated to San Francisco. PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 35.

Includes: Shindig, Dusty Springfield, Bob Dylan, Cher, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, Beatles, Matt Monro, the Yardbirds, Waybe Fontana, Everly Brothers, Cilla Black, Dave Berry, Lulu, Gerry Marsden, the Leaves, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Don Everly, Lesley Gore, Annette Funicello, Paul McCartney, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Mojo Men, KRLA deejay Dick Moreland, Billy Joe Royal, the Shindogs (Delany Bramlett, Joey Cooper, Chuck Blackwell, James Burton), the Red Roosters, Roy Orbison, the Rolling Stones, the Toys, David McCallum, the Animals, Petula Clark, Yolanda White, Beach Boys, Barry McGuire, George Maharis, Melody Patterson, Frankie Randall, the Lettermen, Gary Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Hodges, British top ten, Carole Shelyne, the Yardbirds, Bobby Rydell, Jerry Naylor, Jay and the Americans, the Silkie, Lesley Gore, KRLA Tunedex.

November 20, 1965: To protest or not to protest?

In almost every article from this issue of the Beat the spectre of the protest song hangs in the air. The Beat asked Len Barry, this week's cover boy, they asked the Walker Brothers, they asked deejay Bob Eubanks, even Pete Seeger (who was perhaps most qualified to give an opinion). Ideas were wide ranging. Eubanks believed that politics didn't belong in pop music, while Seeger pointed out that even some church hymns could be interpreted as protests against something. Things were better than in the past, Seeger said, when "the charts were all moon and June".

The other big news was the death of "Shindig", the twice-weekly American pop music show. The Beat interviewed a number of entertainers including George Harrison, Jim McGuinn, Bobby Hatfield, and Howard Kaylan for their thoughts on the show's demise. Whether a victim of its own expansion, the loss of its guiding force (director Jack Good), competition from other similar shows on the air, their thoughts about "Shindig" were grim. Network executives were unsympathetic -- the show wasn't pulling in ratings and it had to go. But while it lasted "Shindig" provided a valuable platform for rising musicians of the day. PDF size 10.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 36.

Includes: Beatles skip Queen's show, "Why Shindig Died", Jim McGuinn, Barry McGuire, Johnny Tillotson, Elvis Presley, British top ten, Donovan, Sandie Shaw, Howard Kaylan, Rick Nelson, Donna Loren, Beatles, Len Barry, Ben E. King, the Merseybeats, Bobby Hatfield, Roy Head, Rolling Stones, the Silkie, P.F. Sloan, the Animals, Jimmy Dickens, Steve Douglas, Matt Monro, Marianne Faithfull, the Zombies, the McCoys, the Wellingtons, Ken Dodd, Chad Stuart, the Spokesmen, Bob Eubanks, Rick Nelson, Mamie Van Doren, Freddie & the Dreamers, Sonny & Cher, Sal Valention, Beau Brummels, Brenda Holloway, the Leaves, John Lennon, Marianne Faithfull, the Animals, the Wonder Who, the Supremes, James Brown, the Byrds, the Grass Roots, Donovan, the Walker Brothers, Herb Alpert, Shelly Fabares, Hermans Hermits, the Times, Pete Seeger, Peter & Gordon, film review "Red Line 7000" and "Marriage on the rocks", KRLA Tundex.

November 27, 1965: A "teenage revolution"?

Bob Feigel's interview with The Byrds reveals that they don't like being labeled "folk rock" musicians, and they seem split on the existence of any true "teenage revolution", but they admit that writing protest songs simply for commercial value is, in its own way, exploiting the genre---which is not their intent, it's worth noting.

The Beat reports on the success of the recent Rolling Stones concert tour and reveals a minor dust-up between the Stones and a "Juke Box Jury" participant who claimed he couldn't understand the words to their current hit, "Get Off My Cloud". The Beat helpfully offers the song's printed lyrics to its readership, a great boon to those of us who weren't "a bit deaf" but who couldn't understand them either.

Also in this week's Beat, an interview with with Dusty Springfield, The Knickerbockers (who had not yet released their chart topping "Lies"), an article about the Beatles cartoon series on Saturday mornings (which did not feature the actual voices of George and Ringo), and tips for conquering the language barrier when visiting England. PDF size 10.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 37.

Includes: Rolling Stones, Ian Whitcomb, Gene Pitney, Donovan, Barry McGuire, Bob Dylan, Roger Miller, James Brown, Billy Joe Royal, Sonny Bono, Elvis Presley, the Byrds, Hermans Hernits, the Yardbirds, Dusty Springfield, Joan Baez, the Wonder Who, the Rolling Stones, Hugo Montenegro, Roy Orbison, Charles Boyer, Jack Jones, Christy Minstrels, Jack Jones, the Fortunes, Dusty Springfield, Fredidie & the Dreamers, Ian Whitcomb, Johnny Hayes (KRLA deejay), Dino Desi & Billy, Rolling Stones, Herb Alpert and Bob Dana, Beach Boys, the Knickerbockers, Manfred Mann, the Yardbirds, Mick Jagger, Freddie & the Dreamers, Gene Pitney, Beach Boys, Beatles, Beau Brummels, film review "Dr. Goldfoot & the Bikini Machine", KRLA Tunedex.

December 04, 1965: Byrds flying high

The Byrds were in the top ten this week with "Turn, Turn, Turn" and for that reason were featured on the cover of the KRLA Beat. There's no accompanying feature story, unfortunately, although they're mentioned briefly in "On The Beat" where Jim McGuinn declared he didn't like the label "folk-rock" applied to the group.

Of interest to Beatles fans is an article on page 3 about John and George as children, recalled by John's Aunt Mimi and George's parents Harry and Louise. A short article on page 6 announces the formation of the Rising Sons with a very young Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. PDF size 13.6 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 38.

Includes: The Byrds, Dave Hull, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, John Lennon and George Harrison, Herman's Hermits, Joey Paige, Marshall Lieb, Eric Burdon, Sandie Shaw, the Byrds, Lulu, Herman's Hermits, Dave Clark, Mick Jagger, the Rising Sons, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Eric Burdon, Denny Provisor, Sonny & Cher and April Stevens & Nino Temple, Sean Connery, Jeremy Clyde, Charlie O'Donnell, Paul McCartney, the Leaves, Bob Dylan, the Lovin' Spoonful, Roger Miller, Roy Head, Dave Clark Five, P.F. Sloan, British top ten, KRLA Tunedex.

December 11, 1965: Vote early, vote often

Every year KRLA liked to poll its Beat readership for their favorite singers and groups. The final ballot was included with this issue. It was a clever way to explore readers' interests, the better to fine-tune editorial content.

This issue includes an interview with Paul McCartney's father Jim, who recalls Paul's childhood, an overview of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Mel Carter, Bud and Travis, and Chuck Berry, who was learning to diversify his act. I've been trying for years to find out whether the pre-adolescent group The Bantams was actually real or just an in-joke. I still don't know! PDF size 9.7 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 39.

Includes: Chad & Jeremy, Sonny & Cher, Righteous Brothers, Dick & DeeDee, Jan & Dean, Dave Clark Five, The Miracles, Mel Cartner, the Beatles, Supremes, Dean Martin, the Animals, Eric Burdon, Jim McCartney, Paul McCartney, Michael McCartney, The Escorts, Martha & the Vandellas, Fontella Bass, The Seekers, the Palace Guard, Len Barry, Keith Richard, Chuck Berry, Dave Hull, Dick MorelandApril Stevens & Nino Temple, Roy Orbison, Joshua Rifkin, Simon & Garfunkel, The Bantams, Ernie & the Emperors, Bud & Travis, the Yardbirds, George Maharis, Barry McGuire, Joey Paige, Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Noel Harrison, Vaughn Filkins, Bob Eubanks.

December 18, 1965: "Rubber Soul" debuts

A long article about the Rolling Stones' autumn tour dominates this issue, with reporter Louise Criscione noting that in Boston the Stones actually drew more crowds (and money) than the Beatles had done the last time they toured that city. Meanwhile the release of "Rubber Soul" by the Beatles apparently so overwhelmed the Beat staff than no one could say anything about it.

The Beat also covers the Everly Brothers' tour of the UK and speculates whether San Francisco is becoming a kind of Liverpool with its notable new hitmakers like We Five, the Beau Brummels, The Grass Roots, the Mojo Men, and the Vejtables. Not sure about the longevity of the last group though. PDF size 9.1 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 40.

Includes: Beatles, Dave Hull, the Who, the Knickerbockers, the Rolling Stones, the Association, Kinks, Sonny & Cher, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Barry McGuire, Manfred Mann, Andrew Loog Oldham, Marianne Faithfull, Matt Munro, Tony Bennet, Andy Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Roy Head, Dustry Springfield, the Everly Brothers, Cilla Black, Eric Burdon, the Apollos, Peter & Gordon, We Five, Mojo Men, Grass Roots, Vejtables, Beau Brummels, Dave Hull, Beverly Bivens, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Toys, Gene Pitney, Sonny & Cher, Tom Jones, Andrew Oldham, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, the Fortunes, David Troy, Bob Dylan, Statler Brothers, Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Liberace, Louis Armstrong, Sean Connery, Turtles, Bill Slater, Gene Clark.

December 25, 1965: From the stars to you

This Christmas issue of the KRLA Beat included holiday greetings from all the chart-toppers of the era as well as regular news and interviews, one with the new San Francisco band The Great Society. Their new record "Someone To Love" featured the vocals of drummer Jerry Slick's wife, Grace. The song had a second life as "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane, also sung by Grace Slick, who had switched groups by 1966.

The Beat also interviewed Marvin Gaye, who discusses the Beatles, protest songs, and his own songwriting. Other articles cover Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, and filming of the second T.A.M.I. show. PDF size 9.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 41.

Includes: Beatles, Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Billy Joe Royal, Rick Nelson, Brian Wilson, Joey Paige, Jimmy O'Neilll, Jan & Dean, the Righteous Brothers, Johnny Rivers, the Animals the Byrds, Sonny & Cher, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Barry McGuire, Beach Boys, Tom Jones, Shangri-Las, Dave Clark Five, Noel Harrison, Chad & Jeremy, Marvin Gaye, the Great Society, Brian Jones, Walker Brothers, Ringo Star, John Lennon, David Crosby, Jim McGuinn, Donovan, Jordan Christopher, Len Barry, Silkie, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Dick & DeeDee, P.F. Sloan, Dave Hull, Bob Eubanks, Bill Slater, Charlie O'Donnell, Casey Kasem, Dick Biondi, Tim Morgon, Elvis Presley, Tommy Steele, Lovin' Spoonful, Joan Baez, Petula Clark, Newbeats, P.J. Proby, Barbara Eden, Ken Dodd, the Hideaways.

January 01, 1966: Everyone wins!

The KRLA Beat reveals the winners of its first annual pop music awards at a special show at Dave Hull's Hullabaloo Club. You'll find a list of the winners and voluminous photos from the festive evening in this issue.

Coverage of other pop music news includes stories on Joan Baez, the Rascals, the Challengers, P.J. Proby, Mason Williams (who had yet to record and release his future hit "Classical Gas"), and The Rising Sons. The Beat also discusses the British version of the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album, which contained two more songs than the American version of the LP. PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 42.

Includes: 1st Annual Pop Music Awards, Sonny & Cher, Beatles, Supremes, Beau Brummels, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Herb Alpert, Deep Six, Vogues, Glen Campbell, Brenda Holloway, Joel Paige, Jerry naylor, Knickerbockers, April Stevens & Nino Temple, Gary Lewis, Ian Whitcomb, Donna Loren, Lou Christie, Linda Scott, Marc Gordon, Evie Sands, Chad Stuart, Bees, Bill Dana, Sally Field, Gary Lewis, Barry McGuire, Robert Vaughn, Billy Joe Royal, Mason Williams, Noel Harrison, the Animals, Dave Rowberry, Walter Shenson, Brian Jones, the McCoys, Yadbirds, Keith Relf, Byrds, George Harrison, Dave Hull, Charle O'Donnell, Gary Bookasta, Dick Moreland, Dick & DeeDee, Palace Guard, Johnny Hayes, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Georgie Fame, Jackie Lewis, Chad & Jeremy, Vejtables, Righteous Brothers, Pete Best, Joan Baez, P.J. Proby, Challengers, Petula Clark, Statler Brothers, Rascals, Donovan, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, Rising Sons, Jesse Lee Kincaid, Gary Marker, Ry Cooder, Kevin Kelly.

January 08, 1966: Stones in action

There are five full pages of Rolling Stones coverage in this week's KRLA Beat. In a press interview Mick Jagger is adamant that the group would be filming "Back, Behind, And In Front", a non-singing movie in which they'd all star. When asked whether they'd be receiving MBEs like the Beatles, Brian Jones mentioned that their obscenity conviction in England would make it an unlikely eventuality.

Other stories in this issue include the Bobby Fuller Four, who had recorded a KRLA promotional album, "KRLA King Of The Wheels", the Beach Boys search for a movie script, an introduction to The Who, and a review of Lou Christie's career. PDF size 8.8 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 43.

Includes: Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones, Roger Miller, Byrds, Beatles, David MCCallum, Bobby Fuller Four, Nino Temple, Evie Sands, Dave Hull, Four Seasons, Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass, Eric Burdon, Chas Chandler, Animals, Marianne Faithfull, Alfred Lennon, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Paul & Barry Ryan, Dick Clark, Chad Stuart, Joey paige, Dusty Springfield, Charlie Watts, TOm Jones, Lulu, Bob Dylan, the Who, Beach Boys, Lou Christie, Vogues, Black Sheep.

January 15, 1966: "No pants can ever hold me"

No, it wasn't Tom Jones who said that. Houston-born P.J. Proby finally figured out how to forge a successful career and simultaneously thrill his mostly-female audiences by wearing velvet pants that had a curious propensity to split mid-performance. It wasn't his fault, he claimed, it was the fabric, honest! Of course it kept happening during every show....

The Beatles "Rubber Soul" had just earned the group a gold record by generating one million dollars in just one day. In this issue the KRLA Beat offered an explanation of how an LP was certified gold by the R.I.A.A.The Beat also covers several artists just launching their careers, including Evie Sands (her hit "Take Me For A Little While" was much later covered by Dave Edmunds), Glen Campbell, who had not yet had a hit record, and a very young-looking Simon & Garfunkel, whose "Sounds of Silence" was still in the top ten. PDF size 10.3 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 44.

Includes: Tom Jones, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Sonny & Cher, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Adam Faith, Fontella Bass, Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles, Gene Pitney, Len Barry, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Roy Head, Clyde McPhatter, Irma Thomas, Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, Marianne Faithfull, the McCoys, Yardbirds, David & Jonathan, Mick Jagger, Chris Jagger, Evie Sands, New Christy Minstrels, P.J. Proby, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Walker Brothers, Changing Times, Deep Six, Barry McGuire, Matt Monro, Little Stevie Wonder, Lulu Porter, Bees, Charles Boyer, Chris Clark, Toys, Simon & Garfunkel, the Atlantics, Freddie & the Dreamers, Dusty Springfield, Four Seasons, Dave Hull, Radio London, Bob Dylan, Mel Carter, Joe & Eddie, Supremes, Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell, Ian Whitcomb, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Addams Family Ted Williams, Kingston Trio, Lovin' Spoonful.

January 22, 1966: "I'm just an entertainer"

Several long articles on Bob Dylan, plus a number of pictures taken by KRLA Beat photographers, make this more or less a Dylan issue. He was so young then....

Also covered are the Rolling Stones, who were vacationing after a hectic period of touring, plus a story on the Beatles looking for a third movie script, which they never found (eventually "Yellow Submarine" would fulfill their three-film contractual obligation to United Artists). Two singers with the same surname are highlighted, Tom Jones and Jack Jones, the Four Seasons tape a TV show, and Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs change their look. PDF size 9.8 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 45.

Includes: Bob Dylan, Roling Stones, Beatles, Tom Jones, the Wellingtons, Shindig, Four Seasons, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher Herman's Hermits, Brian Epstein, Dave Clark, Ed Sullivan, the Remains, Supremes, Len Barry, Charlie Watts, Mell Hall, Dave Hull, Jack Jones, Walker Brothers, Twinkle, Billy J. Kramer, Phil SPector, Bill Medley, Dave Clark Five, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Jay & the Americans, Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield, Brenda Lee, Kenn Dodd, Mrs. Harold Wilson, Peter Sellers, Harve Presnell, Louis Armstrong

January 29, 1966: LP's are happenin'

The music universe was beginning to change in subtle ways during the Beat's brief publishing life. One of those changes involved the growing importance of record albums over singles (45rpm records), and in this issue the Beat noted how album charts differed from the typical top thirty lists -- for instance, it took six to twelve weeks for an LP to reach the top of the album charts, hence "Rubber Soul" was just beginning its climb. Of the Beatles' previous eight American album releases, all had reached Number 1.

The Yardbirds were in town this month and the Beat covered their arrival, performances, and appearance at an industry party thrown by producer Kim Fowley. Also in the news were Simon and Garfunkel, whose rocked-up hit version of "Sounds of Silence" was released by their label without their knowledge or approval; Sonny and Cher; Stevie Wonder (no longer "Little"); "Elusive Butterfly" composer and singer Bob Lind; and seventeen year old actor Barry Gordon. PDF size 10.6 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 46.

Includes: Sonny & Cher, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith, Yardbirds, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Brian Epstein, Beatles, Supremes, Byrds, Kinks, the Who, Dave Davies, Dave Clark Five, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, Supremes, Diana Ross, Brian Jones, Animals, Chad & Jeremy, Dave Hull, Shebang, Casey Kasem, Liverpool Five, Ian Whitcomb, Simon & Garfunkel, Beau Brummels, Lesley Gore, Charlie Greene, Brian Stone, Bob Lind, Francoise Hardy, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Germini 6, Gemini 7, Gary Lewis, Five Americans, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Barry Gordon, Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman, "A Patch of Blue".

February 05, 1966: Holy Batmania!

Mostly recovered from its disappointment over the cancelling of the TV show "Shindig", the Beat reviewed its replacement, "Batman", a campy treatment of the comic book character. The show was a surprise hit and KRLA jumped on the bandwagon, issuing souvenir photos and club memberships for fans of the Caped Crusader (played by Adam West, interviewed in this issue) and his loyal sidekick Robin (played by Burt Ward).

This week's Beat notes that the Stones were scheduled to come to town to record the soundtrack for their upcoming movie (they seemed to plan a lot of movies that were never made), and interviewed Sonny and Cher, the Fortunes, and the Yardbirds. I'll bet you've never heard of the Nooney Rickett Four. They'd been on the scene since 1965, had been in a couple "beach party" films, done a "Shindig" appearance or two, and just never seemed to break into the big time. Maybe if they'd been British and had started making the rounds a couple years earlier.... PDF size 10.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 47.

Includes: Batman, Adam West, Burt Ward, Rolling Stones, Beau Brummels, Ron Elliott, Ringo Starr, Beatles, Brian Epstein, the Fortunes, the Nooney Rickett Four, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Tom Jones, Ray Davies, Kinks, Sonny & Cher, Jackie Lee, David McCallum, John Lennon, Byrds, the Troubador, Doug Weston, New Christy Minstrels, Jim McGuinn, the Vogues, Charlie O'Donnell, Yardbirds, Kingsmen, Billy Joe Royal.

February 12, 1966: Wedding Bells for a Beatle

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd pulled off a nice coup by getting married without alerting the press until half an hour after the ceremony. This issue of the KRLA Beat includes several stories about the wedding, one from Tony Barrow, plus photos of the happy couple.

The Beat also covers UK's twin singers, Paul & Barry Ryan, who remained unknown in the USA, plus the Walker Brothers, Bobby Vinton, the Young Rascals, and a session group called the T-Bones, best known for their 1965 hit "No Matter What Shape", but whose earlier release, "That's Where It's At", had been appropriated by KRLA for a new set of on-air jingles. PDF size 14 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 48.

Includes: George Harrison, Patti Boyd, Ton Barrow, Dave Hull, Adam West, Jane Asher, Paul McCartney, Paul & Barry Ryan, The Who, Fontella Bass, Donovan, Turtles, Walter Shenson, Human Beings, Patti LaBelle & Her Bluebelles, Mick Jagger, Liverpool Five, Ken Cox, Walker Brothers, John Lennon, Bobby Vinton, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Dave Clark Five, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Jones, Ray Peterson, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Bill Medley, Sonny & Cher, P.F. Sloan, Yardbirds, Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Palace Guard, Dave Hull, Hullabaloo, Bob Eubanks, Johnny Hayes, Kinks, Wild Affair, Young Rascals, Bantams, Dino Desi & Billy, Freddie Cannon, Dave Clark, Keith Allison, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, T-Bones, Mike Douglas, Roger Miller, Petula Clark, Byrds, "The Big T.N.T. Show".

February 19, 1966: The Stones on film

Though the Rolling Stones were perpetually reported to be making a full-length feature movie, nothing ever emerged from their many false starts. "Charlie Is My Darling", on the other hand, was filmed by Peter Whitehead during the Stones' 1965 tour of Ireland and was intended for viewing on British television. This week's Beat reported that negotiations were underway to find an American network interested in airing the hour-long film sometime that spring.

Whitehead was known in the London music and poetry scene, having made "Wholly Communion" (with Beat poets Allan Ginsburg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and "The War Game", an imaginary look at a nuclear attack on London. "Charlie" had something of a Maysles Brothers or Richard Letster cinéma vérité effect, and captured early Stones fans waxing rhapsodic in beautiful black-and-white. The film's rights have been tied up for years, alas, so good-quality prints are few and far between.

This issue also included two in-depth articles on a well-known Beatle (Ringo) and a lesser-known one (Stuart Sutcliffe), plus coverage of the Mamas and the Papas, Barbra Streisand, Chris Montez, Bob Lind, guitarist Randy Sparks, and jazzman Bud Shank, who explained that the Beatles got everything so right with their music because they didn't know what they were doing. PDF size 10.7 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 49.

Includes: Brian Jones, Brian Epstein, "Charlie Is My Darling", Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Beatles, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Chris Montez, Bob Lind, Barbra Streisand, George Harrison, Patti Boyd, Righteous Brothers, Kinks, Walker Brothers, Nancy Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, Barry McGuire, Jeremy Clyde, Chad & Jeremy, Bud Shank, Animals, Dave Rowberry, James Brown, Casey Kasem, Dave Hull, Bob Eubanks, Sam Yorty, Bobby Fuller, Mamas & Papas, Stuart Sutcliffe, Turtles, Bill Haley, Spencer Davis Group, Joe Tex, Buffy Sainte-Marie, "That Darn Cat", Roddy McDowall, Haley Mills, Dorothy Provine, Dean Jones

February 26, 1966: Have boots, will travel

Nancy Sinatra had been trying to break into pop music for almost ten years when her single "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" unexpectedly paved the way to the top of the charts, American and British. Nancy and her entire family are highlighted in this issue, along with articles on the Supremes, the Beatles, John Lennon versus Bob Dylan, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, and the Hollies.

KRLA fans may notice a photo of the elusive deejay Sie Holliday accompanying the "Inside KRLA" column. Sie (pronounced Sigh) was the only female deejay in the Los Angeles during the early 1960s and KRLA was very proud to have her on board. PDF size 13.3 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 50.

Includes: Supremes, Beatles, Batman, Adam West, Burt Ward,, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Seekers, Silkie, Mike Smith, Dave Clark Five, Tony Hicks, Hollies, Georgie Fame, Cilla Black, Bobby Willis, Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Vine Hill, Elmer Berntstein, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Nurk Twins, Freddie & the Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, Knickerbockers, Kinks, Dave Clark Five, Fortunes, Marianne Faithfull, Len Barry, Hollies, Marquee Club, Manfred Mann, Paul Jones, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Jim Steck, Jack Warner, Sie Holliday, Turtles, Henry Mancini, Frankie Avalon, Chad Mitchell, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Graham Nash, Barry Sadler, Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, "The Slender Thread".

March 05, 1966: The Beat talks, MGM listens

Some folks don't remember how regularly Herman's Hermits were on the U.S. charts during the 1960s. They were one of the more popular U.K. imports, and in this cover story the Beat reveals that one of its own reporters was elemental in convincing their label, MGM, to release "Listen People" as a single.

Tony Barrow provides some insight into the U.K. concert scene, where the big groups like the Beatles or Stones coud still create excitement but other acts were having trouble turning a profit. This week's Beat also offers interviews with David McCallum, George Chakiris, and Bill Cosby. PDF size 11 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 51.

Includes: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Walker Brothers, Howard Kalan, Turtles, Jerry Naylor, Byrds, Righteous Brothers, Keith Richard, Gene Clark, Frank Sinatra, Brian Jones, Allen Klein, Nancy Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Frankie Valli, Paul Revere & the Raiders, David McCallum, Noel Harrison, Brian Epstein, Elvis Presley, Nanacy Sinatr, Larry Marks, Lou Christie, .J.Proby, George Chakiris, Lew Irwin, Petula Clark, the Who, Bill Cosby, Robert Vaughn,Bobby Goldsboro, Simon & Garfunkel, Joey Paige, Ian Whitcomb, Mel Carter, the Bees, Chad Stuart, Spencer Davis Group, Kingsmen, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold".

March 12, 1966: Only one Beatle left!

The situation wasn't really that dire. The Beat was merely alerting its readership to the fact that three Beatles were married, leaving Paul McCartney the only unattached (so to speak) Beatle. Even George admitted feeling sorry that Paul was left alone to deal with the inevitable questions from the press and fans.

This week's Beat has two articles on the Byrds, one written by three fans who got a chance to talk to Gene Clark and Jim McGuinn, one by Beat reporter Kimmi Kobashigawa, who interviewed David Crosby. And if you ever wanted to have a hit record, the Beat offers some helpful suggestions. PDF size 10.2 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 1 No. 52.

Includes: Ringo Starr, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Keith Richard, Jane Asher, Patti Boyd, George Harrison, Rolling Stones, Keith Richard, Supremes, Dave Clark Five, Hollies, Len Barry, Danny Hutton, Johnny Rivers, Beauchemins, Al Martino, Walker Brothers, Lettermen, David McCallum, Jackie Lee, Burt Ward,Charlie O'Donnell, Bob Eubanks, Mason Williams, John Barrett, Byrds, Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cher, Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon, Freddy Cannon, "Harper", Paul Newman, Pamela Tiffin.

March 19, 1966: ¡Ole!

Herb Alpert's pop-music career was almost ten years old when the Beat chose him for their cover story, though he'd been playing trumpet since he was a teenager. Cowriter for songs like Jan & Dean's "Baby Talk" and Sam Cook's "Wonderful World", Alpert had a string of his own hits with the Tijuana Brass, starting with "The Lonely Bull" in 1962. Despite his band's name, no one in the group was actually from Tijuana. Alpert used to describe the make-up of his band as "Three pastramis, two bagels, and an American cheese".

Peter & Gordon were enjoying one of th bigger hits of their career with the release of "Woman", a song the Beat claims came to them from "some unknown but certainly talented songwriter" called Bernard Webb. It didn't take very long for the fellow's cover to be blown. It was actually written by Paul McCartney as a favor for his then-girlfriend's brother Peter Asher, one half of the duo. Paul later claimed he tried the experiment just to see whether he could write a hit record anonymously. I guess it worked! PDF size 10.2 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 1.

Includes: P.J. Proby, Rolling Stones, Tony Barrow, Dave Berry, David & Jonathan, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Tom Jones, The Action, Donovan, Cilla Black, Cavern Club, Beatles, Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass, David McCallum, Animals, John Steel, Chrissie Shrimpton, Herman's Hermits, Cilla Black, Dionne Warwick, Len Barry, Wayne Fontana, Eric Burdon, Sonny & Cher, Roger Miller, Elvis Presley, Paris Sisters, Casey Kasem, Charles Christy, Charlie O'Donnell, Roy Orbison, Walker Brothers, Tammi Terell, Spencer Davis Group, Peter & Gordon, Dave Clark Five, Jane Asher, Marianne Faithfull, Supremes, Pat Boone, Barry Sadler, Johnny Cash, Mary Travers, Simon & Garfunkel, "Battle of the Bulge".

March 26, 1966: The latest "in" thing

The cover story involves the Mamas & the Papas, whose "California Dreamin'" was number one on the KRLA Tunedex. This issue also includes a lengthy article by Tony Barrow on the future of the Beatles' film aspirations plus an interview with Walter Shenson, who produced both "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!".

The Beat also looks into the U.S. Army's special unit, the Green Berets, about whom a song was currently in the pop charts, the Walker Brothers (who were not really brothers), Paul & Barry Ryan (who really were brothers), Nancy Sinatra, and the Temptations. PDF size 10.6 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 2.

Includes: Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, Tony Barrow, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Barry McGuire, Len Barry, Jefferson Airplane, Ventures, Supremes, Simon & Garfunkel, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Donovan, Knickerbockers, Petula Clark, Vic Dana, Frank Sinatra, Jackie DeShannon, Bobby Vee, Bobby Rydell, Rolling Stones, Tony Barrow, George Harrison, Patti Boyd, Walter Shenson, Ron Stender, Barry Sadler, Terry Dene, Dave Hull, Sonny Bono, Cher, Johnny Cash, Bob Eubanks, Walker Brothers, Byrds, Herman's Hermits, Gene Clark, Herb Alpert, Young Rascals, Marvin Gaye, Nancy Sinatra, Joe Long, The Four Seasons, Paul & Barry Ryan, Mamas & Papas, Temptations

April 02, 1966: "Pop Lennon vs. Lennon pop"

It really wasn't much of an issue, though some feathers were ruffled at the time when Alfred Lennon, John Lennon's father, decided to record and release his own single. Titled "That's My Life (My Love and My Home" and released on Pye Records in the UK, it didn't exactly threaten the Beatles' standing in the charts.

Tony Barrow has a couple of columns in the beat, his regular "Hotline London" and "Pop News From The London Scene". The Beat tags along on a trip with the Beach Boys to the San Diego Zoo (the Beat's photos look a lot like the ones used on the "Pet Sounds" LP). You'll also read about Ray Charles, the Turtles, Brenda Lee, Jerry Naylor, and Johnny Cash. PDF size 10 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 3.

Includes: John Lennon, Tony Barrow, Keith Relf, Brian Epstein, Byrds, Yardbirds, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Alfred Freddie Lennon,the Truth, Paul McCartney, Jeff Cooper, Joan Baez, Tom Jones, Bill Wyman, Rolling Stones, Keith Richard, Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass, Knickerbockers, Keith Moon, The Who, Jeff Beck, Beach Boys, the Bachelors, Lovin' Spoonful, Ray Charles, Simon & Garfunkel, Phil Spector, Merv Griffin, Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis Group, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Kinks, Ray Davies, Tommy Steele, Herman's Hermits, Jerry Naylor, Jonathan King, Jamie McClusky III, the Lettermen, Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Turtles, Brenda Lee, Jerry Van Dyke, Johnny Cash, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Supremes.

April 09, 1966: No tux for Sonny

The universe in general seemed to care very little what Sonny Bono wore but the Beat was captivated by the subject. They refused to let it rest until 1967 when Sonny & Cher traveled to the Vatican to meet the Pope, at which event Sonny finally wore a formal suit. And by that time everyone was dressing a little funny, so Sonny's sartorial selections fit right in with the "in" crowd.

The cover story for this week's Beat involves the Supremes, who had just been honored by the U.S. Army for contributions to the Motown sound. This issue also includes an interview with the Kinks, a review of the Grammys, Tony Barrow's "Hotline London" column, and an overview of Beatles happenings. PDF size 9.9 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 4.

Includes: Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Keith Relf, Yardbirds, David McCallum, Sonny & Cher, Supremes, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel, Beatles, Peter & Gordon, Brian Epstein, Hank Williams, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Tom Jones, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Freddie Lennon, Hilton Valentine, Frank Sinatra, Richard Burton, Peter None, Herman's Hermits, George Martin, David and Jonathan, Lonnie Donegan, Bill Haley & the Comets, Spider Korner, Kinks, Pete Quaife, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Righteous Brothers, Petula Clark, Tony Hatch, Dave Clark Five, John Lennon, Herb Alpert, Lainie Kazan, Louis Armstrong, Mort Sahl, Molly Bee, Bill Dana, Jerry Lewis, Jody Miller, Frankie Randall, Joanie Sommers, Paris Sisters, Jackie DeShannon, Jerry Naylor, Brian Jones, Rolling Stones, Joey Paige, Dick Biondi, Temptations, Cliff Richard, Mick Jagger, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, Small Faces, Paul McCartney, Graham Nash, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Fourmost, Billy J. Kramer, Nancy Sinatra, the Poppies, Shebang, Dick Moreland, Casey Kasem, Mel Carter, Steve Alaimo, Bobby Goldsboro, "Frankie and Johnny"

April 16, 1966: A secret revealed

Paul McCartney confessed: he really was "Bernard Webb", the composer of Peter & Gordon's hit record "Woman". Paul and music publisher Dick James had made up an elaborate story about Webb, allegedly a songwriter from Leeds who had sent the song to the Beatles for their consideration, then disappeared to Paris on his way to the Swiss Alps. No secret was safe from Tony Barrow!

The KRLA Beat's cover story involved the Righteous Brothers' new hit "Soul And Inspiration", produced by Bill Medley himself after a disagreement with their previous producer, Phil Spector. The Beat also interviews Martha and the Vandellas, Norma Tanega (a "sort of but not really" folk singer), and a very young Jefferson Airplane, here with Signe Anderson in the lead-singer role prior to the arrival of Grace Slick. There was also a half-page memorial to Jim Washburne, a former KRLA deejay who had recently died in a car accident. Jim hadn't worked for the station for three years but KRLA remembered him fondly. PDF size 9.9 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 5.

Includes: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Bernard Webb, Paul McCartney, Tony Barrow, Righteous Brothers, Shebang, Casey Kasem, Peter & Gordon, Chad & Jeremy, Association, Sunrays, Elvis Presley, Martha & the Vandellas, Norma Tanega, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Dick Clark, Yardbirds, Spencer Davis Group, Small Faces, Billy J. Kramer, Mindbenders, Moody Blues, Marianne Faithfull, Paul & Barry Ryan, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Keith Richard, Peter Noone, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Herb Alpert, Sonny & Cher, Ray Davies, Kinks, Ronny Weiss "Mouse", Paul Revere & the Raiders, Bob Dylan, Dick Biondi, Johnny Rivers, Mike Doyle, Jefferson Airplane, Hideaways, Cavern Club, John Lennon, Steve Barri, P.F. Sloan, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, "Dr. Zhivago", "The Group"

April 23, 1966: Speaking of hair....

This week the Beat interviewed members of the Beau Brummels, the San Francisco group who scored in 1965 with two solid hits, "Laugh, Laugh" at Number 15 and "Just A Little", even bigger at Number 8 nationally. The group lineup shifted a bit in 1966 to accommodate composer Ron Elliott's uncertain health, but they were regulars on the concert circuit during the mid-1960s. At the time of this issue the Brummels were appearing at the Whisky-A-Go-Go with the Grass Roots.

The Beat also (again) tried to stir up the controversy over long hair with another article exploring the disparate opinions of Youth Today vs. Oldsters. Not surprisingly, pop stars tended to like the flowing tonsorial look, and Bob Dylan helpfully pointed out that long hair kept you warmer. Also in this issue: Sonny and Cher, Dionne Warwick, the Supremes, the Young Rascals, Joe Tex, and a visit to the set of the TV series "Batman". PDF size 10.2 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 6.

Includes: Roy Orbison, Walker Brothers, Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert, Them, Bob Lind, Young Rascals, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Rolling Stones, Andrew Oldham, Murray the K, Peter Noone, Lovin' Spoonful, Beatles, Marianne Faithfull, Paul McCartney, Dionne Warwick, Supremes, Joe Tex, the Toggs, Beau Brummels, Muddy Waters, Donovan, Bobby Fuller Four, Dick Biondi, John Barrett, Jim Washburne, Marcus & Carl, Batman, Adam West, Burt Ward, Gerry Marsden, "Stop The World--I want To Get Off", Tony Tanner, Millicent Martin.

April 30, 1966: Becoming a reality

With the Mamas and the Papas' finally career taking off, the KRLA Beat offered a two-page essay on the group's origins, much of which will sound familiar to fans of their song "Creeque Alley". The handwritten lyrics to "Monday, Monday" are a nice bonus. But local fans who had hoped to see them at the Hullabaloo Club must have been disappointed. The Beat also reported that Dunhill Records recently pulled the Mamas and the Papas from a show over a dispute involving the sale of unauthorized discount tickets.

1966 was a banner year for Brian Wilson's exploration of new production techniques and in this issue he discussed his theories in detail. The Beat also offers another in a series of articles explaining why no one was really "getting" the genius of P.J. Proby---this time, audiences were too young to fully appreciate his range of talent. Other coverage includes Chad and Jeremy (hopping mad at the Beat for suggesting that they were draft dodgers), Donovan (who dismissed being labeled a folk singer), Johnny Rivers, Them, the Astronauts, and Hedgehoppers Anonymous. PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 7.

Includes: Herb Alpert, Hubert Humphrey, Beatles, Chad & Jeremy, Donovan, Young Rascals, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers, Peter & Gordon, Paul McCartney, Shadows of Knight, Rolling Stones, Jane Asher, Mamas & papas, Them, Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, P.J. Proby, Don Ho, Dick Biondi, Stan Major, Dave Hull, Beau Brummels, Don Adams, Barry McGuire, John Lennon, Yardbirds, Bob Lind Astronauts, Righteous Brothers, Hedgehoppers Anonymous, Kingsmen, Courtsmen

May 07, 1966: Chasing Beatle rumors

Tony Barrow confirmed part of a rumor for Beat readers. The Beatles were considering recording in an American studio, possibly in Memphis, but there would be no time for it during their 1966 U.S. tour. George and Paul told Barrow they'd look forward to it at some point, George Martin seemed amenable, but it wasn't meant to be, unfortunately. Barrow noted that the group was hard at work in London, recording what was later to become "Revolver".

Things you wouldn't know unless you read the KRLA Beat: the Rolling Stones wanted to call their new album "Could You Walk On The Water?" but this was abandoned in favor of "Aftermath", for reasons unknown. The Beat also covers the Rascals, the Yardbirds, Petula Clark, and the Shadows of Knight. PDF size 9.6 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 8.

Includes: Young Rascals, Phil Spector, Righteous Brothers, Paul McCartney, Brian Epstein, Cilla Black, Ed Sullivan, Tonny Barrow, Yardbirds, Beatles London Fan Club, Sonny Bono, Chad & Jeremy, Petula Clark, Herb Alpert, New Christy Minstrels Beach Boys, John Lennon, Walker Brothers, Kinks, Bob Dylan, Radio London, Eddie Cochran, Manfred Mann, David & Jonathan, Sounds Incorporated, Peter & Gordon, Rolling Stones, Hullabaloo Club, Paul Peterson, Jerry Naylor, Palace Guard, Dick Biondi, the Bachelors, Shadows of Knight, Everly Brothers, Dean Martin, "The Silencers".

May 14, 1966: Sonny and Cher go to the movies

In the pop music business making a film seemed the inevitable next step for most groups and Sonny and Cher, after dominating the pop charts for a year, were ready for their close-up. The nearly unknown director William Friedken, who whould later direct "The Exorcist", "The French Connection", and "The Sorcerer", was hired to direct the duo in 'Good Times", their cinematic debut. It was released in 1967 to nearly universal derision.

In the news was Jeff Beck, who was taken ill with suspected meningitis during a concert in Marseilles and had to leave the Yardbirds' tour. Tony Barrow discussed the U.K. television industry's possible ban on lip-synching during live TV shows. And Mustang Records (for whom the Bobby Fuller Four also recorded) took out a full-page ad for a release by a band called Opus I, "Back Seat '38 Dodge". The title of the song was the same as a controversial sculpture by Ed Kienholz, which had just debuted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This was Opus I's only release, a song that one of the band members described as the "last real surf record and the beginning of punk". PDF size 9.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 9.

Includes: Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, Bob Lind, P.J. Proby, Sonny & Cher, Mick Jagger, Mindbenders, Herman's Hermits, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Young Rascals, Bobby Rydell, the Leaves, Shadows of Knight, Maxine Brown, Dave Hull, Tony Barrow, Brian Epstein, Walter Shenson, Beatles, Shirley Bassey, Hollies, Smothers Brothers.

May 21, 1966: Deep and high

Back in the golden days when Phil Spector was merely a quirky but brilliant record producer, Ike and Tina Turner were set for another hit record with Spector at the helm. This week's Beat investigates the Turners' career from their earliest days in St. Louis to their current success on the pop charts. "River Deep, Mountain High" was a disappointment in the U.S. though, reaching only Number 88, but it was Number 3 in the U.K.

This week's Beat also covers the Young Rascals, the Association, the Knickerbockers, Jimmy Soul, the Righteous Brothers, and a special interview with Ringo Starr. PDF size 10 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 10.

Includes: Young Rascals, Beatles, the Association, Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, Lou Christie, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Tillotson, Mitch Ryder, Riighteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, Knickerbockers, Phil Spector, Mrs. Elva Miller, Ringo Starr, Tim Morgon, Joey Paige, Norma tanega, Simon & Garfunkel, the Animals, the Outsiders, John English, Sunrays, Dino Desi & Billy, Jimmy Smith, "Promise Her Anything"

May 28, 1966: A Happening!

Andy Warhol arrived in Los Angeles with the Velvet Underground and Nico, plus "light shows and curious movies" for an engagement at The Trip, a nightclub on Sunset Blvd. The tour was called The Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Some of the more conventional moments of the "happening" were offered in a photo montage in this week's KRLA Beat. Frank Zappa was the opening act for the event. Local press (excluding the Beat) gave the happening a thumbs-down, and after just three days of what was to have been a two-week engagement the nightclub was shut down for "disturbing the peace".

The Beat also covered favorites such as the Beau Brummels, the Hollies, Sonny and Cher, Herman's Hermits, and offers an essay on recent changes in British music, films, and TV shows. An interview with Little Richard is a must-read! PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 11.

Includes: British Invasion, Beau Brummels, Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, John Philips, Velvet Underground, Tony Hicks, Hollies, Rolling Stones, Nico, Andrew Loog Oldham, Bobby Fuller Four, Beatles, Searchers, Christ Curtis, Keith Richard, Brian Wilson, the Hideaways, Sonny & Cher, Barry Sadler, Bob Lind, Bob Dylan, Yardbirds, Dusty Springfield, P.F. Sloan, james Brown, Grass Roots, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull, Casey Kasem, Screaming Lord Sutch, Petula Clark, Matt Monro, barry McGuire, Outsiders, Andy Warhol, Plastic Inevitable, Little Richard, Frank Sinatra, "Thunderball", Sean Connery

June 04, 1966: Sorry, folks, no sitar

Tony Barrow reveals that the upcoming new Beatles single ("Paperback Writer"/"Rain") is "packed with technical specialties" that should delight Beatles fans, even if there is no sitar in the mix. And the Rolling Stones managed to procure a payment of a million dollars for their first feature film, to be adapted from the British novel "Only Lovers Left Alive". Wonder whether they had to give the money back when the film wasn't made?

The Beat also looks at the "writer's revolution" driving pop-music's composers, two groups who released the same single (The Remains and Captain Beefheart), a possible comeback by The Tokens, and an overview of Roy Orbison's career. PDF size 10.7 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 12.

Includes: Beatles, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Them, The Tokens, Keith Richard, Bob Dylan, John Sebastian, the Animals, Petula Clark, Herman's Hermits, Yardbirds, Dave Clark Five, the Animals, the Hollies, Tom Jones, Robert Poore, Little Richard, Johnny Rivers, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Bob Lind, John Phillips, Mamas & Papas, Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, The Trip club, Josh White, Noel Harrison, the Bachelors, the Remains, Captain Beefheart, Tom Beck, Roy Orbison, "Night of the Grizzly".

June 11, 1966: Brian Wilson's Toys

With a backwards glance toward the childhood that never was, Brian Wilson discusses finding a Hollywood toy salesman who's only too happy to indulge his client's interest in playthings. It's a lost opportunity for those who hoped that Brian might have disussed musical contraptions instead.

Also in this issue: an interview with Eric Burdon and Mick Jagger, the Beau Brummels are sued, the Yardbirds are not changing their image, articles on Dusty Springfield and Lesley Gore, plus various and sundry topics of interest to pop fans. PDF size 12.3 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 13.

Includes: Beau Brummels, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Eric Burdon, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Ringo Star, Zal Yanovsky, Johnny Rivers, Mick Jagger, Herb Alpert, Andrew Oldham, Keith Richard, Smothers Brothers, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watt, Brian Jones, Keith Richard, Percy Sledge, Lovin' Spoonful, Roy Orbison, Blood Brothers, Charlie O'Donnell, John Barrett, Barry Mann, Cynthia Mann, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Donna Loren, Frankie Laine, Paul McCartney, Beatles, Roy hammond, Cilla Black, Mindbenders, Norma Tanega, Gene Pitney, Zak Starkey, Barbra Streisand, The Troggs, Wayne Fontana, Brian Epstein, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Dusty Springfield, Mrs. Miller, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Walker Brothers, Tijuana Brass, Otis Redding, Shadows of Knight, Them, Jan Berry, Jan & Dean, Sonny & Cher, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Swinging Medallions, Ray Charles, Carolyn Hester, Bobby Fuller Four.

June 18, 1966: It's no place to play

Jan Berry of Jan & Dean was driving his sports car a few miles away from the legendary Dead Man's Curve on Sunset when he collided with a parked truck just off the boulevard. No one knew at the time how profoundly this accident would impact his career. In fact, initial reports were hopeful for a full recovery.

Also worth noting is Tony Barrow's detailed story on the making of new Beatles promotional films for "Rain" and "Paperback Writer", plus a review of the American LP "Yesterday And Today", articles on Neil Diamond and the Young Rascals, and an attempt to define the Lovin' Spoonful. The back cover sports a beautiful vintage ad for the Whisky A Go-Go. PDF size 13.3 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 14.

Includes: Jan Berry, Jan & Dean, Beatles, Sonny Bono, Neil Diamond, Sam & Dave, The Young Rascals, Bob Eubanks, Brenda Lee, The Four Seasons, Everly Brothers, The Outsiders, The Bachelors, Gene Pitney, Whisky A Go Go, Tony Barrow, Rolling Stones, Mitch Ryder, Eric Burdon, Lovin' Spoonful, the Animals.

June 25, 1966: "I've had it with them"

Len Barry unleashed his anger during a KRLA Beat interview about pop music groups whose members look like "tramps" and whose appearance is "disgusting"...not all entertainers, mind you, just a few talentless types like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Animals, and the Lovin' Spoonful. I'll bet he didn't know that John Lennon had "1-2-3" loaded onto his own home jukebox.

Tony Barrow has an article about two Stateside Beatles albums due in the summer of 1966, and the Beat reports on Cher's surprise birthday party, the Turtles meet Dylan, the Sunrays in concert, George Harrison's new nightclub, and a dubious article proclaiming that folk music began with the Kingston Trio. PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 15.

Includes: Beatles, Len Barry, Supremes, George Harrison, Walker Brothers, Paul McCartney, Turtles, Mick Jagger, Mindbenders, Herman's hermits, Frank Sinatra, Yardbirds, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, John Sebastian, Mark Lindsay, Eric Burdon, Sonny & Cher, Bob Dylan, Sunrays, the Leaves, Syndicate of Sound, the Chiffons, the Robbs, Kingston Trio, Them, Johnny Sea, Barry Sadler, Barry McGuire, Glenn Yarborough, Tony Barrow, "Maya", "The Lost Command".

July 02, 1966: "Bob Dylan, go home...."

According to Tony Barrow in this week's Beat, Bob Dylan's 1966 concerts in London and Paris were not much of a success. Audiences objected to "over-loud instrumental backings" as well as ten-minute breaks between songs, during which Dylan obsessively tuned his guitar. At one point Dylan told the Paris crowd: "I'm just as anxious to go home as you are".

The Beat profiles the Young Rascals, the Troggs, the Mamas and the Papas (who were on their way to England to allow Mama Cass to meet John Lennon -- "I want to meet the big bird" he supposedly said), Vic Dana, and Brenda Lee. PDF size 9.7 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 16.

Includes: Bob Dylan, the Troggs, Barry Sadler, Beatles, Jay Black, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Jeff Beck, the Fortunes, Pete Quaife, the Kinks, Beatles, Young Rascals, Cass Elliott, Mamas & Papas, the Leaves, Tony Barow, Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Spencer Davis Group, Vic Dana, Brenda Lee, Ian Whitcomb, "Lt. Robinson Crusoe, U.S.N.".

July 09, 1966: Brash and outspoken

Former Green Beret Barry Sadler didn't like long-haired groups or rock-and-roll, which he thought was "too loud". Nevertheless his "Ballad of the Green Berets" struck a chord with listeners and rose to Number 1 on the charts in the USA and Europe, even in East Germany where it was officially banned.

In other news, the Mamas and the Papas considered replacing Michelle Gilliam Phillips, who had just divorced Papa John Phillips. Gene Clark, ex-Byrds member, formed a new groups with members from the MFQ, Grass Roots, and the Leaves. And Paul Simon suggests that Bob Dylan had lost his ability to communicate: "He's too arrogant", Simon declared. PDF size 9.9 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 17.

Includes: Mamas & Papas, Barry Sadler, Elyakum Shapira, Beatles, Mick Jagger, the Animals, Rolling Stones, Peter Quaife, the Kinks, Manfred Mann, Lyme & Cybelle, Bob Dylan, Petula Clark, Paul Jones, Beach Boys, James Brown, Gene Clark, the gene Clark Group, the East Side Kids, Tony Barrow, Frank Sinatra, the Fortunes, Donovan, Alfred Freddie Lennon, the Cyrkle, the Ronettes, the Hollies, Cilla Black, Moody Blues, Sounds Incorporated, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Love, Arthur Lee, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, the Outsiders, Otis Redding, the Miracles, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, the Leaves, "Boy, Did I Get A Wrong Number!".

July 16, 1966: Ban that cover, quick!

The Beat reports that the Beatles' latest U.S. album, "Yesterday...And Today", unleashed a bit of controversy with a cover that the Fabs intended as "pop art" but which created such a backlash that the entire album was quickly recalled, to be reissued with a much safer photo. Of course some of those "butcher cover" LPs still made it into the hands of collectors.

Also in the news: the Stones sue hotels for refusing them service, Paul Samwell-Smith leaves the Yardbirds, and Bob Dylan releases "Blonde on Blonde". On page 4 and 5 are details of a Beatles recording session, and the Beat interviews Paul Jones of Manfred Mann on page 7. PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 18.

Includes: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Paul Samwell-Smith, Yardbirds, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Paul McCartney, the Hollies, Cass Elliott, John Lennon, Len Barry, Gene Pitney, Swingin' Medallions, Bob Dylan, Little Lisa, Manfred Mann, Paul Jones, the Knickerbockers, the Association, Them, Crispian St. Peters, the Yardbirds, the Four Seasons, Mark Lindsay, Bobby Hebb, Patty Michaels, Tony Barrow, Petula Clark, Gary Stevens, WMCA, Radio Caroline, Ray Davies, the Kinks, John Phillips, Lionel Bart, Tom Jones, the Ram Holder Brothers, Paddy Klaus & Gobson, Gary Lewis, Len Barry, the Thomas Group, "Assault on a Queen".

July 23, 1966: Winds light to variable

Unsettled weather was on the pop music horizon with this issue. Michelle Gilliam had been replaced by Jill Gibson in the Mamas and the Papas (temporarily, as it would later turn out), extra security was needed in Japan to protect the Beatles, and police were forced to use tear gas on unruly Rolling Stones fans in Lynn, Massachussetts. If that weren't enough, the Beat's Letters To The Editor column was filled with complaints about the Beatles' newest album release, whose infamous cover photo was called "grotesque", "sick", and "gruesome" by some Beat readers.

Linda Souza of Oakland, California received her fifteen minutes of fame by submitting a treatment for a possible third Beatles film, which this week's KRLA Beat printed in its entirety. Also in the news: Herman's Hermits, the Animals, Keith Relf, the Spencer Davis Group, and the Dave Clark Five in an article meant to be titled, I think, "Five Well Tanned Englishmen On Tour", not "Weld Tanned". PDF size 9.9 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 19.

Includes: Mamas & Papas, Michelle Gilliam, Jill Gibson, Cass Elliott, John Phillips, Rolling Stones, Beatles, the Fortunes, Manfred Mann, Barry Pritchard, Dave Davies, Jimmy Page, Yardbirds, Cliff Richard, Tommy Roe, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, Bobby Moore, Mick Jagger, Dave Clark Five, Mark Lindsay, Dick Moreland, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Jim McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Brian Wilson, Percy Sledge, the Spencer Davis Group, Tony Barrow, Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".

July 30, 1966: Dave's dust-up, Beatles mobbed

Contentious times in the news: Dave Clark punched a disc jockey during a Phoenix concert (sounds like he deserved it), and the Beatles (unintentionally, they said) snubbed Imelda Marcos and her luncheon invitation. Paul McCartney insisted that the group knew nothing about the invitation and apologized on behalf of the Beatles, but they endured rude and downright hostile behavior from Manila authorities as they attempted to leave the country.

Jan Berry of Jan & Dean, who had suffered a nearly fatal car crash some weeks earlier, was released from the hospital and was reported to be recovering, though it would turn out to be a long road for Jan. The Beat also covers the Lovin' Spoonful, Dobie Gray, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and a new group to be managed by Brian Epstein, The Cyrkle. An advertisement for the Whisky-A-Go-Go club showed a delectable line-up: the Turtles, the Doors, the Chambers Brothers, and Love. PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 20.

Includes: Beatles, Brian Epstein, Eric Burdon, the Animals, Dave Clark Five, Dick Gray, Sonny & Cher, the Kinks, Tommy Roe, Dick Clark, Herman's Hermits, Paul Jones, Manfred Mann, Rolling Stones, Andrew Oldham, Allen Klein, Mamas & Papas, Lovin' Spoonful, Otis Redding, Donovan, Jan Berry, the Troggs, the Mindbenders, Simon & Garfunkel, Rolling Stones, Jackie Wilson, Bobby Hatfield, the Merseys, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Tony Barrow, Petula Clark, Ivy League, Dusty Springfield, Lovin' Spoonful, Jimmy Page, the Mockingbirds, Percy Sledge, Crispian St. Peters, Chris Curtis, Paul & Barry Ryan, Marianne Faithfull, Ravi Shankar, Scott Walker, Chas Chandler, Chris Montez, the Sunrays, Righteous Brothers, Tommy Roe, Pete Seeger, Little Stevie Wonder, Everly Brothers, Noel Harrison, James Brown, Dobie gray, Lovin' Spoonful, the Cyrkle, Don Dawes.

August 13, 1966: A mysterious death

One of the most curious rock-and-roll deaths was that of Bobby Fuller. The Bobby Fuller Four had recorded a promotional album for KRLA and had enjoyed seeing their cover of "I Fought The Law" climb the charts. The day he died he'd just finished a new song.

His manager at Mustang Records, Bob Keene, was convinced it wasn't a case of suicide, though the police believed otherwise for a time until the official cause of death, accidental asphyxia, was determined by an autopsy. The death scene was never secured and fingerprints weren't taken, which to some indicated an inexplicable indifference---or a cover-up---by Los Angeles police. No one has come forth with a convincing explanation, though theories abound.

The Beatles' new record "Revolver" was in the news and the Beat gave a mini-review of the tracks. Also in the news were Eric Burdon, Tommy James and the Shondells, Donovan, and a group called the Everpresent Fullness. The original owner of this issue, one Gale Gerett, decorated some of the pages with her calligraphic comments and here they remain for posterity. PDF size 15.5 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 2 No. 21.

Includes: Bobby Fuller, Eric Burdon, Donovan, "Revolver", Tony Barrow, Napoleon XIV, Bob Dylan, Sarah Lownsa, Jesse Byron Dylan, Mama Cass, Bo Diddley, Beach Boys, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Paul JOnes, Herman's Hermits, Barry Sadler, Gary Lewis, Dionne Warwick, Cliff Bennett, Jane Asher, Shangri-Las, The Kingston Trio, Brenda Lee, Dusty Springfield, The Young Rascals, Dave Carr, The Fortunes, Rod Allen, The Smothers Brothers, Jonna Gault, Freddie and the Dreamers, Cilla Black, Yardbirds, Kinks, Ray Davies, Rolling Stones, Crispian St. Peters, The Animals, The Mindbenders, Eric Stweart, Bob Lang, Ric Rothwell, Herb Alpert, Elvis Presley, Sons of Champlin, The Nu-Luvs, The Indigos, The Daily Flash, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, The Shondells, Bob Lind, Kyu Sakamoto, George Harrison, The Turtles, Paul Revere and the RaidersThe Everpresent Fullness, "Nevada Smith", "Out Of Sight".

August 27, 1966: It was the worst of times....

Maybe this was the wrong time for the KRLA Beat to go to a twice-monthly format. In this issue they play catch-up with one of the biggest Beatles news stories of the decade.

John Lennon's remarks on Christianity were first published in London and New York to general reader indifference, but when a brief excerpt was republished in the American teen magazine "Datebook" in July 1966, a fierce maelstrom resulted.

The Beat covered Brian Epstein's fears of possible riots during the upcoming Beatles tour and reporter Maureen Cleave, whose original interview was the source of the "Datebook" story, tried to explain what John had really meant. Not exactly helpfully, Paul McCartney commented that he found Americans' pursuit of money "sort of frightening" and George Harrison noted that the Beatles were coming to the States "to get beaten up."

It was a chaotic musical world for others as well. The Animals lost two veteran members, Hilton Valentine and Chas Chandler; The Hollies let go their bass guitarist Eric Haydock; there was plenty of fallout from a dust-up in Phoenix, Arizona between Dave Clark and local deejay Dick Gray; and Time Magazine decided to declare pop music "obscene".

Of course there was plenty of other news in this 24-page issue. Louise Criscione reviewed Johnny Rivers' career, and the Beat declared The Kinks to be "modern rebels" of rock (a little premature at this point, perhaps). The Beat also wondered whether Dylan was "weird" and reviewed the rise of folk singer Odetta, a San Francisco phenomenon. Mike Tuck, brother of Beat publisher and editor-in-chief Cecil Tuck, penned an article on Terry Slater, a British bassist for the Everly Brothers who were on tour in England at the time. Mike Tuck would later go on to pursue broadcast journalism in the Los Angeles area.

This week's Beat also noted the hiring of comedian and satirist Stan Freberg, who had made a successful career for himself in advertising and comedic records. Freberg's stint as consultant to KRLA was his first such role, though it's worth recalling that Freberg had worked for the station over twenty years before when it was known as KPAS-1110. In 1945 Freberg voiced commercials and character impersonations for the Harmony Homestead radio show every morning at 9:45. KRLA had come a long way since then!

PDF size 18.4 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 2 No. 22.

Includes: Maureen Cleave, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Brian Epstein, the Beatles, the Animals, Hilton Valentine, Chas Chandler, the Rolling Stones, Time Magazine, Dave Clark Five, the Association, "How I Won The War", Brian Jones, Dick Gray, Fire And Ice, the Hollies, Eric Haydock, Graham Nash, the Young Rascals, Sonny & Cher, "Alfie", Bob Dylan, the Ray Conniff Singers, Johnny Rivers, the Turtles, Tommy Roe, Barry McGuire, Cynthia Wyle, the Mindbenders, Anita Pallenberg, Manfred Mann, Donovan, Crispian St. Peters, Ray Charles, Herman's Hermits, Nancy Sinatra, David McCallum, the Beach Boys, the Wild Ones, Charlie Greene, Brian Stone, the Troggs, the Yardbirds, the Mamas and the Papas, Percy Sledge, Napoleon XIV, Noel Harrison, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, the Kinks, "Revolver", Buffalo Springfield, Neil Diamond, Lloyd Price, Tony Hatch, Petula Clark, the Sunrays, Jan & Dean, Brian Wilson, Joannie Sommers, Cilla Black, Stan Freberg, John Barrett, Sir Walter Raleigh, Dewey Martin, the Cookie Fairies, Things To Come, Something Wild, Grains of Sand, Odetta, Wilson Pickett, the Righteous Brothers, the Outsiders, Tom King, the Wild Affair, Mrs. Miller, the Leaves, Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja, Bobby Vinton, Wayne Newton, the Temptations, Melvin Franklin, David Ruffin, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Smokey Robinson, the Shadows of Knight, Jim Sohn, Terry Slater, Mel Carter, Nathan M. Weiss, the Cyrkle, "Fantastic Voyage".

September 10, 1966: Burning embers

The Beatles had just concluded their 1966 tour of the U.S., but the dust had yet to settle over John's recent remarks on religion. Nevertheless the KRLA Beat reported that radio station bans on Beatles records were being lifted and playlists were returning to normal.

In this issue the Beat reviewed new Beatles release "Revolver" and interviewed Bobby Hebb, Chris Montez (who revealed that he thought the Beatles' most recent tour would be their last), songwriters Holland & Dozier, Major Lance, Buffalo Springfield, and Mama Cass Elliott, who talks about her recent trip to London and what it was like to meet John and Paul. PDF size 16 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 2 No. 23.

Includes: John Lennon, Beatles, Mamas & Papas, Mick Jagger, Chrissie Shrimpton, Keith Richard, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Walker Brothers, Scott Walker, Napoleon XIV, Jerry Samuels, Richard Pryor, Maurice Warfield, Herb Alpert, Tommy Boyce, San the Sham & the Pharaohs, the Yardbirds, Michelle Phillips, Roy Orbison, Gary Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Chris Montez, Bobby Hebb, Brian Holland & Lamont Dozier, the Monkees, the Troggs, the Cyrkle, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Manfred Mann, Cass Elliott, Sonny & Cher, Sir Douglas Quintet, the Association, Julie Driscoll, the Pilgrims, the Magicians, Kim Fowley, Davy Jones, Felix Cavaliere, the Rascals, Major Lance, the Robbs, Buffalo Springfield, Steven Stills, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin, Neil Young, Paris Sheppard, Fire & Ice Ltd., Jefferson Airplane.

September 24, 1966: Barrow talks, the Beat listens

Nearly a month after the Beatles' played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles the KRLA Beat offered several in-depth articles on what would later be known as the last-ever Beatles tour.

Beatles senior press officer and Beat correspondent Tony Barrow gave an in-depth interview, addressing some of the rumors and difficulties that plagued the group's multi-city travels, especially the damage done by John's out-of-context remarks on religion. Photos of the Dodger Stadium event are a part of this issue, and Beat reporter Rochelle Reed revealed what the concert was like from her vantage on the field.

This week's Beat also profiled some of the supporting act on the tour, including the Remains and the Cyrkle (the latter embroiled in a contract dispute over their move to Brian Epstein's managership), as well as the Mamas and the Papas, the Four Seasons, Jerry Naylor, and Mick Jagger's visit to L.A with then-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton. PDF size 14.5 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 2 No. 24.

Includes: Walker Brothers, Scott Walker, John Lennon, the Mindbenders, Herman's Hermits, Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, Len Barry, Roger Miller, Beatles, the Hard Times, Gene Pitney, Georgie Fame, Peter & Gordon, Herb Alpert, the Rascals, Paul Samwell-Smith, Wayne Fontana, the Troggs, Donovan, Them, Tony Barrow, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Sonny & Cher, Bob Eubanks, Jerry Pam, Charlie O'Donnell, Dick Moreland, Casey Kasem, Dick Biondi, Dave Hull, Mick Jagger, Chrissie Shrimpton, Jeff Beck, the Beach Boys, the Four Seasons, Mamas & Papas, Maria Cole, the Lollipops, the Capes of Good Hope, the Remains, Bobby Hebb, the Ronettes, Bobby Darin, Petula Clark, the Supremes, Jerry Naylor, the Alan Price Set, the Cyrkle.

October 08, 1966: Monkees taking over?

It's hard to believe that Screen Gems' spokesman Steve Blaunder could say with a straight face that the Monkees "should be bigger than the Beatles", but that's what he told the KRLA Beat. Signed to a seven year contract, the Monkees showed signs of early success via their TV show, which had just premiered that fall, and their debut single "Last Train to Clarksville" was climbing the national charts. They weren't playing their own instruments yet or writing their own songs, but they were ably supported by songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Bigger than the Beatles, though? Not exactly....

The Beat prematurely announced in this issue that Pete Quaife would leave the Kinks; he stayed with the band after all. Sonny and Cher won an audience with Pope Paul VI, thought their chief concern seemed to be what Cher would wear for the occasion. And after leaving the Animals, Alan Price regrouped with the Alan Price Set, including band members selected from Georgie Fame's and Zoot Money's bands. Price's hits were mostly in the U.K. charts, where he was one of the first to successfully cover Randy Newman compositions. Later he won acclaim as a film composer for several Lindsay Anderson movies. PDF size 14.7 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 2 No. 25.

Includes: The Monkees, Rolling Stones, Herb Alpert, Pete Quaife, the Kinks, Eric Haydock, Mickey Dolenz, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Brian Jones, the Association, Scott Walker, Gary Lewis, the Beatles, Neil Diamond, Barry Sadler, Herman's Hermits, Walker Brothers, Sonny & Cher, P.J. Proby, Dusty Springfield, the Smothers Brothers, Roger Miller, Denny Martin, the Wild Affair, Brian Hyland, Ian Whitcomb, Dave Hull, Dick Biondi, Johnny Hayes, Pat Moore, Charlie O'Donnell, James Brown, the Unidentified Flying Objects, the Yellow Payges, the Sparrow, Dave Heenan, Jimmy Ruffin, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, the Left Banke, Starbuck & his Rainmakers, Dave Clark, the Alan Price Set, Jimmy Angel.

October 22, 1966: Pick a group, any group

In autumn 1966 the KRLA Beat went to 24 pages and was published twice a month instead of every week. As a result its reporting encompassed more news with less central focus on any one music group. But that's a feature, not a bug. By the way, this issue has been reconfigured to insert the previously-missing Page 1. Now you can read about George Harrison and his sitar in India! PDF size 18 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 2 No. 26.

Includes: Beatles, Elvis Presley, Stones, Hollies, Stevie Wonder, the Beach Boys, the Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, the Supremes, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Monkees, the Count Five, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor.

November 05, 1966: Stepping stone to nowhere

For the curious, there really was a band called The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, showcased in this week's KRLA Beat. As The Bees they'd seen some minimal Beat coverage before, and they also recorded a song called "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" before some other group had a much bigger hit with it.

But there's much in the news for this issue. The Kinks are in trouble in Scandinavia, the Association are sued by their former publicist, Paul McCartney scores a film without the help of the Beatles (here called "Wedlocked", later known as "The Family Way"). There's lots of coverage of other groups as well: the Yardbirds, Beach Boys, the Knickerbockers, and the Supremes. PDF size 14.8 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 2 No. 27.

Includes: The Association, the Beach Boys, the Kinks, the Monkees, Beatles, Paul MCCartney, Noel Harrison, Siana Ross, Berry Gordy, the Supremes, Rolling Stones, Bobby Hebb, the Troggs, Herman's Hermits, the Yardbirds, Ike & Tina Turner, the McCoys, Manfred Mann, Sonny & Cher, Righteous Brothers, Lou Christie, Joey paige, Eddie Brigati, the Knickerbockers, Cass Elliott, Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Tim Morgon, Jean Durand, Lenin Castro, Lou Rawls, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Supremes, the W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, the Chymes, the Vagrants, Gale Garnett, Peter & Gordon, "Kaleidoscope".

November 19, 1966: "Man-made Monkees"

This week the KRLA Beat acknowledged what would seem pretty self-evident: the Monkees were a manufactured band made up of actors recruited to play a musical foursome for a television show. It doesn't sound like much of a revelation today, and the Beat failed to note that the group actually had to lobby their record label for permission to play their own instruments on their records.

The Beat clears up a few rumors in this issue as well. The Yardbirds were not breaking up (at this point anyway), though the Beau Brummels were, and Diana Ross had not recently married her producer Berry Gordy.

The Beatles film referred to on page 1 was one more attempt at finding a suitable script for their third movie, which they were contractually obligated to make for United Artists. Their producer Walter Shenson hired Owen Holder (screenwriter for "The Family Way") to put together a draft, later titled "Shades of a Personality", in which all four Beatles would play one aspect of a single character. One copy of the script still exists but the movie was eventually shelved. PDF size 10.2 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 28.

Includes: Keith Relf, the Yardbirds, Beau Brummels, Diana Ross, the Supremes, Beatles, the Four Tops, the Hollies, the Association, Scott Walker, the Rolling Stones, Eric Burdon, the Animals, the Kinks, Gene Pitney, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis, Wayne Newton, Henry Mancini, the New Vaudeville Band, the Standells, Johnny Mathis, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Petula Clark, Gene Clark, the Count Five, Bill Cosby, James & Bobby Purify, the Monkees, Casey Kasem, Peter Noone, Tommy Roe, Sonny & Cher, the Hard Times, the Left Banke

December 03, 1966: Beatles split?

One gets the impression that the Beatles really didn't mind rumors of their break-up. It gave each of them time to pursue separate interests for the first time in years. And of course the rumors were premature. Some of their most creative and spectacular work was just around the corner.

The Beat spent some time following The Association as they worked on a new record and gave a concert at UCLA. Also noted is the sudden withdrawl and re-release of a single by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich called "Bend It", the first version having been considered too suggestive for radio. You can listen to both versions of the track and and judge for yourself here. PDF size 14.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 29.

Includes: Beatles, Ike & Tina Turner, Monkees, Brian Epstein, Beach Boys, Rascals, Micky Dolenz, John Lennon, Johnny Rivers, Lovin' Spoonful, Herb Alpert, Eric Burdon, Dusty Springfield, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Four Seasons, Bobby Darin, Ian Whitcomb, Walker Brothers, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, the Association, Joan Baez, Chris Farlowe, New Vaudeville Band, J.J. Jackson, Johnny Rivers, Yardbirds, the Spike Drivers, the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Mitch Ryder, "The Swinger", Donovan, Peter & Gordon.

December 17, 1966: "Such a groovy year"

Holiday messages abound in this issue of the KRLA Beat but there's plenty of news, as well as an article (a strange one at that) written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. What's it all about? "Only Brian knows for sure," cautions The Beat.

The Beat also interviews Jeff Beck of The Yardbirds, discusses the teen riots on Sunset Strip triggered by the closure of some clubs to those under 18 years old, and reviews the "intellectualism" of Simon & Garfunkel. Worth noting: articles on the American music scene, The Music Machine, and The Youngbloods. And don't forget the quiz on page 15--the answers aren't that easy. PDF size 11.1 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 30.

Includes: Sonny & Cher, Neil Diamond, Pete Quaife, Kinks, Four Tops, John Lennon, Beatles, Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Rolling Stones, Mick Jaffer, the Association, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, "Where The Action Is", Dick Clark, Beach Boys, Jeff Beck, Lee Mallory, Sunset Strip, Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Rivers, John Sebastian, Michelle Phillips, Tommy Roe, Peter Tork, UFO, Bill Cosby, Herb Alpert, Ray Charles, the Music Machine, Lou Rawls, the Youngbloods.

December 31, 1966: Forward into the past

This end-of-year issue of the KRLA Beat provides a look at the year just completed, which involved at least three pop groups -- the Beatles, the Stones, and the Monkees -- still mulling over their film options. And although not all of the Beat's predictions about 1967 music trends were to come true, they still got over half correct...not bad considering how quickly the musical and cultural landscape was changing.

Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels pens his own editorial in this issue. Also covered are the Four Tops, who had been signed to a tour package in England by Brian Epstein, Brian Hyland, Bill Cosby, and the New Vaudeville Band, hastily assembled after their song "Winchester Cathedral" unexpectedly becase a hit. The song was originally written, produced and sung by Geoff Stephens but with session musicians instead of a permanent band. PDF size 9.8 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 31.

Includes: Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Beach Boys, Beatles, Monkees, Bill Cosby, Walker Brothers, Scott Engle, Lou Rawls, Elvis Presley, Richard Chamberland, Rolling Stones, pirate radio, Radio 390, Radio Essex, Rascals, Eric Burdon, Mamas & Papas, Barry Sadler, Gene Clark, Noel Harrison, New Vaudeville Band, Bob Dylan, Byrds, Everly Brothers, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Rivers, Sunset Strip, the Sandpipers, Mitch Ryder, , Four Tops, the Purple Gang, John D-Andrea and the Young Gyants, the Mandala.

January 14, 1967: "According to a reliable source..."

In the new year the Beat pauses to reflect on the group selling more records in America than any other--no, not the Beatles but the Rolling Stones. And it appeared the Yardbirds would be without their front man, Jeff Beck, reports the Beat in an exclusive story.

The Beat offers an introspective look at Neil Diamond, plus articles on John's Children, Joan Baez, Paul Revere & The Raiders, comedian Sandy Baron, some musings from Carl Wilson, and an interview with UCLA professor of art history Kurt Von Meier, who assigned the KRLA Beat as required reading in class...no rock-n-roll textbooks back then! PDF size 10.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 32.

Includes: Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, Bobby Goldsboro, Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass, Mick Jagger, Donovan, Richard Chamberlain, Four Seasons, Herman's Hermits, Gene Pitney, Sonny & Cher, Senator Everett Dirksen, Mamas & Papas, Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, the Seekers, Bill Cosby, Phyllis Diller, Bobby Hebb, Donovan, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Bobby Rydell, Don & the Goodtimes, Dick Biondi, Sunset Strip, John's Children, Monkees, Beach Boys, Mark Lindsay, Association, JOan Baez, the Boys Next Door, the Kitchen Cinq, the Paperhangers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Dr. Kurt Von Meier, Anita Bryant, Sandy Baron, Carl Wilson, "Any Wednesday".

January 28, 1967: Monkees top Beatle record?

A few weeks after this issue the Beat was left in the unenviable position of having to correct itself. The claim made here---that the Monkees' first album had outsold the Beatles---simply wasn't accurate. There was no question that the Monkees were immensely popular at the time, but after checking sales reports more carefully (perhaps at the prompting of Beatles fans!) the Beat admitted to its error.

Further adventures in misreporting (not the Beat's fault this time) involved the Rolling Stones, whose movie project "Only Lovers Left Alive" was not in trouble and was in fact still alive and kicking, according to their manager Allan Klein. (If memory serves, it was never actually made).

More curious, reported the Beat, was the rumor that Mick Jagger had died sometime during the month of January 1967. He had not, of course, but it's interesting to note that this is the same month a similar rumor about a certain Beatle's death emerged in the U.K. The "Paul Is Dead" hoax evolved two years later into an elaborate conspiracy as fans tried to fit random bits of misinformation into viable "clues". The Mick Is Dead theory was ephemeral by comparison. PDF size 10.5 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 33.

Includes: Monkees, Tom Jones, Mitch Ryder, Bob Dylan, Herman's Hermits, Hollies, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Beatles, Kinks, Beach Boys, Donovan, Mick Jagger, Alan W. Livingston, Walker Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, Dusty Springfield, New Vaudeville Band, Standells, Micky Most, the Left Banke, Keith, Lovin' Spoonful, Sonny & Cher, Noel Harrison, Don & the Goodtimes, Jeff Beck, Russ Giguere, the Association, the Kaleidoscope, the Cryan' Shames, Marvin Gaye, Mojo Men, Johnny Rivers.

February 11, 1967: Beware the postage stamps

This week the Beat tackles the "war between the generations" in a detailed article about Haight-Ashbury. You'll learn about hippies, Diggers, and how to hide LSD from drug agents by painting it on a postage stamp.

The Beat also includes an article by Tony Barrow on the Beatles' plans for 1967, plus news about the Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, the Blues Magoos, P.J. Proby ("Popdom's tragic figure"), and protests at UCLA over a tuition increase from $200 to $400.

The first-ever Superbowl game was held in San Diego the previous month, but due to a television blackout there was no TV coverage in Los Angeles. KRLA helpfully designed a special TV antenna to allow Los Angeles viewers access to San Diego stations, requiring only five coat hangers, a broomstick, and wire. The results of how "science triumphed over Dark Ages thinking" is reported on page 8. PDF size 12.3 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 34.

Includes: Beatles, Joan Baez, Adam Clayton Powell, Donovan, Rolling Stones, Monkees, Eric Burdon, Keith Relf, Jimmy Page, Yardbirds, Simon & Garfunkel, Blues Magoos, Petula Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Charles Aznavour, The Who, LSD, Mamas & Papas, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Super Bowl antenna, KRLA Simple S-B Antenna, Nancy Wilson, Casey Kasem, "Shebang" TV show, Ed Sullivan, Tony Barrow, Ronald Reagan University of California tuition, teenagers and drugs, P.J. Proby, Cass Elliott, Terry Melchers, the Miracles, Diana Ross, Dino Danelli, Johnny Rivers, Brian Cole, the Association, Mark Lindsay

February 25, 1967: Monkee by Monkee

If you're a fan of the Monkees, this issue is definitely for you. The Beat covers the career path of each member of the group, all of whom had some acting and musical experience under their belts---Davy Jones, in fact, had appeared on the same Ed Sullivan show as the Beatles in February 1964. Also worth noting is an interview with Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, songwriters and producers of the group. There's a photo spread from their TV show too.

In other news, Tony Barrow revealed how the Beatles' current single "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane" originated and evolved in the recording studio. Mick Jagger explained that his song lyrics were not responsible for teenage rebellion, Terry Kirkman of The Association described his musical influences (including Frank Zappa, a particular favorite), and Paul McCartney declared that the Beatles would henceforward only work together "if we miss each other". PDF size 10 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 35.

Includes: Monkees, Gary Lewis, Charlie Watts, Standells, John Fleck, Kingston Trio, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Reb Foster, Sam Yorty, Bill Cosby, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Young Rascals, David McCallum, the Knack, Don & the Goodtimes, Chrissie Shrimpton, Marianne Faithfull, Terry Kirkman, Steve Marriott, Walker Brothers, Cilla Black, Gene Clark, David Warner, Shani Wallis, Paul McCartney.

March 11, 1967: "Good-humored embellishments"

What the KRLA Beat referred to as a Beatles "happening" was actually a recording session for their latest LP. Tony Barrow describes the unconventional approach to the orchestral portion of "A Day In The Life", involving clown noses for band members and a light show for all. Ringo captured the event on movie film.

The cover story reported the return of a Los Angeles based TV show "Shebang", hosted by KRLA deejay Casey Kasem. It was the only locally-produced pop music show remaining after the demise of "Hullabaloo" and "Shindig". Also in this issue: Davy Jones, the Lovin' Spoonful, and a group called The Spats. PDF size 9.9 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 2 No. 36.

Includes: Monkees, Beatles, Peter & Gordon, Lovin' Spoonful, Tony Barrow, Cass Elliott, Four Tops, Dusty Springfield, Eric Burden, Spencer Davis, Manfred Mann, Del Shannon, Duane Eddy, Peter & Gordon, Royal Guardsmen, George Martin, Klaus Voormann, Keith Richard, Patti Harrison, Cynthia Lennon, Gene Pitney, Ventures, Casey Kasem, The Spats, Ted Bluechel, Supremes, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones.

March 25, 1967: "The world's flipped out"

March was a month of upheaval in the world of rock: two Beatles are jeered in public, Keith Richard and Mick Jagger are investigated for drug posession, the Beach Boys sue Capitol Records for lost profits, and the Monkees are terrified by fans.

In other news, the Beat explores the generation gap and offers in-depth articles about the Association, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Tommy Roe, the Supremes plus a nice photo of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. And the Hardly-Worthit Players describe their novelty version of "Wild Thing" as sung by Senator Bobby Kennedy. PDF size 17.4 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 1.

Includes: Beatles, Chuck Berry, Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Monkees, Davy Jones, John Stewart, Byrds, Mel Carter, Dusty Springfield, Hollies, Petula Clark, the Who, Gary Lewis, Nancy Sinatra, Jim MCGuinn, Tom Jones, Diana Ross, Sammy Davis Jr., Righteous Brothers, Neil Diamond, P.J. Proby, Herman's Hermits, Lovin' Spoonful, the Buckinghams, Paul MCCartney, Spencer Davis Group, Herb Alpert, Lou Adler, Tommy Roe, Dick Clark, Brian Wilson, the Hardly-Worthit, Trini Lopez, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Jane Asher, the Association, the Turtles, Lovin' Spoonful, Casey Kasem, Reb Foster, the Teddy Neely Five, Rod McKuen, Bill Cosby, Righteous Brothers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Mothers of Invention, Bobby Jameson, Frank Zappa, Supremes, the Knack, Jerry Lee Lewis, David McCallum.

April 08, 1967: Just a typical Liverpool family

Lots of worrisome developments were on the pop music horizon in this issue, among them the possible drafting of Davy Jones, who was a British citizen but eligible for the draft because he lived and worked in the U.S., Stevie Winwood quitting the Spencer Davis Group, saying he hoped to "experience some of the teenage years he had missed" (he was eighteen), and the imminent arrest of unnamed British pop stars ("several pretty big names", according to Tony Barrow's source) on drugs charges.

The feel-good story of this issue was Patty Juliono's first person account of meeting a typical Liverpool family in England. Patty had become a pen-pal with a certain Mrs. Louise Harrison who had a famous son. Patty enthusiastically recounts meeting George's parents, George and Pattie Harrison themselves, and George's brothers and their families, with photos to commemorate the event. Also covered: the Rolling Stones, Eric Burdon and his New Animals, Harper's Bizarre, the Buffalo Springfield, Grammy coverage, and a really beautiful advertisement for "The Kaleidoscope" in purple ink. PDF size 13.7 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 2.

Includes: Davy Jones, Monkees, Brian Jones, Gary Lewis, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark, Kinks, Turtles, Don & the Goodtimes, Spencer Davis Group, Hollies, Denis Payton, Beatles, Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, Herman's Hermits, Micky Dolenz, the Mandela, the Seeds, Sky Saxon, Donovan, Tony Barrow, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood, Roy Orbison, Brian Jones, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Steele, Julian Lennon, the Walker Brothers, Manfred Mann, Klaus Voormann, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, the Shadows, Cliff Richard, Harry Secombe, New Vaudeville Band, Hollies, Northern Songs, Harpers Bizarre, George Harrison, Casey Kasem, Eric Burdon, Buffalo Springfield, Herb Alpert, Mamas & Papas, Lou Rawls, Keely Smith, Jody Miller, Sheb Wooley, Ray Charles, Jackie DeShannon, the Merry-Go-Round.

April 22, 1967: Prophet in leather

Bobby Jameson had more close calls with fame than any other artist I know. A recording session under the auspices of Mick Jagger went nowhere. Promoted by Frank Zappa, Verve Records signed him but his album received little (if any) airplay). The Beat's attempt to recolor Jameson as a "prophet in leather" and poet for a new age also failed. Jameson is still around and offers a vivid portrayal of his travails in his blog.

On page 12 is a story about Peter Bergman's experimental program "Radio Free Oz", which had debuted the previous week on KRLA. With Phil Proctor, Phil Austin, and David Ossman they became the Firesign Theater and livened up Sunday evening airwaves with their surreal comedy. PDF size 14.7 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 3.

Includes: Bobby Jameson, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Davy Jones, Jim Harpo Valley, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Beach Boys, Righteous Brothers, Gordon Waller, Yardbirds, Joannie Sommers, Fats Domino, Paul Jones, the Association, Lou Rawls, Trini Lopez, Dave Clark Five, Bobby Elliott, Hollies, Beatles, Walker Brothers, Mandala, Howard Kaylan, Don & the Goodtimes, Ivor Novello awards, Righteous Brothers, the Seeds, Sky Saxon, Lovin' Spoonful, Turtles, Every Mother's Son, Peter Noone, Brian Epstein, Tony Barrow, Peter Bergman, Radio Free Oz John'S Children, Mickey & the Invaders, Claudine Longet, Gary Lewis, Sara Jinky Suzara, Shondells, Sonny & Cher, Twiggy, Dave Clark, Mike Smith, the Seeds, Blues Magoos, Peaches & Herb, Lee Mallory, Fifth Dimension

May 06, 1967: Calling all Raiders fans!

Tony Barrow reports in this issue on the upcoming "Sgt. Pepper" LP and final touches being applied to its production. Of interest to Paul Revere & the Raiders fans is extensive coverage of the group's activities, a little shake-up in the band's lineup, plus exclusive photos from a recent concert.

There's plenty of other coverage of the regulars (Monkees, Stones, Mamas & Papas, Eric Burdon, the Buckinghams) plus an article on the up-and-coming model Twiggy. On page 3 you'll note an early story on the Monterey Pop Festival, then in the planning stages for later that summer. PDF size 17.8 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 4.

Includes: Mamas & Papas, Sonny & Cher, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Beatles, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, "Sgt. Pepper", Davy Jones, Them, Gene Clark, Lovin' Spoonful, Davy Jones, Frankie Avalon, Monterey Pop Festival, Twiggy, Herman's Hermits, Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, Cortelia Clark, Monkees, George Segal, Trini Lopez, Mike Nesmith, Jeff Beck, Motown, Young Rascals, Rolling Stones, Hollies, the Who, Fats Domino, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Four Seasons, Leonard Nimoy, Robie Porter, Bob Cummings, Melinda Cummings, Patricia Cummings, Jim Harpo Valley, Mick Jagger, Peter Noone, the Knack, Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, the Temptations, Bill Medley, Bobby Hatfield, Casey Kasem, the Buckinghams, Eric Burdon, Twiggy, Dick Clark, American Bandstand, Don & the Goodtimes, Peter Tork, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Bob Rafelson, Elvis Presley.

May 20, 1967: Pop concerts -- essential or obsolete?

Tony Barrow's special report grappled with the issue of live concerts, specifically their viability and their future. The Beatles had recently made it clear that their touring days were over unless, said Paul, they "could go on in funny hats and dance around". Barrow even reported that Mick Jagger told Melody Maker the Stones would never tour the United States again. Barrow was a little too quick to write off the entire live performance genre, which reinvented itself during the seventies. The Stones as well as the Beatles (individually this time) would eventually perform on stage again.

The Beat looks back at the career of Sonny and Cher as well as some groups with roots deeper in the early sixties: the Righteous Brothers, Anthony and the Imperials (no "little Anthony" anymore), and the Temptations. And the editors make some space for a story by a Monkees fan, Lori Lee, who spent a day waiting patiently with other fans outside RCA Studios to catch a glimpse of their idols. PDF size 14 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 5.

Includes: Carl Wilson, Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey, Hollies, Yardbirds, Rolling Stones, Mark Lindsay, Spencer Davis, Tremeloes, Lou Rawls, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Trini Lopez, Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, Keith Richard, Claudine Longet, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Don & the Goodtimes, Petula Clark, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, Sonny & Cher, Dick Moreland, Dave Hull, Buzz Overman, Charlie Coe, the Merry Go Round, Monkees, Righteous Brothers, Anthony & the Imperials, the Temptations.

June 03, 1967: Album of the decade

Published the week "Sgt. Pepper" was released, the Beat's cover story is about John Lennon and the various controversies that plagued him over the early Beatle years, not the least of which was a near-riot in The Philippines and the brouhaha over his "more popular than Jesus" comments.

Reflecting the changing pop scene, the Beat also covers Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, the Smothers Brothers, the Monkees, and discusses the upcoming Monterey Pop Festival, an event sponsored by KRLA and managed by former Beatles' associate Derek Taylor. PDF size 16.5 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 6.

Includes: John Lennon, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Davy Jones, Monkees, Association, Hollies, Mick Jagger, Dick Clark, Peter & Gordon, the Leaves, the Yellow Balloon, Tom Ambrose Ray, Matthew Andes, Mark Andes, Bob Harris, Eddie Rabin, Paul McCartney the Byrds, Paul Simon, Ringo Star, George Harrison, Gerry Marsden, Pacemakers, Monterey Pop Festival, Gerry Bonner, Alan Gordon, Lulu, Walker Brothers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Sgt. Pepper, Tony Barrow, Mendelsohn Quintette Club, Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Mamas & Papas, Cass Elliott, Francoise Hardy, Gilbert Becaud, Ravi Shankar, Supremes, Florence Ballard, Neil Diamond, Don & the Goodtimes, Irvin Mendelsohn, Rascals, Mark Lindsay, Leonard Nimoy, Grass Roots, Mike Nesmith, Hardtimers, Johnny Rivers, Diana Ross, Bee Gees, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Sinatra, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Aretha Franklin, Moby Grape, Walker Brothers, Brenda Holloway, Hugh Masekela, Terry Melcher, Lou Adler, Jim McGuinn, Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Laura Nyro, Lou Rawls, Simon & Garfunkel, Bigh Brother & the Holding Company, Mike Bloomfield Thing, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Canned Heat, Country Joe & the Fish, Steve Miller Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Beach Boys, Booker T & the MGs, Dionne Warwick, the Impressions, the Who, Dave Hull, John Barrett, Tommy Roe, the Seeds, Freddie Weller, Jimmy Clanton, Jonathan King, Merrilee & the Turnabouts.

June 17, 1967: "A Day In The Life" banned

Tony Barrow's outrage at the BBC comes through loud and clear in his report on the banning of "A Day In The Life", a decision reached by the BBC because it feared a line in the song referred to marijuana. Says Barrow: "It's difficult to imagine a more unlikely scene than that of a bunch of pot-puffing hippies dreaming away on a London Transport Bus", but the voice of reason did not prevail in this particular case and the song remained off British airwaves.

Barrow also reports that the British government was trying to ban all offshore "pirate" radio stations, located on ships anchored around the British Isles, though Radio London's Alan Keen claimed it had plans to keep broadcasting without Auntie Beeb breathing down its neck. The situation may have puzzled American readers who had ready access to pop and rock music radio, but the BBC did not have a full-time broadcast service dedicated to the format. They finally bowed to the inevitable on September 30, 1967, not with a Beatles song but with one by The Move. PDF size 13.4 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 7.

Includes: Beatles, "A Day In The Life", Monkees, Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Bill Cosby, Herman's Hermits, Kinks, Ray Davies, Trini Lopez, Young Rascals, Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood, Supremes, Elvis Presley, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, the Association, the Seeds, Dave Clark Five, Johnny Rivers, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Nancy Sinatra, Phil Spector, Burt Bacharach, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Rod McKuen, Jan Baez, Bee Gees, Paul McCartney, Tony Barrow, Radio London, Marianne Faithfull, the Easybeats, Monterey Pop Festival, Smothers Brothers, Twiggy, Rod McKuen, Gypsy Boots, Martha & the Vandellas.

July 01, 1967: "Velvet air fills the sky"

The KRLA Beat used one of its rare color covers (and switched to blue ink) to highlight a group called The Yellow Balloon, but provides no accompanying article...unless the advertisement on page 9 is actually a hand-lettered editorial. The "group" had exactly one hit, also called "The Yellow Balloon", recorded by one fellow, Gary Zekley, who had been a songwriter for Jan & Dean and other sixties groups and who was determined to have a hit song of his own.

With the surprise hit Zekley suddenly needed a band, which he hastily assembled with some borrowed musicians including "My Three Sons" actor Don Grady (who was and is musical too) and Forrest Green (late of The Rising Sons). While they toured extensively that summer there were to be no follow-up records after their one album.

The Beat also covers the Beatles, the Hollies, Procol Harum, the Rascals, the Association, Davie Allen & the Arrows, and the amusingly-named Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, who were not enamored of American cuisine. PDF size 14.4 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 8.

Includes: The Yellow Balloon, John Lennon, Beatles, the Vagabonds, Ray Charles, Monkees, Moby Grape, Engelbert Humperdink, Procol Harum, Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Righteous Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Carnaby Street, Don & the Goodtimes, David Hemmings, Marcia Strassman, Frank Sinatra, Ravi Shankar, John Sebastian, Lulu, Paul Anka, Sally Field, Scott McKenzie, the Hollies, "Whiter Shade Of Pale", Twiggy, Lew Irwin, Roy Holcomb, Association, Turtles, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, Lovin' Spoonful, Leonard Nimoy, Davie Allan & the Arrows, Whistling Jack Smith.

July 15, 1967: Music, love & flowers

The Monterey Pop Festival brought together British and American artists in an outdoor three-day concert, the first of its kind. Jimi Hendrix and The Who were two notable headliners, but the lineup included popular and counterculture chart toppers of the era including the Mamas & the Papas, Eric Burdon, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Ravi Shankar.

Beat editor Derek Taylor and KRLA were heavily involved in its planning, hence the voluminous coverage in this week's newspaper. Thus was the "Summer of Love" engendered. PDF size 20.5 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 9.

Includes: Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Gypsy Boots, Dave Hull, Mamas & the Papas, Eric Burdon, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Derek Taylor

July 29, 1967: A day in the life of everybody

The Beat got particularly creative with this issue, switching from its characteristic red masthead to blue, using hand-lettered headlines on its cover, and even framing one advertisement in scraps of newsprint from a previous issue.

There were a lot of hot topics in the news as well: Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys was cleared of draft-dodging claims, Zal Yanovsky quit the Lovin' Spoonful in a move described as "amicable", and Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were found guilty of drug charges in London. Both Stones planned to appeal, and the charges were later dismissed.

This week's Beat also offered two in-depth profiles of Ringo Starr and George Harrison, an interview with Ravi Shankar, who declared that his music was "not for addicts", a day in the life of the Monkees, and a history of Procol Harum, whose "Whiter Shade of Pale" was Number 1 on the British charts. PDF size 13.8 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 10.

Includes: Carl Wilson, Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Rolling Stones, Zal Yanovsky, Lovin' Spoonful, Brian Jones, Young Rascals, Four Seasons, Sonny & Cher, Frank Sinatra, Supremes, Signey Poitier, Smothers Brothers, Paul Jones, Tremeloes, Jim Valley, Herman's Hermits, Monkees, Sam & Dave, Elvis Presley, Don Ho, Sonny & Cher, Murray Wilson, Barbra Streisand, James Colburn, Robert Mitchum, Ringo Star, Beatles, George Harrison, Bee Gees, Monkees, Gypsy Boots, the Music Machine, Diana Ross, the Supremes, Procol Harum, Ravi Shankar, the American Breed, Brenton Wood, Eric Burdon, the Animals, Joan Baez.

August 12, 1967: Everyone is going through changes

Injuries, protests, changes, mysteries---it was all a part of the pop music scene and the KRLA Beat was there to cover. Procol Harum lost a drummer and a guitarist, paving the way for Robin Trower and Barry Wilson to join the group, with songwriter Keith Reid remaining co-manager. Joan Baez joined a committee to encourage young men to resist the draft. And Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders suffered injuries when trying to avoid a mob of fans while exiting their tour bus and again on stage.

The "mystery" involved the question about who was really singing on the new Bee Gees song "In My Own Time". The Beat is uncharacteristically coy, claiming that "sources close to the Beatles" confirmed that they were singing on the track. The Bee Gees denied it, and no evidence ever emerged to suggest that the Beatles had anything to do with the track. But the story resulted in a flurry of requests at KRLA and boosted airplay of the song for a while. PDF size 11 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 3 No. 11.

Includes: Joan Baez, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Association, Rolling Stones, Tony Secunda, Procol Harum, Herman's Hermits, Paul & Barry Ryan, Jefferson Airplane, American Breed, Sean Connery, Beatles, Bee Gees, "In My Own Time", the Monkees, Mickey Dolenz, Harpers Bizarre, Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow, Righteous Brothers, Four Seasons, Music Machine, James Brown, Turltes, Matt Monro, Rascals, Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali, Jim Steck, Charlie O'Donnell, Heidi Beebe, Lew Irwin, Jimi Hendrix, Tony Barrow, Jimmy Saville, the Who, Troggs, Dave Clark Five, Radio London, Radio Caroline, Samantha Juste, Scott McKenzie, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Petula Clark,

August 26, 1967: Playing it by ear

The musicians on this issue's cover---three local high schoolers in a band called Young Stuff---seem to have left no trace in pop music history, though they did provide the KRLA Beat with one of its very few color covers. But there was plenty of other news as well.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were freed on drug charges (Richard on a technicality--yes, there was a naked girl wrapped in a rug in his home, but she wasn't smoking hemp), George and Pattie Harrison came to town, Bobby Gentry revealed what "Ode To Billy Joe" was all about, and the Beat explores "Oriental religions" and what they meant to hippies. PDF size 10 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 3 No. 12.

Includes: Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, George Harrison, Patti Harrison, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Young Rascals, Monkees, Tremeloes, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, Neil Young, Sam the Sham, Beach Boys, Hollies, Buffy Sainte Marie, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Gentry, Casey Kasem, Gypsy Boots, Tommy Roe, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvelettes, Junior Walker & the All Stars, Supremes, Jefferson Airplane, the Association, the Young Stuff, Herb Alpert, Casey kasem, Chris Noel, Jerry Yester, Paul Simon

September 09, 1967: No jail for Stones

Experimenting with yellow ink this week, the Beat's breaking story involves the Rolling Stones, who avoided jail time for drug charges. In Beatles news, George Harrison flew to Los Angeles for a Ravi Shankar concert at the Hollywood Bowl and agreed to talk to reporters.

With the departure of Zal Yanovsky from the Lovin' Spoonful, Jerry Yester joined the group, and the Beat interviews him at length. Other articles include the Mamas & the Papas, history of the Beatles, the Fifth Dimension, Every Mother's Son, the Four Tops, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. PDF size 13.6 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 13.

Includes: Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Gentry, Florence Ballard, the Supremes, Brian Epstein, Rick Nelson, Nilsson, Jefferson Airplane, Supremes, Bobby Goldsboro, Donovan, Chubby Checker, Joan Baez, Radio 266, Bill Cosby, Radio Caroline, Adam West, Monkees, Elvis Presley, Robert Vaughn, Paul Anka, Mason Williams, Spencer Davis, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Petula Clark, Ravi Shankar, Davy Jones, Augie Moreno, Simon & Garfunkel, Lovin' Spoonful, Mamas & Papas, George Harrison, Beatles, Fifth Dimension, Every Mother's Son, Dick Biondi, Bob Dayton, the Four Tops, Levi Stubbs, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Bee Gees, Bob Crewe, Jonathan King, Procol Harum, Terry Knight, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Frank Sinatra, Tijuana Brass, Johnny Rivers, Marcia Strassman, Paul Jones, Andy Parks, the Buckinghams.

September 23, 1967: A death in the family

Because of its lengthy production schedule the bimonthly KRLA Beat occasionally missed out on a major story. In this issue Brian Epstein's death is reported nearly a month after it occurred, along with related stories about the Beatles visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Wales.

The Beat also follows stories about a speculative joint recording session uniting the Beatles and the Rolling Stones (beyond their venture together on "We Love You"), the birth of Ringo and Maureen's second son Jason Starkey, and Bob Dylan's new contract with Columbia Records (despite his lack of new releases after his motorcycle accident).

Also of interest: Tony Barrow reports on the British concert "Festival of the Flower Children", plus a detailed Beat article on Jimi Hendrix, recounting the development of his style and his band. In this issue too is likely the only pairing of Joan Baez and Percy Faith in one single advertisement. PDF size 15.1 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 14.

Includes: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Brian Epstein, Bee Gees, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Bob Dylan, Jason Starkey, Maureen Starkey, Ringo StarrSpencer Davis Group, Gene Pitney, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Chubby Checker, The Rascals, Casey Kasem, The Staples Singers, Sidney Poitier, Jimi Hendrix, The Temptations, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Newman.

October 07, 1967: George says hippies aren't hip

George Harrison spouts off this week about Haight-Ashbury's hippie colony, with whom he'd just had a recent unpleasant encounter. The Beat also reports that censors for the Smothers Brothers' TV show were upset about a song Pete Seeger sang on the show, "Waist Deep In The Big Muddy", which could possibly be interpreted by viewers as an anti-Vietnam War statement. Well, yes....

In other news, Zal Yanovsky landed a new recording contract after splitting from the Lovin' Spoonful, Brian Epstein's death in August 1967 was ruled an accidental overdose, and the Beat explores The Doors, The Buffalo Springfield, the Bee Gees, the Turtles, and Spanky & Our Gang. PDF size 12.5 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 15.

Includes: Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour", George Harrison, Smothers Brothers, Rascals, Everly Brothers, Zal Yanovsky, Smokey Roberts, Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls, Sean Connery, Paul Newman, Walt Disney, Harold Wilson, The Move, Gene Cornish, Association, Sid Bernstein, Supremes, Four Tops, Monterey Pop Festival, Sonny & Cher, the Lewis & Clarke Expedition, Teddy Neeley, Van Morrison, Bobby Rydell, Don Ho, Brian Epstein, Petula Clark, Fred Astraire, Tommy Steele, Don Ho, Jay & the Techniques, the Doors, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Casey Kasem, Bob Dayton, Jim Wood, Rhett Walker, Dave Hull, Reb Foster, Gypsy Boots, Lew Irwin, Buffalo Springfield, Spanky & Our Gang, Bee Gees, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Turtles, Grass Roots, Beach Boys, Bobby Vee, Glen Campbell, Byrds.

October 21, 1967: The end of a musical era

It had been a short era, but the Mamas and the Papas were determined to call it quits and move to Europe, citing disenchantment with the music industry as their motivation. Acknowledging a different kind of disenchantment, the U.S. Immigration department announced that it would not issue work permits to Mick Jagger and Keith Richard due to their recent drug convictions, so there would be no more Stones concerts for the foreseeable future.

The Beat also revealed the origins behind George Harrison's new composition "Blue Jay Way" and discussed the Beatles' new spriritual advisor, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with whom they'd recently spent a few days in Wales. Tony Barrow's column quoted some pithy comments from the New Zealand press about the Beatles' new guru, and the Beat also covers Bill Cosby, Bob Dylan, The Association, Bobby Vee, and Vicki Carr. PDF size 11.9 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 16.

Includes: Beatles, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Mamas & Papas, George Harrison, "Blue Jay Way", Patti Harrison, Neil Aspinall, Magic Alex, "Magical Mystery Tour", Rolling Stones, Johnny Rivers, Otis Redding, Sunshine Company, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elvis Presley, Mason Williams, Jefferson Airplane, Bobby Gentry, Tony Barrow, Gene Cornish, Bill Cosby, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Don Ho, Smothers Brothers, Donovan, Neil Diamond, Peter Noone, Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, Procol Harum, Andrew Oldham, John Lennon, "How I Won The War", Warren Entner, Bob Quill, Creed Bratton, Rick Coontz, Bill Cosby, Judy Collins, Association, Bob Dylan, Vikki Carr, Bobby Vee, "Point Black", Thorinshield, Al Martino, Everly Brothers, Jim Kewskin Jug Band.

November 04, 1967: Mama Cass in jail

This week the Beat reports on a minor kerfuffle between Mama Cass Elliott and Kensington's Embassy Hotel over a pair of keys and a couple of missing blankets. The prosecution was unable to prove Cass had anything to do with the theft, thankfully, and she was cleared of all charges.

Ringo Starr flexed his cinematic wings with a solo part in the film adaptation of Terry Southern's novel "Candy". Tony Barrow reviews George's and John's appearance on the David Frost Show where they discuss religion. The Beat also covers the Rascals, Don Ho (what was this fascination with Don Ho?), the Four Tops, Every Mother's Son, and Brenton Wood. PDF size 12.4 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 17.

Includes: Cass Elliott, Ringo Starr, Lou Adler, Scott MacKenzie, Ken Thorne, Musketeer Gripweed & the Third Troup, Freda Kelly, John Lennon, Donovan, Richard Pryor, the Glories, Gene Pitney, Hollies, Beach Boys, Sam & Dave, Grateful Dead, Micky Curtis, Teddy Neeley, Four Seasons, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lords of London, Procol Harum, Box Tops, Cowsills, the First Edition, David Frost, John Lennon, Georgre Harrison, Northern Songs, Dick Jameas, Rascals, Reb Foster, Every Mother's Son, Brenton Wood, Don Ho, Four Tops, the Happenings, "Far From The Madding Crowd", Aliva Kashi, Nilsson, Chuck Berry

December 02, 1967: Beatles and Stones partners?

Improbable as it sounds, a rumor emerged in late 1967 that the Beatles and Rolling Stones intended to build a state of the art recording studio for their exclusive mutual benefit, maybe even for joint performances. Consider the source: singer and television host Jonathan King, not exactly an insider in either group. In this issue Tony Barrow painstakingly explained what Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger really discussed, and Barrow put the kibosh on the possibility of the Beatles and Stones performing or recording together.

As the holiday season approached the Beat was busy selling full-page advertisements but there's still some good reading in this issue: interviews with Van Morrison, the Candymen (Roy Orbison's backing group), Stevie Wonder, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Sunshine Company, and Dionne Warwick. For Paul Revere & the Raiders fans, a little twist...Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay interview each other. PDF size 13.7 MB. 24 pages. Vol. 3 No. 18.

Includes: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Jonathan King, Brian Jones, Andrew Oldham, Eric Easton, Mamas & Papas, Gene Cornish, Bobby Gentry, Elvis Presley, Don Ho, "Magical Mystery Tour", Lovin' Spoonful, Eric Burdon & the Animals, The Move, Group Therapy, Sunshine Company, Petula Clark, Gregg Morris, Jefferson Airplan, Arlo Guthrie, Ravi Shankar, Cowsills, Van Morrison, Candymen, Steve Wonder, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Gypsy Boots, Reb Foster, Rhett Walker, Dionne Warwick, Phil Ochs, Paul Revere, Mark Lindsay

December 30, 1967: Season's greetings

In this festive issue the Beat offers ten full-page advertisements for various record albums of the day, including the new Rolling Stones offering "Their Satanic Majesties Request" and the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour", plus holiday greetings from your favorite musicians.

Tony Barrow provides most of the newsworthy items in this issue. He notes how grateful Brian Epstein's family had been for all the notes of sympathy they had received since Brian's death in August. Tony also reports on a brief upcoming Los Angeles appearance by the Bee Gees before returning to London to make a movie with Spike Milligan (a promising concept that was never completed, alas). Check out the groovy 1968 poster on page 10! PDF size 11.4 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 19.

Includes: Lou Rawls, Beatles, Supremes, Tim Buckley, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Bill Cosby, Mark Lindsay, Lulu, Maurice Gibb, Bee Gees, Brian Epstein, Tony Barrow, Buffalo Springfield, Bill Cosby, Don Ho, Ed Sullivan, Cowsills, Donovan, Association, Young Rascals, Eric Burdon, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Phil Ochs, Hollies, Gene Cornish, Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys, Tommy James & the Shondells, Jefferson Airplane, Glen Campbell.

January 13, 1968: Extraordinary minds

This issue of the KRLA Beat carried a double-page tribute to Otis Redding and four members of his back-up band the Bar-Kays, who had died in a plane crash December 1967. Redding's "The Dock of the Bay" had been recorded only three days before the crash.

In early 1968 the Beat reflected both mainstream pop (Al Martino, Nancy Sinatra, Trini Lopez) as well as newer counterculture groups beginning to reach the charts, such as Canned Heat and Country Joe and the Fish. Phil Ochs was another artist much admired by the Beat, and they devoted an entire page to a detailed interview and analysis of his lyrics. PDF size 11.6 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 20.

Includes: Monkees, Davy Jones, Al Cohen, Petula Clark, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Association, Herb Alpert, Mason Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Apple, Terry Melcher, Roy Orbison, John Davidson, Trini Lopez, Cowsills, Rolling Stones, Wayne Newton, Brian Jones, Al Martino, Four Tops, Everly Brothers, Jerry Moss, Sergio Mendes, Spanky & Our Gang, Glen Campbell, Canned Heat, Al Wilson, Bob Hite, Larry Taylor, Henry Vestine, Bill Cosby, Kenny O'Dell, Johnny Crawford, American Breed, Jay & the Techniques, "Camelot", the Celebration, van Dyke Parks, Country Joe & the Fish, Phil Ochs, Daisy Chain

January 27, 1968: Violent storm of controversy

Tony Barrow offers some damage control to counter unfavorable reviews of the Beatles' recent TV presentation "Magical Mystery Tour", pointing out that the positive reviewers had access to color copies of the special (it was shown in black and white when broadcast in the U.K).

There's some good coverage in this week's issue of bands not often mentioned in the Beat. The Doors themselves wrote a series of short articles about their music, and the Beat reviews Canned Heat, Cream, Nilsson, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and Tony Barrow (apparently working overtime this week) offers a revisitation of the British pop music scene. PDF size 13 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 21.

Includes: Smothers Brothers, Ringo Starr, Maureen Starkey, Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, Steve Miller Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sandpipers, Donovan, Harper's Bizarre, Nilsson, Janis Joplin, "Magical Mystery Tour", Vanilla Fudge, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Eddie Simon, Peaches & Herb, Francine Day, Marlene Mack, Young Rascals, Aretha Franklin, George Harrison, Mitch Ryder, Bee Gees, Peter Noone, Scott Walker, Davy Jones, Terry Melcher, Cass Elliott, Petula Clark, Monkees, Engelbert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Tony Barrow, Ken Dodd, Val Doonican, Vince Hill, Frankie Vaughan, Harry Secombe, Matt Monro, Lulu, Traffic, Procol Harum, Rolling Stones, Dave Dee, Dave Clark Five, Radio One, Radio Caroline, Radio London, Turtles, Harper's Bizarre, Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, Bee Gees, Casey Kasem, "The Glory Stompers", Cannet Heat, Larry taylor, Bob Hite, Al Wilson, Union Gap, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Cowsills, Cream, Eric Clapton, jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, "Wait Until Dark", October Country, Donovan, Penny Nichols, the Doors, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, Grateful Dead.

February 10, 1968: What price success?

This issue's "mystery" involved Monkee Peter Tork, who was observed traveling through London with a woman and a child--later identified anticlimactically as his wife and son. And two Bee Gees collapse from the stress of touring; there were too many girls chasing them, it was explained.

The Beat also highlights Miriam Makeba's upcoming tour schedule and Frank Zappa's "pop musician of the year" award. Tony Barrow reports from London on Georgie Fame's comeback, Steve Winwood's new band Traffic, and Alfred Lennon's imminent marriage to 19-year-old Pauline Jones (Alf had a famous musician son, as you may be aware). PDF size 11.8 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 22.

Includes: Monkees, Bee Gees, Miriam Makeba, Herb Alpert, Glenn Yarborough, Frank Zappa, Mothers Of Invention, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Buffalo Springfield, Grass Roots, Rascals, Gene Cornish, Bob Dylan, Charlie Rich, Grapefruit, Trini Lopez, Ravi Shankar, Brenton Wood, Mendelsohn Quintette Club, The Doors, Georgie Fame, John Lennon, Traffic, Stevie Winwood, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger, Engelbert Humperdink, Procol Harum, Manfred Mann, Nems Enterprises, Clive Epstein, Cynthia Lennon, Victor Spinetti, Spencer Davis Group, Alfred Lennon, Pauline Jones, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, John Walker, Walker Brothers, Lulu, the Dubliners, John Fred & his Playboy Band, Lemon Pipers, Bill Cosby, Star Trek, Gypsy Boots, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere, Jay & the Techniques, Country Joe & the Fish, Penny Candy, "Blackbeard's Ghost", "The Graduate".

February 24, 1968: Pretty moving pictures

The Beat laments the break up this week of the Righteous Brothers, a duo who had been together for the better part of the 1960s (and who would get back together after a seven-year hiatus). The Beat also follows the Rascals as they make a film, showcases The Who, a group described as "paradoxical", and reports on KRLA's fundraiser screening of Richard Lester's "How I Won The War".

Worth noting is a full-page article on the development and technique of the light show, an expression of environmental art that the Beat felt had the potential to be much more than "colored lights and pretty moving pictures". PDF size 15.5 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 23.

Includes: The Rascals, Righteous Brothers, Miriam Makeba, Bobby Rydell, Jim Nabors, the Cowsills, Herman's Hermits, Mitch Ryder, Buffalo Springfield, Eddie Kendricks, The Who, light shows, the Lettermen, Henson Cargill, "How I Won The War", Mark Lindsay, Scott McKenzie, Michelle Phillips, Noel Harrison, Bee Gees, The Rose garden, "Chappaqua", Trini Lopez

March 09, 1968: "Unique interpreters of pop"

With the rock music scene changing so profoundly in the late 1960s, the KRLA Beat was beginning to cover artists whose style was not always categorically rock. At this point the Beat emphasized a desire to move beyond the constraints of top-forty coverage (and it was good for business anyway). Had they managed to publish just a few years longer, there would have been more fascinating close-up views of this evolving musical universe.

In its last few months there were still notable articles. This issue includes detailed interviews with Arlo Guthrie and the Jefferson Airplane, plus articles on an emerging "art rock" group called USA, Van Dyke Parks, and Leonard Cohen. PDF size 11.2 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 3 No. 24.

Includes: Beach Boys, Beatles, Tom Jones, Bill Medley, Bobby Hatfield, Jimmy Walker, Jimi Hendrix, Glenn Yarborough, The Scaffold, American Breed, Union Gap, Gary Puckett Georgie Fame, Frankie Valli, Four Seasons, Jerry Lee Lewis, Leonard Nimoy, Lalo Schifrin, Al Martino, the Hassles, Connie Francis, Eric Burdon, the Happenings, Glen Campbell, Petula Clark, Herb Alpert, the Alan Price Set, Jefferson Airplane, the Association, Arlo Guthrie, Reb Foster, Carla Green, "How I Won The War", USA, Leonard Cohen, Van Dyke Parks.

March 23, 1968: The beginning of the end?

This is the penultimate issue of the KRLA Beat, so far as anyone knows, with only one known issue following about six weeks later. Advertising revenue had fallen. The Beat couldn't even sell its traditional ad space on page sixteen. But with a skeleton staff still working the Beat did its best to focus on the music scene.

This week's Beat explained why there was never a second Monterey Pop Festival. Negotiations between city officials and Mamas and Papas leader John Phillips had broken down. The city of Monterey felt that the festival brought the wrong sort of people to the city including those inclined to participate in a "violation of public morals". Writer Tony Leigh reviewed the Santa Monica appearance of Cream. Jacoba Atlas discussed the poetry and songs of Rod McKuen, who explained the popularity of his latest book. KRLA noted that it had played "a small part" in assisting a protest by Caltech students, hoping to influence NBC to restore the popular show "Star Trek" to the airwaves. It was scheduled for the time slot previously held by the Monkees, whose show was cancelled. PDF size 9.4 MB. 16 pages. Vol. 4 No. 1.

Includes: Mamas & Papas, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Sid Bernstein, the Association, Monterey Pop Festival, Dionne Warwick, Bee Gees, Hunter Davies, Beatles, Harpers Bizarre, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Paul and Mary, Bobby Gentry, Rod McKuen, Cream, Fifth Dimension, Buffalo Springfield, Bill Cosby, John Lennon, Charles Aznavour, Country Joe & the Fish, James Darren, Lulu, Rascals, Cowsills, Monkees, Ultimate Spinach, Gene Cornish, Star Treck, Blue Cheer, Human Beinz, Tim Hardin, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, Tim Buckley, Georgie Fame, Lee Michaels, Richie Havens.

May 04, 1968: And in the end....

In many ways the last-known issue of the KRLA Beat mirrored its beginnings, with news and feature stories, photos and reviews. But by May 1968 the newspaper had missed several previous press dates (there were no April 1968 issues at all), and the absence of long-time correspondents such as Tony Barrow suggested that troubles were not just imaginary.

Finances were strained as the Beat staff struggled to put together one more issue under the threat of sale to another publisher. In addition to news about the Rascals, O.C. Smith, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Beat featured articles on the trend of film scores written by pop musicians ("The Graduate" being a case in point), a piece on notable women singers, and even a review by Tommy Smothers of The First Edition, a band he particularly admired.

Publisher Cecil Tuck's luck ran out when a distributor disappeared with all remaining funds -- the Beat was broke and as far as any collector knows there were no more issues, though someone at KRLA launched a short-lived publication in the early 1970s called "Gathers No Moss". It was a sad end to a ground-breaking and influential publication. PDF size 11 MB. 20 pages. Vol. 4 No. 2.

Includes: Spanky & Our Gang, Otis Redding, Cowsills, Monkees, Donovan, Terence Stamp, Sidney Poitier, Grateful Dead, Beatles, Twiggy, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Cream, Bobby Goldsboro, Bee Gees, Union Gap, Diane Lampert, Lulu, Frankie Valli, Four Seasons, Bobby Gentry, Glen Campbell, Bill Cosby, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Beach Boys, Mike Love, Mike nesmith, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Stone Country, Jim Webb, Buffy Sainte Marie, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Traffic, Glen McKay's Headlights, Rascals, the Fugs, Simon & Garfunkel, George Harrison, John Sebastian, Katherine Ross, Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Spanky, Linda Ronstadt, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pat Paulson, Wahler, Tim Morgon, Dough Dillard, the David, the First Edition, Kenny Rogers, Terry Williams, Mickey Jones, Mike Settle, Thelma Camacho, O.C. Smith, "Will Penny", the Boston Tea Party, Otis Redding, Vanilla Fudge

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