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The Beau Brummels

While they only had two big hits, the Beau Brummels were one of the most important and underrated American groups of the 1960s. They were the first U.S. unit of any sort to successfully respond to the British Invasion. They were arguably the first folk-rock group, even predating the Byrds, and also anticipated some key elements of the San Francisco psychedelic sound with their soaring harmonies and exuberant melodies. Before they finally reached the end of the string, they were also among the first bands to record country-rock in the late '60s.

The key axis of the band was formed by guitarist/songwriter Ron Elliott, who penned most of the Brummels' moody and melodious material, and singer Sal Valentino, owner of one of the finest voices in mid-'60s rock. Spotted by local DJ Tom Donahue in a club in San Mateo (just south of San Francisco), the group was signed to Donahue's small San Francisco-based label, Autumn Records, in 1964. With Sly Stewart (later Sly Stone) in the producer's chair, they made the Top 20 right off the bat with "Laugh, Laugh." The melancholy, minor-key original sounded so much like the British bands inundating the airwaves that many listeners initially mistook the Brummels for an English act. The follow-up single, "Just a Little," was another excellent, melancholy number that became their biggest hit, making the Top Ten.

The Beau Brummels made a couple of fine albums in 1965, dominated by strong original material and featuring the band's ringing guitars and multi-part, mournful harmonies. The best of their early work is nearly as fine as the Byrds' first recordings, yet the band was losing ground commercially, partially because Autumn, being such a small label, lacked promotional muscle. "You Tell Me Why" was their only other Top 40 hit, though "Sad Little Girl" and the Byrds knock-off "Don't Talk to Strangers" were excellent singles. The band also shuffled personnel a few times, and Ron Elliott was unable to stay on the road because of diabetes. Autumn was sold in 1966 to Warners, who made the lunkheaded move of forcing the band to record an entire album of Top 40 covers -- ignoring the fact that original material was one of the Brummels' primary fortes.

Regrouping as a trio, the group recorded a critically acclaimed, more experimental album in 1967, Triangle. Their last Warners LP, Bradley's Barn, found the group branching into country-rock, a year or so before it became trendy. The Beau Brummels did re-form for an unimpressive reunion album in 1975, and although Ron Elliott and Sal Valentino continued to make music and work on various low-profile projects of their own, they've never made records on par with the Brummels' vintage work. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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In '66 I was in a group called the Beaus of Beethoven (check us out on youtube), we got to be their opening act. What a great bunch of guys!
This Texan has the album, in question, and states the Brummels were an L.A. Band.
No harmonica ..on this version..gon n a want the harmonica.
Many memories.
Great harmonica..w a y to go Frisco..the beau brummelstone s . .
just4u2bez
Great version, but they did NOT write Louie Louie!!!
These guys dwarf the so called 'Beatles talent', they did + do deserve a chance to be heard outside the 'lamestream' music money scam. On shear innovative talent they exceed even CCR. Real talented American bands + artists got buried way to much under the big Labels $$-schemes!
butch.robert s
One of the first songs that caught my ear in the mid '60s, Just a Little. Great smokey minor key harmonies that precursor Alice in Chains.
Beau Brummels were such a clever group They were DREAMY MELODIC and very talented group! I miss this kind of MUSIC !
Where are you today Beau Brummels?
I love this band, such melodies. They were talented and I love their voices, it takes me back.
I read they took their name for it was immediately after the Beatles in Alphabetical order. They felt people would poke through Beatle albums and find them.
SAL VALLENTENO AND TOM DANAHUE....B R I N G S BACK MEMMORIES. SAL NOW LIVES IN SACRAMENTO AND PERFORMS REGULARLY. TOM DANAHUE WENT ON THE GREAT JOURNEY IN THE EARLY 1970'S.
jeanjacque3
They were on THE FLINSTONES for an episode, too. wierd! oh well.
Saw them at the Fillmore West in '68. Great group.
lyda5
yeah,,,Can't say enough for the lousy long easy that put John in the bay,,,we trust so much...winte r coat and pair of vise grips....can we find the Denver Mouintains? in the SF bay....Mel
rscoair777
Beau Brummels forever, they were the greatest.... . t o be 16 again!
I was in love with Sal Valentino (sigh).
Triangle was one of my favorite LP's...Now I'll have to fine it again...
smusser3
very underated band...its sad they are known more.
don.peterman
you forgot to mention that the Beau Brummels appeared in a Flintstones episode. Wilma and Betty were smitten on them.
garyguttman4
i have to stop when i hear laugh laugh..it brings back so many memories,,
He sounds like he just swallowed a cardigan sweater.
I thought the Beau Brummels were English also, They played at our high school graduation in 65 in Kansas.
I grew up in San Francisco and I remember the Beau Brummels playing at an afternoon rally our high school (Lowell)
I just learned something on Pandora! All these years, I always thought the Beau Brummels was a British Group.
And to many of us, the Beau Brummels main claim to fame was their appearance in the bad 1965 movie 'Village of the Giants' which was loosely based on H.G. Well's 'Food of the Gods'.
Actually, upon seeing the movie as a youth, I felt the relatively unknown group was the best part of the movie. I looked for LPs by the Beau Brummels to no avail. They couldn't be found in small town record stores at the time.
The American Beatles!

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