As Al Jardine gets ready for his musical stint in New York on Friday, February 7 at the Rubin Museum of Art, to help raise awareness for the David Lynch Foundation, he is also set to headline the “AMERICA CELEBRATES THE BEATLES” on Saturday, February 8 at the Town Hall at 123 West 43rd Street in the Big Apple at 7:30pm.
For decades many have been enchanted by the Beatles and their music…and with good reason. It’s very good music. And from the perspective of Beach Boys’ founding member Al Jardine, you might think he too was taken by the John, Paul, George and Ringo. Truth be told, he had not even heard of them until he heard “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in January of 1964. Although “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was released on December 26 in the US, Al and the Beach Boys were staying quite busy with these tour dates:
20 - Civic Auditorium, Stockton CA
21 - Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento CA [recorded for Beach Boys Concert, released in October of 1964]
27 - The Terrace, Salt Lake City UT
28 - The Terrace, Salt Lake City UT
31 - Cinnamon Cinder, San Bernardino CA
Jardine eventually heard the new smash hit by the Beatles, but it wasn't until one month after its release. From January 1 to January 10 the Beach Boys were in the studio working on recordings for their next album, Shut Down Volume 2. On January 15, they group embarked on a their very first tour of Australia & New Zealand, where they were accompanied by Roy Orbison (headliner), the Surfaris, Paul & Paula and The Joy Boys.
Here is his reaction as told to me on Monday, January 13, 2014.
Al Jardine: When the Beach Boys went over to Auckland Australia [January 31, 1964] I remember being played “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. A guy at the radio station (there) wanted us to hear this song that came out by the Beatles. We thought it was pretty interesting. It was different. We were just developing our harmony structures…we were a pretty powerful harmony group. The Beatles sounded…maybe (just) a little thin. We underestimated them. Obviously. They had a different approach to things, and they sounded like the Everly Brothers on some kind of adrenalin. That’s what they were…Don & Phil personified. They did a beautiful job.
For more Beach Boys/Beatles interactions, read Al’s memories of the day Paul McCartney visited the Beach Boys in the studio during the recording session for “Vegetables” [April 10, 1967] at Sound Recorders Studio. The interview appears in the Spring 2014 edition of Endless Summer Quarterly (available in March).
Tickets for the concert at Town Hall in New York are on sale through Ticketmaster, priced from $50 up, and along with Al Jardine, will feature other notable artists performing their own hits plus Beatles classics.
•Tommy James (“Mony Mony, “Crimson & Clover”)
•Gene Cornish of The Rascals
•Melanie - Woodstock star (“Brand New Key”)
•Fred Schneider of The B-52s
•Marshall Crenshaw played John Lennon in “Beatlemania” (“Someday Someway”)
•Ron Dante the voice of The Archies
•Walter Egan (“Magnet & Steel”)
•Gary DeCarlo of Steam (“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”)
•Richard Barone (The Bongos)
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