Friday, June 22, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Beach Boys
Artist:The Beach Boys
Song:Help Me, Rhonda
Album:The Best Of The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys were the one US group to challenge The Beatles for pop music supremacy in the mid 60s. The group consisted of brothers Brian, Carl & Dennis Wilson, cousin Mike Love and Brian's high school friend Al Jardine. The group came out of Brian's fascination with vocal groups like The Four Freshman. The whole surfing thing just came out of living in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, CA. The boys' father Murray Wilson managed the group and they were signed to Capitol Records in 1962. They had several big hits but Help Me, Rhonda was one of their biggest in 1965. By this time, Brian had stopped touring so he could write music full time. He was having trouble coming up with new material and that's what Help Me, Rhonda is about. Jardine sang lead on this. The harmonies are fabulous. There are two versions of the song. There's an album version and a single version. This is the album version and is the version on most comps. This is a budget comp and only has ten songs. There are plenty of comps available that are more extensive. Of course the history of The Beach Boys is fairly well known and I may get into more of their music at another time. The music holds up very well. Here are The Beach Boys performing Help Me, Rhonda on the Andy Williams Show in 1965.