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Association, The

The Association

In 1965 an act known as The Inner Tubes with a revolving talent roster that included Doug Dillard, Mama Cass, David Crosby and others, would evolve into a 13 piece folk-rock act known as The Men that was the house band for a time at the world famous Troubadour night club in Los Angeles. Wood shedding and honing their skills, this group would further distill into the heady brew that became known as The Association.
The Association rehearsed for about 6 months before gigging around Los Angeles at such places as the Ice House in Pasadena where they were a regular act. They soon signed with Valiant Records a label which was then snapped up by Warner Brothers.  Success followed with the song Along Comes Mary entering the Billboard charts at number 7. 
The album ‘Along Comes…The Association’ followed and placed a healthy number 5 position in the charts.  Not too shabby for a first album! Their second album, Renaissance only charted at number 34 and included a personal favorite of mine Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies.
Line-up changes and Ruthann Friedman’s great song ‘Windy’ catapulted the band right back up the charts along with the album which proceeded it, Insight Out. 
The band then became the first band in history to play at a rock festival, the Monterey Pop Festival.

Their next single, Never My Love, went to number 2 in the Billboard charts and has been credited by BMI as being the song with the second most airplay in US history with somewhere over 7 million plays.

... continuing with our NEW POST-MONTEREY SERIES (thru '67)
Here comes along THE ASSOCIATION.

>> The summer of ’67 was, arguably, the most successful time in the music life of The Association. In June, they opened the Monterey International Pop Festival and, at the same time, their 3rd album, ‘Insight Out - Windy’, was released and immediately reached No.8 in the Billboard Hot 100 album chart.
>> Soon after, on July 1, the first single taken from that album, ‘Windy’, topped the Billboard Hot 100 single chart. The band’s winning streak continued with their next single also taken from their 3rd album, ‘Never My Love’, it went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 single chart.  Later, in October, it made it to No.1 on the Cash Box Top 100 single chart.
>> Oh, and, by the way, in August the band played at another big music festival.  It is, actually, the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, the annual Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. The festival was lauded for presenting world-class music and attracts about 600,000 fans to some 120 to 150 events that span all genres from classical music to jazz to music theater over
each three-month summer season.
Here, below, The Association performs their current hit single ‘Windy’ at the Ravinia Festival, enjoy!

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