The Beau Brummels

From: San Francisco, CA, USA

The Beau BrummelsThe Beau Brummels are considered by many to be one of the most important yet underrated US groups of the 1960s. They were the first US band of any sort to successfully respond to the British Invasion and were arguably the first folk-rock group, even predating the Byrds. In the late 60s, they were also one of the first bands to record country-rock, before it became popular in the early 70s. Original members included Ron Elliott (guitar, vocals), Sal Valentino (lead vocals), Ron Meagher (bass), Declan Mulligan (guitar, vocals) and John Petersen (drums). Most of their songs were penned by Elliott.The ensemble was discovered by popular local San Francisco disk jockey Tom Donahue while playing a club in San Mateo, and were promptly signed to his small label, Autumn Records, in 1964. There debut single, produced by Sly Stewart (later Sly Stone of Sly & The Family Stone), was a top 20 hit and catapulted them to early fame.

They released four more solid singles and two LPs on Autumn in 1965, but only had one more top 40 hit (‘You Tell Me Why’). This was mainly because the record label was too small to properly promote the Brummels’ material. In 1966, Autumn was purchased by Warner Bros. which made an immediately stupid move by making the Brummels record an LP of top 40 covers, which wasn’t received very well.

In 1968, the band released two more LPs of original material: the critically praised ‘Triangle’ and the country-rock tinged ‘Bradley’s Barn’. The later contains the excellent ‘Deep Water’.

Artist information sources include: The book, ‘Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers Revisited’ by Vernon Joynson.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1966 single Warner Bros. 5813

  • She Reigns

From the 1965 album Introducing the Beau Brummels
Introducing the Beau Brummels

  • Laugh Laugh
  • Just A Little

From the 1967 album Triangle

  • Magic Hollow

From the 1968 album Bradley’s Barn
Bradley's Barn

  • Deep Water