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Curt Boettcher

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Curt Boettcher, later Curt Boetcher and Curt Becher (1944–1987), was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Wisconsin. His career spanned 1964 to 1983.

Boettcher was one of the most important personalities of Sunshine Pop in the 1960s, even influencing Brian Wilson before the production of Pet Sounds. Boettcher worked with The Association, Gary Usher, The Millennium, Sagittarius, and The Beach Boys, among others. Curt Boettcher sang some background vocals on The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers album, a Gary Usher production job.

He started out working with a folk quartet in the early 60s called The GoldeBriars. Two albums were released by Epic Records, and a third (which apparently found them heading in a prototypical folk-rock direction) was recorded but was rejected for release. The group had added drummer Ron Edgar prior to recording their third album, who would later join The Music Machine before working with Boettcher again in The Millennium (See Lee Mallory).

Following the demise of The GoldeBriars, Boettcher moved into production and songwriting work for others, including Tommy Roe and The Association, as well as forming a group called The Ballroom. Though the group signed to Warner Bros. and recorded an album in 1966, it remained unreleased in its entirety until 2001. However, Boettcher met both Brian Wilson and producer Gary Usher while working on the album.

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