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It's A Beautiful Day


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San Francisco, United States (1967 – 1974)

It’s a Beautiful Day was a band formed on a beautiful day in San Francisco in 1967, and was the brainchild of violinist and vocalist David LaFlamme. David has been in a band called Orkustra with Bobby Beausoleil. The other members were David’s wife Linda (keyboards), Pattie Santos (vocals), Hal Wagenet (guitar), Mitchell Holman (bass) and Val Fuentes (drums). Their debut album, the self-titled It’s A Beautiful Day, was released in 1969. They were a bit of a latecomer in the psychedelic scene, often considered to be one of the “second wave” bands that emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area.

The band’s first album featured tracks like “White Bird” (which quickly became a hit song), “Hot Summer Day” and “Time Is”. The vocals and violin playing of David LaFlamme plus Pattie Santos’ singing drew a huge following in the Bay Area. The Song “Bombay Calling” inspired Jon Lord (Deep Purple) to write “Child in Time” (could one say “steal” ?)
A few years later, IABD did a copy of Deep Purple’s “Wring That Neck

By 1970 the original lineup of the band had changed a little (David and Linda had split up: David stayed, Linda left the band, and Fred Webb replaced her), but their next album, Marrying Maiden, released in 1970, still included some popular tracks and didn’t fail to chart.

The band continued to record (Choice Quality Stuff in 1971 and the live album Live at Carnegie Hall in 1972) and tour until 1974. Although they were still able to produce some very popular tunes, they couldn’t generate the interest which they’d enjoyed in previous years. In 1974, they dissolved. Sadly, Pattie Santos was killed in a car crash on December 14, 1989.


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  • MotelBird

    "Time is" is the greatest song in the album.

    4 Apr 1:38am Reply
  • Merryt55

    Those continuing the Deep Purple/IABD Bombay Calling debate may be interested in the following link: YMMV :-p

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • aggroroofer

    (Don't get me wrong: I like 'Bombay Calling' as well...)

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • aggroroofer

    According to Purple's Gillian: "Jon Lord was dicking around (or 'extemporising on a theme' as it's known in the trade) with a tune from the new album by 'It's a Beautiful Day', it was 'Bombay Calling'. I started singing...", but it's become a quite different song. Child in Time is a ten-minute musical orgasm with actual lyrics, so there was some creative effort involved. Incidentally, reinderd, what does "all of their best stuff" mean, what else?

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BlackKing999

    Beautiful Atmosphere.

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    the girl in this band looks like sonja kristina.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Here's some trivia for you: Don & Dewey was a tribute to Don Sugarcane Harris (who did the Hot Rats album for Zappa among a great number of other things, and his partner Dewey Harris. The violin on It's A Beautiful Day on this track could never be as good as Sugarcane's but it was pretty damn good, great number surprised to see so few listen to this track.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • reinderd

    Deep Purple basically stole all of their best stuff and have acknowledged that. IABD stole back the tune and structure of Wring That Neck for Don and Dewey though.

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • dirtydogintex

    still sounds really, really good w/eyes closed !!

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Unforgettable :)

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • KakahDaschund

    Creator, one of their best songs!

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • mozzmozz

    iconan is correct. Deep Purple acknowledged their influence to Bombay Calling. And IABD were aware of the situation, but they had their own problems with royalties, with a long-standing legal battle with their manager, which they lost. LaFlamme wrote awesome songs but hardly got any royalties. Tragic really. Hopefully the story will come out some day. (Then it will be a beautiful day).

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Spacebel

    Girl with no eyes ... mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Wonderful ST album

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Dear kflorence, to say the truth, the opposite is true: they were Deep Purple who stole the early part of the Child in Time to the poor It's a Beautiful Day, just look at the release dates of their records, Bombay Calling is the 1969 , while the Child in Time was released in 1970. -.-.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • kflorence

    The initial tune of Bombay Calling is sooo damn similar with Deep Purple hammond tune of Child in Time! [3] More like, identical!

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
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    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • WSteven

    mellow days are here again:)

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Robert161989

    ritchi has it from this song

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • immolation

    The initial tune of Bombay Calling is sooo damn similar with Deep Purple hammond tune of Child in Time! [3] ...omg,the similarity is almost frapping.

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • chefsam57

    It's a Beautiful life time

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
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