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The Beau Brummels

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The Beau Brummels were an American rock band, formed in San Francisco in 1964. The band’s original lineup included Sal Valentino (lead vocals), Ron Elliott (lead guitar and main songwriter), Ron Meagher (bass guitar), Declan Mulligan (rhythm guitar, bass, harmonica), and John Petersen (drums). The Beau Brummels were discovered by Autumn Records, where Sylvester Stewart—later known as Sly Stone—produced the group’s early recording sessions. Initially, the band’s musical style blended beat music and folk music, and has been described as early and influential folk rock. Much like their contemporaries, The Byrds, their early music drew comparisons to the Beatles. Their later work incorporated other music genres such as psychedelic rock and country rock.

The Beau Brummels broke into the mainstream with their debut single, “Laugh, Laugh”, for which they would later be credited for setting the aesthetic foundation for the San Francisco Sound. The band’s popularity continued with the subsequent album, 1965’s Introducing the Beau Brummels, and the Top 10 single “Just a Little”. The group’s commercial success declined by the following year, at which time the financially struggling Autumn label was acquired by Warner Bros. Records. After recording an album of cover songs, Beau Brummels ‘66, the band released a pair of critically acclaimed albums: Triangle in 1967 and Bradley’s Barn in 1968.

The band underwent several personnel changes, beginning with Mulligan’s departure in 1965. Guitarist Don Irving joined the band in late 1965 when Elliott began to suffer seizures resulting from a diabetic condition, leaving him unable to tour with the band.

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