oh those pioneers…
EXCEPT MY ANCIENTS
came west to
about a thousand miles
and a thousand years
cal -if or ni-ay
c’mon, get in my car…
cuando conduzco más rápido
harken back, if you will
1! 2! 3! 4!
Well I’m going out west where I belong
Where the days are short and the nights are long
…well, we’re out there having fun in that warm California sun
When the Ramones ventured to CALI,
the plane, the limo, hotel security
and their vampirism protected them
from any pesky sunlight, I’m sure…
that’s a snack. back to work
ahhh, here it is
The Rivieras were a rock group active from 1962-66, made up of teenagers from South Bend (IN) Central High School. Originally The Playmates, they opted out upon notice there was already a group of that name. In simpler days, they renamed themselves after the Buick Riviera. The first incarnation of the group found success in 1964 with “California Sun”, nearly reaching the top of the U.S. pop chart. In fact, these kids, teenagers at the time, really, were one of the last pure American rock-and-roll songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart before the onslaught of the “British Invasion”. Founding members Marty “Bo” Fortson and Joe Pennell left the band shortly after recording the single, joining the United States Marine Corps.
casey kasem reminds us
Here’s “California Sun” at its’ peak chart position of
#5 the same week The Beatles landed the first of
nine consecutive chart toppers with
“I Want to Hold Your Hand”
and off we went!
but before we all walked away,
we had sumthin’ here
that sound was uniquely American but…
it wasn’t like the beach boys invented it…
what good is the dawn
that grows into day
the sunset at night
or livin’ this way…
that stuff was contemplative, man.
BW is a deep thinker.
just like you