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sometimesmylifeissoeerie
Fourth Love

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Posted - 22/04/2017 :  23:21:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I posted some of this in the General Music section, but thought the part with The Leaves and LOVE might be interesting to some in this setion.

It's from the new autobio by Jim Pons, bass player for The Leaves, The Turtles and The Mothers.

The Leaves had an audition to replace The Byrds as house band at Ciro's. They were scared to death when they found out they had to compete with The Grassroots for the gig.
We all know what band the Grassroots turned out to be, and The Leaves felt they were totally outclassed by the professionalism of LOVE at that time. However, The Leaves was chosen over LOVE for some reason!

They became friends with LOVE, and were 'pot smoking buddies' with AL and Bryan MacLean. BM had learned a folk song from David Crosby called 'Hey Joe', and BM taught it to John Beck, and The Leaves asked them for permission to record it.
Pons said it was never clear whether they were given permission to record it, but it was in Public Domain, so they decided to record it anyway.
Pons said that 'it is said that both LOVE and The Byrds resented that The Leaves recorded it', but they wound up having a huge, #1 hit with it, and overnight became big Hollywood stars.

lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
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Posted - 23/04/2017 :  12:43:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sometimesmylifeissoeerie

I posted some of this in the General Music section, but thought the part with The Leaves and LOVE might be interesting to some in this setion.

It's from the new autobio by Jim Pons, bass player for The Leaves, The Turtles and The Mothers.

The Leaves had an audition to replace The Byrds as house band at Ciro's. They were scared to death when they found out they had to compete with The Grassroots for the gig.
We all know what band the Grassroots turned out to be, and The Leaves felt they were totally outclassed by the professionalism of LOVE at that time. However, The Leaves was chosen over LOVE for some reason!

They became friends with LOVE, and were 'pot smoking buddies' with AL and Bryan MacLean. BM had learned a folk song from David Crosby called 'Hey Joe', and BM taught it to John Beck, and The Leaves asked them for permission to record it.
Pons said it was never clear whether they were given permission to record it, but it was in Public Domain, so they decided to record it anyway.
Pons said that 'it is said that both LOVE and The Byrds resented that The Leaves recorded it', but they wound up having a huge, #1 hit with it, and overnight became big Hollywood stars.

Thanks! Nice.

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