The Warmth Of The Sun (1964)

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The Beach Boys.

Formed in 1961 by Brian Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California); his brothers, Dennis Wilson (born December 4, 1944, died December 28, 1983) and Carl Wilson (born December 21, 1946, died February 6, 1998); their cousin Mike Love (born March 15, 1941 in Los Angeles, California), and friend Alan Jardine (born September 3, 1942 in Lima, Ohio.)

They are one the most influential groups in rock and pop music history, with 36 US Top 40 hits (including four #1 singles) and many million-selling albums.

"The Warmth of the Sun" was released on their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2 and as the B-side of "Dance, Dance, Dance", which charted at #8 (US) and #24 (UK).

Written by:
Mike Love and Brian Wilson.

On November 22, 1963, the Beach Boys were scheduled to perform a concert at the Marysville Auditorium in Marysville, California. On that same day, the news came from Dallas, Texas: President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.

Murray Wilson, the father of the three Wilson brothers in the Beach Boys, was concerned as to whether they should go on with the performance. Fred Vail, the band's manager and promoter, quickly contacted those connected with the show. Local radio stations, record shops, city government, and police had no problem with the Beach Boys' planned performance.

That evening, Fred Vail introduced the group as normal, but considering the situation, asked the audience for a moment of silence in honor of President Kennedy. Vail later said, "It seemed like hours standing out there, head bowed, while the audience was totally - and respectfully - quiet."

The show was success, not only breaking the existing attendance record, but with no incidents by a very well-behaved audience. After the concert, from 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM at a hotel in Sacramento, inspired by the shock felt over the assassination of Kennedy, Love and Wilson finished a song they had begun writing earlier that day: "The Warmth of the Sun".

Also by: Vince Gill, who performed a version of the song (featured in An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson) at Radio City Music Hall on March 29, 2001; Willie Nelson.

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