Thompson had previously been known primarily in jazz circles. The album Stop Your Motor was released in July It was the group's least popular up to that date, reaching only No. In early , they resurfaced on Columbia with Waterbeds in Trinidad! The album fared even less well than Stop Your Motor , reaching No. For their tour, the group expanded, bringing in first session bass player Wolfgang Melz, and then Mike Berkowitz on drums, to add more musical versatility on stage and free up Brian Cole and Ted Bluechel to concentrate on singing.
But on August 2, , year-old Cole was found dead in his Los Angeles home of a heroin overdose. For the rest of the s, the Association was in a state of flux, releasing singles intermittently along with sporadic touring. In September , Kirkman departed, as did Melz and Berkowitz later on that fall. It failed to make much of an impression, though, and the label's funding for a hoped for album by the group never materialized. Mums folded by the end of Jim Yester left in the late summer of and was briefly replaced by his brother Jerry who, like Vaught, had just played in Rosebud.
Jim Yester returned a short time later when Alexander left in late , eventually to join Giguere and former Honey Ltd. Jerry Yester stayed with the Association until the end of and pianist Thompson also left at that time.
Dwayne Smith vocals, keyboards was then brought in. An album called The Association Bites Back was to follow but was never released. Reportedly, Curb was dissatisfied with the drum tracks and wanted to bring in session drummer Jim Gordon to play, but the band refused, sinking the deal.
Membership was fluid in — Smith had joined in December and appeared on "One Sunday Morning" but was replaced by Andy Chapin by the end of Ramos departed as well in mid and was replaced by Art Johnson, then the aforementioned Larry Brown vocals, guitar. The increased tour schedule led to Chapin's departure in he later played for artist Ricky Nelson and perished along with Nelson and his band when his plane crashed on December 31, During the spring of , Brown left to concentrate on session work and keyboardist Ric Ulsky joined, leaving Jim Yester as sole guitarist in the lineup.
But by the summer of that same year, with the prime gigs proving to be fewer and far between, Yester left, leaving Bluechel as the only original member. Russ Levine who had played with Bobby Womack , Donna Summer and Ultimate Spinach also arrived in to take over drums from Maurice Miller who went on to play with Lena Horne but died of complications from diabetes October 10, in Burbank, California at age 73 on drums.
And a short time after that, guitarist Jack Harris came in for Woolley. Jerry Yester also returned for several gigs with the group in the fall of Reportedly, new recordings were even made during this period but none were ever released. The band then dissolved shortly afterwards, leaving Bluechel with a huge debt.
To help clear away some of it, in November , he leased the group's name to a company that put a fake "Association" out on the road. This led, in the early s, to the band recording some self financed demos and then a short-lived deal with Elektra Records resulting in a few singles one of which, "Dreamer", reunited them with producer Bones Howe and made the Hot with virtually no promotion and more touring.
Their former manager, Pat Colecchio, also came back into the group's life during this time. In , the surviving originals with Ulsky returning in place of Thompson, Levine back on drums and Alexander taking over the bass went back on the road for a concert tour, putting the short-lived bogus band out of business. During , drummer Levine departed again and Bluechel, who had been concentrating on singing only, stepped back behind the drums again.
Jim Yester left again in June and the group added Keith Moret bass, backing vocals as Alexander went back to playing guitar. Moret stayed only briefly until Joe LaManno who had once done a brief fill-in stint with the group back in late joined during July That same year, the group was invited to appear on the Happy Together Again tour, a multi-bill of s acts produced by David Fishof who had taken over the band's management from Pat Colecchio in Colecchio died of colon cancer on June 3, Gary's brother, Brian Puckett, played drums in the show for Gary and McFarlane and likewise joined the Association for their set as well.
During the latter part of the tour, Mike Peed joined on keyboards in place of Ulsky but left himself in November , turning it over to Donni Gougeon from Joshua Perahia 's band. But by the end of the year, there was a mass exodus as Kirkman who had already turned in his notice in September , Bluechel, LaManno and Brian Puckett all departed. In February , the band carried on as Alexander, Giguere, Ramos and Gougeon recruited new members: Paul Beach vocals, bass, who had also played in the Happy Together Again show band and Bruce Pictor vocals, drums, percussion, who had played alongside Beach in Puckett's group in the early s.
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