Brian Wilson has already announced he’ll be working with Al Jardine and David Marks, both of whom joined him on the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour. But that’s not the only familiar face who’ll be on hand.
Wilson has posted a photo from the on-going sessions featuring singer Blondie Chaplin — exciting news for fans of the “Sail On Sailor”-era edition of the Beach Boys.
Chaplin’s tenure included two early-1970s studio efforts, Carl and the Passions: So Tough and the deeply underrated Holland, as well as the live set Beach Boys in Concert. “Sail On Sailor” peaked at No. 79 in 1973, and then only climbed to No. 49 when re-released two years later, but it has remained a fan favorite.
Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, both members of a South Africa-based R&B group known as the Flame, joined the Beach Boys in quick succession after Dennis Wilson injured his hand. The Flame had also been signed by Carl Wilson to the band’s Brother Records. Chaplin’s short, but fruitful, tenure with the Beach Boys ended after an argument with Mike Love’s brother Stephen, who was then serving as the group’s new manager. Later, Chaplin worked with the Band, the Byrd’s Gene Clark, Paul Butterfield and the Rolling Stones.
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