Pop Rock Music
Well, can’t let 4/20 go by without a song or two for the occasion. The song “Along Comes Mary” was the first big hit for The Association. Recorded and released in 1966, it went to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the U.S. Cashbox Chart. The Mary named in the song refers to marijuana rather than a girl, and, of course, that made the song controversial. “Along Comes Mary” was written by Tandyn Almer, who wrote and produced songs for a number of groups during the 1960s and 1970s, including The Association, The Beach Boys, The Purple Giant, The Garden Club, and Dennis Olivieri. (A tidbit of Tandyn Almer trivia is that he invented a waterpipe called the Slave-Master, which has been described as the perfect bong.) “Along Comes Mary” was on The Association’s debut album titled And Then…Along Comes the Association.
The Association formed in California and had songs in the folk rock and soft rock genres. Some of their hits include “Windy,” “Cherish,” and “Never My Love.” In 1967, they were the lead-off band at the Monterey Pop Festival. The group has had changes in its membership of the years, but in 1966, The Association consisted of Gary “Jules” Alexander (guitar, vocals), Russ Giguere (guitar, vocals), Terry Kikman (keyboards, vocals), Brian Cole (bass, vocals), Ted Bluechel (drums, vocals), and Larry Ramos (guitar, vocals). The group still tours and performs.