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Harmonica Pocket, The Well Wishers and Ken Sharp

Harmonica Pocket

One Two I Love You

https://harmonicapocket.bandcamp.com/

There’s nothing better in music than a song that lifts the spirits, and, boy, does this song do that. Written by head harmonica man Keeth Apgar and his son, it’s the musical equivalent of a big red balloon, or a sunny afternoon. Now that it’s carpool season again, we’re betting that this one will definitely start your family’s day off on a positive note.

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The Well Wishers

Wonderful Life

https://thewellwishers.bandcamp.com/album/wonderful-life

Not only is this buoyant slab of power pop a real go-getter, it’s a charity single benefitting the California Community Foundation’s Wildlife Relief Fund. Considering the horrendous wildfires that have been consuming the western United States the past few years, it certainly is a worthwhile cause. Two tracks for $1.

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Ken Sharp

This Kiss

https://kensharp.bandcamp.com/track/this-kiss

Until we get around to doing a full-length review of Ken Sharp’s latest Lp, Miniatures, we highly recommend that you give this cool track a spin. Sharp strikes us as being from the Brill Building school of songwriting. In fact, you can almost hear this tune being sung by Davy Jones or The Ronettes. Top-notch stuff.

By Staff

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Birthdays

Esther Williams

Born on this day in 1921, in Inglewood, California, actress and athlete, Esther Williams. Williams was a marquee star for MGM in the 1940’s and 50’s, appearing in 25+ films, usually featuring her incredible swimming skills. In her teen years, those same swimming skills won her several competitive time records and national championships.

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Ritchie Valens

Born on this day in 1941, in Pacoima, California, singer, guitarist and songwriter, Ritchie Valens. Valens had several hits in his brief career; La Bamba, Donna, Framed, Come On Let’s Go and We Belong Together. He’s often cited as being the very first Chicano rock star.

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Welcome! Welcome!

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Debbi Peterson

Born on this day in 1961, in Los Angeles, California, musician Debbi Peterson. She plays drums and provides background vocals for The Bangles. She also sang lead on their fan-favorite track, Going Down To Liverpool.

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Robert Redford

Born on this day in 1936 in Santa Monica, California, actor Robert Redford. Redford has appeared in dozens of successful films, including; Barefoot In The Park, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, The Sting and All The President’s Men.

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Natalie Wood

Born on this day in 1938, in San Francisco, California, actress Natalie Wood. Wood starred in many silver screen classics, including Miracle On 34th Street, Rebel Without A Cause and West Side Story.

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California Sun

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Zoo Baby!

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The Armoires/Zibaldone

The Armoires

Zibaldone (Big Stir)

http://www.bigstirrecords.com

In the world of The Armoires, it is perpetually 1967. California is the only place to be, and the golden sun never sets. It’s a beach party where everyone wears paisley, and Brian Wilson is in deep conversation with Mike Nesmith and Stephen Stills, about the between-the-grooves meaning of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Lead Armoires Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome, as well as their bandmates, bring these neo-psychedelic tunes into focus, with sensational vocal harmony arrangements and 12-string Rickenbackers, stacked eight miles high. “(How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me?” and “Alesandra 619” are pure-pop perfection. Highly recommended.

By Dan Pavelich