The Beau Brummels were an American rock band. Formed in San Francisco in 1964, the band's original lineup included Sal Valentino (lead vocals), Ron Elliott (lead guitar), Ron Meagher (bass guitar), Declan Mulligan (rhythm guitar, bass, harmonica), and John Petersen (drums). They were discovered by local disc jockeys who were looking to sign acts to their new label, Autumn Records, where Sylvester Stewart—later known as Sly Stone—produced the group's early recording sessions. Initially, the band's musical style blended beat music and folk music and typically drew comparisons to The Beatles, while their later work incorporated other music genres such as psychedelic rock and country rock.
The Beau Brummels broke into the mainstream with their debut single, "Laugh, Laugh," for which they would later be credited for setting one of the aesthetic foundations for the San Francisco Sound, along with other bands such as The Charlatans. The band's popularity continued with the subsequent album, 1965's Introducing the Beau Brummels, and the Top 10 single "Just a Little." The group's commercial success declined by the following year, at which time the financially struggling Autumn label was acquired by Warner Bros. Records. After recording an album of cover songs, Beau Brummels '66, the band released a pair of critically acclaimed albums: Triangle in 1967 and Bradley's Barn in 1968.
The band underwent several personnel changes, beginning with Mulligan's departure in 1965. Guitarist Don Irving joined the band in late 1965 when Elliott began to suffer seizures resulting from a diabetic condition, leaving him unable to tour with the band. Shortly after the release of Beau Brummels '66, Irving left the group when he was inducted into the armed forces. Petersen left to join Harpers Bizarre, reducing the Beau Brummels to a trio for the recording of Triangle. Meagher was drafted for military service in 1968, leaving Valentino and Elliott as the only remaining band members. The duo worked with prominent Nashville session musicians to record Bradley's Barn before parting ways in 1969 to focus on solo material and participate in projects by other artists. The five original Beau Brummels reformed in 1974, and the band released an eponymous album the following year.
Ron Elliott (born Ronald Charles Elliott) on October 21, 1943) is an American musician, composer and producer, best known as songwriter and lead guitarist of rock band The Beau Brummels. Elliott wrote or co-wrote the band's 1965 U.S. top 20 hits "Laugh, Laugh" and "Just a Little." In addition to reuniting with the Beau Brummels on occasion over the years, Elliott released a solo album in 1970, and has played on and produced albums by a number of other artists.
Sad Little Girl
Sad little girl walking by the sea
Stares at the limb of a driftwood tree
Washed by the waves to a sandy shore
Now she won't be happy anymore
Pretty blue eyes that are filled with tears
Tears that reflect those unhappy years
Gone is the love that she knew
So well, gone is the love and that magic spell
He went away, didn't say goodbye
He went away and he made her cry
Sad little girl with the sad blue eyes
Now she's alone and now she cries
Now she cries
Sad little girl walking by the sea
Long golden hair blowing wild and free
Love was yours now it's been and gone
Sad how the memories linger on
Sad little girl walking by the sea...
--song written by Ron Elliot
Great forgotten classic 60s ballad. Why am I posting songs where the women get the worst of it? Equal time doctrine...? Men without women. Women without men. Men & women without their respective significant others. I'm such a bleeding heart. A sucker for a sad song. Women really are just a tad more vulnerable, don't you know...? But don't tell anybody I said that. Hey, I'm old-school. Give me some slack, Gertrude...