The Association

Never My Love
#2 in 1967


The Association is a pop music band from California in the sunshine pop genre. They are best known for their popularity in the 1960s, when they had numerous hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts. Jules Alexander was born September 25, 1943, was in Hawaii in 1962, serving a stint in the Navy, when he met Terry Kirkman (born 1939), who was visiting. The two young musicians jammed together and promised to get together once Alexander was discharged. That happened a year later; the two eventually moved to Los Angeles and began exploring LA's early 60s scene. This led, in 1964, to the forming of The Men, a 13 piece folk-rock band. This group had a brief spell as the house band at The Troubadour, the famed LA nightclub. After a short time, however, The Men disbanded, with 6 of the members electing to continue on their own. At the suggestion of Kirkman's then-fiancée, Judy, they took the name The Association. The original lineup consisted of Alexander (credited as Gary Alexander on the first 2 albums) on vocals and lead guitar; Kirkman on vocals and a variety of wind and brass instruments; Brian Cole (1942-1972) on vocals and bass; Russ Giguere (born October 18, 1943) on vocals, percussion and guitar; Ted Bluechel, Jr (born December 2, 1942) on drums and vocals; and Bob Page (born May 13, 1943) on guitar and vocals. Page's time in the band was brief; he was soon replaced by Jim Yester (born November 24, 1939) on vocals, guitar, and keyboards. Also Tony Mafia was briefly part of the Association.
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