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Really enjoyed this Brad, thanks! Having attended university in Halifax, I was well aware of April Wine (Just Between You and Me is an absolute classic). The other two artists I hadn’t heard of despite having heard Shannon somewhere before. Looking forward to this regular series!!

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What can I say that hasn't already been said by your thousands of followers? To my ears, Yacht Rock is essentially the same thing as Yacht Pop. In fact, I think Yacht Pop might be a better nomer. Is nomer a word? Misnomer is, so it should be if it's not. Actually, I've changed my tune. As "Pop" is often used to mean "soda pop" or "soda," the best name might be Yacht Tab. Or Fresca of the Sea. Or Sprite of the Sea. I'm fishing here.

I agree with MK in that I feel that April Wine is the outlier band to your Yacht Pop subgenre. I think it's because Canadians are so damn nice and friendly that they come off as easy-going even when they are rockin' hard. In that sense, all Canadian music is Yacht Pop.

Oh - I always learn something in your pieces, but I was surprised to learn that Jay Ferguson wrote the theme to the American "Office." I feel like I should have known that. It's a classic.

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I know a bunch of people who will fight you on Sign of the Gypsy Queen being Yacht Rock but thrilled to see April Wine getting recognition!

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Hahaha I’m super into that. I’d also love a specific Yacht Rock Hall of Fame in SoCal maybe in Malibu. Or a permanent location at margaritaville

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Oh my mind is literally blown. No idea that jay ferguson did the office theme song!

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Ah ha. Ok well that could maybe explain something, anybody else following this please do correct me if I’m wrong, but whenever I have attempted to see what Sirius FM is all about I get a message saying something like β€˜unfortunately currently unavailable in you geographic location.” My attention span for this kinda stuff diminishes to zero immediately.... so, game over. What other genres have I missed due to this?

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Sometimes, Brad, you make me feel like I’ve been living under a rock πŸͺ¨ I don’t know any of these bands (apart from you mention The Beatles in passing, I know them), names or even genres - I never heard of Yacht Rock!

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Thanks, Brad, for another great piece! Colour me ignorant, but I didn't even know there was such thing as "yacht pop"! When I say every day at FR&B is a school day, I mean it!

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Nice mix! The funny thing about Spirit (the band) is that the members were more successful away from the band.

You just mentioned JoJo Gunne another band was Firefall out of Boulder Colorado as Mark Andes was their bassist. Andes’ resume is quite stellar besides Jo Jo Gunne and Spirit, Andes played for Canned Heat, Heart, and I believe another band. Ed Cassidy, the drummer, was well known in the jazz world prior to pounding the skins for Spirit. John Locke (don’t you just love that name) played with the Scottish band Nazareth (the most unappreciated impactive Rock band that ever existed) later but was more of a studio musician than a concert artist. Randy California, who probably had more talent than Ferguson, Andes, and Locke combined, but never gained traction outside of Spirit which was a huge disappointment.

By the way, what you wrote about Gross was interesting, I never knew the background as I thought he was attempting to be just another singer like Brian and Carl Wilson. Gross was a great pick!

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Wouldn’t have figured Jay Ferguson to be the piano-stool-throwing type!

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It's funny how some songs click long-term with listeners. Some one-hot wonders last, others are forgotten. Every time I hear Henry Gross' "Shannon," I think of the song "Ariel," by Dean Friedman, which is kind of from the same era and although they don't have a similar sound, they have the same vibe in my head. Plus, as I once heard Casey Kasem note, "Ariel" is the only Billboard Top 40 song to contain the word "Paramus."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONXQbbJJLuM

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Thanks, Brad! Listening to the full album now.

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I was gonna say, the dog pictured with Carl Wilson is NOT an Irish Setter, but I sallied on and continued ready! Quite a songwriting process drowning out the neighbors and playing seashore sounds!!

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