HELP ME RHONDA–The Beach Boys
#1 – May 1st, 1965
- The war in Vietnam continues to worsen, we continue to lose more men. At the same time the Anti-War movement grows in the US.
- President Johnson announces his program to create Medicare and to expand his war on poverty.
- In St. Louis, Missouri, the 630 foot tall parabolic steel Gateway Arch is completed (The St. Louis Arch)
- This was the first year mandated health warnings appeared on cigarette packets and smoking became a no-no.
- There is also civil unrest with rioting, looting and arson in Los Angeles.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
- MOVIES: “Goldfinger” “The Sound of Music ” and “Cat Ballou”
- T.V.: Bonanza, Gomer Pyle, The Lucy Show, The Red Skelton Show, Batman
- ABC pays an unprecedented $32 million for a four year contract with the NCAA to broadcast football games on Saturday afternoons.
- Bill Cosby, starring in I Spy, becomes the first African American to headline a tv show.
- The Beatles Play Live Concert Shea Stadium; The Grateful Dead play their first concert in San Francisco.
- Kids were playing with bouncing Wham-O’s Super-balls and Troll Dolls.
- Winston Churchill
- Nat King Cole
- T.S. Eliot
- Adlai Stevenson
- Group formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961.
- Consisted of brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson their cousin Mike Love and Al Jardine.
- Known in high school as Kenny & The Cadets, Carl & The Passions, The Pendletones.
- "Help Me, Rhonda" is the first Beach Boys song (with the exception of their Christmas Album) to feature a lead vocal by Al Jardine.
- The instrumental track has Carl Wilson, Bill Pitman, and Glen Campbell on guitar, Billy Strange on ukulele, Ray Pohlman on bass guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blaine on drums and timbales, Julius Wechter on claves, Billy Lee Riley on harmonica, Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson on tenor saxophone, and Jay Migliori on baritone saxophone. Al Jardine sang the lead vocal with backing vocals by Carl, Dennis and Brian Wilson and Mike Love.
- Group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
- The Beach Boys second U.S. number one single.
- Here’s “Help Me, Rhonda” your #1 @ 1 from May 1965.