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One of the most schitzophrenic bands of all time. They could do hard rock, soft rock, ballads, bubblegum, psychedelic, Lettermen-style vocalizing. In short a little bit of everything and not very good at any of them. Famous for the prom-rock classics "Cherish" and "Never My Love", they also did the rah-rah "Enter The Young" and the ultra-heavy anti-war "Requiem For The Masses". Once it was revealed that they did not perform the intruments on their two number one hits ("Cherish" and "Windy") they became persona non grata in the rock community. In the end by trying to be everything to everyone they were rejected by all. (Having said all that, I still get a warm and fuzzy feeling whenever I hear "Cherish".)
Posted by qoz on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 20:20pm
Absolutely love the song 'Windy'. God, that takes me back to 67. Do not feel they should be inducted, however.
Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 10:19am
They way I look at The Association is that they could craft a better prom rock song "Cherish" than Neil Sedaka or Frankie Valli, a better flower power generation song "Enter The Young" (led off Monterey)than Buffalo Springfield, a better party song "Along Comes Mary" than the Monkees, a better anti-war song "Requiem For The Masses" than Joan Baez, a deeper psychedelic meditation song "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies" than Jefferson Airplane, and a better sing along pop tune "Windy" than Tom Jones.
Posted by SG on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 00:28am
Have a post from a few months ago saying they shouldn't be inducted. However, I've just recently read some news on this site that suggests that Hermans Hermits might be going in the next year or two.
Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 07.28.08 @ 11:35am
I just really love these old 60's musicians so much feel an talent!, this band. had a sring of hits. They set the stage for some of the best music then an even today !
Posted by Happy on Saturday, 03.10.12 @ 22:29pm
They were one of the hardest working bands during their prime (1965--1970?) and still were touring 4 original members until 2013. They had solid hits, and harmonized better than many groups in RxR HOF.
Posted by Leonard Garcia on Saturday, 04.5.14 @ 02:06am
Just found out Larry Ramos, guitarist & vocalist on Never My Love & Windy & many other great songs The Association did has passed away.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 07:45am
I have always been appalled that the Association has been snubbed by the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Let's list just a few of their musical accomplishments:
Posted by Bytemeister on Friday, 09.5.14 @ 16:17pm
The Association was one of the greatest American bands from 1966-1972. They were top professionals on stage and could fill an arena with vocal harmony like no other band. Their musicianship and showmanship has been sadly overlooked in the RRHOF consideration, and the snide comments of some on this forum reveal that they have no first-hand experience with The Association at all. These guys should've been in the RRHOF in the FIRST induction. Hopefully, someone in Cleveland will see the error of their ways and make a change in their voting very soon. And one more thing--From 1968-1970, these guys sold more records in the US than the Beatles did. Get you some of that, RRHOF!
Posted by ulyssesmsu on Wednesday, 08.12.15 @ 23:05pm
Was listening to some of the Association the other day. Never My Love and Windy is good as it gets. They really had a good sound and I'm a sucker for vocal harmony. They deserve consideration I think in the next decade. Cole could play that bass. KING
Posted by KING on Monday, 08.17.15 @ 00:53am
The Association had delivered some incredible hits. Love the bass line from Cole had at the beginning of Windy. That is a Classic. Never My Love is almost perfect in delivery. Outstanding song! The Association showed how to do a love song with Cherish. Along Comes Mary more upbeat rocker. I have to admit The Association will start to get more consideration as most of the no-brain 60's acts have been inducted. These guys were Vocal Harmony Masters and deserve a KING salute!!! They were cool...The death of Cole was a shame. KING
Posted by KING on Wednesday, 09.2.15 @ 04:32am
KING: You'll hear no guff from me here: the Association were a great, great band. I even think to a small degree they're underrated as a band. Those vocal harmonies were excellent and the instrumentation was fantastic. Windy's still a constant favorite of mine, and Cherish and Never My Love just sweet songs.
Posted by SotN on Wednesday, 09.2.15 @ 07:51am
Joe Osborn played bass on Windy not Brian Cole.
Posted by BK on Thursday, 10.8.15 @ 17:08pm
Maybe it’s that they’re not just a rock and roll band. As previously mentioned, The Association covered many genres of music and covered them all excellently. The fact that they weren't "just" a rock and roll band shouldn’t prevent them from being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, however….the Hall of Fame should be ashamed for snubbing them, and is considered incomplete without them.
Posted by sandie on Tuesday, 11.1.16 @ 18:30pm
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