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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

And Then Along Came...Many

When he died recently, and a few obits appeared, most of us--even folks who worked at Crawdaddy (e.g. me)--had never heard his name for decades, if ever.  Tandyn Almer.  Who?  Seems that he wrote the classic early pot song "Along Comes Mary" for The Association around 1966, and then pretty much disappeared, first from the charts, then...in every way.  Interesting cat.  Also invented "the perfect bong." (James Franco, take notice.)  Now there's a New Yorker piece and a likely very uneven collection of his demos.   Didn't know he co-wrote two very good post-Brian Beach Boys songs, "Marcella" and "Sail on Sailor."

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