American Spring

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American Spring
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American Spring (right to left: Diane Rovell, Marilyn Wilson) with their co-producer, Brian Wilson (far left)
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop, ambient, neo psychedelia
Years active 1971-1973; 1977
Labels United Artists, Columbia
Associated acts The Honeys, Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys
Past members Marilyn Wilson
Diane Rovell

American Spring (known as Spring from 1971-72) were a 1970s pop music duo formed in Los Angeles, composed of sisters Diane Rovell and Marilyn Wilson, who had earlier been members of girl group the Honeys. As with the Honeys, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys (Marilyn's then-husband) played an integral role with American Spring, producing some of their recorded material.[1]

Biography[edit]

Formation and early years[edit]

After Ginger Blake, cousin of Marilyn Wilson and Diane Rovell left the Honeys to go pursue a solo singing career in Las Vegas in 1970, the Honeys effectively dissolved as a group. In 1971, while in her sister's kitchen, Diane Rovell pushed the idea of continuing to create music with her sister Marilyn as a pop duo named "Spring".[1] The band had their first official recording sessions at Brian Wilson's home studio in October 1971 and issued their first single "Now That Everything's Been Said" later that month. After releasing a second single, "Good Time" in May 1972, Spring released their first album, the self-titled Spring in July 1972.[2]

Spring didn't sell well in its time, but has since become a sought-after collectible.[1] In late 1972, the band found some legal trouble as the UK based band Spring were threatening legal action, arguing they owned the rights to the use of the band's name.[3] In order to avoid conflict, a compromise was made where Diane Rovell and Marilyn Wilson altered their band name to American Spring. After releasing a third single, "Shyin' Away" in 1973 the band went dormant.

Rebirth and later releases[edit]

In 1977, following Brian Wilson's resurgence as a producer, American Spring once again commenced recording at Brother Studios, this time with Rocky Pamplin contributing to certain sessions.[4] Though a substantial amount of material was recorded, personal matters which included the divorce of Marilyn and Brian caused Spring to once more become inactive. Some of these songs from both 1973 and 1977 have since come to find release though anthologies, rereleases and compilations. Tracks like "Snowflakes", "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet", "Do Ya?", "Slip On Through", "Don't Be Cruel" and "Sweet Sunday Kind of Love" are among this material.

Rhino Records issued an anthology of American Spring's music during 1988, and a 1992 Capitol Records Honeys collection included several previously-unissued American Spring songs. The Honeys also re-formed during the 1990s, to perform locally around Hollywood.

Band members[edit]

  • Diane Rovell – lead, harmony and backing vocals
  • Marilyn Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. American Spring at AllMusic. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Marcus, Ben. Surfing USA!: An Illustrated History of the Coolest Sport of All Time Voyageur Press, San Francisco, California, 2005. ISBN 978-0896586901
  3. ^ Lambert, Philip (2007). Inside the Music of Brian Wilson. United Kingdom: Continuum. pp. 308–311. ISBN 978-0826418777. 
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "GIGS76". Retrieved October 26, 2012.