The SMS Trivia Question of the Week 11/2

Sixties music secrets photoYessir! It’s Trivia Tuesday for Nov. 2nd. Brought to us each Tuesday by All The Groovey People at Omnivore Recordings! Your “must see” destination for all the music you didn’t know, you didn’t know! But, before we reveal this week’s all new trivia quiz, we’d like to recognize all the brilliant readers who weighed in on last week’s question, which was: We gave you a list of 10 songs about death or dying and asked you to identify the one title that didn’t belong on the list! First in with a near perfect answer was our old colleague Mr. Jeffrey Conroy! Followed as a close second is a long time SMS reader was the ultra knowledgeable Mr. Steven Winogradsky We’ll done, congrats and thanx to both you brilliant gents!

But now, it’s time for this week’s new Trivia question: This weeks trivia quiz is about a record producer! Now, if you’re unclear as to what a producer does, well here’s how Wikipedia defines the role…

A music producer or record producer is a recording project’s creative and technical leader, commanding studio time and coaching artists, and in popular genres typically creates the song’s very sound and structure.[1][2][3] The music producer, or simply the producer, is likened to a film director.[1][3] The executive producer, on the other hand, enables the recording project through entrepreneurship, and an audio engineer operates the technology.

Varying by project, the producer may also choose all of the artists,[4] or openly perform vocals with them.[3] If employing only synthesized or sampled instrumentation, the producer may be the sole artist.[3] Conversely, some artists do their own production.[3] Some producers are their own engineers,[5] operating the technology across the project: preproduction, recording, mixing, and mastering. Record producers’ precursors were “A&R men”, who likewise could blend entrepreneurial, creative, and technical roles,[2] but often exercised scant creative influence,[6] as record production still focused, into the 1950s, on simply improving the record’s sonic match to the artists’ own live performance.[3

Ya got that ? Great! So now let’s put your new wealth of information to good use by correctly answering this week’s new trivia quiz! And since you’ve done your homework, we’ll keep it simple! In the mid Sixties one of our favorite bands was The Beau Brummels ! Hailing from San Francisco, although many of us believed they were from The U. K. Their sound was oh so British and beautiful… giving them two back to back hits with “Laugh Laugh” and “Just a Little,” and all you have to do is tell us who produced The Beau Brummels ? He also was a huge part  of The “Bay Area” music scene! In addition to his name we need the name of HIS band as well. Lastly and for SMS Super Genius status, give us the names of at least two other Sixties artists he produced ?

In summary, here’s what we need:

.1) Tell us who produced T he Beau Brummels ?

.2) Tell us the name of his band ( Also from The Bay Area) ?

.3) Give us the names of at least two other 60’s artists he produced ?

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Here’s Laugh Laugh:







  1. WOW! This 60’s band occupied a good portion of my H.S. music memories. Just one of those sounds that scream out mid 60’s to me! Happy you brought them up on SMS!! I NEVER KNEW MR. SLY produces them early on.

    • Hey Tom,
      Great to see you here at SMS! Can you give us the names of a couple other acts Sly produced?
      Thanx Tom and please don’t be a stranger!

  2. Ohhhhhhhh the Beau Brummels today! I just spent half an hour listening to Laugh Laugh and Just a Little. Why do I appreciate them all now more than ever, looking back? Or is that an illusion? I loved the group and these songs then, but now they seem like masterpieces to me. The vocal and harmonica in Laugh Laugh are simply haunting, sorrowful, performed oh so smoothly. Am I old and snobby to think the musicians and music was heads above most of today? I am probably just old. Thank you for the Beau Brummels, my day is made with this, Mr. Shoemaker!

    • Hey Doranney!
      First of all thank you for your very kind words, and to your point I do think there is a certain “Generation gap” at play here but there is no question that the Beau Brummels are one of the best bands to emerge from the British Invasion period! In particular I think “Laugh Laugh” holds it’s own up against any Lennon / McCartney composition! To your question, I simply see a young girl with great musical taste who’s grown into a matured woman who maintained that great musical taste! I’m with you Ms. Doranney!

  3. Sylvester Stewart-
    Sly and the family Stone
    The Great Society, Bobby Freeman, the Mojo Men and the aforementioned, Beau Brummels.
    But Alas, too late once again, I am.

    • Hey Curtis,
      Don’t know about you, but when I look at the list of acts Sly produced, I’m always blown away by the huge diversity of musical styles he can produce!
      Thanx again Curtis…

  4. Producer was Sylvester Stewart, later known as Sly Stone

    Sly and The Family Stone

    The Mojo Men, The Great Society

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