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It's a Beautiful Day, It's a Beautiful Day

It's a Beautiful Day

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
1967

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '90s, '00s, '10s






It's a Beautiful Day

Biography

San Francisco psychedelic folk-rock unit It's a Beautiful Day was primarily the vehicle of virtuoso violinist David LaFlamme, born April 5, 1941 in New Britain, Connecticut but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. After beginning his musical education at age five, LaFlamme later served as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, following an army stint by settling in the Bay Area in 1962. There he immersed himself in the local underground music scene, jamming alongside the likes of Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin; after his short-lived Electric Chamber Orchestra splintered, LaFlamme also co-founded an early incarnation of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks before assembling It's a Beautiful Day in mid-1967. The group — which originally included LaFlamme's keyboardist wife Linda, vocalist Pattie Santos, guitarist Hal Wagenet, bassist Mitchell Holman, and drummer Val Fuentes — issued its self-titled debut LP on Columbia in 1969, scoring their biggest hit with the haunting FM radio staple "White Bird." Linda LaFlamme left It's a Beautiful Day soon after, going on to form Titus' Mother; keyboardist Fred Webb signed on for the follow-up, 1970's Marrying Maiden, while Holman exited prior to 1971's Choice Quality Stuff, recorded with new guitarist Bill Gregory and bassist Tom Fowler. In 1973, ongoing disputes over royalties forced LaFlamme out of the group he created, and upon installing new violinist Greg Bloch, the remaining members issued It's a Beautiful Day...Today before dissolving in the wake of 1974's 1001 Nights. LaFlamme mounted a solo career in 1977 with White Bird, continuing his protracted legal tussle with ex-manager Matthew Katz for years to follow; sadly, Pattie Santos died in a December 14, 1989 auto accident. . San Francisco psychedelic folk-rock unit It's a Beautiful Day was primarily the vehicle of virtuoso violinist David LaFlamme, born April 5, 1941 in New Britain, Connecticut but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. After beginning his musical education at age five, LaFlamme later served as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, following an army stint by settling in the Bay Area in 1962. There he immersed himself in the local underground music scene, jamming alongside the likes of Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin; after his short-lived Electric Chamber Orchestra splintered, LaFlamme also co-founded an early incarnation of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks before assembling It's a Beautiful Day in mid-1967. The group — which originally included LaFlamme's keyboardist wife Linda, vocalist Pattie Santos, guitarist Hal Wagenet, bassist Mitchell Holman, and drummer Val Fuentes — issued its self-titled debut LP on Columbia in 1969, scoring their biggest hit with the haunting FM radio staple "White Bird." Linda LaFlamme left It's a Beautiful Day soon after, going on to form Titus' Mother; keyboardist Fred Webb signed on for the follow-up, 1970's Marrying Maiden, while Holman exited prior to 1971's Choice Quality Stuff, recorded with new guitarist Bill Gregory and bassist Tom Fowler. In 1973, ongoing disputes over royalties forced LaFlamme out of the group he created, and upon installing new violinist Greg Bloch, the remaining members issued It's a Beautiful Day...Today before dissolving in the wake of 1974's 1001 Nights. LaFlamme mounted a solo career in 1977 with White Bird, continuing his protracted legal tussle with ex-manager Matthew Katz for years to follow; sadly, Pattie Santos died in a December 14, 1989 auto accident.

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Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
White BirdIt's a Beautiful Day6:08$0.99
2.
San Francisco NightsBeyond Dreams4:23$0.99
3.
Santa CruzBeyond Dreams8:52$0.99
4.
Girl With No EyesBeyond Dreams4:00$0.99
5.
Time IsBeyond Dreams5:04$0.99
6.
Pick Up SucksBeyond Dreams5:06$0.99
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Swept AwayBeyond Dreams5:52$0.99
8.
Lost In ParadiseBeyond Dreams6:20$0.99
9.
Who's Gonna Love MeBeyond Dreams3:58$0.99
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Bombay CallingBeyond Dreams5:31$0.99
11.
White BirdBeyond Dreams7:06$0.99
12.
Bulgaria (Live)Live At the Fillmore West -..5:58$0.99
13.
Don and Dewey (Live)Live At the Fillmore West -..9:02$0.99
14.
White Bird (Live)Live At the Fillmore West -..9:32$0.99
15.
Hot Summer Day (Live)Live At the Fillmore West -..7:12$0.99
16.
White Bird (Live)70s Rock Greatest Hits5:41$0.99
17.
Girl With No EyesLive At the Fillmore '6..5:40$0.99
18.
ChangesLive At the Fillmore '6..8:25$0.99
19.
Bombay CallingLive At the Fillmore '6..7:38$0.99
20.
Time IsLive At the Fillmore '6..9:29$0.99
21.
White BirdLive At the Fillmore '6..8:02$0.99
22.
Bugaria (with Love For You Reprise)Live At the Fillmore '6..6:51$0.99
23.
Love For YouLive At the Fillmore '6..6:43$0.99
24.
White BirdFM Rock5:41$0.99
25.
Grand Camel SuiteBest Of It's A Beautifu..2:48$0.99

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