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It's a Beautiful Day

May 21st, 2012

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, CT but raised in Salt Lake City, UT. 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

Name Album Time Price
1.
White Bird It's a Beautiful Day 6:08 $0.99
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Hot Summer Day It's a Beautiful Day 5:46 $0.99
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Time Is Best Of It's A Beautifu.. 9:32 $0.99
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Give Your Woman What She Wants Best Of It's A Beautifu.. 3:53 $0.99
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Dolphins Best Of It's A Beautifu.. 4:27 $0.99
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Waiting For The Sun-Let a Woman Flow Best Of It's A Beautifu.. 4:52 $0.99
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Don & Dewey Best Of It's A Beautifu.. 5:13 $0.99
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Anytime Best Of It's A Beautifu.. 3:36 $0.99
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White Bird Best Of It's A Beautifu.. 6:06 $0.99
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Child Ultra Rare: Psychedelic .. 4:19 $0.99
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White Bird Bill Graham Presents In San.. 9:00 $0.99
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White Bird It's a Beautiful Day At.. 9:54 $0.99
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Grand Camel Suite It's a Beautiful Day At.. 2:52 $0.99
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Good Lovin' It's a Beautiful Day At.. 5:12 $0.99
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Going to Another Party It's a Beautiful Day At.. 4:26 $0.99
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Bombay Calling It's a Beautiful Day At.. 8:10 $0.99
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Angela and Animals It's a Beautiful Day At.. 4:13 $0.99
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Hot Summer Day It's a Beautiful Day At.. 8:46 $0.99
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Give Your Woman What She Wants It's a Beautiful Day At.. 3:56 $0.99
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Misery Loves Company Choice Quality Stuff / Anyt.. 2:51 $0.99
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Bitter Wine Choice Quality Stuff / Anyt.. 3:04 $0.99
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Anytime Choice Quality Stuff / Anyt.. 3:37 $0.99
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Oranges and Apples Choice Quality Stuff / Anyt.. 2:26 $0.99
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Place of Dreams Choice Quality Stuff / Anyt.. 3:03 $0.99

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