Artists - The Associaton

Artist Biography

The Association is a legendary American pop rock band that emerged during the vibrant music scene of the 1960s. Formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, The Association was comprised of six founding members, including Terry Kirkman, Jules Alexander, Jim Yester, Brian Cole, Russ Giguere, and Ted Bluechel Jr., the band quickly emerged as pioneers of the folk-rock genre.

Their breakthrough came with the release of their debut album, “And Then… Along Comes The Association,” in 1966, which featured their chart-topping hit single “Along Comes Mary.” This success catapulted the group into the spotlight, and they soon became one of the most beloved bands of the era. 

On December 8, 1968, The Association had the honor of performing on The Ed Sullivan Show, one of the most influential television programs of the time. They joined an impressive lineup of artists including Ray Charles, Richard Pryor, Liza Minnelli, Joan Sutherland, and Jack E. Leonard. That night, the group performed their No.2 Billboard hit “Never My Love” and “Along Comes Mary.” Following their performance, Ed invited the whole group to join him on stage and asked each member where they were from before thanking them for their amazing performance.

The Association would return almost a year later on November 9, 1969 at the height of the Psychedelic 60s, and perform “Seven Man Band” and “Dubuque Blues.” Although the group only made two appearances on the Sullivan Show, their performances are included in the roster of some of the all-time greats. 

In recognition of their contributions to music, The Association received several awards and honors throughout their career. Among their accolades, they were nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and received the prestigious RIAA Gold certification for their album “Insight Out.”

Despite changes in the music industry and shifts in popular trends, The Association’s legacy endures. Their songs have been featured in numerous films, television shows, and commercials, attesting to their enduring appeal. Moreover, their influence can be heard in the work of countless artists who have been inspired by their harmonious sound and innovative approach to music.

With their melodic tunes and intricate vocal arrangements, The Association left an indelible mark on the music industry and continues to captivate audiences with their timeless music. Their legacy as pioneers of the folk-rock genre and masters of harmony remains unparalleled, ensuring their place in music history for generations to come.

Check out our Association playlist to view more Ed Sullivan Show performances!