A concert that features two of the top groups of the 1960s -- The Association and The Shirelles -- will be staged on Saturday evening, Feb. 1, at Orange Coast College.
Titled "Juke Box Giants," the concert will be presented in OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre. Curtain is set for 8 p.m.
In addition to The Association and The Shirelles, the concert will also include popular 1970s vocalist, Al Wilson, and backup group, The Flashback Band.
The Association sold over 30 million records, including such standards as "Never My Love," "Windy" and "Cherish."
Formed in 1965 after the breakup of an 11-man electric folk group, called The Men, the six-man Association rehearsed for five months and began performing at nightclubs, coffeehouses, folk clubs, colleges, high schools and proms throughout California. The group's first album, "Along Comes the Association," included two chart-topping singles, "Along Comes Mary" and "Cherish."
The Association appeared on every major television variety show in the 60s and early 70s, including Ed Sullivan, The Smothers Brothers, American Bandstand, Shindig, and The Andy Williams Show. The group parted ways in 1972, but re-formed in 1980. It has been touring ever since.
The Association has performed at the Rome Pop Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Greek Theatre, the Coconut Grove, and the Monterey Pop Festival. The group has performed with the Atlanta Symphony and at hundreds of festivals.
The Shirelles wrote and recorded "I Met Him on a Sunday" in 1958. The following year they recorded the international hit, "Dedicated to the One I Love." Their hits in the 60s included "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" "Mama Said," "Baby It's You," "Soldier Boy," "Welcome Home Baby," "Foolish Little Girl," "Sha-La-La" and "Maybe Tonight."
Al Wilson was a member of The Rollers that recorded the 1961 hit, "The Continental Walk." He became a successful solo artist in the 1970s, recording "Show and Tell" in 1974 and "I've Got a Feeling" in 1976. Wilson's style is a blend of earthiness and sophistication.
Advance reserved tickets for the concert, priced at $37, are on sale in OCC's Community Education Ticket Office, located adjacent to the college's library. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Advance discount tickets, priced at $35, are available to OCC students, senior citizens and children under 12. Tickets are available on-line at occtickets.com.
Tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $41.
Tickets may be purchased by phone, using Visa, Discover or MasterCard. For information, phone (714) 432-5880. The toll-free number is (888) 622-5376.