JAN & DEAN - 'A Beginning From An End'/'Folk City' (Liberty F-55849) December 1965
Jan & Dean were a successful duo from Los Angeles who recorded the surf hit 'Surf City' in 1963, a brilliant song about a mythical place in Southern California full of beautiful girls, hot rods and rock 'n' roll groups. By 1965 the kids on the Strip had moved on and the 'in' sound was edgy protest/folk rock and Brit Invasion sounds. Jan & Dean's response was 'A Beginning From An End' which flopped, not even entering the Billboard Top 100.
The obscure and never mentioned flip 'Folk City' is an apt entry into my Los Angeles select 50. The song is a re-write of 'Surf City' with different lyrics, more akin with the musical shift in L.A from surf to folk rock. This would have made a much better A-side.
"I got a Hohner harmonica and a Vox 12 string,
Folk City here we come.
You know there's lots of protest songs that I want to sing,
Folk City here we come."
Both songs were included on the 1966 Jan & Dean LP 'Folk 'n Roll'
JAN & DEAN - Folk City