35. THE ROSE GARDEN - FLOWER TOWN


THE ROSE GARDEN - 'Next Plane To London'/'Flower Town' (Atco 45-6510) August 1967

The Rose Garden were originally called The Blokes, a young group of Byrds obsessives going nowhere in the crowded Los Angeles music scene. Some time in late 1966 a young girl singer called Diane DeRose joined their ranks and a name change to a more 'in' name occurred.

The sunshine pop of 'Next Plane To London' proved to be their only hit record, reaching the Top 20 on Billboard at the tail end of 1967. It's a song notable for the 'airport voice' instead of a guitar solo. The gimmick obviously worked although I'm not a great fan of the song. Far superior is the flip 'Flower Town' recorded at the famous Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.

'Flower Town' is a rewrite of 'Portland Town', a traditional folk song, given to them by Kim Fowley after a chance meeting in his Los Angeles office. He managed and produced The Belfast Gypsies who recorded 'Portland Town' so he knew the song well. My guess is that 'Flower Town' is probably Los Angeles.

Further reading can be found here 

Line-up:
John Noreen (lead guitar)
Jim Groshong (guitar)
Bruce Bowdin (drums)
Bill Fleming (bass)
Diane DeRose (vocals)

THE ROSE GARDEN - Flower Town












Comments

  1. "Next Plane To London" was played a great deal on pirate radio and was very nearly a hit over here. I do not agree with the web sites cmments on the two Gene Clark covers: "Till Today" is an excellent track, but "Long Time" is the killer, stunning folk rock at it's best. The non album "Here's Today" is superb as well.

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  2. A definite Byrds vibe on this one. I also prefer this track over 'Next Plane To London'...

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  3. I ran into Next Plane To London on some rarites collection quite a few years back and assumed the group and lead singer were black.

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