THE GRAINS OF SAND - 'She Needs Me' / 'That's When Happiness Began' (Valiant Records 736) Feb 1966

Totally cool double sided 45 from Los Angeles band The Grains Of Sand. They were popular around the South Bay area of LA even getting as far as San Francisco for some gigs at the famous Whisky A Go-Go.

Both sides of this disc were recorded at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. According to bass player Richard Brand session supremo Hal Blaine laid down the drum beat. I've also read in Domenic Priore's 'Riot On Sunset Strip' book that Michael Lloyd and Kim Fowley were responsible for the production although no production credits are noted on the label.

'That's When Happiness Began' was covered by English band The Montanas and in Australia by Mike Furber and the Bowery Boys. The song itself was composed by Dick and Don Addrisi.

'She Needs Me' is a primitive punker with harmonica outbursts.

Picture of The Grains Of Sand taken from Mike Dugo's site. Check it out for an interview with Richard Brand.