Bruce & Harriet's first child, Ozzie Bruce, is born on the 18th. On the 26th the band|
embark on what will be a fateful tour of New Zealand & Australia
during the Australian leg of the tour, the extent of the problems besetting the band |
become evident: Dennis is rapidly spiraling out of control, Carl is in the grip of a
substantial drug and alcohol habit (to the extent that he keels over onstage in Perth on
the 14th), and Brian is once more regressing since the departure of Landy. On their
return from the tour, the band decides to fire Steve Love - again. Tom Hulett takes over.
"Almost Summer/Lookin' Good", from the soundtrack of the Almost Summer movie is|
released on MCA, and peaks at #28. The single (A side a Wilson/Love/Jardine
composition) is credited to Celebration featuring Mike Love, a splinter band of BB
touring musicians and allegedly features an uncredited appearance from Brian. To
promote the 45, Celebration record up to two dozen 'custom' versions of the A side for
local radio stations across the USA. Meanwhile, Dennis is working on his second solo
project, Bambu and is arrested in Tucson, AZ, after being found in a hotel room with
a sixteen year-old girl. On the 28th, Celebration make their live debut at USC, with
special guests Jan & Dean and Brian & Carl Wilson.
soundtrack album Almost Summer, featuring the single and two further Mike Love |
vocals, is released but fails to chart.
Brian vanishes from the Bellagio Road house: following a tipoff to CBS, he's discovered|
several days later comatose in Balboa Park, San Diego where he'd been living rough
under a tree in the park and playing songs for drinks in local bars. He's taken to Alvarado
Hospital to be treated for alcoholic poinoning and Marilyn, with Steve & Stan Love, flies
to San Diego to fetch him, but decides to let him be treated in hospital for a few days
more. Dennis & Karen re-marry on the 28th in Las Vegas.
Carl & Annie Wilson separate on Independence Day. Brian & Marilyn follow suit on the |
15th while on the 12th, after two weeks of remarriage, Dennis files for divorce again.
the final Warners' 45 "Peggy Sue/Hey Little Tomboy", is released, and stalls at #59. The |
band heads to Florida's Criteria Studios to record their Caribou debut, but it rapidly
becomes evident that Brian, fresh from his San Diego experience, cannot - or will not -
function as their producer. A phone call is made to Bruce Johnston...
Brian is hospitalised for several months in the Brotman Memorial Hospital. Brother|
studio is sold to jazz musician Tom Scott.
much revised and overdubbed, and including newly recorded material, the tapes from |
Iowa are finally released as M.I.U. Album, the final album required by the Warners'
contract. In an eerie echo of the first Warner's album over eight years earlier, the statistics
exactly mirror those of Sunflower - four weeks on the chart, peaking at #151.
Meanwhile, the band are finishing up their Caribou debut, which it has been announced
will feature a disco remake of a track from Wild Honey. Dennis offers tracks from
Bambu, a move that effectively seals that albums' fate.
|December||Dennis begins a two-year relationship with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac.|