The Honeys !
History | Discography | Unreleased | References
The Honeys are : Diane Rovell, Ginger Blake (AKA Sandra Glantz), Marilyn Rovell Wilson - vocals
Spring/American Spring was : Diane Rovell, Marilyn Rovell Wilson - vocals, Brian Wilson - producer, songwriiter
The Honeys were formed in 1963 by Brian Wilson as the world's first all girl surf music group consisting of his girlfriend (and future wife), Marilyn, her sister, Diane, and their cousin, Ginger. They got their name from the 1962 Beach Boys hit, Surfin' Safari, which contained the lyric :
"Early in the morning we'll be startin' out, some Honeys will be comin' along..."
The group recorded several singles for Capitol Records, and one for Warner Brothers, in the '60's. During this time, they also served as backing singers for the Beach Boys (Be True To Your School, as well as possibly others), Jan & Dean (New Girl In School), Bruce & Terry, and The Surfaris (I Wanna Take A Trip To The Islands), and cut demos for Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Hayley Mills, and The Shangri-Las.
Ginger left the group for awhile in the early '70's to sing backup for the Supremes, Cheryl Dilcher, Jimmy Webb, and others, as well as to start up her own publishing company. Marilyn and Diane continued to record with Brian under the name Spring through 1972, releasing two more singles and their first LP through United Artists. In 1973, they released one more single under the name American Spring (it seems there was already a European pop group going by the name of Spring) for Columbia Records.
In 1983, Mariyln, Diane, and Ginger reunited as the Honeys and released their first LP, "Ecstacy", under that name from Rhino Records. Five years later, in 1988, Rhino Records released a CD compilation that included the entire Spring album, all the Spring and American Spring singles and B-sides, and a few additional bonus tracks.
1992 saw the release of "The Honeys Collector Series" on CD from Capitol Records, which included all their '60's singles and B-sides, and several unreleased tracks.
Since that time, the Honeys have stayed busy in the studio backing groups like the Smithereens and Carnie & Wendy Wilson (Marilyn and Brian's daughters !).
Discography1963 (as The Honeys) Capitol 4952 (45 with picture sleeve) Surfin' Down The Swanee River (with the Beach Boys) b/w Shoot The Curl Capitol 5034 (45) Pray For Surf b/w Hide Go Seek Capitol 5093 (45) The One You Can't Have b/w From Jimmy, With Tears 1964 (as The Honeys) Warner Brothers 5430 (45) He's A Doll b/w The Love Of A Boy And A Girl 1969 (as The Honeys) Capitol 2454 (45) Tonight You Belong To Me b/w Goodnight My Love 1971 (as Spring) United Artists 50848 (45) Now That Everything's Been Said b/w Awake 1972 (as Spring) United Artists 50907 (45) Good Time b/w Sweet Mountain United Artists UAS-5571 (LP) Spring (12 tracks, including all 4 from UA 50848 and UA 50907) 1973 (as American Spring) Columbia 4-45834 (45 with picture sleeve) Shyin' Away b/w Fallin' In Love 1983 (as The Honeys) Rhino 018 (45) Running Away From Love b/w Go Away Boy Rhino 851 (LP) The Honeys in "Ecstacy" (10 tracks, including both tracks from Rhino 018) 1988 (as Spring) Rhino 75762 (CD) Spring Produced By Brian Wilson (16 tracks, including all listed above under 1971-1973, and two bonus tracks : It's Like Heaven, Had To Phone Ya) 1992 (as The Honeys) Capitol CDP 7-93193 2 (CD) The Honeys Collectors Series (20 tracks, including all listed above under 1963-1969, plus additional bonus tracks which include It's Like Heaven and Had To Phone Ya from Rhino 75762) 2001 (as The Honeys) EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets CCM-163-2 (CD) The Honeys Collection (26 tracks, including all the A and B sides listed above from 1963-64, both sides from MGM single 13413 listed below, five previously unreleased tracks, as well as six songs the Honeys guested on) The Complete Collection ! To get all of above tracks by The Honeys, get a copy of Rhino 851, Capitol CDP 7-93193 2, and EMI-Capitol CCM-163-2. To get a complete Spring/American Spring collection, get a copy of Rhino 75762.
The following is a list of several known unreleased recordings made by The Honeys and American Spring with Brian Wilson.September 1963 (The Honeys as The Westwoods) Brian produced "Miss My Little Surfer Boy". September 1963 (as The Honeys) Brian wrote and produced "Rabbit's Foot". January 1964 (as The Honeys) Brian wrote and produced "You Brought It All On", and co-produced two other tracks : "Make The Night (Just A Little Bit Longer)" and "In The Still Of The Night", all of which appear on the bootleg The Honeys - Rare Archives 1. One version of "In The Still Of The Night" appears on the 2001 EMI-Capitol CD, The Honeys Collection. February 1964 (as The Honeys) Brian wrote and produced "I Can See Right Through You", which would eventually evolve into "Go Away Boy". December 1968 (as The Honeys) Brian wrote and produced "I Know You're Gonna Be Allright". April 1973 (as American Spring) Brian co-write and co-produced "Snowflakes".
There was also a bootleg album, The Honeys - Rare Archives 1, which included the following rare Honeys-related tracks :Musique & The Lyrics - My Life & Love, Talkin' About Love. Ginger & The Snaps - I'm No Runaround, Dry Tears, I Have Faith, Love Me (The Way That I Love You ?), Sh-Boom-Boom, Truly, Spare Time. The Honeys - Three Surfer Boys (Gary Usher & The Usherettes ?), Always And Forever, Darlin' I'm Not Stepping Out On You, Hide Go Seek (alternate version), Little Dirt Bike, Make The Night (Just A Little Bit Longer), Once You've Got Him, In The Still Of The Night, The One You Can't Have, You Brought It All On Yourself, I Think I'm Gonna Be, It's Like Heaven (produced by Brian Wilson), California Feeling (produced by Brain Wilson, done with Rocky Pamplin), Shyin' Away, and Lady.
Another bootleg called The Beach Boys Unsurpassed Masters Volume 4 (1963) Miscellaneous Trax included the following Honeys related tracks :The One You Can't Have (instrumental take, vocal take, vocal takes 1-3, first vocal overdub takes 1-2) from May, 1963. (I Can See Right Through You) Go Away Boy (instrumental takes 2-6) from 1963.
One CD, of questionable origin, called Makin' Waves put out by Sharktown Records in 1999 (Sharky 0003) contained the following Honeys related tracks :The Honeys - Radio Spots #'s 1-5, Raindrops, Don't Be Cruel. Rodney & The Brunettes - Surfin' Safari (by The Honeys and The Ramones), Little G.T.O. (by The Honeys and Blondie).
Dunn, Steven. "Non-Beach Boy, Brian Wilson Productions". Online. Mike Wheeler's Brian Wilson web page. Internet. 8 June, 1998. Available WWW : http://www.cabinessence.com/brian/essays/bwprods.html
Johnson, Jon E. "The Honeys Interview" Discoveries. Vol. 2, No. 10 Oct, 1989 : 130-134.
Osborne, Jerry. "Honeys Discography" Discoveries. Vol. 2, No. 10 Oct, 1989 : 135.
Regis (you know who you are...) - Thanks for the info from the Blitz magazine interview !
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