Almer -- who died at his D.C. home on January 8 (as reported in yesterday's Washington Post) -- is probably most famous for writing The Association's "Along Comes Mary," but he also co-wrote (with Brian Wilson, of course) these two, among the best things the Beach Boys did, not just in the 70s but, frankly, ever. And frankly he deserves to be immortal for both of them.
"Marcella" (from Carl and the Passions, 1970)
"Sail on Sailor" (from Holland, 1973)
Incidentally, I'd always assumed that the Association played the instruments on their records, but at least in the case of "Mary," apparently not.
Here's the actual instrumental track in mono (from a recent deluxe reissue of the band's first album).
According to the liner notes, the players are:
Mike Deasy, Lee Mallory, Ben Benay - guitars
Jerry Scheff - bass
Jim Troxel - drums, percussion ?
Toxey French - drums, percussion ?
Butch Parker - keyboards ?
Mike Henderson - keyboards ?
Terry Kirkman - possibly recorder
A great production, obviously, but for those of you keeping score, the only member of the Association on that list is Terry Kirkman.