I have done 3 separate projects on Studio Musicians that daily receive many hits /
Well every now and then they get out of the Studio and record on their own, like B Bumble & the Stingers, the Routers and in 1974 some of the best British Studio Musicians decided to take us back to the early 60’s in California and create a Beach Boys type song, but in 1974. They named the group “First Class” and the song is one of my favourites “Beach Baby”.
- Chas Mills
- Clive Barrett
- Del John
- Eddie Richards
- John Carter
- Robin Shaw
- Spencer James
- Tony Burrows
Best remembered for the smash hit “Beach Baby,” 1970s pop group First Class was the studio creation of British singer/songwriter John Carter, who had previously enjoyed success with Ken Lewis under the guises of the Flowerpot Men, Carter-Lewis & the Southerners, and the Ivy League.
For “Beach Baby” — a slice of richly harmonic pop in the mold of classic Beach Boys — Carter enlisted the services of singer Tony Burrows, the voice of other pre-fab hitmakers including the Edison Lighthouse (“Love Grows [Where My Rosemary Goes]“), White Plains (“My Baby Loves Lovin’“), the Brotherhood of Man(“United We Stand“), and the Pipkins (“Gimme Dat Ding“); upon its release in 1974, the single reached the Top Five on the U.S. pop charts and also scored in the U.K.
A self-titled album and follow-up singles including “Dreams Are Ten a Penny” and “Funny How Love Can Be” tanked, however, and after releasing a second LP, The First Class SST, Carter dissolved the project in 1976.