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Jerry Osborne

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DEAR JERRY: Of all of the top U.S. artists of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, how many of those never had a record on the UK charts?
—Alicia Bosworth, Kent, Wa.

DEAR ALICIA: After sifting through several hundred U.S. hit-makers, of those three decades, I found 28 that did not chart in the UK. Some of those artists had no chance to do so, only because their music was not issued in Britain:

Billy Vaughn
Carla Thomas
Dickie Goodman (Buchanan & Goodman)
Earth, Wind & Fire
Fontane Sisters
Four Lads
Gale Storm
Jack Jones
Jaye P. Morgan
Jerry Butler
Jim Croce
Johnny Rivers
KC & the Sunshine Band
LaVern Baker
Lawrence Welk
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Roger Williams
Ronnie Dove
Ronnie Milsap
Seals & Croft
Solomon Burke
Tammi Terrell
Tyrone Davis
Wayne Newton

DEAR JERRY: I read somewhere that before they were the Beach Boys, that same group recorded as the Pendletons. I have run across a couple of records by bands with that name, but they have nothing to do with the Beach Boys.

What do you know about this little mystery?
—Clint Bartholomew, Salt Lake City

DEAR CLINT: As the Beach Boys, on October 3, 1961, they recorded "Surfin'" and "Luau," the two tracks used for their first single release.

About two weeks earlier (Sept. 15), they made a home recording of those same two tunes, then calling themselves the Pendletones. Note that is PendleTONES.

Those primitive tracks remained unissued until 1991, when they were included on the appropriately titled CD, "Lost & Found: 1961-1962" (DCC DZS-054).

Finally, I'm sure you know that "Salt Lake City" is one of the tracks on "The Beach Boys "Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)," a 1965 LP.

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