Recently, a team of experts selected by Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications (who celebrated their 25th anniversary this past year) decided that: "Reports of the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy in 1963” tops the list of the ‘most memorable’ political moments in American radio and television history. This elite group compiled the list of the 125 most unforgettable political moments since radio's debut on Election Night 1920. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, ranked second, and the first presidential debate between Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon in 1960 ranked third.
For years, published reports (based on interviews with the song’s co-writers, Brian Wilson and Mike Love), have documented that this song was written during the hours surrounding The Kennedy Assassination. Reportedly, in a moment of grief after the assassination of President Kennedy, collaborators Brian Wilson and Mike Love locked themselves in the recording studio that same evening and poured all of their heartfelt emotion into the writing of this song. Wilson said that they were trying to evoke a feeling of a happier time and place ... and ‘The Warmth of the Sun’ not only achieves that goal but also maintains The Beach Boys’ ties to the surfing phenomenon that launched their career in the first place. That brief synopsis (along with the news of The Museum of Broadcast Communications poll) first appeared in our Forgotten Hits Newsletter back on November 22, 2007, along with a couple of quotes from Brian Wilson to substantiate this claim.
Courtesy of Fred Vail, here is a copy of the actual promotional poster for the concert
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