Music icons The Beach Boys and their producers
hired Al Gomes and Connie Watrous of Big Noise to run the
successful publicity campaign that won the band, Alan Boyd,
Mark Linett and Dennis Wolfe the Grammy Award for Best Historical
Album for the box set 'The Smile Sessions.'
In the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' 50-year career, The Beach
Boys had never won a Grammy Award from the Voting Members
of The Recording Academy. That all changed on February 10,
2013 at 55th Annual celebration when music history was finally
made. The news sent ripples around the world. The New York
Times declared, "The Drought is Over!"
Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and box set producers Alan Boyd and Dennis Wolfe accepted their Grammy Awards with words of thanks to The Beach Boys, extended family, and Big Noise.
Addition... Al Gomes assisted Alan Boyd with the
selection of tracks for The Beach Boys' career-spanning
box set, 'Made In California,' which led to the inclusion
of ten of Al's choices to the collection including 'Sound
of Free,' 'Had to Phone Ya (Instrumental),' and 'Why Don't
They Let Us Fall In Love.'
Alan Boyd Bio
(The Beach Boys Producer / Filmmaker / Tape Masters Archivist)
Alan Boyd's lifelong obsession with the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys has taken him on a long and slightly off-the-wall journey directly to the group itself. For Alan, his love of all things Beach and Boy goes all the way back to 1966, when he wore out his
brother's copy of the SURFER GIRL album listening to 'In My Room' over and over and over again.
In the early 1990s, Alan, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who had also been writing and producing music for a series of children's videos, was asked to write and record an original theme song for a Beach Boys fan convention. The result, 'Down South (In
San Diego)' quickly became something of an 'underground' hit, with copies passing along amongst Beach Boys' fans all over the world -
and the song itself was even included on a bootleg CD of unreleased Brian Wilson tunes. Subsequent recordings soon found their way
into the hands of Beach Boys associates Jeff Foskett, Mike Kowalski, Gary Griffin, and Brian Wilson biographer David Leaf... which, in a very
strange twist of events, led to Alan becoming directly involved with The Beach Boys as a documentary filmmaker and archivist.
Since 1996, Alan has directed
and/or edited a number of films for the group, including
NASHVILLE SOUNDS, THE PET SOUNDS SESSIONS, ENDLESS HARMONY
(for which Alan received a Grammy nomination in 2001), BRIAN
WILSON 1999 (a short film that opened Brian's first-ever
solo tour), GOOD TIMIN' - THE BEACH BOYS LIVE AT KNEBWORTH
and, most recently, a special film for the CARL WILSON FOUNDATION
concert. Alan has also produced several archival audio releases
for The Beach Boys, including the ENDLESS HARMONY soundtrack
compilation, and, with engineer Mark Linett, the 2001 release
HAWTHORNE, CA, the 2006 album SONGS FROM HERE AND BACK for
Hallmark, the 2011 Grammy Award-winning THE SMILE SESSIONS,
and the band's 2013 career-spanning box set, MADE IN CALIFORNIA.
Currently, Alan is working with Brother Records and Capitol Records to organize, catalog, and preserve the mass of vintage Beach Boys tapes in their archives.
In addition to his work with the Beach Boys, Alan
has continued in film and video, directing and/or editing
documentary films, including specials on The Monkees, Marianne
Faithfull, and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as an award-winning
big screen video presentation of Gustav Holst's THE PLANETS
commissioned by NASA for screenings with live symphony orchestras. Alan also owns an extensive collection of historical film
footage, restoring, preserving and licensing vintage material
for documentary and broadcast clients.
Alan has also been active musically
in recent years, providing the theme song for Hugh Hefner's
2008 feature documentary on morality and the movies, WHY
BE GOOD, scoring short silent films for the CLASSIC ARTS
CHANNEL, and touring with Adam Marsland's Chaos Band for
a series of concerts highlighting the music of Carl and
Dennis Wilson, culminating in the 2007 release of the live
CD LONG PROMISED ROAD. In 2004, Alan released his debut
album, CHANNEL SURFING - a song from this album, 'I Can't
Wait To Fall Asleep Tonight' was featured prominently in
the 2008 Warner Brothers feature, AMERICANIZING SHELLEY.