- Top L-R: Dennis Wolfe,
Alan Boyd and Mark Linett
with Beach Boy Brian Wilson after
winning the Grammy Award
for 'The Smile Sessions'
- The Beach Boys' Grammy Award for
'The Smile Sessions'
- Top L-R: Connie Watrous
and Al Gomes with
Beach Boy Brian Wilson
- Beach Boys Way
- Beach Boys Way Plaque
- L-R: Al Gomes, Beach Boy Al Jardine
and Connie Watrous
- The Historic 1977 Concert's
Ticket Office Sign
- L-R: Beach Boy Brian Wilson,
Al Gomes and
Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin
- L-R: Brian Wilson band member
and Connie Watrous
- L-R: Al Gomes and
Beach Boy Ricky Faatar
- Stephen J. Kalinich
Spoken Word Tribute CD
- Beach Boy Dennis Winson's
- L-R: Connie Watrous,
Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin
and Al Gomes
- L-R: Beach Boy David Marks
and Al Gomes
- L-R: Al Gomes
and Beach Boy Brian Wilson
- The Grammy Award-Winning
'The Smile Sessions' Box Set
Big Noise & The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys win first-ever Grammy Award!
Music icons The Beach Boys hired
Al Gomes and Connie Watrous of
Big Noise to run the band's successful publicity and
strategic campaign that won them their first-ever Grammy
Award for Best Historical Album for their 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 the 55th Annual celebration when
music history was finally made. The news sent ripples around
the world. The New York Times declared, "The Drought is
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.
- Watch the Acceptance
On August 9, 2017, Al Gomes and Connie Watrous conceived, produced and MC'd a
commemoration ceremony on-stage with The Beach Boys which honored the 40th
Anniversary of the band performing for the largest concert audience EVER
assembled in the history of the State of Rhode Island - over 40,000 fans
on September 2, 1977 at the Narragansett Park Race Track in Pawtucket, RI - a record that has never been
Al and Connie were also successful
in getting the stretch of street where the concert stage
stood forever renamed as 'Beach Boys Way.'
The ceremony included
Grammy Award-winning Beach Boys producer Alan Boyd; Pawtucket,
RI Mayor Donald Grebien; East Providence, RI Mayor James
Briden; representatives of Rhode Island Governor Gina Marie
Raimondo, and United States Senator Jack Reed. In addition
to the unveiling of The Beach Boys' street sign, the band
also received citations from the State of Rhode Island and
the United States Senate, the Cities of Pawtucket, RI and
East Providence, RI (also a host city of the historic concert)
declaring it 'Beach Boys Day,' and the City of East Providence,
RI giving The Beach Boys the coveted Key to the City.
You'll find 'Beach Boys Way' at the corner of
511 Narragansett Park Drive in
Pawtucket, RI in the USA.
- Watch Commemoration Ceremony -
From left to right:
Linda Tominsky, Connie Watrous, Adam Tominsky (whose business
property the street sign is located on), Beach Boy Bruce
Johnston, East Providence Mayor James Briden, Pawtucket
Mayor Donald Grebien, Beach Boy Mike Love, Grammy Award
winner and Beach Boys Producer
Alan Boyd, Al Gomes, and East Providence Assistant Mayor
Robert Britto. Click
for bigger photo
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, because
of Al Gomes and Connie Watrous' efforts and research,
The Beach Boys were honored by Roger Williams University
for a significant historic event in their career - the band's
concert on September 22, 1971 at The Ramada Inn in Portsmouth,
The concert was the first-ever appearance of South African
Ricky Fataar and Filipino Billy Hinsche as members in the
band, essentially changing the Beach Boys' live and recording
act's line-up into a multi-cultural group. This shifted
the band into an essential and important creative period
from 1971-1974 that included the recording of their stellar
'Holland' LP, and Rolling Stone magazine naming them 'Band
of the Year.' Also on hand at the celebration was Grammy Award-winning producer-engineer Rob Fraboni
(who worked on the 'Holland' album) as one of the guests of honor.
Diversity is a credo of Roger Williams University, which is why they chose to celebrate this moment in the band's history. The school, along with Al and Connie, unveiled plaques at the site of the 1971
concert in Portsmouth, RI (now the Baypoint Inn & Conference Center), hosted
a special Beach Boys-themed dinner in the dining hall, and
transformed the outer reaches of the hall into a beach party
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.'
Al and Connie Watrous also assisted Alan with the compilation album 'Sunshine Tomorrow' including hosting a Focus Group of Beach Boys fans and friends including Clara Reed, Jay Hurd, Dave and June Spencer, Bob and Jo-Ann Pagano, and Martha Eno to help with the selection of tracks. 'Sunshine Tomorrow' celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beach Boys'
1967 album 'Wild Honey' and included the album's first-ever complete stereo
In 2018, Al, Connie and friends also contributed to the sets that followed,
'Wake the World: The Friends Sessions'(View Credits) and 'I Can Hear Music : The 20/20 Sessions'(View Credits).
In addition, Al assisted Capitol Records with
marketing and publicity for the box set, 'The Beach Boys U.S. Singles Collection -
The Capitol Years (1962-1965).'
In 2016, Al Gomes conceived and co-produced,
along with Grammy Award-winning Beach Boys producer, archivist
and historian Alan Boyd and Connie Watrous, a spoken
word tribute CD called 'The Works of Stephen J. Kalinich
- Be Still'. The collection included performances of
legendary Beach Boys lyricist Kalinich's poetry by Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson; acclaimed actors
Stacy Keach, James Michael Tyler ('Friends'), Ralph Brown ('Star Wars : The Phantom Menace'), Jenny Jules (Critics' Circle Theatre Award Winner)
Emmy Award nominee Rose Weaver, and Samaire Armstrong ('The O.C.,' 'Entourage'); Grammy Award nominee
Lisa Haley; author and musician Tracy Landecker; along
with performances by Al, Connie, Alan, and Stephen.
Al says, 'This has turned out to be one of the best projects I've ever
worked on. What an incredible gathering of talent. Thanks to all who gave of themselves - and to all those who listen.' Connie added, 'It aligned with the stars so quickly and everyone involved
came into it with a beautiful spirit and worked so hard to make it happen
with the purest of hearts.'
Dennis Wilson Al Gomes ran the Grammy Award campaign and creative strategy for Sony Music for the re-release of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson's masterpiece, 'Pacific Ocean Blue.'
Blondie Chaplin On September 29, 2017, Al Gomes and Connie Watrous presented a copy of the plaque from Roger Williams University to Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin at The Zeiterion Theatre
in New Bedford, MA. He had joined The Beach Boys five months after Ricky Faatar joined, essentially changing the band's live and recording
act's line-up into a multi-cultural group. Blondie's response to the sold-out audience at the
'Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds' show : "I played a lot in these parts in 1971, and it's nice to be remembered this way."
Al handled the publicity and promotion for Blondie's recording project, The Young Presidents. The album was produced by Rob Fraboni (who brought Al into the project), the engineerer and mixer for The Beach Boys' classic album 'Holland.'
David Marks Al Gomes oversaw the publicity campaign for Beach Boy David Marks' career-spanning
collection, 'The Lost Years.' Because of Big Noise's strategic
efforts, David's CD was placed by The Recording Academy
on its Official Ballot for the Grammy Awards for Song Of
Year ('I'm So Clever') and Best Pop Male Vocal Performance
Alan Boyd Al Gomes is representing
Beach Boys producer, archivist, and filmmaker Alan Boyd's
work as a producer and composer. Upon receiving his Grammy
Award on-stage for The Beach Boys' 'The Smile Sessions,'
Alan thanked Al Gomes and Big Noise personally for running
a successful publicity campaign that scored the box set
Stephen J. Kalinich Al Gomes
oversaw the marketing and publicity for the release of
The Beach Boys lyricist's tribute CD, 'California Feeling,'
as well as submitting Brian's Wilson's grandchildren to
The Grammy Awards for the CD's track 'Child of Winter.'
In addition, Al Gomes was instrumental in bringing together
Stephen and Neil Innes (Monty Python / The Rutles) to write
a new track called 'A Song About Me' for the follow-up CD
to 'California Feeling.'
Mark Linett Grammy Award-winning Beach Boys producer Mark Linett was crucial in enlisting Al Gomes and Connie Watrous to run the successful campaign that won The Beach Boys their first-ever Grammy Award.
Adam Marsland Big Noise artist and producer's acclaimed
to Dennis and Carl Wilson (featuring Alan Boyd). Al Gomes was responsible for Dennis Wilson appearing on the Official Ballot for The Grammy Awards as a songwriter for the first time for Dennis' unreleased track 'Wouldn't It Be Nice to Live Again,' performed by Adam and his band.
Richie Cannata The Beach Boys, Al Jardine and Billy
Joel touring member enlisted Al Gomes to oversee the publicity and promotion campaign
for his acclaimed self-titled CD.
Fred Simon Al Gomes served as Executive Producer
along with the brilliant Fred Simon for the remastering
and re-release of an incredible collection of solo piano
interpretations by Fred of iconic pop classics by The Beach
Boys. Connie Watrous and Grammy Award-winning Beach Boys
producer and pal Alan Boyd (who chose the cover photo) assisted
heavily with the project. And further validation of the
recording was achieved when The Beach Boys' official magazine
ESQ posted a rave review of the album. Read it here
'Just beautiful' - Mike Love of The Beach Boys