Terry Kirkman has passed away
The Daily Beast is reporting that singer/songwriter Terry Kirman of The Association has passed away at age 83. The group had many memorable songs that my friends and I in Southwest Virginia would sing along with on WROV and WFIR radio, My favorite tune is Windy (1967)because of the catchy beat. Virginians what are your favorite tunes from The Association? Many have said that Cherish (1966) is the top song by the group.
The best-known lineup included Terry Kirkman (vocals, woodwind instruments), Russ Giguere (vocals, guitar), Jim Yester (rhythm and lead guitar), Jules Alexander (lead and rhythm guitar), Brian Cole (bass) and Ted Bluechel, Jr. (drums) (and later Larry Ramos, who replaced Jules in early 1967.
Cherish was recorded by David Cassidy
David Cassidy recorded his own version of Cherish in 1972 which also became a hit. Terry Kirkman left The Association at the end of 1972 but returned in 1979. He grew tired of touring, and left the band again in 1984. On rare future occasions, Kirkman performed in guest appearances with The Association's other surviving members.
Terry Kirkman's voice will live on
Terry Robert Kirkman was born in Salina, Kansas, and was raised in Chino, California. He learned how to play brass instruments as a child, during World War II. He attended Chaffey College as a music major and was living in California with his wife Heidi. After a long illness, the entertainer died on September 23, 2023, from congestive heart failure but his music lives on.