One of my favorite 4th of Julys was the 3 hour “live” concert telecast that Wolfman Jack & I hosted at the Queen Mary on July 5, 1981! This concert was part of a live simulcast on national television and radio entitled The Spirit of America Spectacular on July 5, 1981. It originated from the site where the Queen Mary is permanently docked in Long Beach, California. The show included performances by The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Pablo Cruise and Rick Springfield. Pictured below, I’m in the crowd of thousands of people who waited all day in the Queen Mary parking lot to see the show that started at 6 p.m., L.A. time!!
Below, I’m back on stage with Mike Love & the Beach Boys at the 1981 Queen Mary in Long Beach concert! The radio/TV simulcast featured all of the original Beach Boys, including Brian that night, and in my hand is a telegram from the White House that I had just finished reading congratulating the Beach Boys on their 20 years of making music!