The Rose Garden was a short-lived male-female folk rock quintet formed in Los Angeles in 1967 consisting of Bruce Bowdin, William Fleming, James Groshong, John Noreen, and lead singer Diana De Rose (b. July 29, 1948). This group is best remembered for the evocative and wistful "Next Plane To London," a ballad about a frustrated singer in Hollywood who hopes to find success in London but has mixed feelings about leaving her boyfriend behind.
The Rose Garden began in 1964 as a Byrds cover band known as The Blokes. They also performed and recorded as the Giant Sunflower for "February Sunshine" which became a minor hit. After West Virginia native De Rose joined the group in 1967, they became known as The Rose Garden and signed with Atco Records.
The Rose Garden made its chart debut in late 1967 with "Next Plane To London" which became a Top 20 hit. This Kenny O'Dell-penned song features spoken passages by Don Elliot, then a program director for KBLA-Burbank, who portrays an airport announcer. The group also had a minor hit in 1968 with "If My World Falls Through."
The Rose Garden released a self-titled album and several other recordings before finally disbanding in late 1968.
- This fan webpage gives a detailed account of the history of The Rose Garden with quotes and recollections from various band members.
- These liner notes for The Rose Garden's self-titled album also include excerpts from an interview with guitarist John Noreen.
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The Rose Garden
- Next Plane To London 1967
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