The Yellow Balloon was a short-lived sunshine pop band that became famous during the late 1960s. This group is best known for the song that bears its name: the groovy surf pop classic, "Yellow Balloon" (1967), which features intermittent rainwater sound effects.
Formed in 1967 in Los Angeles by producer/songwriter Gary Zekley (January 4, 1943 - June 19, 1996), the lineup included lead singer Alex Valdez, Paul Canella (lead guitar), Don Braucht (bass), and Frosty Green (keyboards). The Yellow Balloon also featured Don Grady (June 8, 1944 - June 27, 2012) who played drums, and at one time, the band also included Daryl Dragon (August 27, 1942 - January 2, 2019), later of Captain & Tennille.
The Yellow Balloon debuted in 1967 with the Zekley-penned "Yellow Balloon," which reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. They had only one other charting song later that year with "Good Feelin' Time" (1967). Both hits are included on the band's eponymous debut album released through Canterbury Records.
Best known for his role as Robbie Douglas on TV's "My Three Sons," Don Grady was a lifelong musician who later composed for TV, theater, and movies. His many works included the theme song to "The Phil Donahue Show."
- The New York Times remembers Don Grady.
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- Yellow Balloon 1967
(This song was also a minor hit for Jan & Dean (1967).)
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